March is Color Therapy Month! In this issue we unveil an interview with the founder of CTM, Eleyne-Mari Sharp of Aura House School of Color and Light.
We also have a guest post from Lisa Erickson, author of Chakra Empowerment for Women, a new and insightful book taking a look at our chakras and how to heal them.
Each chakra is related to a color of the rainbow and combining Lisa’s exercises with the corresponding color of the chakra creates wonderful healing.
And finally, with the threat of coronavirus looming, Eleyne-Mari Sharp is sharing a link to a you tube video on how to make your own wonderful hand sanitizer without alcohol and other irritating ingredients.
I can’t wait to make mine! Enjoy this issue of our news!
“Color is the key to the subconscious mind.” – Carl Jung
Q&A WITH ELEYNE-MARI SHARP, founder of Color Therapy Month
Q1: March has become the one month every year when color lovers like me get a bit giddy. But Color Therapy Month must be a lot of work to organize. What on earth made you decide to create this worldwide celebration?
I know it’s a cliche, but Color Therapy Month is truly a labor of love. Ever since I launched the Aura House School of Color and Light in 2003—and then Color Healing Radio in 2009— my personal mission has been to help people find their light and joy through color. Color Therapy Month is a natural extension of that mission and I look forward to it, like Christmas.
Q2: When you created Color Therapy Month in 2011, what was your specific vision?
I wanted to create an event that increased public awareness about the benefits of color healing and encouraged support for color therapists and others who work with color.
Q3: That’s a nice vision. But why a month instead of a day? And why March?
Good questions. Initially, I did think of planning a one-day event, then I did some research and discovered there is a National Occupational Therapy Month and a National Physical Therapy Month. So I thought, why not a National Color Therapy Month? It quickly became an international celebration—and I didn’t want the name to sound like a mouthful—so it was shortened to Color Therapy Month.
I wanted to choose a month that was not overpopulated with holidays. When many of us here in this country think of March, we think of St. Paddy’s Day, leprechauns, shamrocks, and rainbows. Because of its rainbow association, March seemed ideal.
Q4: When did you first become interested in Color Therapy?
Color first became my muse when I was a professional writer in my thirties and suffering from an unusual case of writer’s block. I walked into a metaphysical gift shop here in Rhode Island and discovered Aura-Soma, the holistic color system developed by Vicky Wall, a surgical chiropodist before she lost her eyesight. I had a life-changing Aura-Soma color reading that day, which awakened a ravenous interest in all things color therapy!
Q5: The Color Therapy Month celebration truly is global. In addition to online activities, which countries are hosting colorful events this year?
There are so many and you’ll find them listed on the Calendar at colortherapymonth.com. This year the countries represented include Canada, England, Italy, New Zealand, Phillipines, Switzerland, and the United States. As always, I remain grateful for the efforts of the Color Ambassadors and all the color experts who generously share their knowledge about the benefits of color healing.
Q6: Will you be hosting any Color Therapy Month events yourself?
Definitely! Besides the online Color Pep Rally on March 1, I will be conducting a “Rainbow Crystal Journaling” teleseminar on March 15.
Q7: I’ve read the Color the World Opportunities Guide and I’m guessing that it answers nearly every question one might have about Color Therapy Month. Can anyone participate in this celebration?
Yes, and I’m glad you mentioned the free opportunities guide because it gives ideas for virtually every profession. For instance, a florist could create special Color Therapy Month theme bouquets. Jewelers might display their merchandise according to their color healing properties. Broadcasters could interview a color expert for their podcasts or television shows. There are many possibilities.
Q8: But what if you’ve read the guide and you still can’t decide on an event for your business? Or you just want to celebrate Color in a more private way?
It is for that exact reason that I am gifting my “Color for Peace Meditation” script to anyone who wants to celebrate Color Therapy Month in a very special way. The meditation was first broadcast on Color Healing Radio in September 2015, in celebration of the International Day of Peace. You can download it from the website.
Q9: How can we support Color Therapy Month?
