Colours are living forces and sources of healing and strengthening, if we only make them properly useful to us. Nevertheless, colour healing is an area that is still very little explored, although several meritorious pioneers are already working for it.
Dr. Falkenberg built a device that converts ordinary electrical current into “high-frequency current with violet rays”. In one treatment, it brings hundreds of millions of vibrations into the body within 10 to 15 minutes. Finest electrical waves flash through it, flowing back and forth, energizing and rejuvenating it. These currents go back to the same source, i. e. the sun. This type of treatment has a harmonizing effect. Harmony is rhythm, is health. Our inner organs, whose activities interlock without interruption, have to be maintained in rhythmic interaction. No disease can settle later. Standstill of organs, inhibition of their activity is a disharmonious process and leads to some kind of illness.
Dr. Falkenberg went even further; he used coloured electrodes. By adding the forces of colour, the effect becomes even more amazing. He explained, “We have also seen beautiful colours appear in the electrodes, magnificent green, violet, a red, which I have never seen before.”
If sunlight has a great impact on the body, its individual colours have an even greater healing effect. All colour therapists were able to experience that each colour ray force, applied alone, has a deeper effect than the white sunlight. Although it contains all types of colours, they offset each other in their effectiveness because they complement each other and balance each other out. If we irradiate with a special colour, we have a concentrated special type of ray, which has profound effects on body, soul and spirit.
The permeating ability of individual light rays is most intense with red light, while rays of orange, yellow, green, blue, violet (in this order) permeate less deeply. Red, orange, yellow are physically warm colours, blue and violet are cold colours.
Colour therapists use yellow light to treat stomach, intestine, bladder, liver and spleen disorders. They claim that it has a satiating and strengthening effect on the glandular system. However, it should not be used longer than 15 to 20 minutes as it can cause excessive nausea. Most emetics are yellow in colour, e.g. sulphur, senna leaves, etc.
Dr. Heermann discovered growth rays in the red light. It has an effect on the expansion of vessels. Heart diseases, lungs and muscles are mainly treated with red radiation for about 15 minutes, two to three times a day. Red light is very important for wound healing. The growth rays have a favourable effect here. If the wound is purulent, blue light will ensure disinfection. In earlier times, measles and scarlet sufferers were simply wrapped in red cloths and were healed in this way with red colour. Asthma, anaemia, dying of limbs, frostbite, rheumatism and paralysis are also treated with red light.
Blue light has chemically effective rays. It influences the adrenal glands that produce the contractile hormone, with the help of which the blood vessels constrict and anemia occurs. Dr. Heermann discovered inhibition rays in the blue light. Various types of growths, including goiters, are treated with blue light. Warts disappear with blue light.
Each colour-light treatment is actively supported by a colour vision cure. Colour viewing guides the colour vibrations through all parts of the body. This creates an important spiritual influence that has a constructive effect.
Goethe says, “In order to fully perceive the individual significant effect of a colour, you have to surround the eye entirely with colour, to stay in a coloured room or see through a coloured glass. You then identify yourself with the colour; it is in tune with the eye, mind and body in unison.”
Goethe was the first to point out the healing power of colours in his theory of colours.
The temperament of colours
The colour therapist must understand the connections, the phenomena of life in its entirety and consider them in the art of healing. Among other things, he must have knowledge of colour chemistry and colour rays and must have studied the temperaments of people and colours in detail.
The teaching of temperaments goes back to antiquity. Empedocles of Agrigento (530-490 BC) declared that water, fire, air and earth are the four unchangeable roots of all things. These, compared to their four temperaments, are the driving forces of the world. The famous physician of antiquity and his contemporary Hippocrates, as well as Aristotle, confessed to this doctrine, thus establishing the four main qualities of cold, warm, dry and humid.
The Greek-Roman physician Claudius Galenus (born 131 AD) elevated the doctrine of the four temperaments to the actual medical theory. He associated the more or less pronounced individuality of the human mind and feelings with a corresponding mixing ratio of the four “cardinal juices”: melancholy (black bile), cholee (yellow bile), sanguis (blood), phlegm (slime). Each of the four temperaments was named and characterized according to the juice it was thought to have predominance. This is how the name came about:
- Melancholiac (heavy-blooded),
- Choleric (hot-blooded)
- Sanguinists (light-blooded)
- Phlegmatic (cold-blooded).
These four fundamentally different temperaments, which are also characteristic of the four basic colours blue, red, yellow and green, are still considered typical temperaments today.
The healing powers of the Colours act according to their characters.
Blue has a cooling, refreshing and analgesic effect on sufferings caused by nerve disorders.
Red has a warming effect, sets the blood in motion, is good for all ailments caused by blood stagnation or blood inertia.
Yellow stimulates the mind, works against fatigue, provides energy, is cheering up and a true blessing for the emotionally ill.
Green is the tranquilizer for choleric people, soothes and brings about relaxation and recovery. Green is recommended as a natural colour and is excellent as a plant food for the intestines.
Within the prismatic colour scale between the four basic colours there are still a lot of colour gradations, composed of two characters, for example of blue and red, all the different shades of violet, or of red and yellow the gradations of orange in the ascending line, and of yellow and blue in the descending line green. There is also a temperament scale with many intermediate gradations. Naturally, these intermediate levels vary from one side to the other. This creates the back and forth character of the unsatisfied violet, which changes as it inclines more towards the red or blue side. Many people also have an ambivalent character, which must be taken into account in colour healing.
Violet is neither warm nor cold. Since it unites two energies, the passive blue with the active red, there is something unsteady, nervous, difficult in this character. The violet temperament consists of longing and dreaming, of melancholic resignation. It is the symbol of helplessness, abandonment, transience, loneliness, renunciation. As blue violet, it is a warm blue, that has lost its freshness and coolness. The more it tends towards red, the more powerful and firm it becomes.
Orange, as a mixture of the red and yellow temperament, also takes over part of the character traits of these two colours. It is bound and concentrated by inner passion and vibrant within itself. The orange character knows no sentimentality and no seriousness, also no excitement or tiredness. Orange is full of joie de vivre, full of a healthy affirmation of life. It has an arbitrary character and likes to dominate others. Clear changes are also visible in orange when it tends more towards red or yellow. These four types of intermediate temperaments must be taken into account in colour theory.
Today nobody doubts that all forces of nature are effective according to the same laws. In the field of colours, we can observe particularly well the harmonies and disharmonies that occur everywhere. That is why it is so important to know the laws of harmony of colours.
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With kind permission taken from the book:
Heilkräfte der Farben (Healing Powers of Colours) by Prof. L. Eberhard, Drei Eichen Verlag München