Healing With Color and the Human Aura
By Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
It has been known for eons of time that color plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind. Yet, only recently have design artists put into practice that which the ancients knew all along: color does affect one's feelings, moods, and emotions. Whereas, in the past, so many of our hospitals and schools were painted that ubiquitous institutional green, we now have these places of learning and healing painted in vibrant shades of hues which help stimulate the mind and the emotions to a condition of healing and well-being.
We all respond, in some way, to our color environment. Most people know that bedrooms should not be painted in bright, flashy reds or yellows, because these colors tend to stimulate the body and inhibit relaxation and sleep. Blue is often associated with cold and astringency, while red tends to conjure up thoughts of soothing warmth. Even our vocabulary suggests conditions of "icy blue" and "warm red."
Before examining color and its healing implications, we must address a very important concept: that of cause and effect. True healing comes about when the cause of the condition or illness is addressed and transformed. If healing goes no further than a mere relief or masking of the symptoms, then, eventually, that which brought about the need for healing, in the first place, will resurface and manifest itself within the body in one form or another.
The aura is an effect -- an outward expression -- of that which is taking place within the mind, the soul, and the spirit of the individual. Thus, any healing technique which deals only with the aura or the energy field of the individual tends to accomplish one thing: it jump starts the individual, so to speak, and gives him or her an added boost of energy. That energy boost then allows that person's own internal healing mechanism to become mobilized into greater activity.
For conditions which are purely physical in nature, such an energy jump-start may be all that is necessary. But, if the root cause of the illness is internal in nature -- as it so often is -- then this type of healing must be complemented with true Spiritual Healing, where the power of God's Healing and Holy Spirit can, then, intervene -- if necessary -- and effect a cure. But even here, the individual must change that which needs to be changed, or the condition which brought about the disease will eventually manifest again. God can effect miracles and miraculous healings, through the channels of prayer and Spiritual Healing, but not even God can force the individual to change internally. That would be God's interfering with His most profound gift to us: the freedom of choice.
Keeping this in mind, let us look at how color can impact the aura and help jump-start the tired or diseased body. Color healing, known as Chromotherapy, can be implemented in a number of ways. The ancients built great halls of color healing, where individuals entered and were bathed in light that was filtered through various colored glass panels or windows.
Spirit Syrsha, trance guide of Rev. Fulton, tells us that, in ancient Egypt, people were often dipped in vats of colored pigment, in order to help effect a cure. Other methods of color healing involved the grinding up of crystals and gemstones that would be ingested.
Solarized water is another way in which the energy of color can be taken into the body. This is an easy and inexpensive way in which to become personally involved in color healing. Simply place purified water within a colored bottle and allow it to be bathed in sunlight for a period of time. The rays of the sun, filtered through the colored bottle, energize the water along a specific line of color vibration. What you end up with is a healing tonic.
Spiritual healers often supplement their healing work with color healing. As they lay their hands on the patient, they mentally direct specific color rays into the patient's aura and body. Oftentimes, the color used is inspired by Spirit.
These methods of using color in healing point to our basic contention: color does impact the human aura and, consequently, the human body.
Please understand that a knowledge of color, its subtleties, and its uses in the healing arts is a life-long pursuit. However, we can give you a very general guideline and synopsis of the various colors within the spectrum and how they can be used by the aura and body, specifically for healing.
Here are the basic colors and their significance to the aura and healing.
Orange in the true color of the sun. Orange has a freeing action upon the body and mind, relieving repressions.
Because orange is a blend of red and yellow, it combines physical energy with mental wisdom, inducing a transformation between lower physical reaction and higher mental response. Thus, it is often referred to as "The Wisdom Ray."
Orange is warm, cheering, non-constricting. Through orange, we are able to heal the physical body (red) and, at the same time, induce within the mind (yellow) greater understanding on how the body may be kept in good repair. Orange helps assimilate new ideas and stimulate mental enlightenment. It is also helpful in dealing with excess sexual expression.
Finally, orange links very strongly with the sacral chakra.
Yellow helps strengthen the nerves and the mind. It helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates higher mentality.
Thus, it is an excellent color for nervous or nerve-related conditions or ailments.
