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And your color is...?
Colors & numbers : your personal guide to positive vibrations in daily life
Louise L. Hay.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., 2010.
A step-by-step instruction on how to formulate one's individual colors and numbers for any particular day, month, or year, and become more in tune with the cosmic forces.
     
The practical book of colour therapy : step-by-step techniques to harness the healing powers of light and color shown in over 250 photographs
Susan Lilly and Simon Lilly.
London : Southwater, 2009..
This new book examines the influence of colour on our lives, and shows that through learning to understand the way we respond to the stimulus of colour, we can use its energy to promote balance and wellbeing. The central theme of the book is how to use colour as a healing tool, using single colour guidance, single colour assessment and specific colour placement. There is also practical help on using colour essences and crystals, and how to release the healing power of colours in visualization and in meditation.
     
Simply color therapy
Nina Ashby.
New York : Sterling Pub., c 2006.
The wonderful world of color comes into bright and beautiful focus, thanks to this lavishly illustrated guide—the latest in the popularSimplyseries on New Age topics. It presents a full spectrum of information, from the practical—choosing the right clothing color for a particular occasion—to the spiritual. Find out how to decorate with color to create specific moods. Interpret others’ personalities through the colors they wear. Improve health through a selective application of colored light, color-oriented nutrition, and color-based meditations. An introduction provides all the fundamentals. The knowledge presented in these splendid pages works for every aspect of life.
     
The aura-soma sourcebook : color therapy for the soul
Mike Booth with Carol McKnight.
Rochester, Vt. : Healing Arts Press, c2006.
This book details the subtle effects on consciousness of equilibrium combinations. These liquids--incorporating plant extracts, essential oils, and the energies of precious and semiprecious stones--interact with an individual's aura to promote balance in the body, mind, and spirit. The authors explain where to apply the essences, which chakra will be affected, and what areas of personal growth can be addressed.
     
Crystals, color & chakra : learn to harness the transforming power of natural energies with practical New Age techniques and over 1000 stunning photographs and artworks
Sue Lilly... [et al.].
London : Lorenz, 2006.
Practical advice on how to use the vibrational energies of color, and how to harness the power of the chakras for therapeutic benefits.
     

Discover your favorite color. Then consider how it affects you. For many people colors change mood. Some believe color stimulates healing powers or reveals personal traits. Others find colors both boost exercise workouts, while relaxing their mind.

Color quotes

It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that s, but as a means of personal expression.

Henri Matisse Quotes

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. 

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
 
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter.

Individuals often react to colors physically and emotionally. Are you like many who associate light blues and greens with a tranquil atmosphere while reds and oranges with promoting strength and durability?

Think about these color phrases. How do you react when someone says them to you. How do others react when they hear you say them?

  • Red with rage
  • Green with envy
  • Feeling blue
  • Purple passion
  • Pretty in pink

Consider how colors are associated with gender. From infancy, color announces a new birth. Pink or blue wreaths on a door or balloons on a mailbox: the color tells you all you need to know about the new addition to that family.

Chromotherapy (color therapy) is used today as a holistic healing alternative. Color therapy may be suggested when seeking life style changes.

Colors have varying meanings across cultures. In Japan red signifies a heroic figure.  In parts of Africa, red symbolizes death. In the US, we all know how to react the red stop sign.

So ask, how does color convey my moods, preferences, my individual taste, culture or personality? Checkout a color survey or color test manual and get to know your color(s). You may be surprised!  The tests may not always be scientific, but they can be fun.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff