Looking for Rainbows

I was extremely wet and there was nothing for me to do about it. So as I biked along, I looked to the skies to find a rainbow. If you are a rainbow hunter yourself, you’ll know the signs – a passing rain/precipitation and sun somewhere (I’m sure there are other situations – like that time in Bali, but I digress).

As I searched the sky I was thinking of all the colours in the spectrum that are held within a rainbow. And I thought about how the mind relates to colour. 

The Colourful Mind works by Imagination

A picture is worth a thousand words and the mind tends to work visually in concepts. People tend to remember more easily that way; because it is the way the mind works. While there are people who would rather hunker down with a 400+page technical manual (without diagrams), most people find it much easier when there are charts or images or ‘cartoons’, and the recent proliferation of storybook approaches to economic or philosophical concepts is a testament to people finding mind-wise ways of helping people learn. A point to remember – the more vivid the imagination, the better. Colours can play a role in that – imagine a car … now imagine a shiny red Ferrari (or a cherry-red Mini Cooper if that’s more your style) – colour tends to guide and makes imagining a bit punchier. As some of you may know, colour established in hypnosis can be a handy reminder for change or encouragement (and for all you self-hypnotists, just a suggestion!)

Colours are Energetic

The vibrational force of colour goes from infrared to ultraviolet. Marketers and fashion designers know this. Salesmen are given suggestions to wear blue because it is the most trustworthy colour. With its short wavelength, it has been shown to lower blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rates. Greens and blues tend to rest and restore. Red is a more stimulating colour, and tends to attract the eye. Along with purple and orange, red is a warm and active colour. Yellow is the brightest (in the middle of the spectrum) and is easy to spot put can be tiring on the eyes. Neutrals (beige, grey, white, and taupe) are soothing and sometimes are known to reduce stress. Dan Hill in his book “Body of Truth” adds to the body of research that has found these mental/physical/emotional responses across wide vistas of people. So what message are you and your surroundings sending your mind (and those around you)? When you’re feeling ‘blue’ is that what you’re wearing – would it be an idea to warm things up a bit? If your surroundings are ‘hot’ is there another place you can go to calm and cool?

Colours are sometimes Contextual

Does red mean anger or love? Sometimes it is cultural, sometimes contextual. Around Valentine’s Day, few people would dispute the connection to love hearts and all that they represent (yes, for some anger and pain too). Strong emotions whether positive or negative, are active, so it makes sense that both could be connected to the colour red. Some of these natural tendencies are played up by advertising etc, but they tend to have their basis in the way the mind interprets what we see, below our conscious awareness. What associations do you have with colours? You may recognise where some of these affinities stem from, or you might not have any awareness. Now that you know about the power of colour, how can you take control of the rainbow to enhance your life, moods and health?

May your days and life be colourful!


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