Renowned psychiatrist, Carl Jung, encouraged his patients to use colour to access and express some of the deeper parts of their psyche. We may all be doing this subconsciously in our everyday lives with our colour choices of clothes, food, furnishings and our draw to the ocean or forest for healing and wellbeing.
Colour can nourish us. At different times in our lives, we will be drawn to different colours, their subtle energies effecting our bodies, minds and emotions.
Colours relate to the natural elements and our connection to them. Generally Red, Orange and Yellow are stimulating and Blue, Purple and Green are calming. So if you have been feeling a bit low in energy, try adding Red to your environment and diet, if you are feeling restless and anxious try adding calming Blues and Greens to ease the tension in the mind and body.
This is a brief guide.
Red: Fire = heat, passion, stimulating, circulation
Blue: Water = cool, depth, relaxation and calming
Green: Nature = growth, fertility, harmony and balance, heart, nervous system
Yellow: Sun = warmth, self-worth, optimism, playfulness, digestion, happiness
Orange (combination of Red and Yellow) = stimulating, determination, creativity, expansion, digestion, joy
Purple/Violet: Night sky: Dreams, fantasy, intuition and meditation
Pink (a tint of Red): gentle warmth, physical tranquillity, love
Brown (a tertiary colour) : Earth = grounded, stable base, supportive
Your personal interpretation and response to a colour will be partly derived from your experiences and culture, for example Red is considered ‘lucky’ in Chinese culture, and you may love pale blue because it reminds you of your Gran’s tablecloth.
Beyond any guided list is how you respond individually – Feeling is the key – is it the right colour for you?