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.