The energy wavelengths of color can have a significant
effect upon a person’s health, psychological condition and
general well-being. Different ones have
very definitive effects upon our muscular and nervous systems. Some
colors relax people, some stimulate them, some seem to instigate
a positive mental state and some seem to bring on depression.
The color red
relaxes and promotes feelings of well-being; black
can be a depressant; blue
is calming for the emotions. Bright yellows
and oranges have been
found to make recovering patients more positive and cheerful, greatly
speeding their recovery due to an increase in their own desire to
Colors can be used to restore physical vitality and
depleted energy to organs of the body. This is certainly not a “new
age” discovery either. Pythagoras experimented with the effects
of color on health. Color therapy was used not only in the golden
age of Greece, but in Egypt’s “healing temples of light.”
There are many practitioners of color therapy who can confirm the
dramatic positive effects upon the health of their clients. If the
body is healthy, being given the proper diet, exercise, exposure
to sunlight, and so on then it should naturally filter out needed
colors from white light as necessary. However, if health is not
optimum then the color needs to be supplied to the body in some
Phototherapy, or exposing the body to colored lights,
has been used to treat illnesses and it has been found that certain
glandular functions responds to specific colors. The secretions
of the glands become stimulated, which in turn gives help to particular
parts of the body. It was found that by treating specific organs
through color therapy the endocrine system was stimulated, the lymphatic
system promoted better drainage and thus bacteria and rotten tissue
were flushed from the body. As a result, accumulations of toxins
within the body were also eliminated.
Colors are light waves of specific lengths. Sir Isaac
Newton, also credited with discovering the law of gravity, found
that when sunlight was passed through a prism seven distinct and
separate colors were observed. These are the colors of the well-known
spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple.
These colors are visible in nature in rainbows or the polar lights.
Light is simply radiant energy which is visible to
our eyes. The vibrations vary in size and vibrations of light less
than 32 impulses per second are invisible as well as inaudible.
The speed at which light travels is 186,000 miles per second. The
electromagnetic spectrum is made up of a range of wavelengths that
can be as large as hundreds of miles in length to as small as a
thousandth of a millimeter.
The variations of light, heat and color are in direct
proportion to the variance of size of these wavelengths. Although
extremely short wavelengths may be invisible, they still have color,
it’s just that our eyes cannot pick it up. No medium is necessary
for transmission of light rays, as is necessary with sound. They
easily travel through space. Modern physics classes color according
to wavelength, measured in “angstrom units” (A.U.).
One angstrom unit is approximately one hundred-millionth of a centimeter.
The approximate range of wavelengths of colors is as follows:
Purple = 4300 – 4600
Blue = 4700 – 5000 A.U.
Green = 5000 – 5500 A.U.
Yellow = 5800 – 5900 A.U.
Orange = 5900 – 6000 A.U.
Red = 6000 – 6700 A.U.
There are many different types of electromagnetic
energy sources and the waves of the electromagnetic spectrum have
many varied uses. Some are positively used while
other electromagnetic radiations may be dangerous. Here is a list
of the most well known:
1) Cosmic rays, which are very short ways, are the
ones most important in gem therapy, as they bombard the Earth
from outer space.
2) Gamma rays, used to treat some cancers, are given off by radioactive
materials such as radium.
3) The x-rays used to take pictures within our bodies are thought
to also cause cancers.
4) Ultraviolet rays which tan our bodies (from the sun only),
are used for photography and can destroy moulds and bacteria.
5) Visible light, originating from the sun, other stars and incandescent
light bulbs allows our eyes to function.
6) Infrared (short) rays (from a great heat source) are used to
take pictures in total darkness.
7) Long rays, also from heat source, are used for cooking.
8) Radio waves of a high-frequency oscillating circuit transmit
9) Very high frequency television waves transmit both sound and
10) The very long waves of alternating electrical current generate
light, heat and power.
Color and sound both radiate energy. All living beings
radiate energy, although these emanations are invisible to most
of us, yet some living things, such as fireflies or glow-worms do
emit visible radiation. Both color and sound vibrations, unlike
most of those mentioned in the above list, may be used without harmful
side-effects to treat many physical and emotional disorders.