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  From the moment we are born, and even before, colour becomes part of the very substance of our lives, making colour and life inseparable; it influences everything we eat, drink, touch, and are surrounded by. It affects our moods and our emotions, and colours our personalities. It is part of our everyday speech: we speak of having the blues, of golden opportunities, of seeing red. And yet most of us take colour for granted.

    But, it is not possible to be indifferent to colour - it has a bearing on our personal relationships; it affects the home environment, and that of factories, offices, and hospitals. Even the colour of your clothes is your personal colour calling-card. All you need is to have knowledge of the language of colour.

     Ancient cultures connected with and in some cases worshipped, colour. The buried bones of people tens of thousands of years old are sometimes found coated with red ochre; coloured stones and other coloured objects were buried with them. Ancient peoples worshipped the sun, the source of all colour, and used its healing powers to benefit their lives.

   Since the earliest known civilisations, colour has been used to communicate aesthetic ideas. The use of colour in the monumental works of Egypt and then Greece was extended into the Christian iconography of early oil painting where colour was used as a rich symbolism in its own right. Medieval stained glass made a huge impact on worshippers of that time because vivid colour speaks to our intuitive and feeling capacities. Coloured light as a treatment was introduced in America in the nineteenth century, but it has remained obscure until the present day revival. It is now seen to fit into the expanding field of vibrational medicine which works on the whole energetic level of living beings.

    What can light do for our health? In northern climes, winter often brings the blues. A simple and proven remedy is the use of powerful light. Seasonal Affective Disorder is readily cured by sitting in front of bright light (10,000lux) for about half an hour morning and evening. The effect is brought about by regulation of the pineal gland in the brain which modulates the production of melatonin and serotonin - the molecules responsible for sleeping and waking. Darkness results in the production of melatonin which is a healthy state of affairs during the night time sleep cycle as it is conducive to healing and longevity, but, if melatonin production is not turned down in the morning by the effect of light on the pineal gland, lethargy and depression can arise in the presence of unusually high levels of melatonin during the day time activity cycle. The opposite condition of reduced melatonin caused by the modern use of prolonged artificial light is likely to have the knock-on effect of reducing the sexually inhibitive effect of melatonin and lead to the earlier onset of puberty. The power and importance of natural rhythms is not to be taken lightly!

    A frequently asked question is: ‘Is ultraviolet dangerous?’ It is important to note that there are three divisions of UV light: A,B and C. It is UVC which is the most dangerous radiation. It is almost entirely filtered out by the ozone layer of the atmosphere, when that is intact. UVB is useful for vitamin D production but it is not good to get too much exposure. UVA results in skin tanning but fair-skinned people need to protect their skin from over-exposure. The healthful benefits of sunlight are usually thought, in temperate regions, to outweigh any danger. Advice varies as to how much sunlight is healthy.  A safe guide for those with fair skin is to limit their exposure to five minutes in the morning, bypassing mid-day from 10-3, then five minutes in the evening. You can then increase exposure to ten minutes after seven days.

     How can colour assist health? One way is to be aware of the psychological effects colour has within us, and the part played by our environment. Colour needs to be understood to be applied in a way which supports activity or rest, agitation or calm. The psychological colour language is universal as it would appear to be rooted in our biology. Red stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which raises our readiness for action. Blue stimulates the complementary system, the parasympathetic, which lowers blood pressure and induces calm. Other colours partake to various degrees of these extremes of action. Colour is understood by the unconscious mind whether the stimulus is applied directly to the skin or through the eyes. In this way, bodily response patterns can be shifted, and harmony can be restored by the treatment called chromotherapy, which is the use of coloured light for treatments, Silks, coloured solarized water, crystals, coloured healing hands and visualizations, psychic colour readings, intuitive and spiritual work, colour psychology, coloured water healing,

     Another recent use of light therapy, developed for the military, involves shining light onto a non-visual part of the retina to prevent sleepiness over a period of forty-eight hours, a process rigorously monitored. Curiously, the use of strobed light in a sleeper's eyes has been found to combat snoring. There are very many impressive medical uses of light.

     When we explore the world of colour we discover that there is more to colour than meets the eye! Colour goes beyond the surface and can reveal the significance of our actions that cannot otherwise be observed. Although we can see with our eyes, colour can see deeper and further. From the brilliance of pure light come all the colours, each with their own individual impact upon our systems mentally, emotionally, and physically.

     When we enhance our awareness of the power of colour and the effect is has on our mood, emotions and even performance, we can learn to use colour to begin to make positive changes in our lives. Colour has its own intelligence. Get to know what colour can do for you - it can change your life.

 

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