Colour Therapy - Chromotherapy
It has been known for eons of time that colour plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind. Colour does affect one's feelings, moods, and emotions.
Colours affect us in different ways:
* Colour is one of the languages of the soul, just look at inspired or meditative paintings.
* They influence our mood and emotions.
* They have their impact on our sense of well-being or un-easiness.
* Using and avoiding certain colours is a way of self-expression; it sheds light on our personality.
* Colours affect our way of perception (light colours make a space look big, a high ceiling looks less high when painted in a dark colour, etc.)
* Colours have a symbolic meaning which is immediately recognized by our subconscious. It must be said that not all colours mean the same to all persons and all cultures.
* They influence the flow and amount of energy in our bodies.
* Colours tell something about biological attraction and sexual availability.
A preference for certain colours can point at two things:
* self-expression (you choose the colours which match your personality; for instance green for a lover of harmony and nature)
* completion (you choose the colours you need more of; for instance an active, passionate person chooses blue colours to cool down his nature).
An aversion against certain colours gives information as well.
Healing properties: Brings warmth, energy and stimulation, therefore good for energy, fatigue, colds, chilly and passive people. Red energizes heart and blood circulation, it builds up the blood and heightens a low blood pressure. Energizes all organs and the senses hearing, smell, taste, vision and touch. Increases sexual desire and activity. Stimulates ovulation and menstruation. Never treat cancer with red, because this colour will stimulate cell growth!
Red links with and stimulates the root chakra, at the base of the spine, causing the adrenal glands to release adrenalin. This results in greater strength. Red causes haemoglobin to multiply, thus increasing energy and raising body temperature. It is excellent for anaemia and blood-related conditions. It loosens, opens up clogs, releases stiffness and constrictions. It is excellent for areas that have become stiffened or constricted.
Esoteric/magickal: Deities of love, passion, sexuality and war (to stimulate a healthy portion of assertiveness). Great energy, courage, will-power, determination, speed, assertiveness, aggression, masculinity, independence, physical strength, sports, competition, conflicts, health, sexual attraction and potency, love and passion, fertility.
Preference for red: Red is associated with passionate love, sex, great energy, impulse, action and stimulation, assertiveness and aggression, courage, strength and power, adventure, danger, warnings, revolt and revolution. Temperamental and ambitious people with a need for personal freedom.
Aversion to red: A person who has an aversion to red may be over-active, too impulsive, hot-tempered, aggressive and egocentric, or have difficulties with people with such characteristics. It can also symbolise deeply hidden fears and rejection of his own assertiveness.
I am still on my quest for information about red. I scouted about today looking for red things to photograph. Whilst I was in the garden crouching down photographing a red wind chime hanging in a bush, Jack and Gryphon dashed under my skirt where they became disorientated and confused. They started attacking one another with much snarling and growling. I was rather perturbed that this was happening under my skirt, as I didn’t fancy my flesh being involved in this altercation. A loud (aggressive!) yell from me brought the silly beasts to their senses, and there was much apologising all round.
My favourite pudding at the moment is Eton Mess, because it has red ingredients (strawberries) and because it tastes really good.
* 1 punnet strawberries
* 2 teaspoons castor sugar
* 1 cup whipping cream
Chop the strawberries and put into a bowl. Add the sugar and leave to macerate while you whip the cream.
Whip the cream in a large bowl until thick but still soft. Roughly crumble in the meringues.
Fold the meringues, cream and fruit mixture together.
It looks messy, but tastes delicious.
I need some more RED recipes. Please share yours with me.