Colour Harmonics (Light Therapy)
by Jo-Ann Valentine
It's earliest beginnings
The use of colour as a vibrational therapy goes back many centuries. The Atlantans are said to have used light and colour not only to treat physical diseases but to heal relationships, to assist in childbirth and to assist the dying in their transition from earthly to spiritual life. They built circular temples with a domed roof constructed from interlocking crystals. These crystals refracted the sunlight, filling the temple with the spectral colours. Around the circumference of the temple were individual healing rooms which resonated to the required colour frequencies. Archaeologists have discovered that the Egyptian healing temples were similarly constructed. In ancient Egypt the use of colour in healing was attributed to Thoth, patron god of physicians and scribes.
In Ayurvedic medicine treatment has included the use of minerals and gemstones which were believed to be a concentration of the cosmic rays. Classical Chinese medicine is based on the great medical compendium, the Nei Ching, which outlines five methods of treatment; cure the spirit, nourish the body, give medication, treat the whole body and use acupuncture and moxibustion. Colour was applied in the form of herbs, minerals and salves.
A common practice amongst the Greeks and Romans was treatment by sunlight, known as heliotherapy, which Herodotus is supposed to have introduced. In ancient Greece Pythagorus established a philosophical medical centre where students worked with the science of numbers, establishing scientific theories of sound and musical octaves which they used for healing in conjunction with colour. Their deep knowledge and understanding of the healing powers of the colour rays was nearly lost when, later on in history, the Greeks considered colour only as a science. Hippocrates, amongst others, abandoned the metaphysical side of colour, concentrating only on the scientific aspect. Fortunately, despite this, the knowledge and philosophy of colour was handed down throughout the ages by a few.
From the first century AD
During the early part of the first century, the early Christian Church tended to equate disease with punishment for sin, and healing with grace and divine intervention, deeming pagan those medical practices involving colour and other unorthodox methods of treatment. This drove such practices underground, where the ancient knowledge was passed on orally.
Although many Greek and Roman writings on procedures were lost, many were preserved and translated, first into Arabic and later into Latin. Colour was restored to medical practices by the outstanding Persian physician, Avicenna.
In the Middle Ages, Paracelsus reintroduced this knowledge using the power of the colour rays for healing along with music and herbs. Unfortunately, he was ridiculed for his work and most of his manuscripts were burnt, but now he is thought by many to be one of the greatest doctors and healers of his time.
By the nineteenth century the use of drugs was growing and the concept of treating the whole person was lost, emphasis being placed on diseases of the physical body. With the exclusion of the spiritual, emotional and mental aspects colour fell into disuse. It's re-emergence during this time was attributed to Dr. Seth Pancoast and Dr. Edwin Babbitt.
At the beginning of the twentieth century colour was investigated by the occultist, philosopher, teacher and religious leader, Rudolf Steiner. He related colour to mathematical form, believing that form had the power to amplify colour's effect. Two great twentieth century pioneers of colour therapy were Dinsaha Ghadiali and Dr. Harry Spitler. Although Ghadiali, a qualified physicist, had no medical training he was awarded four honourary medical degrees for his research into colour. Spitler, a doctor and optometrist, originated a system of colour treatment called syntonics which applied light directly through the eyes.
Heliotherapy and science
Sunlight treatment (heliotherapy) involves the absorption of the full colour spectrum present in sunlight. It was re-introduced towards the middle of the nineteenth century by Jakob Lorber who maintained that any part of the body suffering disease should be exposed to the sun's rays. Another pioneer, Danish physician Niels Ryberg Finsen, used artificial light, through the instrument known as the carbon arc, to treat skin tuberculosis.
At this present time the medical profession is using various forms of light treatment. Studies carried out in the 1960's suggested that blue light was able to rid jaundiced babies' bodies of the biliruban that the immature liver was unable to cope with.
More recent uses of light
Scientist Peter Mandel has recently re-introduced colour to the ancient art of acupuncture healing in the form of "colourpuncture". He discovered that focusing coloured light on acupuncture points triggered powerful healing impulses in the physical and energy bodies. His technique involves administering the appropriate colours to those points needing treatment.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is being treated with full spectrum light. SAD is caused by high levels of the hormone melatonin in the blood during daylight hours. One method to treat this condition is to have the client sit in front of a light box which houses full spectrum, flicker free fluorescent tubes. Colour Harmonics is an extremely efficient method to treat SAD.
Treatment with lasers is another fairly recent use of light. The advantages of lasers are their potency, speed of action and ability to focus on a minute area allowing great advances to be made in microsurgery. In surgery they have two main uses: photo coagulation of bleeding vessels and the incision of tissue. Other uses include the removal of small benign tumours, removal of unwanted tattoos and the treatment of detached retinas. Soft laser light is used for the amelioration of burn victims' pain and the acceleration of wound healing.
