How and Why Crystals and Stones Work

May 14th, 2006

by Naisha Ahsian

The Following is an excerpt from the Crystal Resonance Therapy™ Certification Training Course. For further information on the course, please visit http://www.crystalisinstitute.com.

This physical universe that we inhabit is a manifestation of the conscious energy that created it. Waves of energy in a multitude of frequencies fill and penetrate every part of the universe. Huge tracts of space that were thought to be empty are actually seething with waves of energy. Some of these waves are of a frequency that is not only a wave, but is also a particle. These frequencies of energy/matter are the foundation of physicality, being the doorway through which energy can be identified as having mass, and therefor, being physical. Some of these particles may be familiar to you, such as the quark, the gauge particle (such as photons and gluons), and the leptons (such as an electron). These particles are called fundamental particles by scientists.

These fundamental particles are affected by the energy around them. For instance, it is the attraction between the proton and electron that form the atom. Many physicists now believe (through observation) that these particles are responsive to the energy of thought– even though the energy of thought has not been classified by science. When fundamental particles interact, they create energy, depending on what type of particles are interacting. For instance, photons carry electro-magnetic interactions. The decay of particles into several particles creates nuclear interaction. There are four types of interaction that have been classified to date. These are strong nuclear, electromagnetic, weak nuclear, and gravitational.

These types of energy form our experiences here on the earth plane. Since these types of energy are only created by the interaction of fundamental particles, we can think of them as being generated by matter. In other words, in order for these types of energy to be existent in our dimension/reality, there must first be fundamental particles present. Now things get interesting!

If fundamental particles can be affected by thought, but do not create thought through their interactions, then thought must be of an energy frequency that is pre-physical, suggesting that thought pre-exists matter. The idea that thought pre-exists matter is fundamental to all types of vibrational healing. From this hypothesis springs the idea that consciousness created our physical universe. The idea that your thoughts create your reality is true to the deepest levels of reality. Your thought (consciousness), literally moves these particles, changing the types of interaction they have, and the forms they manifest.

One of the miraculous things about fundamental particles is that they can change into one another! Photons can change into leptons, which can change into gluons, etc. Each of these types of particles also has its own identifying mass, electric charge, spin, and color. All of these traits are mutable, and particles can take on the traits of other particles as they change from one type to another. It is this change or fundamental interaction that is the basis of physicality. This basic idea of particles changing from one type to another suggests that matter does not have a permanent form at all, but is constantly changing and shifting.

The recent rediscovery of the science of particle physics signaled a time of great change in the consciousness of humanity and the understanding of this limited but wonderful realm we call physicality. The understanding about the very nature of humanity has changed. We, as conscious beings, pre-exist and outlast our physical forms. Our very consciousness influences our reality on the most minute and basic level. We are creators of our physical existence.

With this understanding, we can look at most types of imbalance and healing in a totally different way. Instead of treating a physical being as solely a physical being, and utilizing the gross treatments of physicality, we can now utilize the finer and more subtle treatments of vibrational medicine. This type of treatment influences the very basis of our physical reality– treating the originating imbalances instead of the symptomatic manifestations of the physical world.

When fundamental particles interact, they create energy. The type of energy created by these interactions depends upon the type of fundamental particles that are interacting. Remember that we can direct fundamental particles with the energy of thought. In other words, our thoughts are capable of creating energy on the physical plane. When we practice vibrational medicine with intent, we are directing the interactions of fundamental particles and therefor directing the types and intensity of energy created. These different types of energy can have differing effects upon the way in which a consciousness manifests in physical form.

Similarly, if we switch from the microcosmic view to the macrocosmic view, we can view our own consciousnesses as fundamental particles that are directed by a larger consciousness, and so on back to the source of creation. Like fundamental particles, we also have the ability to completely change our physical form and attributes in order to experience different frequencies of energy when experience fundamental interactions with other particles of consciousness (other beings).

To us, this shift in form primarily occurs when we change our physical form through death and rebirth of the physical body. The other “particles” that we encounter are the other people and beings that we interact with in order to learn our life lessons. When humanity becomes fully conscious in physicality, we may even be able to change our physical form during one lifetime, or perhaps evolve into a different type of being altogether. There is the possibility that the great amount of energy released by the interaction of fundamental particles within a fully conscious being could cause the physical body to become metastable and luminous– in effect, becoming a “light body” or “energy being”. I personally believe that this could be the future of human evolution in the distant future.

When one shifts one’s attention from the physical self and recognizes that the physical self is only one small part of the total consciousness that creates it, one is able to affect the underlying structure of physicality. I’m sure that you have heard of the psychic powers of psychokenisis, which is the ability to move objects with the mind. This power occurs in people who’s natural ability allows them to connect with that frequency of consciousness that can cause kinetic energy to be released from matter. They can, literally, move matter with thought. This is a talent that we are all capable of. Some of us just need more practice than others!

Some people have also been documented as having the ability to create fire by concentration. By directing their intent, these people can set paper on fire with the energy that is produced from the palms of their hands. There is a sect of Tibetan Buddhist monks that practice a type of energy Yoga that allows them to heat their bodies in freezing cold. These monks are capable of sleeping in the snow in -30º temperatures overnight in the Himalayas. The heightened thermal radiation from their bodies melts the snow around them, and dries freezing wet robes in a half an hour. These monks, through practice, have learned to affect matter so that fundamental particles will interact in order to produce thermal radiation.

So how do all of these very tiny particles gather together to create our physical bodies? Well, that will be explained a little further on in the course. Suffice it to say at the moment that our consciousness is the founder and director of our physical reality. Our own consciousness is an extension of a greater consciousness that creates and directs the basic laws of physicality. Our physical well being depends upon our conscious direction of our physical body; and through conscious thought we are able to direct physicality to take or change form according to our direction.

So, you ask, what does all of this have to do with Crystals? Everything! Lets procede to the next section in order to take a look at how particle physics relates to spiritual healing with Crystals and stones.

So here we are. The great consciousness has created our little consciousness, and we have, in turn, created fundamental particles to build our physical experience with. We know that it is the interaction of these fundamental particles that form our reality. But how does energy change from the level of the greater consciousness through the progressive levels of frequency until it becomes physical? And how does physicality, in turn, affect energy frequencies? The first question must be explored in future lessons, as it is this process of creation from energy to matter that is the foundation of energetic neoteny. The second question, however, has direct bearing on why and how Crystals work in the physical and near energetic planes.

Before I go any further, however, I would like to clarify the way in which I am using the term “physical”. As we have seen previously, the physical plane encompasses not only matter, but also the frequencies of energy that are created by the interaction of fundamental particles. The “physical” plane, then, would consist of fundamental particles and their interactions. The “near energetic” plane consists of those energies that are created by the interaction of the physical fundamental particles. The “true energetic” plane consists of frequencies of energy that pre-exist fundamental particles, and are not generated by them. Such energies would include soul level emanations, higher guidance from pre-physical sources, the pre-physical consciousness (we’ll discuss this more in-depth during our look at energetic neoteny), and all “spiritually” derived frequencies. I have included these definitions in your glossary for your convenience.

So far, then, we have explored the fundamental particles as being the first true bits of matter, and therefor, the building blocks of the physical plane. We know that our conscious thoughts can direct these particles to interact in certain ways that create both forms of matter and energy, thus creating our reality here on Earth. By carrying this understanding to its logical conclusion, we can also deduce that all matter on earth, because it is constructed of fundamental particles which interact, will both carry and generate specific frequencies of energy. This energy is carried through the physical law of Resonance.

Lets go back a bit, and consider what happens when fundamental particles interact. One of the primary building blocks of the universe is the atom. Atoms are communities of fundamental particles that are constantly interacting in a way that causes the entire structure to resonate at a certain level of vibration, and to take on particular physical characteristics. There are a limited number of the types of communities that fundamental particles can join in. Here on earth, we know of 109 kinds of fundamental particle communities that can form. Science has dubbed these types of communities the “chemical elements”. These are represented on the periodic table of elements, which describes the organization of the fundamental particles that make up these communities.

All matter on the physical plane is constructed of these particle communities (atoms). Each of these communities carries a particular frequency of energy. When these atoms join together, they form molecules– which are larger communities of fundamental particles that exist in the same area, resonate together as a whole, but maintain their individual identities. A good analogy for this is that of a city, which is a definable whole, yet it contains many smaller communities that may have their own physical boundaries, language, culture, etc.

