Article by Ashwita Goel, Reiki Master
As we advance on our practice with Reiki, our sensitivity can increase. One of the aspects we can become sensitive to is the colors we wear, and in our surroundings. I’ve been asked why this is, and why one would, for instance, feel open and free in white and protected or sometimes in shut down, in black. While some tend to brush this aside as ‘all in your mind’, this isn’t exactly true. Ultimately, everything is ‘all in our minds’- because the entire world is only our perception. But when we look at the subconscious mind, colors can help you if they are in alignment with the sort of energy you need.
Bear in mind that there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ colors, only colors that are right for you today. One color might feel healing for one person but very hurtful for another, it depends on your basic energy field and what you are going through on that particular day. We have only had a few centuries of civilization, and I believe that our systems still measure our foods and environment relative to a forest.
So… here’s what they do –
White is a favorite color for people in many spiritual disciplines, and there is a reason for this. White stands out, especially in a forest, and could expose you to any predators. So wearing white subconsciously tells our system that we are safe and there is no danger from being extremely visible. Subconsciously this is what it tells the people we meet too so it is likely they are already kind with you to begin with, thereby further reducing the threat. So your chakras are going to open up and be free, letting energy circulate freely. People tend to prefer white when they are comfortable being ‘visible’ and with receiving attention from others.
Black tells your system that you want to be as invisible as possible, reminding your system of being invisible at night. The effect of wearing black is almost like wearing a shield – so your system assumes you need protection, and also upgrades your receptors to be at high alert to perceive any dangers – something that certain systems will perceive as negativity based on their basic wiring. So black can be very ‘heavy’ for those with certain kinds of temperaments while it can be soothing for those who prefer invisibility. If you haven’t done your shadow work and if you have a heavy shadow, wearing black is probably not a good idea, as receiving all that negative feedback about others can be taxing.
Red is the color of danger – fire. So it subconsciously triggers those that you meet – and allows you to benefit from the energy of chaos – which is why we like women in red – because chaos puts the mind in a state of hypnosis, so a woman in red is going to seem more appealing than a woman in white. Also, sexual attraction is closely linked to the adrenaline rush, which will make them seem more attractive, again. Also red is the color of blood, so subconsciously others register this person as having a better blood flow = better vitality and health, which changes the way they respond to you. Too much red in the environment can increase anxiety, aggression, and irritation as it is the color of danger, after all. So use it in moderation.
Green is the color of thriving plants, and allows the system to relax into a gentle camouflage. It allows your energy to flow freely as a result of feeling safe due to the invisibility and thus helps with healing. Brown has a similar impact but it is more earthy and more muted in effect, bringing in less life force energy.
Yellow is the color of the sun and allows us to tune into the morning energy – increasing our will, drive and passion for work. It allows for a brisk circulation of energy in our system.
Blue, the color of the sky, expands our awareness just as looking at the sky does, and allows for a feeling of greater mutual harmony and togetherness. This is the reason many factories have a blue uniform for their employees. If you want to experience the impact of blue on your system, simply go out and look at the sky – that is what wearing blue does to our system as well.
Do the colors we wear affect our Reiki flow?
There is a slight difference between channeling our personal ki and the universal ki through our bodies. The flow of universal energy in my experience remains unimpacted by our moods, surroundings and state of body or mind.
Regardless of whether you are sensitive and greatly feel the shift based on what color you wear, or whether you don’t perceive the difference at all, it is important to remember that things are always changing. Don’t get hung up on specific colors based on logical reasoning, and let your intuition be your guide. This way you maximize the impact of color on your life because then you wear what your body needs in that moment. I just hope that the article helped you understand what was happening behind the need for specific colors.
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Having learned Meditation as a child, Ashwita incorporated Reiki into her life during her early teens. After a decade of witnessing the magic Reiki, she felt compelled to take up Reiki professionally, and ended her corporate career in 2007, taking up Reiki full-time. She eventually incorporated EFT, hypnotherapy and past life therapy into her work. Apart from her healing work, she teaches Reiki and meditation, and her book ‘Healing Through Reiki’ is available on Amazon. You can connect with her through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Reiki.Bangalore,
her website http://www.reiki-bangalore.com/ or visit her blog http://www.ashwita.com/zen/