We are in a world where colour dominates our lives, from reading signs on the road to seeing if fruit is ripe to eat. It affects our moods - blue is calming - red can make us tense.
Yet it would be true to say most people don't realise the profound efect colour can have on our lives and moods. Colour has been investigated and used for more than 2000 years, different civilizations have experimented and learned more and more about colour. We are still learning today about how colour affects us and how important it is to have colour in our lives.
Ancient Egyptians used colour for therapy. The ancient Egyptians have been recorded to have been using colour for cures and ailments. They worshipped the sun, they knew without light there can be no life. They looked at nature and copied it in many aspects of their lives. The floors of theirs temples were often green - as the grass which then grew alongside the river, the Nile. Blue was a very important colour to the Egyptians too; the colour of the sky. They built temples for healing and used crystals through which the sunlight shone. They would have different rooms for different colours. We could perhaps relate our present methods ofcolour/light therapy to this ancient practice.
There are list on Papyrus dating back to 1550 BC of colour 'cures'. Their deep knowledge and understanding of the healing powers of the colour rays was so nearly lost when, later on in history, the Greeks considered colour only as a science. Hippocrates, amongst others, abandoned the metaphysical side of colourconcentrating only on the scientific aspect. Fortunately, despite this, the knowledge and philosophy of colour was handed down throught the ages by a few.
The Chinese also apparently practiced colour Healing. The Nei/ching, 2000 years old, records colour therapy/ diagnoses.
Colour has many positive uses
We are now using colour in very positive ways again. Businesses are accepting that their employees may work better given a certain environment and hospitals and prisons are also becoming aware of the effect that the colour around them can have on their patients and prisoners respectively.
colour has a great deal to offer us and can be found all around us in nature. We need to expand our awareness of colour so that we can truly benefit from nature's gifts so that colour becomes a way of life and not only a therapy.