Sep 152010
 

Just because color has no weight doesn’t mean we should underestimate its power to help us balance our lives — or to knock us off balance, for that matter!

Let’s see what kind of energy is connected with each color and which colors you can increase or minimize to influence yourself positively.

Note: This post shows you which colors to use in your environment and when. Lots more ideas about how to use them are offered in last month’s companion post.

The 7 Main Colors and Their Influence

Each of these main colors could easily be a post on its own, but this is intended as an overview. I will describe each one in the simplest of terms and you will see that even the most fundamental understanding can be immediately useful.

Red

Red is about energy: physical & sexual energy. It is very life-promoting. It’s hot. It’s related to primal energy, survival, our tribe, security, survival instincts, and the stage of kundalini that represents potential. It rules the sex glands or gonads.

Red is connected to our first center (or root chakra) near our coccyx at the base of the spine.

Use or increase this color if you want to have a lot of energy for something physical. It’s a great color for sports & exercise.

Too much may make you feel overstimulated, aggressive, and impulsive. Avoid or minimize this color if there is inflammation, fever, or a lot of heat/energy already, or for doing activities that are not physical or require calm. It is not a good color to use prominently in a bedroom, at least not for sleeping ;-) .

Orange

Like red, orange is about physical & sexual energy, but with an emotional element added. Whereas red is primal and more about the individual, this is dual. It’s about partnership, relationship, procreation, making choices, and our ethics. It is related to intuition, especially where others are involved. Orange is warm and provides a grounded creative energy, sociability, courage, and joy.

It rules our hormones plus ovaries in women and our resonance with this can be easily affected by birth control pills and menstrual cycles.

Orange is connected to our 2nd chakra in the abdominal area.

Use or increase this color if you want to socialize, do a combined physical/social activity (e.g. taking a walk with a friend), or do physical creative activities, including those related to earning or using money. This color can help you perceive others’ emotions and gives or receive sexual feelings.

Yellow

Yellow is the color of  sunshine; it’s bright and cheerful and can help us be optimistic. This color activates your personal power center where personality,  ego, and self-esteem reside.

This center is located at your solar plexus (3rd chakra) in your stomach area, which also happens to be your psychic radio.  It increases or activates your ability to be intuitive and as you might guess from the location of its center, to get “gut feelings”. This area receives energy or information that is relevant in the moment.

Yellow can be a powerful color for increasing our intuition, but it can easily increase that ability to where we are bombarded by too much information. More accurately I should say that intuitive information is always available, but we typically filter most of it out. When we wear or are around yellow, we are much more sensitive to it.

Use this color if you want to increase your ability to access information intuitively. Avoid or minimize its use if you are already highly sensitive since it can be very uncomfortable and make you too vulnerable to others’ energy as well. Yellow kitchens can be difficult first thing in the morning for sensitive people.

Green

Green is an interesting color in that it is good for balancing in general. Think how good it feels to be outdoors in a lush green landscape. It relates to fertility, growth, and abundance. It is grounded and reliable, and reflects a calm strength.

Green is connected with our heart center and our heart, lungs, and thymus gland. It can be very healing (or “whole-ing”) as it helps tone down our upper centers (thinking) and our lower centers (physical) and bring them together and into balance.

It relates to love and compassion and thus empathy, as well as a simple friendliness. It is from here that we perceive and project most emotion.

Use this color if you are feeling either overly physical or overly mental; you’ll find it very comforting. Likewise, if you are feeling spacey or ungrounded it helps bring you back to earth.

Because this is such a balancing color on its own, it’s difficult to get too much of it, but do watch it if you find you are over-giving to your own detriment.

Blue

Blue is a cool color that relates to practical mental functions (analytical and logical) and rational choice. It is calming, quiet, serious, and soothing. It cools the physical and can counteract too much red. I recently saw a program about using blue visually to help reduce pain (which is related to heat and the color red) even more effectively than pain medications.

Use this color if you need to focus your attention or to help stay on track with your intentions. Blue is good for mental focus and also for resting. It will help you be alert but not in a physically activated way. It is a natural tranquilizer and actually slows down the heart rate. It can be a good color for a bedroom or study.

Blue is connected with the 5th chakra located near the throat which it rules along with the thyroid gland. This area is the will center as it relates to personal will (vs. higher will).

Indigo

Indigo is related to creative thinking, open mindedness, imagination, and symbolic sight.

It is connected with the 6th center or chakra located near the 3rd eye area (between and slightly above the eyebrows), and also rules the pineal gland.

The frequency of indigo is quite high and subtle. Use this color to help increase your connection with the higher or subtle realms. Whereas yellow is good for intuitive perceptions related to the moment, indigo can be helpful for gaining foresight, or when you are wanting to access your natural clairvoyance.

This color can also help with creative thinking so can be put to good use when you are working on the inspirational stage of creative projects of any kind. (Orange, as mentioned, will help you at the more physical stage of creative projects.)

Too much of this color can cause you to be unrealistic, ungrounded, or simply spaced out. Much emphasis is put on these higher centers these days, but it’s important to remember to keep a balance: head in the skies, but feet on the gound!

Purple

Purple is related to inspiration, spirituality, universal consciousness, and transcendence. It is connected with the 7th center or chakra which is located near the crown of our heads and rules the pituitary or master gland.

