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Enhancing the balance of life through color
Designer: Chelsea Vautrin
Location: DuPont Circle, Washington D.C.
IND 404 – Contract Design II Studio
Sage College of Albany
April 15, 2010
Enhancing the balance of life
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Color therapy, also known as chromotherapy, is often facilitated in the healing rooms of
alternative health practitioners. Color therapy is classified as a vibrational healing modality.
Vibrational medicine incorporates the use of chi energies within living organisms such as
plants, gemstones and crystals, water, sunlight, and sound.
Color is simply a form of visible light, of electromagnetic energy. All the primary colors
reflected in the rainbow carry their own unique healing properties. The sun alone is a
wonderful healer! Just imagine what life would be like without sunshine. It has been proven
that lack of sunlight contributes to depression for some people.
A therapist trained in color therapy applies light and color in the form of tools, visualization, or
verbal suggestion to balance energy in the areas of our bodies that are lacking vibrance, be
it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental.
What is Color Therapy?
Color therapy is an area of holistic healing which uses color in an attempt to affect our mood, emotions and possibly even our health. There are different ways to incorporate color therapy into your life.
The color of the light entering your body is concentrated in one spectrum. The mood or emotions associated with that color are enhanced, which can cause a shift in that direction.
Light can affect our mood. Even though we don't see it, the light around us contains the full spectrum of colors. Each color has its own frequency and vibration. In some natural healing schools of thought, different colors are believed to relate to different parts of our body called Chakras.
It is thought by some that our tissues and organs need the same energies as light. When disease or injury disturbs the vibration and energy of an organ or area of our body, applying the associated color frequency can restore the body to health.
Color is thought to do the same thing. Each color's vibration is associated with different attributes and qualities. Light entering through our eyes may trigger the production of hormones which control the biochemical system of the body. It also can influence our emotions and well-being by supplying the frequency we need to keep our mind and body in balance. Color does not heal. Rather, it enables the body to heal itself.
Chakras are the sacred centers within that carry us on our journey toward greater awareness
and aliveness. As the architecture of the soul, they provide an important map for our
wholeness and transformation, both personally and globally. As an ancient spiritual system,
they show the path to enlightenment and integration.
The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in
the body that correspond to nerve ganglia branching out from the spinal column, as well as
states of consciousness, developmental stages of life, archetypal elements, body functions,
colors, sounds, and much, much more. Together they form a profound formula for wholeness
and a template for transformation.
Thought, Universal identity, oriented to
This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection
to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed,
this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.
There is no better exercise for chakra seven than meditation. But there are many forms of
meditation. You can meditate while walking, focus on the breath, utter a mantra, imagine an
image, or simply empty your mind completely and sit in emptiness. (That takes PRACTICE!).
What is most important is to connect through the crown chakra to the limitless source, so that
you are an open system, pulling that source into your crown and down through all your
chakras. Opening the crown chakra is not just a matter of lifting our energy UP, but of moving
it DOWN to manifestation as well. In this way the chakras become condensers of the cosmic
energy of universal consciousness, condensing it into the seven levels of manifestation:
thought, light, sound, air, fire, water, and earth.
Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to
This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing,
both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of
archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us “see the big
Chakra Six is light, higher mind, intuition, and imagination. A simple exercise to begin bringing
light into your inner world is to “capture” light wherever you see it and bring it inside. Here’s
how you do it:
Next time you are watching a beautiful sunset, open your entire awareness to the experience
of drinking in the light. Then close your eyes and visualize what you just saw in your inner third
eye. Keep doing it until you can call up the image at will.
You can do this any time you see a particularly beautiful color, the glare of light coming off a
car windshield, the way light plays on the trees as the breeze blows, the light of a candle
during your meditation.
See if you can retain these images that you bring inside, calling them up at will days later. This
will help develop your third eye capacity.
Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-
This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity.
Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound
Chakra five works with sound and vibration. You can do a powerful chakra meditation using
the seed sounds of the chakras given in the ancient texts, called bija mantras. Repeat the
sounds over and over at a rhythm that feels pleasant to you, going slow if you want to calm
your chakras and faster if you want to stimulate them. You can sing them all in one tone, or
you can go up in pitch with each chakra. Experiment to see what is most effective for you.
The Sound Goes As Follows:
Air, Social identity, oriented to self-
This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is
related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and
female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love
deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness.
The heart chakra relates to the element of air, so we work with the breath. This is an exercise
designed to expand the heart in all directions.
Sitting in a comfortable meditation posture with spine erect, close your eyes and tune into
your heart. If you can, feel your heartbeat. First begin gently breathing in and out getting a
slow steady rhythm. Then imagine that you are inhaling in the left side (receptive) and
expanding your heart out to the left. Take a few breaths here, then imagine expanding your
heart to the right side (expressive) and feel your heart space widening. Then breathe into the
bottom of your heart, deepening your compassion, for self and others. After a few breaths
here, imagine you are breathing into the top of your heart, lifting the heart to blossom into
the shoulders. Finally inhale, pushing your heart energy forward, out in the world.
Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-
This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal
power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us
energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.
Focus on developing core strength to increase your sense of personal power. In general,
stomach crunches (modified sit-ups) are always a good bet for creating abdominal strength.
But the best is working in plank pose.
Start by lying on the floor, face down. Place your hands below your shoulders, arms straight.
Lift the entire body off the ground, toes curled under, body and legs one straight line, parallel
to the floor. Hold for at least one minute. For added challenge balance on your forearms,
elbows directly underneath the shoulders. For even more challenge, alternately lift each leg
of the floor and hold.
Water, Emotional identity, oriented to
The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to
the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling,
desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of
feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.
Chakra Two, located in the sacral area, is related to element of water, so its
purpose is fluidity.
Sit comfortably, legs crossed Indian style. Inhale, pushing the tip of your spine
backward, opening the front of your sacrum, expanding and filling your lower
belly. Imagine you are stretching your hips wide. Exhale, moving your sacrum in
the opposite direction, pressing the navel back toward the spine. Repeat,
building up speed as you go. Allow the fluidity of this pelvic movement to flow all
the way up the spine.
Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-
Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element
earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and
connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health,
prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.
Chakra one, located at the base of the spine, has to do with grounding and sending your
energy downward into your roots and into the earth. Here’s a simple exercise you can
practice to energize the legs and develop better grounding.
Stand with your feet hip width apart, heels slightly wider than the toes. Press down and out
with your feet, as if you were trying to push apart the floorboards with your feet. Inhale as you
bed your knees; exhale as you push down into your feet, pushing through your legs. Repeat
until your legs begin to vibrate. Once you learn this, you can practice it any time you find
yourself standing – in line at the grocery store, pumping gas, cooking, or on the phone.
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