Molecules can be either pure or compound. For instance, copper (Cu) is both a chemical element atom, and a metal. When many atoms or communities of copper come together in a copper molecule, it forms as the metal copper. When copper atoms combine with, say, oxygen atoms to form molecules, the result is not copper metal but the mineral copper oxide or Cuprite! The energy or vibration of Cuprite is distinctly different than that of the metal copper. The combination of the copper communities vibration and the oxygen community’s vibration creates a resonant field that is larger and quite different than the individual communities of the compound.

So, we know that each of these atoms has its own vibration. When two communities (atoms) of chemical elements come together, they enter into energetic Resonance with one another; creating a larger field of vibration that is a harmonious blending of the vibrations into a third frequency. All matter that we know of consists of these basic elements that are arranged into different types of larger communities (compound molecules and pure molecules). These can then be classed according to the natural elemental forces of nature. For instance, solid matter is Earth, metastable compounds and fundamental energies are related to Fire, liquids are related to Water, and gasses are Wind.

Remember the law of Resonance? It states that when one system encounters another, similar system, their vibrations must come into a state of Resonance (harmonic vibration). This law also states that the smaller field of vibration will be the one that will be changed to match the larger field of vibration. So, we know that you are composed of many gazillions of communities of atoms that have formed many molecules, and that these molecules have formed you. When you pick up a piece of Cuprite (CuO), the law of Resonance states that the vibration of that piece of cuprite, which is a community of copper and oxygen atoms, will enter into a state of Resonance with the atoms that are of a similar vibration in your own body. In other words, the cuprite will enter into Resonance with the copper and oxygen molecules in your physical body. This will create a larger resonant field between your energy and the energy of the cuprite.

The resonant field that is created within your physical and energetic bodies will then affect other vibrational fields in your body, and a domino or cascade effect is created. With all of your vibratory fields attempting to align with the energy of this piece of cuprite, you would be expected to experience some sort of energetic shift! Especially if you are consciously directing your fundamental particles to enter into Resonance with the fundamental particles of the cuprite.

The symptoms of this energetic shift could be a realignment of the energies of your physical self. You may enter an altered vibratory state where you experience reality from the vibration of cuprite. You may be able to realign your physical body with the vibration of the cuprite, thus stimulating some areas that are particularly aligned with that energy. You may experience new understandings and healing as the vibration “shakes loose” densities and blocks within the energy field. You may find that you can sense that same vibration in other people and through conscious direction, affect their energy fields with the frequency of cuprite that you carry within your own human crystal! You may even be able to access the energy of Cuprite by consciously resonating with the copper and oxygen vibrations in the Earth’s energetic field.

Crystals and stones also affect the physical plane in ways other than by the energy created by the interaction of fundamental particles within the stone itself. Stone and Crystals also interact with light. This interaction is visible to us in the form of color within the stone. The color of a stone is actually a visible interaction between the fundamental particle structure of the stone and the fundamental particles called photons, that carry the energy of light. This interaction between the photons an the stone alters the energy of the light, changing its vibrational frequency, and exhibiting this change as color. When color is introduced into a system, it changes the type of energy that is absorbed by that system; thus changing the way that light affects that system.

The way in which color affects the energy fields of humans is utilized in Color Therapy. This therapy is based on the premise that by introducing controlled frequencies of energy , in the form of color , into the energetic field or environment of a person, one can change the emotional and physical experiences of that person. Because of the incredible range of beautiful color in stones, they are uniquely suited to be natural sources of Color Therapy.

The effects, then, of Crystals and minerals on the physical body are very real and scientifically based. Of course, the idea that consciousness directs fundamental particles in their actions has not yet been proven, but it certainly has been theorized based on observations and experiments conducted by particle physicists and quantum theorists. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that through consciously directing our interactions with stones and Crystals, the elemental forces, and our own human crystal, we are able to greatly accelerate or ability to effectively heal and balance energies on the Earth plane.

We will discuss the theory and technique of conscious Resonance in the chapter on Resonance. Suffice it say that, even if you were to pick up a stone and not consciously enter into Resonance with it, the effects would still be there but may not be as pronounced. Many of you may have found that when you were first drawn to working with Crystals and stones, there were some stones that you were able to feel, and some stones that you were not able to feel. Probably after much time spent in practicing (consciously or unconsciously) how to feel a stone’s energy, you are now able to feel the energy of most types of stones. If you are not, don’t worry! Remember, this course is about teaching you to fish– and part of that is about learning to consciously attune to the energy of any stone you come into contact with– be it a crystal or a river rock.

Dreaming With Crystals

May 1st, 2006

Dreams are the most important part of living. By tapping into them one can explore the waking world, and actually work through issues before they have even come to light.

There are two factors one must consider in dream work: remembering one’s dreams and recording those dreams. I have had many clients tell me they could not remember their dreams, or that they do not dream. Everyone dreams, every night. How can one record what one cannot recall?

There is one method I believe works well. Before sleeping for the night, form your hand into a fist and hold it in the center of your chest. Close your eyes and say: “I will remember my dreams when I wake up.” Say this three times, once aloud and twice to yourself.

Once you begin recalling dreams, you can begin to record them. Purchase a journal, any kind will do. Some of my clients buy a notebook with an inspirational cover while others simply pick a small school notebook.

Personally, because I do heavy dream work each day, I have a notebook and a small tape recorder that I use during the night because handwriting can be tricky when you wake up from dreaming.

In dream recall everything is important. A general rule would be to make a point of recalling any of the following: colors, shapes, gender, water, weather, movement, and so on. These points reveal a great deal about the state of your life overall.

Dreaming with Crystals can enhance the dream state in many ways, depending on the type of crystal and how it is used. The results can be enlightening, enriching and therapeutic. Below are methods and the Crystals one might use.

*Stress Release And Insomnia - Amethyst is an excellent stone for relieving you of the Stress of the day. A relaxing crystal, it also helps with Insomnia and Headaches. Take a glove and place it over your left “receiving” hand before retiring to bed. Slip a small Amethyst crystal into the glove You will be able to get a good night’s rest, release Stress, and your dreams may become more uniform, thus allowing you to remember them more easily. Once you become more comfortable with dreaming with Amethyst, you may want to tape one to your third eye before sleeping and create some real magic!

*Love And Romance - Rose Quartz and Jade are good Crystals/stones for dreams where love is the issue at hand. Place either crystal (or both) under your Pillow. (I find it best to actually slip the stone into the pillowcase. If it gets lost during the night, don’t worry. It simply means you no longer need the benefits of those particular Crystals. The energies of these stones are soft and may bring forth dreams that are loving and filled with positive vibrations.

*Problem Solving - Clear Quartz is the best for issues one needs to work through while sleeping. Program a clear Quartz point with the issue on your mind, with the express request to solve your issue via your dreams (see my previous article on Crystal Awareness for how to program). You will find that when you awake you will be more focused, grounded, and clear with your issue.

*Money and Prosperity - Citrine is an excellent crystal for bringing about wealth in body, mind and spirit. Known as the merchant stone, it manages to attract abundance in ways that fortify balance, whether that balance is sought in the home, the bank account, the body, spirit, or the mind. Intent is important…as is your faith that God and the Universe will provide for your needs. Citrine is also helpful in cleansing the chakras (energy fields) of the body. You will find yourself awakening refreshed after using Citrine.

I strongly suggest that you dream with Crystals for a full week, recording your results and the Crystals you use, before moving on to the next crystal-dream Exercise you want to try. Consistency and intent are most important. Your intention, your faith and your desire for accomplishment will bring about positive results.

There are as many methods as there are Crystals. There is no right or wrong to doing this. Tape a crystal to your wrist or third eye; wear a glove with a crystal inside, slip it under your Pillow, or even place some Crystals under your mattress, forming a grid around your bed.

Experimentation is the key. Just make sure to keep an accurate record of the crystal/gemstone you use, how you are using it, and the length of time within which you used it.

Healing With Color Therapy

April 22nd, 2006

Color. We delight in a rainbow, sigh at a sunset, and luxuriate in the rich colors of our homes, clothes, and special spaces. Our eyes gravitate towards saturated color like moths to the light. No coincidence, considering the entire spectrum of colors is derived from light. And no surprise, really, that seeing, wearing or being exposed to color- whether in the form of light, pigment, or cloth- can affect us at levels we are only just beginning to understand.

Color Therapy is the use of color in a variety of ways to promote health and healing. The different colors we see in the world around us are the result of the eye perceiving light vibrating at different frequencies. Sunlight, or full-spectrum light, holds all the wavelengths of color in the visible spectrum (red, Orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, Violet, and magenta) as well as infrared and ultraviolet light, which cannot be seen. Used to treat both physical and emotional problems, Color Therapy may involve exposure to colored lights; Massages using color-saturated oils, contemplating and visualizing colors, even wearing colored clothing and eating colored foods.

