the evolvement and importance of Colour Therapy, at a
We are surrounded by colour… is there a
reason for that?
Vicky Wall used to say “Colour Therapy is
Old Wine…in new bottles”, as light(colour), is the purest
form of energy, of vital importance for sustenance on this
earth, existing from the beginning of the creation of the
planet, and this ancient sunlight, we need to preserve and
utilize as Dr. Hartman says in his book “Last Hours of
Colour is the 40% of the electromagnetic
field directed from the sun, visible to humans, mainly
consisted of the rainbow colours, with Red (700nm) being the
slowest and warmest energy, in relation to the other colours,
and violet (400nm), being the fastest vibration with cooling
effect. Every colour has unique qualities, and impact.
Through research it was understood that,
human energy vibrates in the exact same frequencies as the
colour of the rainbow, and every major energy center
resonates with one of the seven colour vibrations, affecting
the human organism, simultaneously on all levels. Physical,
emotional, mental and spiritual. Important to note that a
balance of all colours is needed in order to achieve
complete harmony and evolvement.
As Suzy Chiazzari says in the book of
Renee Brodie “Let Light into your Heart with Colour and
Sound”, “There is a cycle of changing colours in our aura,
through the different stages in our lives. These inner
colours are reflected in our changing colour preferences”
Colour is an energy of vital importance,
which can support every human being, in every step of their
life, helping to preserve balance, health on all levels, and
The evolvement through Light Energy was
well known to all ancient evolved civilizations. Information
for the importance of colour for these civilizations, date
back in their Mythology. In Greek Mythology for example Iris
was the goddess of Colours.
The understanding of the Healing Power of
Colour, was known to Ancient Egyptians and Greeks, which
they were using minerals, stones, and crystals according to
their colour, colour garments, slaves, dyes, and remedies.
As part of the balancing, they were using painted treatment
sanctuaries in various shades of colour.
In Ancient Greece they were able to use
colour, in order to restore balance according to which of
the 4 elements, fluids and organs of the human body where
out of balance, similar system to Ayurveda the roots of
which we can find in India. In Ayurveda alongside massage
they were utilizing, different colour garments, oils ,
plasters, ointments, to restore balance to each of the three
main personality types. To each of the personality types,
one of the three basic colours was assigned.
Progress in healing was achieved by a
disciple of Aristotel, the Persian Physician Avicenna
(980-1037). Avicenna made clear the vital importance of
colour, in both diagnosis and treatment, knowing that every
colour has a different effect on the human body.
During Renaissance, Theophrastus von
Hohenhein (1493-1541), known as Paracelsus, one of the most
renowned healers, the fame of which spread through Europe,
regarded light and colour, as essential for good health, and
used them extensively in treatment, together with elixirs,
herbs and minerals.
As science progressed the emphasis was
exclusively, on the material, rather than the spiritual, and
as medicine came under the umbrella of science, it too
focused on the material physical body, ignoring the mind and
The research on the healing power of
colour continued, and in 1877 Dr. Seth Pancoast, a
distinguished physician, published “Blue and Red Lights” in
which he advocated, as Augustus Plesanton did in his
published work in 1876 “Blue and Sunlight”, the use of
colour in healing.
In 1878 Edwin Babbit, published “The
Principals of Light and Colour”, and attracted worldwide
attention. Babbit advanced a comprehensive theory of healing
with colour. He identified the different qualities and
impact of each colour, and used colour and light in
combination with minerals for healing. He created colour
elixirs using colour filters. Babbit developed various
devices with special colour filters, which could localize
light onto various parts of the body. Many of these methods
are still used today.
During the twentieth century,
investigations into the therapeutic uses of colour were
carried out in Europe, notably Rudolph Steiner, who related
colour to form, shape and sound and the effects of colour on
living organisms. In Schools Inspired by Steiner’s work,
classrooms are painted to correspond the mood of children at
various stages of their development.
Steiner’s work continued by Theo Gimbel,
who established the Hygeia Studio and College of Colour
Therapy. Theo Gimbel also explored the theory of Max Luscher,
professor of psychology, based on which the Luscher Test was
Research on Colour Therapy continues, and
in 1968 its clinically confirmed that blue light, lower
billirubin rates, for babies with neonatal jaundice.
In 1980 photo biologist Dr. John Ott,
demonstrated the effects of colour on growth and
development. He also treated effectively with Full Spectrum
Light, S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder). Full Spectrum
Light is also now being used in the treatment of cancer,
anorexia, bulimia nervosa, insomnia, jet lag, dependencies,
and to reduce overall levels of medication.
Dr. Jacob Liberman, in his book “Light
Medicine of the future”, initially published in 1991,
mentions that blue light is also effective in the treatment
of Rheumatoid Arthritis, a research contacted in 1982 in San
Diego State University.
Research on Colour Therapy continues, in
the whole world, with important discoveries, and
applications of Colour Therapy, as Colour Therapy combines
the important ancient wisdom, with resent scientific
discoveries, and will continue to be of great importance and
help for Humanity.