Big Rowan Ackison (greensh) wrote,
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The Power of Color

I need feedback from people on the visceral power of color. I am speaking of strong emotional, spiritual or intellectual reactions to a particular color or colors.

My massage therapy school had a class called 'Psyche-Soma'. The stated intention of the class was to show how clients can have emotional reactions on the table. With a student on the table, the instructors came around and solicited emotional reactions by talking about colors and shapes. A half-remembered portion of the dialogs would sound something like this...
Instructor: what color and shape do you see?
Student: blue square
Instructor: move into the blue square. See it change. What color and shape do you see now?
Student: yellow square
Instructor: embrace the yellow square. See it change. What is it now?
Student: red circle.
Instructor (sensing a break-through): what does the red circle remind you of?
Student: (now sobbing in the throes of emotional releases): the day my puppy died
(and so on).

Thought this sounds weird, it really does work. After everyone had their big emotional dump, the class spent about a day "processing" everyone's experience. It was as good as any group therapy session.

Flash-forward to the present day...

My shaman teacher gave my group the exercise of finding a color for each quarter of our sacred space. We were then to write a paper on what color meant to us, what reactions we had, and how it informed us about future workings. I did my bit, got my colors, and researched the traditional associations with each color. No big deal, I thought.

It seems that part of me is "missing" the spirit of the exercise. My responses were shorter than the typical answer. It seems that some people had a strong emotional release accompanied with "ah-has". I'm not surprised. The psyche-soma class taught me that color is the gateway to a lot of stuff. Color is a form of vibration. Vibration can be used to tap and control energies. Here's my thing. The color exercise only had a marginal result for me. Color is not a big part of my life. My preference in clothing colors are shades of black, blue and gray. My life is a jumbled assortment of colors, with no attempt to rearrange them into a "pleasing" or "harmonious" arrangement. Colors and I don't seem to connect in a strong way.

I am more of a shape guy. I do well with layouts. Though I have no musical training, I can sense where a song is going, where in the "beat sequence" the rhythm is at, and where the next transition will be coming in. When I write, words can achieve a harmonic flow on the page that feels "right". I have a sense of place and flow in the worlds of graphic design and page layouts. I rarely use color in my presentations. My websites used simple color combination. It was more important for the shape arrangement to be "right".

Ok... these are my questions. Does this make sense in your life? Do you actively use colors to evoke a spiritual space? Can a color trigger an emotional memory in you? I feel like the blind guy asking what it is like to see. Are there other people who use shapes over colors in their workings? Thanks for the input!

Tags: color, spiritual
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