Here we are in a new month and my thoughts continue on Colours.
Colours of life
It is hard to imagine a life without colour around us. The truth is that we see colours differently from others. It is not always the same. We all mostly see colours a little differently, different shades, different tones, and hues.
Colours communicates a lot. It has the power to convey moods and feelings. For example, you will hear people say.
- “He was green with envy,”
- “I’m feeling blue”
- “She was red hot, she was mad.”
Colours are also used to organize life and bring order, like stop light
People use to colours to code everything from books, to files and mason jars.
Many color therapists will tell us never to paint the bedroom red because it can hinder sleep and disrupt the brain as one is trying to relax and fall asleep.
It is for this reason that choosing colors and choosing where they fit in our lives is essential to how we live and the kind of lives we try to cultivate.
What type of life and living environment are we trying to cultivate for ourselves?
One would one’s environment to be a peaceful one. One that highlights the natural beauty in the world. It is this ever-present pursuit of peace that leads us to create art that is soothing, balanced and peaceful. We are always seeking to bring light, peace, and calm into our space.
Color affects us on so deep a level that one cannot describe it except to say, that when we are in the presence of a lot of red or orange, one can literally feel our stress level rising. Color has the power to place stresses and strains or peace and tranquility simply by their presence in our space.
Green is usually associated with nature, trees, grass, and peaceful scenes.
Blue is often associated with blue skies or glassy waters, both calming things in nature.
What if the sky was red, and the grass was orange, would those colors be associated with peace and tranquility?..
What about autumn scenery? What do you feel?
Is color and our experience with color associative, meaning are we attracted to certain colors because of our environments and what we seek? Or do we inherently like certain places or things in nature because the colors themselves are inherently soothing?
One tends to want to be of the opinion that creation of colors with inherent properties that would draw out parts of the glory. Those different colors themselves have inherent qualities that evoke peace, tranquility, hope, energy, excitement, and more.
Mountains are not neon colors. The sky isn’t screaming at you in bright pulsating energy.
Color is more important than we realize. We use colour to describe our world, to gain attention, and to transform our house into a home.
Colour is in all of us. Colour is an important part of our everyday life. Colour is everywhere in the world around us, bright and life-giving in the sky, the sea, plants, fabrics, paints…
Colours that we like can become a continuation of ourselves. A selection of the right colours brings harmony, peace and pleasure, filled with energy and vital force. But if there is a wrong note or a mix of dissonant colours, it can create stress and aggression and spoil our mood, and so we must add in the "right" colour to restore our power balance and inner harmony.
The right choice of colours can help one relax and make one feel optimistic and positive.
Colours affect us on many different levels, physical, emotional and intellectual, and today colour is used as a form of therapy.
Next month I will explain what are shade, tint, tone and hue. Basics of colours, would be our topic for next month.
In the meantime, let's enjoy some quotes on colours:
“...and so many colors
I will have seen...
the menacing greys
and pine greens
the soft pink and purples
and summer blue
and so many others
― Sanober Khan, A touch, a tear, a tempest
“Walking through darkness with thoughts full of colors".”
― Prajakta Mhadnak
“White is associated with purity because the entire spectrum is functioning in unity. White is a healing color. White is appropriate for weddings because the unity of male and female symbolizes the unity of allness.”
― Tae Yun Kim, The First element : Secrets to maximising your energy
“Learn from your past and shut the door behind to live in present. Our past is just like a dry rose which was once a rose with all colors of life, with sweet fragrance, with soft petal, with thorns but now it is left with only thorns which could still hurt.”
“Colours are nature gone wild.”
― Raheel Farooq
“This is God's universe and he is the master gardener of all. If we were to eliminate all colors in his garden, then what would be a rainbow with only one color? Or a garden with only one kind of flower? Why would the Creator create a vast assortment of plants, ethnicities, and animals, if only one beast or seed is to dominate all of existence?”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise up and Salute the Sun: The writings by Suzy Kassem
“This world is like a rainbow or flower garden. Each nation donate different colors . Tribe, religion, race, language, traditions and different cultures, etc. The differences make this life be more beautiful. What would happen if the earth only contains black or white only? Rainbow with one color. Flower gardens with one kind of flower. We are all the colors of life and we live together in harmony to make this world more beautiful and give happiness to everyone.”
― Andry lavigne
“Life is a manifestation of the unified field of consciousness. Colors, beauty, pleasure and pain are its songs of creation.”
― Amit Ray, Beautify your Breath- Beautify your Life
“I want to paint the rest of my days with the best colors.”
― Debasish Mridha
“If you’re to choose to paint your life today... What will it be? Remember, you’re the artist, not the canvas.”
― Val Uchendu
Earlier episodes of 'Colours with Kalyani':
Part 8: Coral reefs and colours
Part 7: Colour changing animals
Part 5: Dyeing with Natural dyes: part 2
Part 4: Dyeing with Natural dyes: part 1
Part 3: Colours in Poetry & Literature
Part 2: Colours & birds
Part 1: Colours in nature