In Western culture the different classifications used in dealing with colors are: hue, value and chroma. Non-Western cultures may determine their color concepts by different means. Hue refers to the position in the spectrum of visible light. Each of the seven primary has a position on the spectrum measured in angstrom units. (An angstrom unit is one hundredth millionth of a centimeter and is used to measure wavelengths on the electromagnetic energy spectrum) The following is the positions of the primary colors measured in angstrom units: The color violet has a wavelength varying from 4000-4500; indigo, 4500-4700; blue, 4700-5100; green 5100-5600; yellow, 5600-5900; orange, 5900-6200; and red, 6200-6700.
Value represents the amount of light reflected, or the brightness of the color. The range of reflected goes from “white,” where all the light is reflected to “black,” where there is no reflection of light. But, it must be noted that no true color has been found. White even has grays to black in it. There are no true orange or green, but a mixture of other colors. The same holds true for the next classification of color, chroma, the “purity,” “saturation,” or “intensity” of a color. No color is pure, but an combination of other colors, although one particular hue is dominant.
The body selects from sunlight whatever colors it needs to maintain balance, and these colors are absorbed by vibrations. Lacking colors is called chromopathy, from the Greek words kroma, color, and pathos, suffering. The treatment for this condition is chromotherapy, which supplies the body with colors that it is lacking. The application of chromotherapy is very practicable and can be done without danger to anyone because the natural element of color is being dealt with.
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The primary colors of the spectrum and their healing properties:
Violet: Violet is at the opposite end of the spectrum from red. Good for mental disorders, the nervous system, baldness and female complaints.
Indigo: Indigo is a slight narcotic removing fears and reassures those afraid of the dark. Good for emotional problems, deafness, and especially good for the eyes, even cataracts.
Blue: Blue acts as an antiseptic and cooling agent. Excellent for inflammations including those of internal organs. Good for cuts and burns, also for rheumatism.
Green: Green is the great healer. It is neutral to the other others. It serves as a general tonic and neutralizer. When in doubt, use green. Excellent for heart problems, neuralgic headaches, ulcers, head colds and boils.
Yellow: Yellow is excellent in treating bowel and intestine problems. It can act as a mild sedative to relieve many fears and give a mental uplift. It is good for treating indigestion and heartburn, constipation, piles, also menstrual problems.
Orange: Orange is not as harsh of a color as red, but has many of the same properties. Very good for illnesses of the respiratory system such as asthma and bronchitis; also good as a tonic and laxative.
Red: Red is at one end of the spectrum. It is a warm color which invigorates, excellent when used for treatment of persons having heat diseases, anemia, and liver diseases.
Color healing is usually done with the technique of visualization. The practitioner vividly holds the color in his mind and directs it to the affected area of the patient.
Directing the Color:
The practitioner produces the color required to heal the patient. Most often light from outside or direct sunlight is used. To intensify the required color a piece of colored glass, plastic, or even cellophane may be used in which to direct light through. One method is to tape the piece of colored glass, plastic, cellophane, or even tissue paper on the pane of a window, then let the patient sit in front of the window so the colored light is directed directly on the patient’s afflicted area, if it is the stomach then the light should penetrate the stomach area, or an afflicted arm, or whatever. This treatment should be given in two thirty minutes daily, once in the morning and once in the evening.
In the absent of sunlight or there is no available window artificial light may be used. One method is the used of a photographic slide projector. This is frequently better than a window because the light can be more accurately focused onto the afflicted area. From a photographic supply firm one can obtain empty cardboard slide mouths onto which can be placed small rectangles of colored plastic or acetate so to have a set of slides of the seven primary colors.
An ordinary glass of water can become medicinal when charged by sunlight. Tape a piece of colored paper or acetate around the glass (a colored bottle is even better) and let it sit in sunlight from six to eight hours. Even if the sun does not directly shine on the water it will still be charged. A wineglass of water taken three time daily has the similar effect as a thirty minute colored light application.
An example of this is drinking red water in the morning to wake one up or invigorate the person, and drinking indigo at night to relax him. Treatment by the use of color-charged water is called Hydrochromotherapy.
Distant Color Healing
Color healing, used as form of sympathetic magic, can also be applied when the patient is absent by utilizing a photograph of the person The treatment is known as Graphichromotherapy. It is best employed by using a low voltage light bulb, perhaps even a night light. The same application applies as in all color healing: focus the color directly onto the afflicted area. This can be more easily done when the photograph is in a frame. The colored material is placed over the afflicted area of the person. The treatment should be applied at least three hours a day. A.G.H.