More than simply bringing joy to our lives, colour affects us on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. The relationship between light and colour is symbiotic as the source of all light is colour and colour cannot exist without light.
Scientifically, we experience colour in the world due to the absorption and frequencies of white light. In a sense, colour is energy made visible. For example, a leaf contains pigments that absorb wavelengths of white light while transmitting others which, in turn, creates the colour green. Colours also vibrate to certain notes and sounds which translate to many of the sounds we hear and experience in our world; sounds like waves crashing, certain instruments, etc.
Colour is a multi-sensory language you can work with and incorporate into your spiritual practice. Use it in meditation or surround yourself with the vibration of a specific colour for healing and self awareness.
Follow us on our journey through the colours
As a colour, red is the highest arc in a rainbow and the first colour you lose sight of at twilight. It has the longest wavelength of all the colours and is the most stimulating. Used positively, it can inspire passion, strength and vitality. On the negative side, red can be associated with anger, aggression and destruction. While being surrounded by too much red can make us irritable or agitated, not enough red can make us fearful and cautious.
Root or Base Chakra - Muladhara
Corresponding to the base or root chakra, red is a colour of action, energy and enthusiasm. The first chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded. Like the foundation of a house, the root chakra is associated with stability, security and safety.
When this chakra is balanced, you have energy and self confidence. If this chakra is unbalanced or blocked, you may experience feelings of restlessness and anxiousness.
Some simple ways to balance the root chakra are to dance, practice yoga, go for a walk in nature or use essential oils like sandalwood and patchouli to create grounding.