Color Significance


The effect of color on your emotions has been known for some time. Looking at
something bright yellow seems to cheer people up and invites an outward release of
feeling and emotion. By changing certain color schemes in manufacturing plants,
accident rates could drop sharply. Changing to certain color combinations in school
classrooms could improve the learning ability of students. Proper color codes in
assembly-line factories could reduce fatigue and monotony, and increase efficiency.
Hospital recovery rooms could be repainted for less pain and suffering of patients.
Through the research of Gabriel Cousens, M.D., it was found that the color of a
food reflects a certain frequency that resonates and bonds specific cells and tissues in
our bodies. He further correlated individual colors with the body's seven individual
chakras. Ingesting certain colored foods can energize, cleanse, build and rebalance
the glands, organs and nerve centers associated with the corresponding chakra of the
same color. Foods selected by color can in turn have a corresponding therapeutic
effect. Again of course, the food must be ingested in as pure a state as possible for
maximum effect. Raw, freshly picked and organically grown vegetables and fruits
are preferable.
The longer wavelengths of the red end of the spectrum have distinctly different
reactions on living things than the blue end of the spectrum. Crops grow differently
in red and blue light. For instance, grape vines mature faster and produce fruit
quicker under blue light. Under red light, radishes grow quite large. Chinchillas
raised under blue light produce litters with more females, and mink raised under pink
light produce more males.
Under the short wavelengths of blue light, time is likely to be underestimated.
Under the long wavelengths of red light, time is overestimated, and feels like it is in
slow motion. Things seem longer and heavier under red, and shorter and lighter
under blue. To the dark adapted eye, red signals are still perceived as flashing at 75
times per minute, whereas blue flashing fuses into an illusion of being continuous at
more than 20 times per minute. Simultaneous sounds increase the sensitivity of the
eyes to blue light, but decrease their sensitivity to red. People exposed to red light
experience an increase in blood pressure, but with continued exposure to the color,
the effect is reversed and the blood pressure decreases below normal. Blue light
decreases the blood pressure at first, but then causes it to rise after prolonged
exposure. When prison room walls of holding cells were painted pink, it seemed to
have a calming effect on violent prisoners at the New Mexico State Penitentiary for the first few minutes, but afterwards the effect reversed itself and the prisoners
become even more violent. It seems therefore that color stimulation for therapeutic
application should be organized in terms of brief periods of single colors alone, and
given in alternating spurts for maximum benefit. Imagine homes, offices and
classrooms of the future where the color of room walls are programmed to change
automatically every 3 minutes to whatever color is conducive to the desired result.
One researcher found that one inherited type of dyslexia called, "scotopic sensi-
tivity syndrome," seems responsive to specific color wavelengths of light. By using
different colored overlays or color tinted lenses, reading difficulties for these
dyslexics were often alleviated. Even some "normal" readers could increase their
reading speed with colored overlays. The color seems to modify the light that goes to
the eye, and therefore reduce the distortions that a reader previously perceived. Not
everyone responds to the same colors in the same way out of 150 color tints used,
ranging from deep blue to red. For this reason, subjects choose the color tint that
makes the printed page more distinct and readable to them. Tinted lenses by
themselves are not a cure for a specific reading problem, but instead they enhance the
effect of remedial educational practices.
When another researcher attached electrodes to the eyes of 20 subjects, he found
that different colored lights registered specific electrical patterns as each subject
perceived each distinct color. Since some people have a better ability to vividly
visualize, he further found that 5 out of the 20 subjects could produce the same
electrical patterns by just imagining each color! In fact, they could produce this
electrical pattern of an imagined color at the same time that a different color was
flashing before their eyes! In other words, the mind's imagined perception could
override actual perception. This is something that hypnotists have been demon-
strating with subjects for quite some time.
To be able to visualize colors not only brings about a clarity to your memory and
imagination, but it also improves your perceptual vision as well. As a daily exercise,
watch people and things displaying brilliant colors. When you see a bright color,
close your eyes and visualize the color. Recreate it with more intensity and
imagination in your mind's eye. Breathe steadily and deeply while doing this, and
when you open your eyes, you'll see an improved difference in your color
perception. Next, choose a color and make a list of all the things you saw with that
color on the way to work, school or to the store. Check yourself for accuracy the
next time you make the same trip.
To demonstrate the power of clear visualization on your body, simply imagine a
bright, white light shining down upon your head, enveloping you and filling your
entire body. If you do this vividly enough, you should easily experience feelings of
warmth, security and comfort. Now visualize a gray light shining down on you and
through you. You should experience disquieting or uncomfortable feelings. Once
you are able to visualize colors distinctly, you can use your talent of color
visualization on people in need. If a friend is tired or fatigued, visualize him being
flooded with bright, invigorating red light, followed by brilliant yellows and finalized
with a treatment of warm, orange light. If a person is nervous or hyperactive, treat
him to a mental bath of violet or lavender light. Do the same for yourself. For
instance, when you have a headache, bathe yourself in cool, calming blue.