This is no new news. Egyptians built healing temples of light four thousand years ago, bathing patients in specific colors of light to produce different effects. Now, before you begin to pooh-pooh the pyramids, consider these factual goodies. Research shows that a blindfolded person will experience physiological reactions under different colored rays. In other words, the skin sees in Technicolor.

Noted neuropsychologist Kurt Goldstein confirmed this information in his modern classic The Organism, where he notes that stimulation of the skin by different colors creates different effects. Scientifically, it makes sense. Color is simply a form of visible light, of electromagnetic energy. Let’s break it down.

What exactly is light? It is the visible reflection off the particles in the atmosphere. Color makes up a band of these light wave frequencies from red at 1/33,000th of an inch wavelength to Violet at 1/67,000 of an inch wavelength. Below red lie infrared and radio waves. Above it: the invisible ultraviolet, x-rays, and gamma rays. We all understand the impact of ultraviolet and x-rays, do we not? Why then wouldn’t the light we can see “as color” not have as big an impact?

How we “feel” about color is more than psychological. The last decade has proven that lack of color, or more specifically, light, causes millions to suffer each winter from a mild Depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Because of the complex way in which exposure to various colors acts via the brain upon the autonomic Nervous system, exposure to a specific color can even alter physiological measurements such as blood pressure, electrical skin resistance and glandular functions in your body. And they most certainly can affect how you feel on a day-to-day basis. Learning about colors qualities and putting it to use can enhance your spirit, improve your health, and quite ultimately, expand your consciousness.

“Your aura is just an energy field that surrounds you,” says Charles. “In your aura, there are different layers, and in each layer, there are different colors that may be used for clearing and rebalancing your energy field. An aura reading is looking at the colors found in your aura. Knowing what colors are in your aura brings you closer to your spirit. If you can consciously bring that out, you have more advantage in clearing and healing your life. It’s really just another layer of knowing. Not surprisingly, color has played a role in healing for centuries.

At the temple of Heliopolis in ancient Egypt, patients were treated in rooms specifically designed to break up the sun’s rays into the colors of the spectrum. People also made regular pilgrimages to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, to take advantage of the healing colors of the exotic plants and flowers found there.

In India, practitioners of Ayurveda (now the oldest health-care system in the world) taught that specific colors corresponded with each of the seven chakras, the energy centers that represent organs, emotions, and aspects of the spirit. (Today Ayurvedic medicine continues to use color today to treat a wide range of mental and physical imbalances.) It wasn’t until the late 17th century, however, that modern-day color theory was born. when English philosopher and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton conducted his prism experiments and showed that light is truly a mixture of colors from the visible spectrum.

Although doctors used color to treat everything from psychological problems to smallpox over the next hundred years, interest in color’s effects on healing didn’t really pick up until 1878, when Dr. Edwin D. Babbitt published his book Principles of Light and Color. Here he described his work in chromatotherapy (healing with colored lights), suggesting it as a treatment for a variety of ailments, including burns, Nervous excitability, and cold in the extremities.

Probably the most extensive and detailed work on colored light therapy, however, was done by Dr. Dinshah P. Ghadiali (1873-1966), a naturalized American from India, who had studied Babbitt’s work. The doctor spent many years researching the effects of color on disease and developing colored filters. In 1920, he introduced a system of colored lights, which he sold under the name “Spectro-Chrome” lamps.

Touted as a treatment for such diseases as Diabetes, tuberculosis, and chronic gonorrhea, the healing lamps were considered preposterous by many M.D.s and miraculous by others who claimed success with them. Although controversial (Dinshah spent much time in court defending his product), his work continues to inspire many color therapists today.

In 1947, Swiss psychologist Dr. Max L?scher introduced the L?scher Color Test, a form of Color Therapy still widely used by many psychologists. The test consists of choosing 43 colors from a total of 73 possibilities, although there are simpler variations. By observing the colors a person chooses or rejects, the therapist can learn a good deal about a subject’s psychological state. For example, if a person selects darker colors, it suggests a need for rest and Stress reduction.

At about the same time, Russian researcher S.V. Krakov was conducting a series of experiments in which he separated the different wavelengths in the light spectrum to show how color can affect the Nervous system. He observed that red light stimulated the Adrenal Glands, raising blood pressure and pulse rate, and that blue and white light had a calming effect. Although there are still no rigorous studies supporting Krakov’s work, many practitioners today commonly recommend Color Therapy for Stress and for Stress-related pain.

In recent years interest in Color Therapy has grown as studies have shown the positive effects of full-spectrum light on seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and other forms of Depression. Mainstream researchers are looking into its use for a variety of other ailments as well, from Sleep Disorders to hormonal problems.

How Does Color Therapy Work?

Color is a property of light, which consists of many different electromagnetic waves of energy. When light falls upon the photoreceptor cells of the retina, it is converted into electric impulses, which then travel to the brain and trigger the release of hormones. It is well established that the lack of sunlight experienced during the winter in northern climates causes Depression in many people–a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Daily exposure to full-spectrum light from a special bright-light box has been shown to improve SAD by suppressing daytime elevation of the hormone melatonin (a substance that promotes sleep) and increasing the amount of the mood-elevating brain chemical serotonin. Proponents of Color Therapy reason that if light, as well as the absence of light has such profound effects on health, then the individual colors that make up light must, too. No conclusive proof of this has ever been found, however.

What You Can Expect

Visiting a color therapist should be an enjoyable and relaxing experience. The treatment room should be warm and the chair or couch should be comfortable. The therapist should take your medical history, noting any drugs you may be on (see Cautions, below). Unless you are seeking treatment for a psychological problem, you will probably be asked to don a robe. Or you may need to remove some clothing in order to expose certain areas of your body to colored lights.

Color therapists use a variety of techniques. Some shine beams of filtered light onto the part of the body being treated. Others use flashing colored lights. Still others shine a filtered and softened beam of colored light directly into the eyes. If the therapist prefers, colored silks may be used instead of lights. If you are seeing a practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine, he’ll likely have a chart to explain the healing powers of the different colors and how they affect corresponding chakras.

If you’re considering Color Therapy for psychological reasons, you may be asked to take the “L?cher Color Test.” The diagnosis and method of treatment will determine the number of therapy sessions required. Some forms of Color Therapy are simple and safe enough to be done at home, and the therapist may recommend that you try one or more of them. These include wearing clothes of a recommended color, eating certain colorful foods, visualizing a particular color while Meditating, and sitting in front of a color-filtered light for a period of time. If you suffer from SAD, the practitioner will probably recommend that you purchase a bright-light box or special light visor for regular use at home.

Health Benefits of Color Therapy

Although contemplating different colors, or being bathed in colored lights, may be quite relaxing, there have been few clinical studies of Color Therapy to either support or condemn its use. When treating serious illnesses, such as AIDS, asthma, Diabetes, or even cancer, practitioners of Color Therapy suggest using their treatment only as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment. It should never replace specific medications or procedures prescribed by your doctor. Physicians familiar with full-spectrum light boxes have found it very effective in the treatment of SAD. Some studies have also shown that light boxes are helpful for Stress-related ailments, mood disorders, and Sleep Problems.

How To Choose a Practitioner

Color therapists are not licensed or accredited by any state or any professional organization. The originators of each method have established their own training programs with wide variations in content and standards. It is best to choose a practitioner with recognized qualifications in a related field, which is using color as an adjunct to a conventional treatment.

About the author

Charles Lightwalker is a Metis shaman, author, medical intuitive, and healer. For more information visit the web site: www.thefamilyoflight.com.

The Power of Color and Sound

April 21st, 2006

Color Therapy is using light frequencies to induce healing. It may be as basic as wearing certain colored clothing, or wearing specific colored glasses to create a change in the person’s brainwave patterns. Or it may be using progressive Color Therapy, which involves using several color modalities at the same time during treatment. We will be discussing the progressive Color Therapy, as that is my method of Color Therapy. However, an introduction of the history of color healing is a good place to start.

Atlantis, Lemuria, and ancient Egypt, India, China, are all cultures who understood Color Therapy and who used it in their healing practices.

In the 19th and 20th centuries there were people who used Color Therapy to treat the sick. Dr. Edwin Babbit from England in the 1800’s used color healing, by putting light directly on the body and he used water placed in colored bottles as elixirs for patients to drink. Dr. Dimhah Chadiali in the early 1900’s developed Spectro-Chrome, which applies various colors to specific areas of the body to create healing.

