Rainbow to the Rescue

(A guest blog post on ClarityisCrucial.com, home of Vanessa Velez!)

In my very varied career from Interior Designer to Color Consultant with side trips into Body Work, Healing Touch, and Feng Shui, I have always stuck with color as the main tool in my toolbox.

The colors of the rainbow correspond to those in our chakra system and thus perfectly suited to working with our bodies and etheric bodies in order to heal, move through challenges, and to clear blockages among other miracles.

Let’s take a quick overview of these 7 main rainbow colors, all while acknowledging the thousands of colors presented to us in any paint store!

There are still only 7 main colors, and indeed only 3 primary ones from which all the others arise, but let’s not get into a theoretical discussion yet! The only theory I will bring in at this point is that it is helpful to know which color lies across the color wheel from the color we are working with. This is because the complimentaries work together. If we have an excessive amount of color in our chakra system, we need to temper it by bringing in it’s opposite. How we do that will be covered at the end of this article.

  1. Red: (Base of the spine) One of the three primaries, red is the color that helps us ground and manifest. It is the color of our life force, the color of life itself and without it, nothing will happen. It is a color that speaks to us of our passions, of energy, of movement and action. If we have an abundance of red, we find ourselves challenged with anger issues, a quick temper, an ability to say cruel and scathing comments to others. To bring back balance, we would use the complimentary color of green to lessen those tendencies.
  2. Orange: (Sacral Chakra) A combination of red and yellow, orange is the color of bliss and creativity, of community and sharing. I love orange for the fact that it is quite healing for anyone who has suffered abuse, trauma or assault. I challenge you to find anyone who has not suffered at least one of these, even if in a small way. So orange is everyone’s ally for overcoming these things. If we have an overabundance, it can lead to eating disorders, a propensity to lie, or being an exhibitionist. Use blue to reign it in.
  3. Yellow: (Solar Plexus) Another primary, yellow is the color of happiness. Orange is bliss, yellow is happiness. It is the color of self esteem and ego, of assimilation of all kinds, and the color of our wisdom and ability to learn. An overabundance leads to being egotistical, stingy, controlling and argumentative. Use purple to rebalance this.
  4. Green: (Heart) A combination of yellow and blue, green is the color of nature, of the heart, of the healer, and it helps us find our direction in life. It reminds us of nature so it is a soothing color to most people and can make us feel more at home. An overabundance can cause jealousy, a gossipy nature, and a whiny, cruel personality. Use red to rebalance.
  5. Blue: (Throat) The third and last primary color, blue is the color of peace, truth, spaciousness, and integrity. We trust people who wear blue, and blue can make one appear to possess more authority than others. But is you have too much of it, it can cause stubbornness, arrogance, isolation, and a critical nature. To rebalance it bring in orange.
  6. Indigo: (Third Eye) The only tertiary color in the chakra system and rainbow, indigo resides at the third eye and is the color of intuition, higher mind functions, being able to channel or be psychic and looking within. This is a wonderful color to use for meditation and a spiritual Yoga/Chi Gong/Tai Chi practice. If you have an excessive amount, you will feel isolated, depressed, or be detached from reality. Bring in the color gold to rebalance.
  7. Purple: (Crown) A combination of red and blue, purple is the final color of the rainbow. It is the color of spirituality, and since it resides in the crown of our heads, it connects us most certainly to our Divine guidance. It is the color to use when we have suffered great loss, when we want to transform or transmute something, or when we are healing. Too much purple makes us suicidal, eccentric, elite. Use yellow to rebalance.

So how do we USE color?

This is why I love using color as a tool for healing and support for my clients, my friends, my family and my self: It is with us always.

  • We need only close our eyes and imagine the color in our mind’s eye.
  • We can use color breathing where we imagine the color around us and begin to breathe it in and out, filling our lungs and then our bodies with the color we need.
  • We can use clothing, jewelry and other accessories, flowers, flower essences, essential oils, foods, music…

There are endless ways to bring color into our lives.

Generally, when I recommend a color to someone they already have something in their possession in that color. And if you need a color that you don’t like, you can wear it where you don’t see it: underwear or socks perhaps.

Or you can use Simply Color Sprays which I created and make just for that purpose of serving people with their color needs. They are made from charged water, essential oils, gem elixirs, and/or flower essences and so are all natural and so simple to use.

And best of all, with color breathing, you can do that anywhere at any time and no one will even know, which makes it a perfect tool to use as you stand in a line to check out of a store, or going through airport security lines…anywhere you are, color can be there also!

I hope you enjoy the power and blessing of colors each and every day of your life. Color is such a gift we have been given, easily accessible, very powerful, lovingly gentle, and transformative.

“Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” – Oscar Wilde

Diantha Harris has worked with, studied, written about and played with color her entire life. She is currently living in Vero Beach, Florida and Big Bay, Michigan where she works with clients and continues to write, teach, and speak about color. The author of two best-selling books on color, Diantha is also the creator of her own line of color sprays made from essential oils. You can peruse a whole wealth of information on color, listen to free meditations, read her blog, or take a free color quiz at www.lifepotentials.net.

Check out her Simply Color Online Course here.

Pick up her Simply Color book – now on Kindle.

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February: The Month of Love

It’s the month of love, hearts and valentines. The colors that come to mind are red, pink, a touch of green, and in some areas, a bit of purple appears. We express our love to our sweethearts, our dearest friends, and our beloved family members. We don colors associated with love and we search for the perfect card or gift for our own Valentines.

But how many of you think of sending love to yourselves?  Personally, I am so terribly guilty of being hard on myself and having such high expectations of myself that I often forget to be kind to me, to be thoughtful of ME, to treat myself as I would any other person I love.

