Vibrational color healing

Color healing is based on the belief that the chemical elements radiate a frequency equivalent within the color spectrum.

by Jill Mattson — 

Energies affect us on all levels: from our genetics, people we interact with or pass on the street, the energy of nature, a storm or sunny day, the food we eat, to what reaches us from the heavens in the form of low-level electromagnetic energy.

What do these things have in common? If you put them on a scale and measure their vibrations in terms of slow-speed-per-cycle to fast-speed-per-cycle, all will have a sympathetic resonance to the octaves of color.

The relationship between energy and color is fascinating, although some say it is silly. But can colors affect our health?  In civilizations of antiquity, healers used materials to filter sunlight and create an effect of colored lights, which were then used to treat people. Historical records indicate that people used colored-light healing in Heliopolis, Egypt, as well as in early Greece, China and India.

Today, there are healing modalities, as well, that use colored lights. Two modern pioneers were Edwin Babbitt and Dinshah Ghadiale. The Dinshah Health Society offers a color-spectrum-based system (since 1920) that was used at a major medical center in Philadelphia for many years. This system utilizes simple, low-powered lamps and color filters to counter specific physical problems.

Some people have difficulty imagining that a colored light causes a physiologic effect inside the human body; however, traditional medical research has observed the positive effects of colored-light therapy on the body. Blue-light therapy is used for some types of neonatal jaundice. A blue light can also be applied to the body, causing a chemical reaction in the blood that circulates underneath the skin, effectively lowering bilirubin levels. An ultraviolet light can stimulate the production of vitamin D, which the human body produces when exposed to sunlight. And, if you are suffering from a bad sunburn, would it not be more soothing and cooling to be under icy blue lighting rather than red hot lights?

Additionally, full-spectrum light exposure can help those with seasonal affective disorder. This is a condition that is believed to be caused by insufficient light exposure (through the eyes to the hypothalamus and then onto the pituitary gland), which controls the endocrine system.

Color healing is based on the belief that the chemical elements radiate a frequency equivalent within the color spectrum. For example, the prevailing corresponding color wave of hydrogen is red and that of oxygen is blue.

Each organ has sympathetic resonance with a color wavelength. The liver is believed to radiate energy that is an octave below red; the pituitary gland radiates green; the spleen violet; the circulatory system magenta; and the lymphatic system yellow.

When a particular organ or body system is underactive, its energy is decreased. The remedy is to project an energizing color on the skin near the affected organ, or sometimes over the entire body. If a system is overactive (for example, a fever), the remedy is the opposite, and a depressing color is used. Everything on the red side of the color spectrum is more or less stimulating, while the blue side is sedating.

People process colors differently depending on their eye color, geographic location, atmospheric conditions, time of day and altitude. The Purkinje Shift is the name of the phenomenon describing the ability of the human eye to perceive color according to the amount of light that hits it. Dim light will fire or trigger more of the eye’s blue wavelength, which means that blues will seem more vivid, while more intense light will cause the eye to fire more of the red wavelengths, which makes red appear more vivid. This is why mountains in the distance appear “bluish,” and red flowers are most vivid when we are closer to them.

Another factor that affects how we see color is atmospheric condition. Hot, high, dry and sunny locations (such as Jaipur, India) show intense coloration. Cool, low, humid and cloudy locations (such as the coast of Thailand) show coloration that is darker and more drab.

Color is in the eye of the beholder. Our eye color (blue, brown or hazel) affects how we actually see color, similar to wearing colored sunglasses. Light passes through them before we see; therefore, light-colored, blue eyes can differentiate up to 30 percent more color shades than dark-colored eyes.

The following are some interesting facts about color:

  • Red gives off a different energy depending on what is next to it.
  • The overall vibratory influence of your clothes or a painting changes with each color that you add.
  • People process colors differently in different brain hemispheres.
  • Complementary colors are attracted, balancing and healing.
  • Colors are absorbed through your skin, so what you wear makes a difference.
  • Colors correspond to emotions. Even our language verifies this — “red with anger,” “feeling blue,” and “green with envy.”


Jill Mattson is a healing arts musician and composer, author and artist, who draws on her extensive research of modern sound healing, and 17-year study of antiquities and secret societies in her lectures, workshops and writings. 814-657-0134 or

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 30, Number 4, August/September 2011.

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