WRIGHT WAY: Living a colorful life
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Is color medicine the medicine of the future? Chromotherapy, also referred to as light therapy, is being used as a holistic or alternative treatment.

It’s been said that every color has its own frequency and is considered a form of energy, leading some to believe that beaming a color or colors onto the skin acts as a form of feeding color to the body for healing.

Years ago my mother was watching an infomercial in Atlanta and purchased an infrared light therapy device for me as a gift to relieve my back pain. The product came with a money-back guarantee. Guess what. We never asked for any money back. I don’t know if it was the colors, the heat or both, but it did bring relief.

The concept of color therapy, however, is considered centuries old, dating back to ancient Egypt, Greece, India and China. In 1878, Dr. Edwin Babbitt, a pioneer of modern color therapy, published “The Principles of Light and Color.” In it, he presented a comprehensive theory of healing with color.

He prescribed red for paralysis, physical exhaustion and chronic rheumatism; yellow as a laxative, for nausea and for bronchial difficulties; and blue for inflammatory conditions, nervous instability, headache, and irritability.

Today there is everything from color light acupuncture to introducing different colors into one’s wardrobe to reflect and affect one’s mood.

For example, wearing blue is said to enhance calmness and serenity. Orange is considered energetic and creative. Wearing pink is thought to convey compassion and an open heart. White can represent a fresh outlook or new beginnings. Green is considered the most healing among colors.

Lori Sawaya, a professional color strategist with International Association of Color Consultants North America, believes color can have a profound psychological and physiological impact on the human experience.

In an interview with the Atlanta Post regarding corporate logos, Sawaya said, “Restaurant owners want to stimulate hunger. The use of the color red may do that by subconsciously making people think about all of the different delicious foods that are red. On the other hand, there aren’t many foods that are blue, so the color blue may actually suppress appetite.”

The Jan. 17, 2011, article went on to say, “Studies have shown that the combination of red and yellow is particularly effective in appetite stimulation, hence the knee-jerk reaction to the carton of McDonald’s fries or the logos of competitors, including Burger King ... and Wendy’s.”

While there is no question that the human body responds to colors, most psychologists view color therapy with skepticism. Research has demonstrated in some cases that any mood-altering effects of color may only be temporary.

For example, a blue room may initially cause feelings of calm, but the effect diminishes after a short period of time. Still, some people feel even temporary benefits are worth looking into. The question is: Exactly how much is the human body impacted by color and how much of its impact is all in the mind? I cannot answer that question.

Donna Reis, a certified chromatologist and creator of the ColorVision Aura Imaging Camera, said, “When dealing with the body’s mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, it is important to remember that we are dealing with living energies. When we are at the point where imbalance has occurred, it is then that we may use color therapy as a tool to help rebalance and restore ourselves.

“By knowing ourselves, our positive and challenging sides, we may achieve balance by adding a vibration of the same color or by adding another color vibration. This would be determined by your chromatologist. Chromatology is the science and study of color. If we are aware of which colors produce what vibration, then we can enhance our lives.”

I believe caution is in order with any form of therapy, especially if its effectiveness is still in question. For example, a metaphysical view is sometimes associated with color therapy.

It is one thing to be conscious of colors as an energy source but quite another to speculate that because humans are a form of energy, they can obtain a superior level of consciousness and not be restricted by the dimensions of time and space, as some proponents believe.

No therapy or medicine can undo the root cause of sickness and death and bring balance to humans as described at John 3:16. There is no question that light is necessary for health and life. But so is the truth. Be careful that any therapy you choose does not come with its own unique brand of paranormal or spiritistic ideas.

Imitate the Psalmist who prayed to God, “Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me.” — Psalm 43:3.

That way we will never be afraid to show our true colors as servants of the Almighty God, who made all humans to be intricately colorful characters.