All of this work was lost when the American medical community turned its back on this research and banned Color Therapy devices. Today, the medical community is just starting to explore this area of healing, as well as other “alternative” healing modalities.

20 years ago, I completed my Education in psychology, sociology, and spiritualism. I became an ordained minister and counselor, working with several community service organizations. Around this time I also became very interested in Shamanism, and alternative healing methods. Color Therapy has been used by native healers for centuries. On earth, color is known for its healing properties. Color in the environment has a subtle but definite impact upon the well being of a person. The colors in your clothes can affect how you feel in your day-to-day life. The colors of the furniture, and the colors in the rooms we place the furniture in impact us. Color is a frequency of light, just like Tuning Forks have specific colors associated with those frequencies.

The color therapist, just like sound therapists utilize specific colors to effect ones vibrational field of energy, to treat imbalances in the human form. Color Therapy and Sound Therapy can align the spiritual essence of a person (chakra, meridians,& organs).

The color or sound therapists see the client as a multidimensional person, who expresses him or herself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Much of the benefits of a Color Therapy or sounding healing session depends on the client and how open they are to these frequencies.

I do all of my healings when possible inside of a healing vortex. A space created to facilitate the Healing Process. This healing space is set up with specific colored stones in a geometrical pattern that creates a vibrational field of energy that I call a healing space.

This, along with the various color and sound tools creates an opportunity for the client to truly heal themselves, I just assist the process enfoldment.

About the author

Charles Lightwalker is a Metis shaman, author, medical intuitive, and healer. For more information visit the web site: www.thefamilyoflight.com.

The Healing Energy of Crystals and Stones

April 20th, 2006

Whether in a home or a workspace, Crystals can be versatile healing partners, adapting to the changing needs of those who occupy the space. Their vibrations can change in response to the energies around them and to the direct intentions of those who are working with them. In effect, they can “rise” to meet new challenges depending upon the circumstances, their particular healing properties and how people choose to place and work with them.

Crystals can be an important ingredient in the recipe for creating a healthy, nourishing home or workspace. Like other elements, such as plant life and water features, Crystals offer another way to connect more fully with nature and bring its vibrant life-force energies into our habitats. Although the term crystal was used originally to refer to Quartz crystal, this term is popularly used today to refer to all members of the mineral kingdom. From easily accessible garden rocks to fine Gemstones, every member of the mineral kingdom has the potential to contribute to the health and well being of people and the spaces in which they live and work.

Crystals work by introducing specific energies that may promote greater health, balance and well being into a space. Like everything that exists in physical form, Crystals hold subtle vibrations and may be used to alter or “re-attune” the energy of a space. Ancient Healing Traditions The growing use of Crystals in healing today is not a New Age invention, but actually a return to the time-honored traditions that recognize nature’s healing gifts and the importance of coming into greater partnership and harmony with nature.

Crystals are included in the healing traditions of many native/indigenous cultures around the world, from the ancient Incas to present-day Native American, Aboriginal and African tribes. These cultures recognize the importance of our relationship with nature in promoting health, balance and harmony.

The current popularity of feng shui, the ancient art of placement, reflects renewed interest in returning to a more active partnership with nature. In feng shui, members of the mineral kingdom may be used to enhance the healthy energy or “chi” of a space. Crystals may be used to introduce specific energies, break up stagnant energies that accumulate or remedy other energetic challenges such as windowless rooms where energy does not flow healthfully. By introducing specific, subtle energies that are felt rather than seen, Crystals contribute a unique element to the design of a space. Resulting feelings and experiences may vary from person to person.

The energy of unconditional love, frequently incorporated into room designs through Crystals, is described as sweet, gentle or nourishing. Crystal vibrations that are experienced as peaceful, calming, strengthening or energizing are also popular choices to support rest, Meditation, healing or active living.

Whether working like energetic vacuum cleaners or re-attuning unhealthy energies into healthy vibrations, some Crystals are also used to help keep spaces energetically clean and healthy. They may help to partially remedy the unhealthy effects of electromagnetic fields generated by computers and appliances, or the stressful energies generated within spaces or their surrounding neighborhoods.

Selecting a Crystal

The first step in selecting a crystal to enhance a space is to identify the desired effect. For example, a person who is currently going through a divorce or other traumatic life event may wish to receive more nurturing and unconditional love. Another person, feeling the Stress and fears of others nearby or in the world-at-large, may use Crystals to help create a calm and peaceful Meditation room or private healing space.

When this intention is created, the person’s own subtle energy serves as a Tuning Fork that helps direct him/her to the Crystals that may be most helpful. This process may manifest in different ways at various times. People may find themselves attracted to particular stones visually, through pleasing touch or by simply sensing that they feel a greater sense of well being when they hold them or are around them. Books about Crystals and suggestions from others, including feng shui consultants and other energy practitioners, may also be helpful.

Since crystal books talk about energy in fixed terms, and the energies of human beings and their spaces change constantly, these texts can be most useful by helping one to survey the broad possibilities first. The truest test of whether a particular stone is the right choice is always how the person experiences its effects.

The size of a stone may also be an important consideration. While stone size does not necessarily determine its energetic power, Crystals used in the environment generally need to be larger than those used for personal healing. However, the benefit of smaller Crystals increases by using multiple stones or by pairing them with higher vibration Crystals such as clear Quartz, which can amplify their energy. Pairing Crystals with plants or using them in partnership with other design elements such as color may also maximize their beneficial effects.

Old Favorites:

Rose Quartz, Amethyst, and Aulmauracite While the crystal choices available are seemingly limitless, long-time favorites like Rose Quartz and Amethyst continue to be widely recommended and shared. Associated with the energy of unconditional love, Rose Quartz has long been a favorite of those seeking to share love, provide comfort during challenging times and return to balance after times of crisis. During times of Stress and fear in the world, this stone’s sweet energy can help to create a space that enables one to feel nourished, supported and able to respond to the demands of the day. Although frequently used in bedrooms where it nourishes during sleep time, this crystal is also helpful in other areas of the home and office.

Amethyst, a rich purple stone, is also a versatile crystal partner. Its energy has both cleansing and elevating effects. Frequently used in healing rooms and other spaces, this stone’s energy can assist in clearing and maintaining a clean, nourishing space in places where stagnant energies may accumulate. Its refined, elevating qualities can be a welcome support in creating sacred spaces used for Meditation, contemplation and prayer.

Aulmauracite Power Rock - Each Power Rock is unique, and customizes itself to the energies and life’s mission statement of its user. Your spiritual quest and mission becomes its quest and mission if activated and used properly with benevolence and integrity.

About the author

Charles Lightwalker is a Metis shaman, author, medical intuitive, and healer. For more information visit the web site: www.thefamilyoflight.com.

Color Healing Using Candles

April 19th, 2006

Lighting colored Candles that coordinate with what you need. For example if you want to gain knowledge, light a yellow Candle. Light a pink Candle to send love. Blue to resolve a spiritual problem. Lavender is good for healing. Silver is good for protection.

Color Frequencies

RED Red is the color of energy, Vitality and power. It is used for burning out cancer, drying up weeping sores or wounds, etc.; it will warm cold areas to reduce pain. Red is a powerful healing agent for healing diseases of the blood and circulation. It will help with Depression. Red is not to be used on people with High Blood Pressure or Anxiety. If you stay under the red ray too long or are exposed to red for a considerable time it will make you very agitated or even aggressive. It is associated with the male polarity. A red carpet or wall - in a place of business - will draw money. If you are a sales person - try wearing something red!!

Orange The mental body in both its logical and conceptual form. It is used to Increase Immunity, to increase sexual potency, to help in all Digestive Ailments, chest and kidney diseases. Orange will have a gentle warming effect if used lightly. Orange, like red should not be used for too long. It is not a good color for Nervous people or people easily agitated.

PEACH The peach frequency is used for peace, truth, and balance.

YELLOW Yellow is the color of intellect and it is used for mental stimulation, it will help you think quicker. It is good for clearing a foggy head. To help cure dermatitis and other skin problems and again it must be used carefully because it is very stimulating and it could cause exhaustion and Depression.

GREEN Green is the color of healing and traveling back in time. It will balance the emotions and brings about a feeling of calmness. Green is a good general healing color because it stimulates growth therefore it is good for helping heal broken bones - re-growth of tissue of all kinds.

