by Seta Tashjian | Apr 26, 2018 | Color and Light Therapy
Look around you. Color is everywhere in nature, so much so that it is ingrained in us. Trees and grass we know to be green. As such, green symbolizes life for us. The sun is yellow. Light represents life and as such, yellow has come to mean happiness and joy. When yellow is lacking, we can feel depressed or anxious. These are not coincidences or accidents. Nature is designed this way. These colors are given to us by nature through what is known as the sciences of signatures. Basically, the science of signatures is the way nature designates the functions of things through color.
So how can we take advantage of this? One way is to work with what nature has given us, for example natural essences or crystals. When used properly and under the guidance of an experienced practitioner, these very powerful tools can quickly shift people.
When a client comes in and is very depressed, lacking energy or just generally listless, yellow, orange or red might be colors we look at. Yellow, as mentioned above, is about joy. Orange is pure bliss. And red is energy and passion. Depending on what is going on with that person, we may use crystals of those colors to help them through whatever is causing these issues. For example, if we determine yellow is the color they need, we can look at citrine (sunny yellow), pyrite (golden yellow) or lemon quartz (yellow olive). All of these crystals are different shades of yellow but not all will help with your specific need.
Recently, I had a client who needed yellow. I first worked with pyrite with her. However, when she was working with it, it didn’t seem to help her. Instead, she said it made her feel heavy. That was my cue that it was not for her. You see, although pyrite is yellow, it tends toward a golden shade of yellow and it also has very powerful grounding and stabilizing energies, which was not what she needed. She needed to be more uplifted and feel lighter. So I next tried citrine with her and the results were immediate and very obvious. She felt instantly lighter and happier. I knew I had found what she needed. So as you see, although color is a strong indicator of what we need to become whole, different shades and hues will give us different outcomes.
The next time you are feeling a little down, why not make some time and get out into that bright yellow sunshine to absorb some joy which you can infuse into your life? Just as nature intended!
by Seta Tashjian | Apr 24, 2018 | Color and Light Therapy
Color and light therapy has been around for thousands of years. Although nowadays it is being touted as something new and cutting edge, the reality is our ancestors were using it thousands of years ago. The very basic premise of working with light and color is that we are energy beings and as such, are made up of color and light. If our colors are out of balance, then we are out of balance.
Did you know that the ancient Egyptians were one of the earliest civilizations to use color in healing? They worshipped the sun, knowing that without light there can be no life. They colored their floors green and their windows blue, all to mimic what nature has given us. They used crystals, by allowing the sun to shine through them, and their properties of color for healing. They painted different rooms different colors and each was used for different reasons.
In today’s world, it is no different. For example, businesses are realizing the potential of color in their advertising. Have you ever wondered why all the fast food companies use basically the same colors: red and yellow? Look at McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s, just to name a few. This is because these colors have been scientifically proven to be stimulating, including stimulating hunger.
So if the ancients used color and light and modern day institutions do so as well, why would you not consider the benefits for yourself? If our colors are out of balance, we can feel out of balance as well. This can affect us physically, mentally and emotionally. When working with color, a knowledgeable practitioner can assess how you are out of balance and what colors can help to bring you back into balance, giving you a deeper sense of well-being and ease to the body, mind and spirit.
Just think about how you feel on a bright sunny day versus a gloomy rainy day. All the color of that bright day affects your mood: the clear blue of the sky, the joyful yellow of the shining sun, the life affirming green of the grass and trees. Now think about a gloomy rainy day. Everything seems gray and colorless and seems to affect your mood as well. None of this is happenstance. Color does affect everything we do and feel, whether we are conscious of it or not.
Working with color and light is a beautiful way to bring peace and balance back into your life. It is painless and relatively quick. It can provide vitality and more energy, physically, mentally and emotionally. So why not try it out for yourself?