Use this color when you are involved in activities where these elements are important such as when you pray or meditate, or when you want to connect or harmonize with your guidance systems.

Just like with indigo, too much of this color can easily cause an imbalance making it difficult to stay grounded and operate in the 3-D physical world. As suggested, keeping a balance between the subtle and the solid is recommended.

A Dose of Black & White

The color white is a combination of all colors, so it can be used whenever you want to help bring yourself back into overall balance. The mantra OM has a similar effect and can be chanted at any time with wonderful balancing results.

On the other hand, black is the absence of all color. It can be used for protection in the sense that it absorbs color/vibrations. So, for example, if you are quite sensitive and will be around a lot of people who have all their various “vibes” going, wearing black can help you not take on their miscellaneous moods and projections.

Colors’ Interplay With You – A Balancing Act

The descriptions I’ve given are guidelines and there will be variation for each individual. Red, for example, will affect you slightly differently than it affects me. Also, different cultures may respond differently to colors than others due to the cultural conditioning of certain colors having special meaning.

Besides the variance each individual color has, there is also variance in the amount of each color which is optimal for each individual. With any/all of us, a few colors will be more prominent than others. This is natural. But there always needs to be a balanced (not necessarily equal) combination of all of them in order for us to function at our best. Athletes, for example, may function optimally with a 30% red balance, but that would be way too much red for someone who has a sedentary desk job requiring calm focus. And note that that athlete still needs some amount of all the other colors as well to function in an effective way.

And I’m sure you can also see why you may operate best with one combination at one time, and need a different balance at another.

So as you apply these ideas, keep in mind that I have provided general  descriptions, and you will want to pay attention to the nuances of how these colors interact with you and what your own, unique balance might be at any given time.

Tips and Ideas for Using This List

If you are feeling uneasy or out of balance in any way, take a look around and see if the corresponding color — the color that causes that dis-ease or imbalance — is playing a dominant role in your environment (including your clothing). Or see if the color that would aid in the way you want to feel is missing altogether. Then either add or subtract the affecting color as appropriate.

When you use these colors, it’s best to use a nice clear color like I’ve shown in the column on the left. That way, the colors can vibrate at their purest resonance.

If it’s difficult to place that color in your environment, you can simply visualize the color clearly for a similar effect. If you do this, it can be healing to see how its corresponding center feels in your body. Can you envision or feel the clear version of the color there? If so, good! That indicates a good amount and quality of that energy in your field.  If not, you can work with that color for awhile, either by placing it in your environment or visualizing it like I just described until it’s easy to get a clear, clean feel of it.

And as already mentioned, I’ve given a few more ideas for how to use these colors here.

Off to the Balance Beam

Okay! Well, this is just the tip of the iceberg but I’m sure is enough for you to play with and see how helpful applying these ideas can be in your life. Here’s to your balance and mine!

I’d love to hear what you think and your experience with this, so please do share with us! Or if you have anything to add to my list of how colors can affect us, let us know that too.

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  1.  

    Colour fascinates me, not just design-wise but for the way it influences our energy and well-being.
    I tend to stay clear of yellow, and your explanation helped me to make sense of it – I’m overly sensitive to other people’s energy…
    I love green, blue & purple, and I often need to remind myself to stay grounded…I often carry some tourmaline or haematite with me, to help me with that.
    Great post, thanks for sharing!
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      Hi Cristina,
      Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. I must say, had I known about your amazingly informative post on color (complete with illustration) before I posted this, I’d have certainly linked to it.
      I, too, love the blue and purple but have to watch it. I can get goofy spacy!
      And thanks for sharing what you did about the stones (beautiful stones, too). Very helpful!

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    Interesting – two thoughts. I live and work with people who wear black, navy, or gray. Granted, it isn’t like Sweden where I wonder if they realize other colors exist (smile – I love Sweden) but I do wear lots of black as do those around me. I set my black off with gold – but I do notice that I, unlike others in the office, surround myself with colors on the walls and disk – green plant, yellow sun my daughter made, colorful calendar on the wall… and often a rainbow pashmina in case of chill. I am also the one in the office who has worn bright red now and again… and I love wearing green or yellow – I am now going to pay more attention to the environment and emotions. One of my current coworkers is a complainer and I find it draining and feel myself drawn more to black at the moment. I wonder about the connection? Interesting though that they make so many “sexy” things black??
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      Hi again!

      You’ve given a good example of the idea that we are all changeable from one day to the next, as wearing yellow is a lot different than wearing black, right?!

      But I’m curious if you think you might use the black so as to dampen your sensitivity to some of the energy that’s going on in the office (like I mention you can use black to help with). Besides what I already mentioned in the post, black can be used to sort of fade into the background too, not calling attention to yourself (unless it’s in a sexual context where it can be almost the opposite ;-) , depends what you’re projecting), so as to sort of hold your own space. But both of those effects of wearing black can explain your attraction to it now, I think, considering your complaining co-worker.

      It would be interesting for you to pay attention to that (like you said), and see if you feel different after a day of wearing black vs. a color that opens you such as yellow. (And I’d be interested if you wanted to report back.)

      Thanks for your comment!

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