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The Power of Color: What It Means and How It Can Help

Design, Home, Home & Garden | February 11th, 2009 No comments

Color surrounds us and adds spice to what could be considered boring surroundings. Our world is painted with a large spectrum of colors, but each has its own meaning. Greens are primarily a healing color, blues represent tranquility, orange equates to success, and red means power. But these are just a few of a myriad of color combinations that can create meaning, symbolism, and power. So let’s first talk about power colors.

What Are Power Colors?

Power colors are just that–colors that bring a feeling of empowerment. Often, when someone is hoping to be seen in a position of power at work, that person will wear red. This color represents authority. Red also signals a need for attention. If you occupy a position of power but aren’t feeling extremely powerful, red can act like an armor. Those who feel a kinship to the color red are the “doers” of the power color group.

Orange promotes success. It’s the color of the Sun, which is the center of our solar system. All other planets must revolve around this life-giving object. When you see someone wearing orange, they want you to see them as someone unafraid to hide. They know what they want and who they are, and they won’t apologize for it. But oranges, much like every other color, have softer shades that reflect a more giving nature and subdued personality. Those drawn to the color orange are the intellectuals of the power color group.

Purple is the color of royalty and mystery. It’s a perfect combination of the colors red and blue, red as a power color and blue as a spiritual color. Purple represents the crown chakra, which is above the head. It represents our connection to universal energy. Those who wear purple show that they are authoritative but wise. Spiritually, they have a very strong connection, and mentally, they are beyond their years. People drawn to the color purple tend to be more emotionally oriented than those drawn to the other power colors.

What Are Comfort Colors?

Black is a color with great spiritual meaning. It represents the void. Most people associate black with the unknown. In its essence, black is a color that envelops and comforts. Those who wear black are often insecure and afraid to show their true colors. However, they are often very keen on the workings of the human mind, as they are better observers than true participants.

Brown, much like black, offers its own comforts. Brown gives off an Earth energy. It helps keep us grounded and focused and makes us feel safe. It’s a relaxing color that helps us deal with stress. Those who are drawn to the color brown may feel as though they are overwhelmed; they can sometimes be perceived as flighty. They are a nurturing group, though, and they will go out of their way to make others feel comfortable.

I consider yellow a comforting color because it helps improve moods. If you’re depressed, put on some yellow–you can’t help but feel uplifted. It’s a color that brings improved confidence, communicative abilities, optimism, and wisdom. Someone who is drawn to yellow is looking for one or more of those properties. When you wear yellow, people will see you as someone who wants to be noticed and share joy. They’ll see you as someone who may not take life as seriously as others–someone who might have a lighthearted view of the world. People drawn to yellow have a talent for bringing people together and making connections.

What Are Healing Colors?

Green is the ultimate in healing colors, but it’s not the only one. I recently had a friend come over and noticed she was wearing a green sweater. She was a new friend, so I didn’t pose any questions about it until I got to know her better. When I explained the healing properties of green and reminded her about wearing a green sweater, she looked at me oddly for a second. Then she said, ”I had surgery a while ago, and sometimes my rib still pains me.” Yes, we can unknowingly wear a healing color for its physical properties just as much as for its spiritual properties. Green can bring healing and growth. Those attracted to green are born nurturers and healers. Many who practice holistic medicine incorporate the color as a way to make the client feel comfortable and open. Many who have suffered emotional or physical traumas will gravitate toward green in an effort to create a positive change and move past their issues.

Pink is a color of universal love and can bring emotional healing and peace in even the roughest times. Those who gravitate toward pink have or want to gain an unlimited amount of compassion, tolerance, and self-love. Pink is a beautiful combination of red and white, elements of fire and air. It’s a wonderful representation of friendship, and those drawn to pink are social. They love to talk and connect with people. When wearing pink, they feel bold and almost as though they are onstage. If you’re trying to heal a friendship or relationship, be sure to have pink around you. It’s a safe color that invites connection and opens the heart chakra, making it easier to communicate, gain understanding, and ultimately forgive.

Blue is a color of tranquility and is connected to the throat chakra. Many of us have a habit of stuffing our feelings instead of voicing the injustices that our souls feel have been made against us. Those attracted to blue are looking for a method of self-expression. Blue is also a color of trust. Many who associate with blue have issues trusting those around them. This color helps to dispel the boundaries separating you from the skeletons in your closet. Blue, much like green, is the color of those in the medical or alternative-therapy fields. In order for you to open your body to healing, you have to trust the practitioner, and blue does just that. It’s also an antiseptic color, helping to clean the deepest of wounds so that they may heal properly.

Be Aware

Be aware of color. Think of your clothes as the first words you say to someone. What would you like them to hear? If you’re inviting, friendly, and trustworthy, choose the colors that correlate with those feelings. Be aware of what those around you are wearing. It can give you inside information about their self-perceptions and issues. Sometimes when I get in arguments with people, I may think afterward about what they were wearing. Often, if people know that they are going into a potentially volatile situation, they will wear browns or black–it brings comfort and makes them essentially invisible. If you see someone around you wearing those colors, make sure to acknowledge their presence. It may be just what they need.

Now that you have all of this new information, I leave you with a little bit of homework. Over the next week, try journaling about the different jewelry you wore, your clothing colors, and how you felt throughout the day. This will help you to see exactly how you identify with color. Have fun!

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