Have you ever wondered about the colors you wear, beyond whether they look good on you or are seasonally appropriate? I, for one, believe that nothing – well, almost nothing! – happens by chance. And so it is with the colors we wear.
Of course it’s true that certain colors look better on us than others because of our own unique coloring – whether we have blond or black hair, brown or blue or green eyes, pink, brown, “olive” or yellow skin, etc. And not only do certain colors look better on each of us, but we tend to wear those same colors often, while shunning others. And we all have had the experience of looking into our closets, full of clothes and thinking, “I have nothing to wear!” But we probably hadn’t realized the reason for this: unbeknownst to us, we actually are rejecting the color of the clothes in question.
But the colors we wear “go with’ more than just our skin tones. Colors actually have an effect on us and on our “energy” (see “Hands of Light” by Barbara Ann Brennan). When we get dressed in the morning, we are also unconsciously choosing a color that reflects our mood and what we might “need” that day, just as much or more than what we think looks good on a conscious level.
For example, red represents passion and strong feelings – as well as our life force energy. Think about the color red. What’s one of the things we associate with red more than anything else? Blood. What could be more representative of life than blood? It is bright and vibrant. It is life. The red “power ties” that became popular with men in the ‘80s were aptly named. When you need a little extra energy to get through the day, put on something red!
Black, on the other hand, helps us to stay with ourselves. It helps us go inward and reflect. And with what human activity have we most associated the color black? With mourning – it is not by chance that we have traditionally worn black when we need to be with ourselves and grieve. Black helps us to mourn. In terms of healing properties, black can bring us into a state of grace, silence and peace.
Purple brings a sense of royalty and helps us connect with our spiritual selves. Think about the colors that kings and queens have worn throughout history, and you’ll almost always find purple. And a quick study of art history will reveal paintings depicting Christ dressed in purple, while priests and ministers of many faiths still wear purple as part of their official dress today. If you long to connect with your spiritual self, wear something purple. Or keep a purple object, such as an amethyst stone, nearby and look at it often.
Yellow represents intellect and brings us mental clarity. Think of the cleansing, clearing effect of the juice from a bright yellow lemon. Think of the clarity that yellow sunlight adds to anything we are trying to view in detail. The yellow sunlight reveals all, eliminating any shadows and fuzziness. If you need to complete a complex task that requires a lot of sharp mental energy, or if you just want to clear a foggy head, wear something yellow to get the job done!
Orange increases our immunity and our sexual energy. Close to red on the color spectrum, it is warm, passionate and increases life energy, too. When you are ill, cover yourself in an orange blanket. And since it relates directly to sexual energy, wearing orange underwear every now and then is not a bad idea! Light your own fire! Wearing orange can also help with pelvic diseases, such as bladder infections.
White represents truth and helps bring us peace and comfort. It is also good for taking away pain. In this context, it’s interesting that hospitals, where there are many people in pain, have traditionally had white walls, bedding and clothing for their patients. And in religion and other areas of life, white has been worn as a sign of purity.
Blue, a “cool” color, is cool and calming. When do you usually put on something blue? Start to notice the colors you wear, and then try to remember what kind of day you were facing. Did you notice any associations? Did you instinctively reach for something black when you felt that you needed to be left alone? Did you put on a red shirt or scarf on a day when you needed a boost? What makes you feel good when you’re ill? White sheets? The warmth of an orange blanket?
Want to open your heart? You guessed it! Put on something rose-colored!
For more information the power of color, see “Hands of Light” by Barbara Ann Brennan.
Krysti Brice, BHS® Practitioner, is a personal mentor, author and energy healer serving an international client base.