Yellow links with and stimulates the solar plexus, or psychic center. It can be used for psychic burnout or other psychic-related conditions or ailments.
Yellow can be used for conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines. It helps the pores of the skin and aids scarred tissue in healing itself. It also has a very enriching effect upon the intellect and the brain.
Like the color of gold, yellow represents the highest of the physical colors. "Worth its weight in gold" applies to yellow.
Most people associate blue with healing. However, green is the universal healing color. The ancient Egyptians and Chinese used green as the primary color of healing. Why is that? Because green is midway in the color spectrum; therefore, it contains both a physical nature and a spiritual nature, in equal balance and in equal harmony. Thus, green can be used for just about any condition in need of healing. When in doubt, green will always work.
Green is the color of Nature and the earth. It is balance and harmony in essence and possesses a soothing influence upon both mind and body. It is neither relaxing nor astringent in its impact.
In rededicating our Church's Healing Vigil, Spirit suggested that we use green as the Vigil's representative color, and for a very good reason.
Green links with and stimulates the heart chakra. Therefore, it is, truly, representative of Spiritual Healing, because love is the motivating power behind all healing.
In a more practical sense, green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. It has both an energizing effect and a moderating or soothing effect.
Dr. Edwin Babbitt, in his classic, "The Principles of Light and Color," states that "The Blue Ray is one of the greatest antiseptics in the world."
Blue is cooling, electric, astringent. It helps bleeding, decreases fevers, and cures soar throats. Blue can have a sedative effect, as expressed in the remark of "feeling blue." It is a very positive color, indicating loyalty and reliability, as expressed in the sentiment of being "true blue."
Blue links with and stimulates the throat chakra. The throat chakra is often referenced as the "power center" and "the greatest center in the body" because it is the primary center of expression and communication, through speech. Thus, the effect of blue upon this center and the aura, in general, is quite profound.
Blue can be used for any type of ailments associated with speech, communication, or the throat. Solarized blue water is an excellent tonic for laryngitis or inflammation of the larynx.
Indigo is a great purifier of the bloodstream and also benefits mental problems. It is a freeing and purifying agent.
Indigo combines the deep blue of devotion with a trace of stabilizing and objective red. Indigo is cool, electric, and astringent. It is, also, the color ray used by Spirit to help entrance a medium.
Indigo links with and stimulates the brow chakra (third eye) and controls the pineal gland. It governs both physical and spiritual (not psychic) perception; that is, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. Thus, it can be of great assistance in dealing with ailments of the eyes and ears, as well as assisting in problems or conditions related to mediumship.
Finally, indigo is considered the ray of the Holy Spirit.
Violet is truly the color of the divine Spirit. Violet works only on the levels of the Spirit. It is generally not used for physical conditions; however, some color experts believe that it does provide nourishment to the cells in the upper brain and does have a link with the crown chakra. Furthermore, it helps expand the horizons of our Divine understanding.
White is the perfect color; for it is all color, in perfect balance and harmony. It is the color of the awakened Spirit; the light of perfection; the light of the Christ and Buddhic consciousness. It is also the Divine Light.
Just about everyone has heard of surrounding people with the "White Light of Healing and Protection." Directing white into the aura helps stimulate the person's own divine nature into healing the self.
Thus, we have a brief synopsis of the basic colors and their uses in color healing with the aura. Again, this is but a guideline. The student of color healing can spend years researching the subtle nuances of how color and its multitude of vibrations can be used within the aura, in order to help effect a healing.
The point to remember concerning color and the aura -- when it comes to healing -- is that complete healing generally comes about through some type of internal transformation. Heal the self and the body will, surely, follow suit.
Finally -- and we cannot stress this enough -- healing ultimately comes from and is graced by God and God's Holy and Healing Spirit. Color is but one tool that we can use in order to complement the healing which God offers us, through prayer and intercession. It must never replace prayer and meditation; nor must it ever replace genuine spiritual healing; healing which passes through the Spirit of the healing channel, linked with God's Spirit.
If you need healing, or know of someone who does, first go to God, the Source of all healing; then, be mindful of what tools God offers to help effect the healing.