Green as a healing frequency you can place it around family members who are ill. Though many of you are not attuned in the palms of your hands with this frequency color - it is part of you now.

If you wish to heal someone - begin by asking the person if they wish to be healed. That may sound like a silly question but it is necessary. Help them find the emotional base for the ailment if you can, before you heal anyone.

You cannot promise to heal them but you can make them feel more comfortable and show them how healing is done. Perhaps you can awaken the healing abilities in others. Just remember not to force this with anyone who is not ready and that healing is not for everyone.

When you and the person are ready to begin, find a calm quiet place. Be sure the person is relaxed with what you are doing and assure them you will not hurt them in any way. If you have a favorite healing crystal–use that when you heal.

The person can sit or lay down. No need to remove their clothing. Work first with the emotional aspects of the problem. Give the person hope. Get them to Relax.

Ask your guides to protect you so their energies do not enter into your frequency.

Visualize the color green coming through your palms as you hold them just above –or gently on–someone with a problem.

Scan their body for ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ spots. That is where the blockages are. Tell them what you are doing and what you see and feel.

Now visualize the green healing energies coming through you as you work. Visualize them entering the person’s body at the higher levels, especially the emotional body. Watch them sift through the cells of the person who is ill and moving the Chi energies.

You can have a third person take a picture of your doing the healing to see if you get a green aura of light around you or the person.

Feel your connection to the higher frequencies as you heal. Work with the heart chakra, as it is the frequency green. You may even take it to the newer frequency of green=turquoise (green -blue).

There is no time limit for this. Usually a few minutes is all that is needed. Try to repeat the healing for 3 consecutive days–10 minutes a day.

You can heal yourself as well. You can teach others to use the color green to heal. You can send the green frequency to the planet for healing.

Try a past life regression with someone you trust placing them in the green bubble. See where you knew them in another lifetime. Green takes you back in time. Today let’s use the green frequency to connect with nature. Prepare as you would for Meditation.

Once relaxed–see yourself in nature–a beautiful green field–flowers–animal–the mineral kingdom. Wander through the field…perhaps you meet some of the Nature Spirits. Ask your spirit guide to meet you there and walk with you. He / she waits with his hand extended to you. Feel the energies of the nature kingdom. Connect your energies with them . . .become one with a plant, tree, forest of green. Once your have become connected look through the eyes of the plant. Can it communicate with other plants? If so, how? Try it? Call out to a plant in your home–garden–neighborhood. Say ‘hello’! Ask about the changing frequencies.

Do all of the trees communicate globally as is written? Become a tree and experience on that level. Ask the tree about planet changes now.

Connect to the energies of the ‘indigenous people’ and experience nature through their eyes. After all, isn’t this planet all about experience in the third dimension?

Use your green light to send love and balance to all of nature today.

BLUE Blue is the color of truth, serenity and harmony, by helping to soothe the mind. Blue is good for cooling, calming, reconstructing and protecting. Blue will help feverish conditions, it will help stop bleeding and it will help with Nervous irritations. It is very good for burns. Too much blue could leave you cold, Depressed and sorrowful.

PURPLE Purple is also a color that will connect you with your spiritual self. It is good for mental and Nervous problems. It will assist very well with Rheumatism and epilepsy. Helps with pain, is used in deep tissue work and helps heal the bones. Too much purple and you don’t tend to live in this world. .

Lavender Lavender is the color of equilibrium, it helps with spiritual healing. The Violet Flame - is supposedly charged with the light of divine freedom. It is used to burn off karma from other lifetimes on all levels.

WHITE White includes the entire colors spectrum. It represents the source of conscious creation. It will purify the body on the highest levels. It is the highest charging field to bring peace and comfort at the highest level. White can also substitute for any other color.

The Frequency of White Light. Innocence, chastity–triumphant of spirit over the flesh. These are some of the reasons a bride wears white in most societies. White denotes spiritual authority. In the Orient, in ancient Greece and Rome, it is the color for mourning. I think the deceased wear white as well. A woman wearing a white robe denotes the love-life-death meaning such as Delphic Aphrodite of Tombs, the Scandinavian Frigg (that not a swear -smile-) and Teutonic Hel/Freya–which is the Beloved–goddess of death. White combined with red and black depict the three stages of initiation. Of course everyone knows a white flag means surrender.

In Alchemy white does the `The White Lily’ represent the feminine principle as? It is the Second Stage of the great work as well as the purity of the undivided Light. In the Arendian white is sacred. To the Aztec it was the dying sun or night.

To the Buddhist tradition, white is self-mastery and redemption. It is representative of being lead from bondage—the highest spiritual transformation. In Celtic tradition the terrestrial goddess wore white.

To the Chinese white is mourning, Druid priests wore white and it was the color of baptism. If I remember correctly then white and green were used to symbolize joy in Egypt.

Greek tradition uses white for mourning, love, and life…in just about all themes white is symbolic there. In Hinduism, white is symbolic of Pure Consciousness—sattva– upward movement, the light and manifestation. Maori tradition holds white as meaning truce or surrendering. To the Mayan in represented peace and health.

Roman tradition wore it for very propitious occasions White is probably one of the most respected and well received of all the colors.

All cultures and societies seem to embrace the color white as pure, innocent and auspicious. The acceptance of white has weaved itself through all millennia from religion, philosophies, and poetry and just about every human endeavor. Each time I study the different energy patterns and associations we give to colors—white seems to be the one that humankind writes the most about…when it comes to higher ideals and anything that represents the loftier values we see it as white.

SILVER Silver is the color of peace and persistence. It is the major purging color so it is very good for removing unwanted diseases and troubles from the body. It is best for cancer of tissue and blood.

GOLD Gold represents of alchemy of consciousness. It is the strongest color to help cure all illness. It is so strong that many people are not able to tolerate it, so people have to be conditioned to gold over a period of time. Gold strengthens all fields of the body and soul.

BLACK Black is a color that is not used very often but it will help bring a patient to a state of grace. It will help them reach the silence and peace. Black opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious and is used in rituals to induce a deep meditational state, or to banish evil or negativity as in uncrossing rituals; attracts Saturn energy.

Incense and Uses

Money-Drawing Incenses: -Cedar -Chamomile -Cinnamon -Cinquefoil -Clove -Elder -Fern -Ginger -Goldenrod -Honeysuckle -Jasmine -Mint -Patchouly -Pine -Tea -Vervain

Protection Incenses: -Amaranth -Angelica -Ash -Bay -Birch -Carnation -Cedar -Cinnamon -Cinquefoil Clove -Dragon’s Blood -Elder Fern -Frankincense -Garlic -Heather -Lavender -Mint -Mugwort -Myrrh -Pine -Rose -Rowan -Sandalwood -Valerian -Vervain -Willow

Incense & The Elements

Earth Incenses: -Fern -Mugwort -Patchouly -Vervain

Air Incenses: -Broom -Clover -Dandelion -Eyebright -Hops -Lavendar -Lemongrass -Mint -Pine

Fire Incenses: -Angelica -Ash -Bay -Cedar -Cinnamon -Cinquefoil -Clove -Dragon’s Blood -Frankincense -Peppermint -Rosemary

Water Incenses: -Apple -Avacado -Catnip -Chamomile -Elder -Heather -Jasmine -Lemon -Lilac -Myrrh -Orchid -Rose -Sandalwood -Spearmint -Strawberry -Valerian -Vanilla -Violet -Willow -Wintergreen

About the author

Charles Lightwalker is a Metis shaman, author, medical intuitive, and healer. For more information visit the web site: www.thefamilyoflight.com.

Balancing The 11 Chakras With Color

April 19th, 2006

Color is used in many forms to heal and aid the sick, diseased and distressed. As a color therapist I use the following color to balance the 11 chakras of the physical and energy body of the person. I always start with the heart chakra, the center of the human form and the seat of the soul. Here are the colors I use to balance the 11 chakras:

Heart Chakra: Green (4th) Green is the color of harmony and balance. It is good for tired nerves and it helps with the heart area. It will balance the emotions and bring about a feeling of calmness. Green is a good general healing color because it stimulates growth so it is good for helping heal broken bones, regret of tissue of all kinds. Green is a good color for Pregnant women to help create an atmosphere of serenity and calm. Too much green may create more negative energy if there is some already present in the person being treated.

Solar Plexus Chakra: Yellow (3rd) Yellow is the color of intellect and it is used for mental stimulation; it will help you think quicker. It is good for clearing a foggy head. To help cure dermatitis and other skin problems and again it must be used carefully because it is very stimulating and could cause exhaustion and Depression.