Oh, I do love that question! People may support our efforts by planning a color-related event and helping us spread the word about Color Therapy Month. Go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WorldColorTherapyMonth and post your colorful artwork.
There are free graphics available on our website at colortherapymonth.com, as well as free social media promotional posts, and we have promotional products like t-shirts and totebags, too. We also have a Patreon account for donations.
Q10: Speaking of social media, there are two special Color Therapy Month hashtags people should remember to use: #colortherapymonth and #thankhueday. Thank Hue Day?
Yes, it’s the final day of Color Therapy Month—March 31—and an opportunity to show gratitude for all the pretty colors of the world. So post your color selfies with pride. Color heals—pass it on!
For a full list of the events and offerings for Color Therapy Month click here.
As always, if you want to find out which color to use for which chakra and for what support you might need, read about each color here: http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/
“Our entire being is nourished by color.” – Hans Hofman
Lisa Erickson: Guest post from the author of Chakra Empowerment for Women
Excerpted from Chakra Empowerment for Women: Self-Guided Techniques for Healing Trauma, Owning Your Power & Finding Overall Wellness by Lisa Erickson, from Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing.
Lisa is an energy worker specializing in women’s energetics and sexual trauma healing. In this book she presents twelve chakra activation processes, all specific to variations in women’s energy bodies. Every chapter includes case studies and sections on how this chakra is often the most impacted for women in general through cultural conditioning as well as sexual trauma. The following excerpt is from the throat chakra chapter, ‘The Throat Matrix’, and begins with the story of Maia, who came to Lisa for energy work.
NOTE from Diantha: In Color Therapy we typically work with the color orange to help heal traumas, abuse, shocks and any issue around boundaries. This is not in any way a substitute for professional guidance and help, but color can be very supportive as you move through any healing process whether physical, emotional, spiritual or mental. Blue would be the color for the throat.
Maia was twenty-six and a prime example of an overtalker. It was difficult to break into her narrative to speak, and while she clearly needed someone to truly hear her, it hindered our ability to do any meaningful energy work. She told me that her primary goal for our work was to help gain some financial stability. Although she had certification as a masseuse, she had never been able to make ends meet through it and had ended up jumping from job to job in the service industry.
When we spoke, Maia would typically begin with a story of some situation or encounter at work or with a friend that had triggered her and then tangent off into situations from her childhood that she believed had contributed to her being triggered. While often insightful, everything stayed decidedly on an analytic level, and it was difficult for her to express how she felt or where she experienced a particular emotion or energy in her body. Often it was difficult to ask these questions without deliberately interrupting her.
I asked Maia to first begin working with the Root Bowl [a tool presented earlier in this book related to the first, or root, chakra] to ground and connect with her body. Although she could connect with the exercise as we did it together, once she began talking afterward her energy surged upward, into her throat and third eye chakras, creating a hyperactivity there that then expressed through her talking and self-analysis. I described for her what I was sensing and asked her to do the Root Bowl daily between sessions, and to practice staying grounded in her lower chakras as much as possible, without popping upward.
We worked with Maia’s root chakra for several weeks, focused on releasing blocks from past experiences that had hindered her ability to connect with her root and to stay grounded in it. Although Maia became more aware of her tendency to disassociate from her root, she continued to use her excessive speech as a wall at times, slowing further work. We then shifted into working with the Throat Matrix.
It was while working with the Throat Matrix that Maia really began to open up. She mentioned having been sexually abused by a family friend when she was between the ages of five and eight years old. Although Maia had very clear memories of what had occurred, she had only ever told one person, her mother, when she was around seven years old. Her mother reacted very angrily and accused Maia of lying, so she never spoke of the abuse again. In fact, Maia insisted that …...to continue reading click here.
Thanks to the founder of Color Therapy Month, Eleyne-Mari Sharp, for this timely link for home made hand sanitizer. Good for your hands but still most effective in killing germs, it smells good and nourishes your hands at the same time.
Color Comes Alive!!!
This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference: http://www.lifepotentials.net/media/books
Happy Color Therapy Month. Until next month…..