When I was in high school I read Erich Fromm’s book, The Art of Loving. He discussed the many aspects of love including the notion of self love but I was being raised in a family in which we were being taught that loving oneself was conceited, selfish, even unGodly. We were to be humble, to think of everyone else as better than we were, to “not be above yourself”.

Indeed, at the tender age of 8, I had discovered Greek and Roman Mythology and loved reading the stories. Imagine how excited I was to discover my name was a variation of the goddess Diana. Now these were the days when you could go into any drug store or tourist stop and find tons of items with individual’s names on them. I never could find my own name anywhere which caused me to despair that my name was so odd, I must be too. Even worse, maybe I did not have the right to exist. But here in the book of myths was the name Diana and I was so excited I jumped up and down on my bed exclaiming that I was actually a goddess! I was THRILLED~until my Grandmother grabbed my arm, pulled me off that bed and told me in no uncertain terms that I was a sinner for sure, talking like that. That was the end of my goddess identification for about 40 years! And it took me about that long to believe in my worth again.

So back to high school: when I read in Fromm’s book that self love was necessary in order to really love others I thought it was a very radical, even sinful, thought. I was scared to believe in this. I tried to push the thought away, even though it stayed with me and in some very real way I knew it to be true. It was such a struggle to try to rectify the teachings of my parents and grandparents with my own inner knowing.

Which is a long winded way of getting to my point: don’t be late in coming to the conclusion that you are worth loving. God does not create anyone who is not worthy of love. There are people who do bad things, and people who go down the wrong paths, but they are misguided and misled. Their being is still of the Light. They just don’t remember that, and have allowed the Darkness to gain a foothold in their souls. But at their core, they too, like the rest of us, not only come from Love and Light, but still have a spark of that inside.

But I am talking to those of you who, like me, put themselves last over and over to their own detriment. I wish that you could see yourselves as the Light and Beauty that others see in you. One of my own challenges is in being so tuned into a person’s true essence that I forget they also have a personality and that personality may not be at that higher level I can see. I’ve been hurt deeply throughout the years by this inability to discern between a person’s  true nature and their earthly veneer. But I would certainly rather that than not being able to see a person’s goodness.

The good news is that with a lot of work, and the support of so many wonderful friends and family, I have come to see my own Light. Not in that conceited way my parents feared, but from a state of gratitude to God for creating me from star dust and LIght and the vibration of Love.

So this Valentine’s day honor your loved ones, but take some time to honor your SELF. You are one of a kind, a unique being, who is loved so deeply. Happy Valentine’s Day to you each day of the year!

Finding a Bedroom Color That Helps You Relax and Fall Asleep

A guest post by Myra Campbell

Myra Campbell is a researcher for the sleep science and health organization Tuck.com. Her passion for art and design brought her into the field. She began by researching how to create a relaxing bedroom and learned that great design can help improve our health and well-being. Myra lives in southern California and shares her queen-sized bed with two rescue dogs.

 

Color has an impact on the mind and body, setting the mood for a room. It can enliven and excite or calm and soothe. Because of the sometimes powerful emotions color can create, color choice can either help or hinder attempts to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep. Armed with the right knowledge, you can use color to create a sleep sanctuary where the mind and body can escape from the stress and pressure of everyday life.

Neutral and Earth Tones

Neutrals never go out of style. White, grays, and earthy beiges are still among the most popular paint colors for the bedroom. They don’t stimulate the brain, so they keep things calm and restful. The brain triggers the body’s sleep-wake cycle by adhering to the body’s natural circadian rhythms. If the brain gets the wrong signals, the cycle may not be started at the right time. You want to create an atmosphere that supports the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. Neutrals do that and let the brain do its job.

Better with Blue

For those who want more color, blue is the most calming, sleep-inducing option. Special cells in the eyes called ganglions relay information to the part of the brain that controls the circadian rhythms. When the ganglions sense blue, they send signals to the part of the brain that sends feelings of calm to the rest of the body. Blue has been shown to reduce both blood pressure and heart rate, both of which help the body fall asleep.

Maybe Green Too

Blue isn’t the only color that calms the mind. Green, with its strong ties to nature, has a similar effect as it’s associated with tranquility and health. With any color, the walls don’t have to be painted green to get the benefits of the color. Plants and nature photos or paintings can have a similar effect. The more nature you invite into the room, the more calm and serene the bedroom becomes. You might also consider a blue with green undertones for something a little different with benefits of both colors.

Keep It Light and Cool

If blue and green aren’t a preferred color scheme, pastels and light, muted tones in other cool colors can keep things calm as well. Light colors don’t stimulate the eyes, which helps the mind remain calm and reduces excitement. Dark colors can stimulate strong emotions that are counter to the purpose of a bedroom. For example, red stimulates the appetite and purple stirs creativity, neither of which you want at bedtime.

Good Sleep is More Than Color

While the color of your room can have a big effect, sleep hygiene, all the habits that surround good sleep, plays a vital role in getting adequate rest. A supportive mattress and pillow can minimize aches and pains. Along with a comfortable bed, the bedroom should be kept cool, quiet, and dark. Once the right atmosphere is established, other habits to promote better sleep include:


  • Keeping a consistent bed and wake time

  • Establishing a bedtime routine

  • Avoiding stimulants within four hours of bed

  • Turning off screens at least an hour before bedtime

  • Eating an early, light dinner to prevent discomfort

  • Exercising regularly, so the body is tired at night


Better sleep comes from creating a sleep sanctuary in conjunction with developing good sleep hygiene. When the two work together, the chances of getting a full night of high-quality sleep increase significantly.

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