Throat Chakra: Blue (5th) Blue is the color of truth, serenity and harmony by helping to soothe the mind. Blue is good for cooling, calming, reconstructing and protecting. Blue will help feverish conditions; it will help stop bleeding and will help with Nervous irritation. It is very good for burns. Too much blue could leave you cold, Depressed and sorrowful.

Sacral Chakra: Orange (2nd) Orange is also a color of energy. It is used to Increase Immunity, to increase sexual potency, and to help in all digestive aliments, chest and kidney diseases. Orange will give a gentle warming effect if used lightly. Orange, like red should not be used for too long. It is not a good color for nervy people or people easily agitated

Third Eye: Purple (6th) Purple is color that will connect you with your spiritual self. It is good for mental and Nervous problems. It will assist very well with Rheumatism and epilepsy. Helps with pain, is used in deep tissue work and helps heal the bones. Too much purple and you don’t tend to live in this world!

Root Chakra: Red (1st) Red is the color of energy, Vitality, and power. It can be used to reduce pain and to warm cold areas. Red is a powerful agent for healing diseases of the blood or circulation. It will help with Depression. Red is not to be used on people who have High Blood Pressure or Anxiety. If you stay under the red ray for too long or are exposed to red for a considerable time, it will make you very agitated or even aggressive.

Crown Chakra: Indigo (7th) Indigo is a higher aspect of blue, so it will have all the attributes of blue plus it is very good for the head. It will clear a congested head to allow a clearer path for the conscious to the spiritual self. It is used for the diseases of the ears, nose and eyes. Plus it is very good for sinuses. Indigo is a good astringent and it is a good purifier. Too much indigo could give you a headache and it could make you very Drowsy.

Omega Chakra: Infrared (8th) Infrared is a more intense form of red. It helps to keep one’s boundaries by protecting one from psychic and physical attack

Alpha Chakra: Lavender (9th) Lavender is the color of equilibrium; it helps with spiritual healing. It is used as a tranquilizer and it will aid sleep. It is a color of replenishing and rebuilding. It is like a tonic for the body. Too much will make you very tired and disoriented.

Terra Chakra: Silver (10th) Silver is the color of peace and persistence. It is the major purging color so it is very good for removing unwanted diseases and troubles from the body

Angelica Chakra: Gold (11th) Gold is the strongest color to help cure all illnesses. Gold strengthens all fields of the body and spirit.

About the author

Charles Lightwalker is a Metis shaman, author, medical intuitive, and healer. For more information visit the web site: www.thefamilyoflight.com.

The Concept of Color Therapy

April 17th, 2006

Our most important energy source is light, and the entire spectrum of colors is derived from light. Sunlight, which contains all the wavelengths, consists of the entire electromagnetic spectrum that we depend on to exist on this planet.

Light flows through our eyes and triggers hormone production, which influences our entire complex biochemical system. This biochemical system then affects our being. And light does not travel alone. Light travels with other energies as illustrated on the right.

We know that each color found in the visible light spectrum has its own wavelength and its own frequency, which produces a specific energy and has a nutritive effect. We know some rays can be dangerous if we are exposed to them. But the visible light, the rainbow, has a soothing effect on us.

Light consists of the seven color energies: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Each color is connected to various areas of our body and will affect us differently emotionally, physically, and mentally. By learning how each color influences us, we can effectively use color to give us an extra boost of energy when we need it.

If you wake up in the morning with little energy, or you need to prepare for a business meeting, this is where the power of colors can help. All you have to do is reflect on the type of day you have planned; choose the color that will help you meet the demands of the day; and then absorb that particular color. It’s like fueling your system with the right kind of gas.

*The color Red Vitality, COURAGE, Self Confidence

Use when you need to meet a demanding day, or when you feel drained of energy. The color red provides the power from the earth and gives energy on all levels. It connects us to our physical body. Everything that is to be commenced needs the life Vitality of red.

Personality Traits: Courageous, confident, humanistic, strong-willed, spontaneous, honest, and extroverted.

The Root Chakra is governed by the color red.

  • The color Orange HAPPINESS, CONFIDENCE, RESOURCEFULNESS

Brings joy to our workday and strengthens our appetite for life! Orange is the best emotional stimulant. It connects us to our senses and helps to remove inhibitions and makes us independent and social.

Personality Traits: Enthusiastic, happy, sociable, energetic, sporty, self-assured, and constructive.

The Spleen Chakra is governed by the color Orange.

Gives us clarity of thought, increases awareness, and stimulates interest and curiosity. Yellow energy is related to the ability to perceive and understand. The yellow color connects us to our mental self.

Personality Traits: Good-humored, optimistic, confident, practical, and intellectual.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is governed by the color yellow.

  • The Color Green BALANCE, LOVE, SELF CONTROL

Helps Relax muscles, nerves, and thoughts. Cleanses and balances our energy, to give a feeling of renewal, peace and harmony. Green connects us to unconditional love and is used for balancing our whole being.

Personality Traits: Understanding, self-controlled, adaptable, sympathetic, compassionate, generous, humble, nature loving, and romantic.

The Heart Chakra is governed by the color green.

  • The Color Blue KNOWLEDGE, HEALTH, DECISIVENESS

This is a mentally-relaxing color. Blue has a pacifying effect on the Nervous system and brings great Relaxation. Ideal for Sleep Problems, and hyper-active children. Connects us to holistic thought, and gives us wisdom and clarity enhancing communication and speech.

Personality Traits: Loyal, tactful, affectionate, inspiring, inventive, caring, and cautious.

The Throat Chakra is governed by the color blue.

  • The Color Purple INTUITION, MYSTICISM, UNDERSTANDING

The purple energy connects us to our unconscious self, and gives us the experience of being part of the whole universe. Strengthens intuition, imagination, psychic powers, and increases dream activity.

Personality Traits: Intuitive, fearless, practical, idealistic, wise, and a truth seeker.

The Brow Chakra is governed by the color purple.

Purifies our thoughts and feelings giving us inspiration in all undertakings. The Violet energy connects us to our spiritual self bringing guidance, wisdom and inner strength. Enhances artistic talent and creativity.

Personality Traits: Inspirational leaders, kindly and just, humanitarians, self-sacrifing, visionary, creative, and strong mentally.

The Crown Chakra is governed by the Violet energy.

About the author

Charles Lightwalker is a Metis shaman, author, medical intuitive, and healer. For more information visit the web site: www.thefamilyoflight.com.

The History of Color Therapy

April 16th, 2006

The effects of color on life must have been of great significance to early human beings, whose very existence was governed by light and darkness. Most living things appear to be vitalized by the bright reds, oranges, and yellows of daylight — and calmed and rejuvenated by the blues, indigos, and violets of the night.

For the ancients, the colors that make up sunlight were each considered to show a different aspect of the divine and to influence different qualities of life. Color is therefore an important feature in the symbolism of ancient cultures throughout the world, and the origins of Healing With Color in Western civilization can be traced back to the mythology of Ancient Egypt and Greece.

IN THE ANCIENT WORLD

According to Ancient Egyptian mythology, the art of Healing With Color was founded by the god Thoth. He was known to the Ancient Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus, literally “Hermes thrice-greatest”, because he was also credited with various works on mysticism and magic. Teachings attributed to him include the use of color in healing. In the Hermetic tradition, the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used colored minerals, stones, Crystals, salves, and dyes as remedies, and painted treatment sanctuaries in various shades of color.Interest in the physical nature of color developed in Ancient Greece alongside the concept of the elements — air, fire, water, and earth. These fundamental constituents of the universe were associated with the qualities of coldness, heat, wetness and dryness, and also with four humors or bodily fluids — choler or yellow bile, blood (red), phlegm (white), and melancholy or black bile.

These were thought to arise in four organs — the spleen, heart, liver, and brain — and to determine emotional and physical disposition. Health involved the proper balance of these humors, and disease would result if their mixture was in an unbalanced proportion. Color was intrinsic to healing, which involved restoring the balance. Colored garments, oils, plasters, ointments, and salves were used to treat disease.By the end of the Classical period in Greece, these principles were included in the scientific framework that was to remain largely unchanged in the West until the Middle Ages. In the first century A.D., Aurelius Cornelius Celsus followed the doctrines established by Pythagoras and Hippocrates and included the use of colored ointments, plasters, and flowers in several treatises on medicine.

