HEALING THROUGH COLOUR THERAPY

Written by on 12/12/2017

HEALING THROUGH COLOUR THERAPY

And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge. [Sura Ar Rum, Ayat 22].

“Do you not see that Allah sends down from the clouds water, then brings forth with it fruits of different kinds/ or colours. And in the mountains there are streaks, white and red, of different colours, and some intensely black. And of people and animals and cattle there are different colours likewise. Only those of His servants fear Allah who possess knowledge.” [Sura Fatir, Ayat 27-28]

Although light itself is colourless it carries within it a full spectrum of colours (the rainbow).

Each colour has an electromagnetic frequency and vibration which generates ‘energy’ that every living creature including humans can tap into.

Colour therapy also known as Chromotherapy uses the ‘energy’ generated by a particular colour/s to stimulate, modify and balance the frequency of a specific organ/s; helping to restore that organ and heal the body at a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level.

Colour therapy is a holistic, non-invasive therapy which dates back thousands of years; evidence of which can be found in ancient texts from India, China and Egypt.

Muslim physicians such as Abu Ali Sina (known as Avicenna in the West) who lived in the 8th century used colour therapy in both diagnosis and treatment of patients.

In his Al Qanoon (The Canon of Medicine) Abu Sina wrote: ‘colour is an observable symptom of disease;’ and explained how colour therapy could help with the healing process.

He would examine the colour of his patient’s skin, eyes, hair, urine even excrement and based on the patient’s temperament (Mizaj) would provide a diagnosis for the illness. For example, a yellow skin could indicate a problem with the liver; whereas a white skin could suggest a problem with the spleen and so on.

Having identified the cause of the illness he would treat the organ/s using colour therapy. For example he would use red colour to assist in the circulation of blood; blue or white to cool it; yellow to reduce muscular pain and inflammation.

Based on his work he developed a chart that related colour to the temperature and physical condition of the body as below.

Colour Location Function
Red Base of the spine Grounding and Survival
Orange Lower abdomen, genitals Emotions, sexuality
Yellow Solar plexus Power, ego
Green Heart Love, sense of responsibility
Blue Throat Physical and spiritual communication
Indigo Just above the centre of the brow, middle of forehead Forgiveness, compassion, understanding
Violet Crown of the head Connection with universal energies, transmission of ideas and information

 

MODERN DAY RESEARCH ON COLOUR THERAPY

Modern day scientists have done much research on the psychological effects of colour and how different colours can influence us emotionally.

For example, being exposed to red colour for a lengthy period of time can increase blood pressure as well as having an effect on the endocrine system.

Orange colour affects our immune system whilst yellow can increase a feeling of pleasure.

Green helps balance ALL our cells; it improves our breathing making us happy and optimistic.

Blue stimulates the pituitary gland actively reducing blood pressure; helping with deep sleep.

Violet helps calm anger and improve emotional stability.

Brown reminds us of the soil and encourages humility.

Black can be seen as the colour of dignity but also as sadness.

White brings peace and rest; helping remove desperation and depression.

An experienced Colour Therapist can help identify areas of imbalance and help treat a patient holistically through the use of Chromotherepy.

 

COLOUR THERAPY FROM AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE

Allah st has created everything in perfect Order. He tells us in Sura Nahl, Ayat 13:  And whatsoever He has created for you on the earth of varying colours [and qualities from vegetation and fruits (botanical life) and from animals (zoological life)] Verily! In this is a sign for people who remember.”

Plants are green because they absorb green light from the sun and save it as chemical energy in their leaves. The sea is blue because it absorbs blue light. Without the ability of the plants and sea to absorb a specific light our world would be black in colour.

Muslims believe that all colours are important and complement each other. Allah st mentions the word colour 7 times in the holy Quran; the exact number of colours in the Spectrum.

