It's pretty well accepted that color-therapy can be used to inhibit or stimulate certain behaviors. Advertising executives have long known that packaging and the colors used, can make or break the product's success...no matter how good or bad that product may actually be. "Psychologists have found that certain colors in our immediate environment can help us perform some tasks. For example, exercise is best performed in an environment of warm colors, such as reds and oranges, whereas the tranquil blues and greens are ideal for mental concentration."
Even the English language has phrases that have tapped into deeper interpretations of colors. "He was green with envy," or "I'm feeling a little blue today" are only a few examples of how humans use color to describe emotions. Noted Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung encouraged his patients to use color in their artwork to express "the deepest unconscious part of their psyches." And who hasn't gone through a "favorite color" phase? Researchers have discovered that the colors humans gravitate to reflect certain personality traits. For example, extroverts prefer red while introverts prefer blue; intellectuals tend to go for yellow, and well-balanced people like green.
Apart from preferring certain colors, it is believed that humans innate sense tells you which color to wear. When you ignore your gut instinct and choose something else, you might be ignoring a "benevolent influence." Red increases energy and promotes free movement. If you don't normally wear this vibrant hue, but all of a sudden get the desire to wear it one morning, it could be a signal that you are about to face a long and tiring day. Some red in your outfit could give you the boost you need. One interesting side note is that when traffic signals were first introduced, humans had trouble stopping for red lights. Red, generally, encourages humans to move forward; red means go and green means stop.
Ever wonder why you look good in a color one day but not the next? It is because the color no longer reflects who you are in that moment. "Wearing a color can cause humans to act and react to life in different ways. Your choice offers insight into current life issues and can, in some instances, warn of potential illness."
Each color has positive attributes and "truths" The opposite of these are challenges. The truth of blue, for instance, symbolizes faith and communication. The opposite or challenge, then, is lack of faith, depression, and difficulty with speech. The sudden and out-of-character desire to wear blue could mean you're feeling out of balance; a desire to wear red might signal a physical condition is happening, and yellow can mean that you're in a nervous state.
Dis-ease means humans are out of balance and the wearing of certain colors can help
rebalance the body and the brain, making you feel whole again. Red is good for improving circulation and wearing orange has found to help children with autism. Green is good for calming and balancing the heart. It is also supposed to help with the regeneration of cells and help eliminate toxins. So what about you folks love black? Color therapy has this to say, "Black is a popular non-color, often worn to suppress and protect the emotions. Any color worn with it is a paradox since it represents unrealized potential. The promise of power that black evokes lies within the consciousness of the wearer." Worn with another color, black augurs control over its influence. "With red it controls physical power and yellow intellectual power. White, on the other hand, highlights a color and worn alone symbolizes a clean palate, completion, purity, cleansing, and strength. The challenges of white are those that accompany a new start, anger, vulnerability, and tears. Gray is the combination of black and white and symbolizes the diversity of the two creating a state of caution."
I'm not sure if I believe all this or not. But I do know that green really is good and, for the most part, I feel balanced, calm, with a full heart. How do feel about color? Does it have an impact on your life?
Whether it does or doesn't, I wish you a colorful week. I invite you back again tomorrow but until then,
Peace (isn't that usually a purple thing?)