April 2020 Newsletter What a lot of change in a month. I feel as if I am living on another planet right now, or at least another reality! This month I will continue with a wonderful addition to Color Therapy Month which is in March of each year. It is an article by Charles Andrade about Lazure Painting. The first time I experienced this amazing painting method was in Ann Arbor, Michigan at a Waldorf School. I’ll let Charles tell you what it is but Charles is a master at this sort of work. I’ve included a few photos of the many he and his lovely wife sent me. I would dearly love to live in a place long enough to paint my bedroom walls in Lazure. If you don’t have a Lazure artist in your are area, Charles offers DIY kits. I think it would be great fun to use them! So enjoy the article and the little bits of encouragement within the newsletter. God bless. Lazure is more than just a decorative paint finish but offers a whole new way of looking at and experiencing color. Lazure painting is based on color theory that understands the psychological and spiritual effect that light and color have on human beings. If I were to give a definition of Lazure, it would be, the atmospheric blushing of analogous colors across a white wall. The luminous, transparent quality of Lazure is created when color glazes are brushed on in layers. The subtle, optical mixing that takes place on the walls when ambient light shines through the successive veils of color calls forth a nuanced perception on the part of the viewer. Where opaque paint absorbs light and captures color monochromatically in a dense medium, the water-thin Lazure glazes are suspended in a clear medium that is applied over a white surface that allow for optimal light reflection and refraction. Lazuring is almost as if one is painting with light or using light as a pigment. It can make the walls of a room disappear, replaced by color that move across the walls of a room and change in tone throughout the day. Lazure may be used to produce a variety of qualities from soothing and calming to dynamic and invigorating. The color’s effects can be either gradual and sequential or muralistic and dramatic. I work closely with my clients to understand how the space under consideration will be used. This helps me align the right color(s) with the human activity taking place within that space. Then I look at the architectural quality of the room to see what spatial dynamic it offers, and how its structure affects the way the nature light enters the space. Together, we arrive and achieve the ideal desired interior design result for their home. BIO Charles Andrade owns and operates Lazure Custom Wall Designs – a mural and decorative painting business, specializing in a unique European glazing finish called Lazure that creates healing interior environments. Andrade paints in the colorist style that has evolved from his initial training in painting which he studied in England at Tobias School of Art & Therapy. His paintings can be found in private collections in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Charles teaches fine art classes, lectures and offers Lazure and painting workshops worldwide. DIY Lazure kit: https://lazure.com/site/team/lazure-by-andrade/ A wonderful video on Lazure and what it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afdvh9nMRP4 Website: www.lazure.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lazurebycharlesandrade Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/andrade3629/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lazure.art.charlesandrade/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3i3DL8mYW28S9KcUDHcmw Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-andrade-998a825 Twitter: @LazureByAndrade Email: email@example.com As always color is a great ally as we navigate our lives. So many colors are there for us to call on as we go through these challenging times. Orange for shock and trauma; blue to bring in a sense of peace and calming; yellow for home schoolers to help your children retain information as well as a healthy sense of self; green to help heal our hearts and bring in a sense of space and nature; purple to help us expand spiritually; gold to help us connect with our gut wisdom and help us overcome fears……each color has its own way of supporting us. Click on the link below to read more about each color and how you can use color to enhance your lives. http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/ Here are two different but equally wonderful You Tube videos for you to enjoy. The first is Admiral McCraven’s speech which was the basis for his book, Make Your Bed. It is crammed full of wisdom and worth watching over and over.
The second is a beautiful rendition of a “shelter in place” video of the song, “It is Well With My Soul”. Such gifted singers! Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDIJz6zzHNU&feature=youtu.be This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply 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 Spring. May we all come out of this united and free. Until next month….. Namaste….xo
I’m not sure but I would bet that anyone you ask might believe that the world seems to be upside down, things are not what they seem, and chaotic might be a word they would use to describe the current state of the world.
Indeed, these are “interesting times” from the ancient “Chinese curse” we have all heard about for years. (In case you are not familiar with that old saw, the ancient “Chinese curse” is “May you live in interesting times.”)
I’ve been thinking a lot about how the colors might help sort things out for us, how they might supporus, and how they might lead us through these challenging times. Color for our time is an amazing support for us, colors are always with us, and color can ultimately help us negotiate troubled waters and get to a place of smoother sailing.
Let’s examine all the chakra colors to see how they become “colors for our time”:
RED: This color is so necessary for us to use to remain grounded and to fuel our energy. If you are one of the way-showers, a person who is here to bring more light to the planet, then it is imperative to remain grounded in the earth in order to manifest your destiny. It is necessary to be grounded in order to manifest anything at all, and necessary to keep our center strong, and full of energy. Red is also a fuel for our energy and a color we can use to activate our intentions.
ORANGE: We also need a strong container to hold our energy and intentions. Without a container, the energy leaks away and has no focus, much like water without a pipe or hose or container of some sort. It will just ebb away. Orange helps us with creating and maintaining boundaries. Those boundaries are imperative if we are to manifest our destiny at this time.
YELLOW: A color that radiates, happiness, yellow helps bolster our spirits. More than that, though, yellow helps us focus, helps us remember, and helps us “digest” all that is going on. IT helps with assimilation of all sorts and right now we must be nimble and cogent around each situation.