DURING THE MIDDLE AGES

With the coming of Christianity, however, all that was pagan was exorcised, including the healing practices of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. The progress of medicine throughout Europe was effectively halted while those who clung to traditional principles and practices of healing were persecuted. The ancient healing arts, preserved by secret oral tradition passed on to the initiates, thus became hidden or “occult”.It was an Arab physician and disciple of Aristotle, Avicenna (980-circa 1037), who advanced the art of healing.

In his Canon of Medicine he made clear the vital importance of color in both diagnosis and treatment. Avicenna, noting that color was an observable symptom of disease, developed a chart which related color to temperament and the physical condition of the body. He used color in treatment — insisting that red moved the blood, blue or white cooled it, and yellow reduced pain and inflammation — prescribing potions of red flowers to cure blood disorders, and yellow flowers and morning sunlight to cure disorders of the biliary system.

Avicenna wrote also of the possible dangers of color in treatment, observing that a person with a nosebleed, for example, should not gaze at things of a brilliant red color or be exposed to red light because this would stimulate the sanguineous humor, whereas blue would soothe it and reduce blood flow.

The Renaissance saw a resurgence in the art of healing in Europe. One of the most renowned healers of the period was Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), known as Paracelsus, who attributed his understanding of the laws and practices of medicine to his conversations with witches (women who were primarily pagan healers purged by the Church).

Paracelsus regarded light and color as essential for good health and used them extensively in treatment, together with elixirs, charms and talismans, Herbs and minerals. A great exponent of alchemy, Paracelsus insisted that its true purpose was not to make gold, but to prepare effective medicines. He used liquid gold to treat ailments of all kinds, apparently with a good deal of success. Consequently his fame as a great physician spread throughout Europe.

ENLIGHTENMENT, SCIENCE & HEALING

However, after the Middle Ages Paracelsus and other alchemists lost their prestige when mysticism and magic were overtaken by rationalism and science.

By the eighteenth century, “enlightenment” had taken on a new meaning. It was the name given to a philosophical movement that Stressed the importance of reason and the critical appraisal of existing ideas. Reason dictated that all knowledge had to be certain and evident; anything about which there could be doubt was rejected. As a result the divine gradually disappeared from the scientific world view.

By the nineteenth century, the emphasis in science was exclusively on the material rather than the spiritual. As medicine came under the umbrella of science it, too, focused on the material physical body, ignoring the mind and spirit. With the advent of physical medicine, and such treatments as Surgery and antiseptics, interest in Healing With Color declined. It didn’t resurface until the nineteenth century, and then not in Europe but North America.

In 1876, Augustus Pleasanton published Blue and Sun-lights, in which he reported his findings on the effects of color in plants, animals, and humans. He claimed that the quality, yield, and size of grapes could be significantly increased if they were grown in greenhouses made with alternating blue and transparent panes of glass. He also reported having cured certain diseases and increased Fertility, as well as the rate of physical maturation in animals, by exposing them to blue light.

In addition, Pleasanton maintained that blue light was effective in treating human disease and pain. His work gained supporters but was dismissed by the medical establishment as unscientific.However, in 1877 a distinguished physician named Dr. Seth Pancoast published Blue and Red Lights, in which he, too, advocated the use of color in healing.

Edwin Babbit’s The Principles of Light and Color was published in 1878; the second edition, published in 1896, attracted worldwide attention. Babbit advanced a comprehensive theory of Healing With Color. He identified the color red as a stimulant, notably of blood and to a lesser extent to the nerves; yellow and Orange as nerve stimulants; blue and Violet as soothing to all systems and with Anti-Inflammatory properties.

Accordingly, Babbit prescribed red for paralysis, consumption, physical exhaustion, and chronic Rheumatism; yellow as a Laxative, emetic and purgative, and for bronchial difficulties; and blue for inflammatory conditions, sciatica, meningitis, Nervous headache, Irritability, and sunstroke.

Babbit developed various devices, including a special cabinet called the Thermolume, which used colored glass and natural light to produce colored light; and the Chromo Disk, a funnel-shaped device fitted with special color filters that could localize light onto various parts of the body.Babbit established the correspondence between colors and minerals, which he used as an addition to treatment with colored light, and developed elixirs by irradiating water with sunlight filtered through colored lenses.

He claimed that this “potentized” water retained the energy of the vital elements within the particular color filter used, and that it had remarkable healing power. Solar tinctures of this kind are still made and used today by many color therapists.

Chromopaths then sprang up throughout the country and Britain, developing extensive color prescriptions for every conceivable ailment. By the end of the nineteenth century, red light was used to prevent Scars from forming in cases of smallpox, and startling cures were later reported among tuberculosis patients exposed to sunlight and ultraviolet rays. Nevertheless, the medical profession remained skeptical of claims made about Healing With Color.

Investigations into the therapeutic use of color were carried out in Europe during the early twentieth century, notably by Rudolph Steiner, who related color to form, shape, and sound. He suggested that the vibrational quality of certain colors is amplified by some forms, and that certain combinations of color and shape have either destructive or regenerative effects on living organisms. In the schools inspired by Steiner’s work, classrooms are painted and textured to correspond to the “mood” of children at various stages of their development.

Rudolph Steiner’s work was continued by Theo Gimbel, who established the Hygeia Studios and College of Color Therapy in Britain. Among the principles explored by Gimbel are the claims of Max Luscher, a former professor of psychology at Basle University, who claimed that color preferences demonstrate states of mind and/or glandular imbalance, and can be used as the basis for physical and psychological diagnosis.

Luscher’s theory, which forms the basis of the Luscher Color Test, rests on the idea that the significance of color for man originates in his early history, when his behavior was governed by night and day. Luscher believed that the colors associated with these two environments — yellow and dark blue — are connected with differences in metabolic rate and glandular secretions appropriate to the energy required for nighttime sleep and daytime hunting. He also believed that autonomic (involuntary) responses are associated with other colors.

Support for Luscher’s theories was provided in the 1940s by the Russian scientist S. V. Krakov, who established that the color red stimulates the sympathetic part of the autonomic Nervous system, while blue stimulates the parasympathetic part. His findings were confirmed in 1958 by Robert Gerard.Gerard found that red produced feelings of arousal, and was disturbing to Anxious or tense subjects, while blue generated feelings of tranquility and well-being A.D.H.D.a calming effect.

The discovery that blood pressure increases under red light and decreases under blue light led Gerard to suggest that psychophysiological activation increases with wavelength from blue to red.Although cautious about his findings and insisting on the need for further research, Gerard highlighted the possible therapeutic benefits of the color blue, and recommended it as supplementary therapy in the treatment of various conditions.

Among other suggestions, Gerard pointed to the possible uses of blue as a tranquilizer and relaxant in Anxious individuals, and as a way of reducing blood pressure in the treatment of Hypertension.

Dr. Harry Wohlfarth also showed that certain colors have measurable and predictable effects on the autonomic Nervous system of people. In numerous studies, he found that blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rates increase most under yellow light, moderately under Orange, and minimally under red, while decreasing most under black, moderately under blue, and minimally under green.

Subsequent research on plants and animals conducted by the photobiologist Dr. John Ott demonstrated the effects of color on growth and development. Plants grown under red glass were found to shoot up four times quicker than those grown in ordinary sunlight, and to grow much more slowly under green glass.

However, although red light initially overstimulated plants, their growth was subsequently stunted, whereas blue light produced slower growth initially but taller, thicker plants later.

Rodents kept under blue plastic grew normally, but when kept under red or pink plastic their appetite and growth rate increased. If kept under blue light, animals grew denser coats.

During the 1950s, studies suggested that neonatal jaundice, a potentially fatal condition found in two-thirds of premature babies, could be successfully treated by exposure to sunlight. This was confirmed in the 1960s, and white light replaced the high-risk blood transfusions in the treatment of this condition. Blue light was later found to be more effective and less hazardous than full-spectrum light (the most common form of treatment for neonatal jaundice).

Bright white full-spectrum light is also now being used in the treatment of cancers, SAD (seasonal affective disorder — so called “winter Depression”), anorexia, bulimia nervosa, Insomnia, jet lag, shift-working, alcohol and drug dependency, and to reduce overall levels of medication.The blue light found to be successful in the treatment of neonatal jaundice has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

In studies by S. F. McDonald, most of those exposed to blue light for variable periods up to fifteen minutes experienced a significant degree of Pain Relief. It was concluded that the pain reduction was directly related both to the blue light and the length of exposure to it. Blue light is also used in healing injured tissue and preventing Scar Tissue, in the treatment of cancers and nonmalignant tumors, as well as skin and lung conditions.

