According to the scientific definition, colour is the visual perception of a narrow band of electromagnetic waves, which reach the eye of an observer, who recognizes an attribute. This reduced definition was roughed out after Newton’s research on optics in the seventeenth century. Newton’s theory of colour affirmed that the white light is made of differently refrangible rays separated out into the rainbow by refracting to different degrees in the prism, creating the phenomenon called Dispersion.
The visible light spectrum is a very small part of the bigger electromagnetic spectrum, which is made of seven different regions, including x-rays, infrared, and ultraviolet light. This visible light region consists of a spectrum of wavelengths that range from approximately 700 nanometers (nm) to approximately 400 nm. The low-frequency end corresponds to the light wave that we perceive as the colour red, while the high-frequency end is related to what we identify as violet.
Colour is not only a physical but also a psychic reality as it supports the individual integration between the personality and the essence, or soul, of each person. The chromatic past has an incredible importance in the life of each of us and, when we look at the way of perceiving colours and how we use colours, we understand the nature and the development of consciousness of each human being.
The theosophical view sees colour as relating to the seven rays, which are qualities emanating from the Divine source. All kingdoms in nature are conditioned by the rays, and every individual in the human kingdom vibrates at the same rate of one of them.
“Each vibrating unit of energy can say: I am part of a divine whole, which in its sevenfold nature expresses the love and life of the One Reality, coloured by one of the seven qualities of the love of Deity and responsive to the other qualities. Each of these seven streams or emanations of energy was coloured by a divine quality, an aspect of love, and all of them were needed for the ultimate perfecting of the latent and unrevealed purpose.” Alice Bailey
Every human being comes into manifestation on the impulse of a ray, and is coloured by that ray quality, which determines the form and indicates the soul path. Each ray expresses itself in different physical and energetic conditions and qualities. Each ray gives a predisposition to different talents, strengths and weaknesses. The soul and the personality shifts from ray to ray, from life to life, until all qualities, which are the expression of the Divine source at the core of each of us, are developed.
Colour is a universal language, but even more a symbolic and hermetic language. The symbol, from the Greek symbolon, means “joining together again” two parts that originally were one: these two parts are the content to be symbolized and the object that embodies it. A symbol is an object present in our consciousness, while the content is hidden in our subconscious/unconscious mind. Each symbol is an attempt to express the inexpressible, it is full of meanings and presentiments and it stimulates both feelings and intuition.
Carl Jung, one of the founder of analytic psychology, explained that a symbol has a wider “unconscious aspect that can never be defined or fully explained, it is “a process of comprehension by means of analogy”, “a product of an extremely complex nature, since data from every psychic function have gone into its making”, they “are images of contents which for the most part transcend consciousness.” He also described symbol as “the living facts of life,” a “container of meaning,” a “god-image,” a “form of intervention from the unconscious”, “the psychological mechanism that transforms energy,” and as “natural attempts to reconcile and reunite opposites within the psyche”.
“What we call a symbol is a term, a name or an image which in itself may be familiar to us, but its connotation, use and application are specific or peculiar and hint at a hidden, vague or unknown meaning.” Carl Jung
Working with colour and light means to work with a tool, which may bring us closer to the understanding of who we are, finding the potential which can be expressed by the combination of the two rays manifested in each Aura-Soma bi-coloured Equilibrium bottle.
These bottles are the core of the system and the two fractions are a reflection of our personality ray – the top fraction – and our soul ray – the bottom fraction.
“You are the colour you choose and these reflect your being’s needs” Vicky Wall, founder of the system used to say. What we need is to re-member the memories, but also the potential and the talents that each of them conveys to us.
As W. Kandinsky wrote in 1910, “Colour is a power which directly influences the soul”, it helps us recognise ourselves at the deepest level through the key of colour and to re-balance our energy field.
Knowing the meaning of colour means to get to know ourselves deeper and to open the window to the soul we all have been longing for.
“Wander within the Jewels before you. They have a Language, learn it. They are a Book within themselves; read it and know that in the end they are a Mirror held before you, and Yours is the Miracle.”
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