GREEN: The color of the heart, green helps us remain seted in our heart center. the more we can act from this place, the better the world will be. We must rid ourselves of the hate, the disrespect of others who think differently than we do, the anger and righteous indignation that reigns supreme so often in our lives. Coming back to the heart center we will be better able to listen to others, to listen to our own wisdom, and to discern where the truth lies.
BLUE: More than any other color, blue is the color of peace and trust. We need both very much right now. Most of us yearn deeply for peace. We yearn for leaders whom we can trust. We yearn for a world where love can prevail over hate, where discernment is used before judgment, where peace is the goal rather than greed and power. These qualities all lie within the domain of blue.
INDIGO: We can use indigo to help us with the inward focus on ourselves, clearing us to more acceptance, more understanding and forgiveness, more spiritually based thoughts and actions. It also helps with dream work and many believe that in today’s world we are being guided through our dreams, and understanding them is of utmost importance. (Note to readers: I would personally add yellow when using indigo for dream work as yellow helps with both clarity and assimilation.)
PURPLE: The color for transitions and transformations, we can use purple to help us move forward to a world we only dream of today. This is where the magic lies and we can employ purple to create the changes for a more stable, heart centered, peace loving world.
HOW DO WE USE THE COLORS? There are so many ways to bring color into your daily life easily and most are without cost. You can wear it, breathe it, create bubbles of color protection with your intention and visualization, use essential oils/flower essences/gem elixirs, use accessories in clothing/jewelry/home and office, vases of flowers, pots of flowers and plants, gems and stones, and many other ways. In addition I have created a full line of color sprays that are a very easy and inexpensive way to use color eliminating all guesswork on your part. Click here to read more….
And to find out what each color can do, click here and then click on each color to read about its own qualities and how to work with each complementary color.
Turning to the Rainbow Chakra colors as the Colors of Our Time will bring you support, guidance, and help with transitions and changes. It is using the gift of the Rainbow that nature has given us in order to make the transitions that are occuring on the planet at this moment in time.
Enjoy the colors. Namaste.
Diantha has studied color intensely for over 30 years from several different aspects including art, art history, religions, philosophies, energy work, feng shui, healing systems using color, interior design, flower essences, gem elixirs, essential oils, gems and stones. She continues to learn as she teaches, writes and speaks about her beloved world of color. Believing that color is both subtle and powerful, gentle and effective, Diantha also believes color is a gift from the Divine, another gift given us from the nature kingdom for us to use for support, change, and the unfoldment of conscious living. The author of 3 books, you can peruse her new book, Simply Color for Everyday Living on her website and receive many free offerings. www.lifepotentials.net
Luann Cibik! One of the contributors to the book, Simply Color for Everyday Living!
Luann is an amazing teacher, practitioner and Intentional Jewelry Designer. You will want to hear this interview with Luann!
Luann is so talented and talks to us about her Intentional Jewelry and how she uses color to enhance all her work whether in her jewelry business or when teaching and practicing Interior Alignment. Be sure you hear this interview!
Since Simply Color for Everyday Living was published in September, I have been on many radio shows talking about color. It has been so much fun and the thing that seems to grab most people’s attention is the fact that orange can help support us as we heal from traumas and shocks.
I personally am so grateful to know this as life seems to serve up plenty of these occasions where we get flattened from out of nowhere. It could be a careless remark from someone we love, or it could be a fender bender or worse. It could be a physical whammy or the loss of a friend or family member. Whatever the trauma or shock, it affects our chakra system, particularly the sacral or second chakra.
The color of that chakra is orange and when we are dealing with these life issues, we deplete our system of orange and we need to replenish it, just as much as we need to replenish nutrients when our bodies are deficient in them.
Orange is a very juicy color that we need over and over to keep our sacral chakra happy. Keep supplying orange to your body so that this important chakra never slips into a depleted and weakened state. Like everything else, maintaining is a lot easier than getting into a state of emergency.
Any questions, feel free to ask. Be well!
WELLBEING How to keep all the chakras in balance.
Last month we talked about what colors fuel which chakras. This month let’s address different ways we can bring the colors in:
Foods: pretty self explanatory. Just eat the foods that are the same color as the color you are needing. In our example of orange above, kumquats, oranges, yams, sweet potatoes, orange peppers are just a few examples of what to eat to replenish orange.
Accessories: either in décor or fashion. One of my personal favorite ways is with scarves. They are relatively inexpensive, store easily, and come in all the colors we know and love.
Flower essences: simply select a flower essence that is made from a flower that is the color you are needing. In this case it might be orange begonia. You can put a few drops in your drinking water or place directly under your tongue and let your body absorb it. You could also put a few drops into your body lotion and smooth it on, especially over the sacral chakra.
Essential oils: selecting an orange oil and diffusing it into your space is an easy and pleasant way to bring orange into your body. This is especially good if you do not care for the color and don’t want to wear it or see it.
Clothing: any piece of orange clothing would work including things that don’t show such as underwear or socks.
Gems and Stones: select the ones that are the color(s) you need and hold them or display near your bed or desk.
Get creative: using art supplies of various colors is a fun way to bring colors into your aura.
Sprays: using Simply color sprays is a very simple way to bring the essence of a color into your aura. You can spray it around your body, onto your pillowcase, into a bowl of water on your desk as you work, into your car, around your desk area.