Fall Colors

Fall Colors

“How beautiful leaves grow old,

How full of light and color are their last days.”

John Burroughs

Even though we are now full time Floridians, there is still anticipation in my heart for fall, my favorite season. I have so many wonderful memories of fall and fall colors while growing up and then while raising our family. I always loved the return of cooler temperatures, the chance to wear a sweater again, the bright cheerful fall leaves, the crunch of walking through fallen leaves.

One of the best things is, of course, the colors of the leaves as they change from green to both vibrant and subdued colors. These color changes inspire people to travel to northern climes to take “color tours”. When we lived in Northern Michigan we saw scores of tour buses meandering the area taking in the colors, stopping to purchase apples of all colors and bright orange pumpkins, and sipping cider to wash down delicious warm apple doughnuts fresh from the kitchens of the roadside stands.

Some of the most vibrant colors of fall are in the red-orange-yellow part of the spectrum. The Evergreens provide a beautiful backdrop for these vivid colors and the brown of the oaks and other trees provide a lovely counterpoint to the vividness of their more showy neighbors.

The explosion of color in fall, this effusive display of color, comes just before winter, when things are quieter, the colors muted into whites, grays, dark browns and blacks. But most people greet fall with an excitement inspired by this array of warm colors that appeals to the eye and the soul as well.

Have you ever thought about why this is? The colors themselves, being in this warmer end of the spectrum, are indeed imbued with the ability to excite our nervous system. Our bodies literally react to these bright colors with an increase in heart rate, and a rise in our body temperature. The warm colors speed up our systems and elevate our spirits. It is no wonder that many people say fall is their favorite season. For the most part we feel more alive thanks to the effect warm colors have on our bodies.

 

FALL COLOR FAMILIES:

As you yourself experience fall, think about what each color family in this warm spectrum means:

Reds: This color connects us to the earth, helps us to ground, assists us in manifesting, inspires passion, and excites our systems more than any other hue. There are many shades of red in fall colors from deep reds even into purples and into the bright, bright reds of sugar maples.

Orange: This color against a cobalt blue fall sky is one of my favorite sights. I can’t tell you how many hundreds of photos I have taken over the years of orange leaves against a clear, deep blue sky. Perhaps that is because over the years I have learned to love orange, the color of community, creativity, connection as well as the color we use to heal trauma and overcome challenges. It is a juicy color that just makes me happy, and rightly so as it is the color of bliss, very Joseph Campbell like.

Yellow: This hue is associated with fall in my mind as the color of school buses and goldenrod. As a child I hated to see goldenrod bloom because it meant those carefree summer days were coming to an end and we would soon be back in school. I liked school, but I loved summer. Yellows make us happy too and they help us assimilate things from foods to knowledge. Adding yellow to a student’s environment will help them remember what they are studying.

Green is not strictly a fall color, but it is present in the fall as the backdrop for the bright colors. Green is the bridge from the warm to the cool colors and in our chakra system it is also the color of the heart, the center of our energy centers. As such, I decided to include it here as I find it a great part of the Divine plan that in the background of all the fall’s feverish colors, green provides the base, the grounding if you will, for all this energy. Green provides the heart beat of the season, the steadying influence. In spite of all the frivolity of fall colors, green is still there, still steady, still the frame for the scenes in front of our eyes.

We may as well speak to Brown as well for fall colors do contain this earth color. They may not take center stage but brown is even earthier and more grounding. It doesn’t scream for attention but rather goes about its job as being the anchor and the more serious influence doing its job well but quietly. It is friendly and doesn’t care if the colors around it create a fiesta, for it knows well enough that those colors need their quiet backdrop in order to shine more brightly. Just as a star or a politician needs a quieter partner, someone to steady them, someone to keep them grounded and anchored, so, too, do browns provide this for their showier sisters and brothers. After all, if everything were a bright vibrant hue, with no contrast, we could not appreciate the liveliness in those colors. And if everyone were a star or politician, there would be no one to watch or hear him or her. Our friend brown provides this contrast brilliantly.

With this in mind, then, I hope you enjoy your fall and seeing the colors as you move through each day.

© Diantha Harris

October 2016

 

How to Overcome Adversity

paint fanColor and Wellbeing March 2016

March is Color Therapy Month. It is the month in which we “color people” celebrate the wonders and powers of color. There are classes, radio broadcasts, luminary presentations, color ambassador events, and more. (For a full presentation take a look at www.aurahouse.com)

I myself am doing two radio interviews, and a live event as well as launching the long awaited Simply Color Online Course. I will also be creating a few interviews with some of the wonderful contributing authors for Simply Color for Everyday Living, my latest book, which included articles by 25 professionals as well as myself.

So there is a lot going on in the world of color this month. I hope you can avail yourself of some of the events for you will be guided to connect with some of the leading authorities in the field of color therapeutics.

Read on to see a few examples of how color can enhance your life…..

WELLBEING
The year was 1985. It was a low point in my life. I had been in the field of Interior Design for 5 years, had just won Best of Show for a showhouse room I had done for charity, our kids were well on their way towards their futures, yet my life seemed so pointless. No longer needed by our children in the way I had become used to, and doing a job that to me had become stale, I wondered where to turn next.

Then a miracle happened. I attended a seminar on color given by Carlton Wagner of the Wagner Color Research Center out in California. Back in 1985 there were not many books on healing, consciousness, or even how to use color beyond color theory. Then Mr. Wagner arrived in Chicago with his color boards and my life changed in an afternoon. He regaled us with how colors can impact one’s life and what the psychology of color could do for our clients. He had spent a career studying how color affects people and was now out in the world revealing his findings.

I was like a kid in a candy store. I got so excited that afternoon that I purchased his video (remember it was 1985!) and continued to study with him until his untimely death a few years later. But I had found color as a healing tool and was learning to use it to support my clients and their needs. It was a heady time and my life opened up.

In the early years of the 1990’s I discovered feng shui and then Aura Soma, a two color healing system from England. I studied both of them and studied energy systems such as Reiki and Healing Touch. I felt at the time as if I were all over the place but it all came down to learning about energy and how to use it for healing and transformation.
I studied various other fields such as Aura Soma, Reiki, Healing Touch and Feng Shui and learned all about energy, what it does, how to direct it, how to feel and read it etc.
Everything is energy, and color is certainly energy. Learning about each color and how it can change things for people was so exciting…and still is to me. I find color to be a gentle yet effective tool and one reason I love using it and recommending it is that it is readily available, inexpensive and highly effective.

If you want to learn how to harness this power for yourself, there is a great chart in Simply Color for Everyday Living along with so many articles on how to use color in simple everyday ways: cooking, gardening, painting a room, the arts, healing….it is a wonderful, wonderful resource. You don’t have to read it cover to cover either. Just find a chapter that appeals and read bits and pieces that resonate for you.

Here are just a few things color can help with:
• Speaking in business or other public appearances
• Being able to speak your truth
• Memory
• Making decisions
• Supporting a relationship
• Creating and maintaining boundaries
• Grounding, manifesting and increasing energy
• Peace, meditation and calming down
• Moving and transitions of all kinds
• Creating a sense of community
• Overcoming fear, addictions, or a troubled past
And much, much more.

Color is everywhere in our lives. Learning how to relate to and use it is a powerful way to take control of your life and enhance it. Enjoy the miracle and power of color and have fun in March, Color Therapy Month 2016!