Research into light therapy
In Budapest Dr. Marta Fenyo, a biophysicist, laser specialist and inventor, began researching the component in laser light responsible for healing leg ulcers and varicose problems and discovered polarized light. Polarized light was found to boost the immune system and have a dramatic healing effect on varicose ulcers.
Several other forms of light treatment are presently being used by the medical profession. In Russia, Professor Kira Samoilova is working with ultra-violet irradiated blood retransfusions and intravenous visible laser light irradiation of blood.
A recent development in Britain is "interstitial PDT" (photo dynamic therapy). Developed from the research of Professor Stanley Brown, it is used with large and deep-seated tumours and on skin cancers.
Learning about the latest research on light therapy has led me to believe that treatment with all aspects of light, which include colour, will be the medicine of the future.
How Colour Therapy Works
Colour can be applied by various means such as shining light on the body through coloured filters or lenses, through drinking or bathing in solarized water, and visualization. Even the colour of clothing worn and foods eaten have an affect upon the body. The colours in one's environment and the type of lighting used also have a profound effect.
We are energetic beings. Within our physical bodies is a natural system of lights which is generated within the DNA of each cell and is amplified and broadcast by the cells as a way to communicate with other cells. Groups of cells create electro-magnetic fields which reflect the status of the organs. These electromagnetic fields both store information and guide how the body grows and develops. This information can be perceived as coloured light.
The information in these fields is easily changed with applications of coloured light. Colours are a way of transferring information and energy into matter. The cells communicate with each other through photons, light waves. This process is called bio-communications.
When colour reaches a cell, the electrons in the cells re-organize. Some absorb photons and jump into higher frequency orbits. Others release photons, and the electrons settle back down into less excited states. In both occasions, the photon-electron activity sets up energy and information impulses that travel instantly through the body. These impulses interact with the other regulatory systems of the body, especially the endocrine and nervous systems, and thereby take effect to harmonize whole body activity.
Also, as the cells absorb energy, they set the stage to later release this same energy. When the energy is released, it is released as a weak electro-magnetic field. In colour light therapy terms, this means that the cells will resonate to certain colours of light, and then release this energy back as a weak colour field.
Colour therapy using coloured light beams can be performed easily. The client does not have to remove any clothing and the procedure is painless.
Colour Light Protocols
There are many colour light protocols available. Colour sessions take from 10 to 45 minutes depending upon the protocol(s) being used. They may be sold as individual treatments or in combination. A partial list follows:
- Energizing colour facial Calming energy
- Balancing energy Colour harmonics balance
- Immune building technique Clearing energy
- Lymphatic drainage Raising energy
- Nurturing women's health Colour foot reflexology
Colour Harmonics has been found helpful in treating sleep disorders, learning difficulties, boosting immune system function, relieving stress and headaches, alleviating symptoms of PMS and other hormone imbalances and much more.
Please note that Colour Harmonics is not intended to replace necessary medical treatment by a qualified health care practitioner. If you have a serious medical condition or have any health concerns always consult your doctor before beginning any other course of treatment.
Colour Harmonics, Reiki Practitioner and Niei Chi Instructor
Jo-Ann has been a colour enthusiast for over 25 years. In addition to conducting her own personal research into this fascinating subject she has trained with Spectrahue Light and Sound and with Renee Brodie, author and pioneer in the field of colour therapy.
In her practice she incorporates the principles of colourpuncture, colourflexology, sacred geometry, Daoist healing imagery, breathing techniques and visualization. She is also a certified Reiki practitioner, trained in the Usui Shiki Ryoho system.
Jo-Ann studied medical Qi Gong with Qi Gong Grand Master Dr. Effie Poy Yew Chow, director of the East West Academy of Healing Arts located in San Francisco. She is a Level 4 instructor of Niei Chi (Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong and Bagua Chang) with Classical Martial Arts Canada where she teaches several classes each week in Toronto.
COLOUR HARMONICS AND REIKI TREATMENTS
Jo-Ann practices Colour Harmonics and Reiki, by appointment only, at Avalon Woods Health Club, 1000 Islington Avenue, Etobicoke, Ontario (www.avalonwoodsclub.com). For information regarding the treatments and to book an appointment contact Jo-Ann at 905-272-8378 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
COLOUR HARMONICS TRAINING
Jo-Ann offers private training, for individuals and small groups, in Colour Harmonics in Mississauga, Ont. For details contact her at 905-272-8378 or via e-mail to email@example.com
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