  1. And whatsoever He has created for you on the earth of varying colours [and qualities from vegetation and fruits (botanical life) and from animals (zoological life)] Verily! In this is a sign for people who remember. (Sura An-Nahl, Ayat 13)
  2. There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think. (Sura An-Nahl, Ayat 69)
  3. And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge. (Sura Ar-Rum, Ayat 22)
  4. See you not that Allah sends down water (rain) from the sky, and We produce therewith fruits of various colours (Sura Fatir, Ayat 27)
  5. And among the mountains are streaks white and red, of varying colours and (others) very black. (Sura Fatir, Ayat 27)
  6. And likewise of men and Ad-Dawâbb [moving (living) creatures, beasts], and cattle, are of various colours. It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Mighty, Oft-Forgiving. (Sura Fatir, Ayat 28)
  7. See you not that Allah sends down water (rain) from the sky, and causes it to penetrate the earth, (and then makes it to spring up) as water-springs, and afterward thereby produces crops of different colours, and afterward they wither and you see them turn yellow; then He makes them dry and broken pieces. Verily, in this is a Reminder for men of understanding. (Sura Az Zumar, Ayat 21)

Green is repeated eight times:

  1. It is He, who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it we bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it we bring forth green stalks, from which we bring forth thick clustered grain. (Sura Al-Anam, Ayat 99)
  2. and seven green ears of corn, and (seven) others dry (Sura Yusuf, Ayat 43)
  3. and of seven green ears of corn, and (seven) others dry (Sura Yusuf, Ayat 46)
  4. and they will wear green garments of fine and thick silk (Sûrat Al Kahf, Ayat 31)
  5. See you not that Allah sends down water (rain) from the sky, and then the earth becomes green? Verily, Allah is the Most Kind and Courteous, Well-Acquainted with all things. (Sura Al Hajj, Ayat 63)
  6. He who produces for you fire out of the green tree, when behold you kindles therewith. (Sura Yasin, Ayat 80)
  7. Reclining on green cushions and rich beautiful mattresses. (Sura Ar Rahman, Ayat 76)
  8. Their garments will be of fine green silk and gold embroidery. (Sura Al Insan, Ayat 21)

Black is repeated seven times in the holy Quran which is the same number as number of doors of hell. Allah st says: “And surely, hell is the promised place for them all. It (hell) has seven gates, for each of those gates is a (special) class (of sinners) assigned. (Sura Al Hijr, Ayats 43-44)

With reference to Black colour Allah st says:

  1. and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night). (Sura Al Baqarah, Ayat 187)
  2. On the Day (Day of Resurrection) when some faces will become white and some faces will become black. (Sura Al Imran, Ayat 106)
  3. As for those whose faces will become black (to them will be said): “Did you reject Faith after accepting it? Then taste the torment (in Hell) for rejecting Faith.” (Sura Al Imran, Ayat 106)
  4. And when the news of (the birth of) a female (child) is brought to any of them, his face becomes blackish, and he is filled with inward grief! (Sura an Nahl, Ayat 58)
  5. And among the mountains are streaks white and red, of varying colours and (others) very black. (Sura Fatir, Ayat 27)
  6. And on the Day of Resurrection you will see those who lied against Allah (i.e. attributed to Him sons, partners) – their faces will be black. (Sura Az Zumar, Ayat 60)
  7. And if one of them is informed of the news of (the birth of a girl) that which he sets forth as a parable to the Most Gracious (Allah), his face becomes blackish, and he is filled with grief! (Sura Az Zukhruf, Ayat 17)

White is the most mentioned colour in the holy Quran. It was also the favourite colour of our Prophet (peace be upon him).

He used to supplicate Allah st by saying:  “Oh Allah please purify me from sins as the white clothes are purified from dirt.”

The above indicates the importance of colour and colour therapy as a healing remedy.

Dr. Alia Syed

*Dr. Alia Syed [Tabeeb] is a trained Colour Therapist and uses Colour Therapy with patients in her Ar Rahman Clinic.


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