In 1990, scientists reported to the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on the successful use of blue light in the treatment of a wide variety of psychological problems, including addictions, eating disorders, Impotence, and Depression.

RECENT APPLICATIONS OF COLOR

At the other end of the color spectrum, red light has been shown to be effective in the treatment of Migraine Headaches and cancer. As a result, color is becoming widely accepted as a therapeutic tool with various medical applications. A new technique, which has been developed over the past two decades as a result of pioneering research, is photodynamic therapy, or PDT.

This is based on the discovery that certain intravenously injected photosensitive chemicals not only accumulate in cancer cells but selectively identify these cells under ultraviolet light. These photosensitive chemicals then exclusively destroy the cancer cells when activated by red light, whose longer wavelength allows it to penetrate tissue more deeply than other colors.

PDT can be used for both diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Thomas Dougherty, who developed PDT, reports that in a worldwide experiment more than 3000 people, with a wide variety of malignant tumors, have been successfully treated with this technique.

OTHER THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS

Color is also used therapeutically in a variety of non medical settings. In some cases its effects have been quite accidental, as in a report to me by the governor of a newly built prison in which each of its four wings had been painted a different color. Both he and his staff found that the behavior of the prisoners varied significantly depending on which wing they lived in, although their allocation to each had been random. Those in red and yellow wings were more inclined to violence than those in the blue and green wings.

Experimental research lends support to these observations. Viewing red light has been found to increase subjects’ strength by 13.5 percent and to elicit 5.8 percent more electrical activity in the arm muscles. For this reason it is now used to improve the performance of athletes. Whereas red light appears to help athletes who need short, quick bursts of energy, blue light assists in performances requiring a more steady energy output.

By comparison, pink has been found to have a tranquilizing and calming effect within minutes of exposure. It suppresses hostile, aggressive, and Anxious behavior — interesting given its traditional association with women in Western culture.

Pink holding cells are now widely used to reduce violent and Aggressive Behavior among prisoners, and some sources have reported a reduction of muscle strength in inmates within 2.7 seconds. It appears that when in pink surroundings people cannot be aggressive even if they want to, because the color saps their energy.

By contrast, yellow should be avoided in such contexts because it is highly stimulating. Gimbel has suggested a possible relationship between violent street crime and sodium yellow street lighting.Research has also shown that color-tinted eyeglasses can be highly effective in the treatment of learning difficulties, notably dyslexia. This was first discovered by psychologist Helen Irlen, but was regarded skeptically until recent investigations by the British Medical Research Council confirmed Irlen’s claims.

In June 1993, a new optician’s device called the Intuitive Colorimeter was made available to British opticians so they could measure which tint — bright pink, yellow, green or blue — best helps people who normally see text as swirling, wobbling, or with letters appearing in the wrong order.

PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF COLOR

Until recently, the function of light was thought to relate largely to sight. However, it is now well established that color need not actually be seen for it to have definite psychological and physiological effects. It can also be distinguished by blind, colorblind, and blindfolded subjects.

This phenomenon, referred to as eyeless sight, dermo-optic vision, or bio-introscopy, has been researched since the 1920s, when it was established that hypnotized blindfolded subjects could recognize colors and shapes with their foreheads, and that non hypnotized blindfolded subjects could precisely describe colors and shapes presented under glass.

Research in Russia during the 1960s was stimulated by studies of Roza Kulesheva, who, when blindfolded, could distinguish color and shape with her fingertips, and could also read this way. Other experiments found that Kulesheva was not exceptional; one in six experimental subjects could recognize color with their fingertips after only 20-30 minutes training, and blind people developed this sensitivity even more quickly.

Some subjects who could distinguish color correctly by holding their fingers 20-80 centimeters above color cards described experiencing sensations varying from needle pricks to faint breezes, depending on the color. Even when heat differences, structural differences in dyestuffs, and other variables were controlled, people were still able to distinguish colors accurately, whether they were put under glass, tracing paper, aluminium foil, brass or copper plates. The phenomenon remains something of a puzzle.

Understanding of these effects has come about only as a result of research into the hormones melatonin and serotonin, both of which are produced by the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin is known to be the crucial chemical pathway by which animals respond to light and synchronize their bodily functioning with diurnal, lunar, and seasonal variations. Serotonin is a very important neurotransmitter in the brain, whose action has been linked with mental disturbances such as schizophrenia and hallucinogenic states.

Serotonin, a stimulant, is produced by day, whereas the output of melatonin — which is linked with sleep — increases when it is dark and has a generally depressive effect. This is reversed when it is light and production of melatonin drops. Its main site of action appears to be the hypothalamus, the part of the brain involved in mediating the effects of various hormones and regulating emotions. However, changes in the output of melatonin in response to light influence every cell of the body, notably the reproductive processes, which are very sensitive to such variations.

Very high levels of melatonin have been found in women with Ovulation problems and anorexia nervosa (a characteristic feature of which is amenorrhoea, or absence of periods), in men with low sperm count, and people suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which usually occurs during winter.

Depression in general appears to be closely linked with melatonin levels, and sufferers tend to show rapid improvement in response to natural sunlight or light therapy using full-spectrum lamps. Research has also confirmed that certain parts of the brain are not only light sensitive but actually respond differently to different wavelengths; it is now believed that different wavelengths (color) of radiation interact differently with the endocrine system to stimulate or reduce hormone production.

It might be thought that modern-day Healing With Color is based on the discoveries of Western science over the past few decades. However, it is based on an altogether more ancient and esoteric science whose principles and practices have yet to be acknowledged, much less verified by Western scientists. Healing With Color is rooted in ancient mysticism, the major principles of which are common to many different cultures throughout the world.

About the author

Charles Lightwalker is a Metis shaman, author, medical intuitive, and healer. For more information visit the web site: www.thefamilyoflight.com.

Healing With Color

April 14th, 2006

There are 14 colors used in healing:

Red Red is associated with energy, grounding, blood, passion for life, flame of Holy Spirit, regeneration, Stress, chaos, survival issues, anger, violence, courage , inconsistency, womb, menstruation cycle, circulation, cellular structure, Fever.

Orange Orange is associated with shock, Trauma, deep insight, codependency/independence, harmony, ecstasy, Beauty, sexuality, trust, individuation, devotion, wisdom, indecision, patience, gut feelings, hysteria, Depression, ovaries, spleen, intestines, gall bladder.

Yellow Yellow is associated with acquired knowledge, light, will power, mental confusion, intellect, cynicism, indecisiveness, warmth, joy, delight, fear, cowardice, nervousness, confusion, Depression, solar plexus, liver, nerves, skin, Arthritis, jaundice.

Green Green is associated with space, search for truth, seeing all aspects of a situation, growth, nature, Fertility, creativity, healing, regeneration, compassion, balance, envy, heart, lungs, thymus, ulcers.

Turquoise Turquoise is associated with mass communication, the sea, trusting intuition, utopian outlook, teaching, communication through art and all creative expression, awareness, talent for technical things, sympathy and empathy, emotional expression, optimism, heart, throat, thymus, lungs, upper neck, shoulders, circulation, bronchitis, asthma, revitalization, hay Fever, swelling, strains on the body.

Blue Blue is associated with peace, sympathy and healing, safety, rest, divinity, water (baptism), blessing, protection that lets in helpful and supportive influences, intuition, leadership, serenity, calmness, softness, emptiness, feeling blue, Frigidity, thyroid, throat, all communication, Cramps, sprains, infections, neck problems, sunburn.

Magenta Magenta is associated with love for everyday things, cooperation, finding your purpose for living, hormonal system, energy flow.

Violet Violet is associated with spirituality, healing, service, contemplation (sometimes too much), individualism, closure, recognize and realize the reason for living, suffering grief, not wanting to be here, addiction, tendency to withdraw, inner calmness, production of mucus, skull, overactivity.

Coral Coral is associated with the unconscious, intuitive, self-analysis, dependency, ability to accept love, glands, birth Trauma.

Gold Gold is associated with wisdom, wealth, status, delusion, fear, delight, nerves, spine, intestines.

Olive Green Olive green is associated with space, feminine leadership, hope, new life, transmutation, clarity, harmony, self-love, gall bladder, large intestine,lungs.

Royal Blue Royal blue is associated with knowing why you are here, ability to make decisions, neutrality, reverence, loneliness, eyes, ears, nose, forehead, pineal gland.

Pink Pink is associated with unconditional love, Tantra, awakening, hormonal system, reproductive organs, eyes.

Clear Clear is associated with understanding of suffering, forgiveness, emptiness, clarity, the entire body



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