The winter months are upon us, it’s a time for grounding and slowing down, but does the thought of the darker months ahead give you the feeling of needing to hibernate? For some, the shorter days of winter can cause fatigue, depression, over sleeping, irritability and restlessness. This condition known as Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) is dreaded by many people. The use of white light is known to help alleviate SAD symptoms. However, in this guide I am going to share the healing benefits of coloured light therapy, which not only helps uplift feelings of depression, but heals mind, body and soul.
From my perspective, light bridges the gap between science and spirit and unites the physical body with our energetic body. Energy medicine such as light therapy has far reaching benefits, from influencing cells in our body to restoring vibrational balance within our chakra system.
I consider light to be a nutrient just like vitamins and minerals we absorb from food. My holistic approach involves maximising nutrition by ‘eating the rainbow’, but this approach doesn’t end there. My philosophy also involves maximising nutritional value from coloured light, which brings my rainbow nutrition approach to a whole new level! Absorbing energy from the full spectrum of coloured light stimulates the body’s circulatory system, immune system, endocrine system and nervous system.
So what is Coloured Light Therapy?
In this guide I will focus on the quality and benefits of monochromatic light. Light is composed of waves and is measured in wavelengths. The important characteristic of monochromatic light is that each colour of the spectrum is composed of a single, unique wavelength to produce pure light which cannot be further separated into other colours. Research undertaken by Professor Tiina Karu discovered the purity of the wavelength has a profound effect at cellular level to induce healing.
What is the difference between light and colour?
Light and colour represent wavelengths of energy. When light waves enter the eye, it is our colour sensitive cone cells in the retina which generate colour. These different colours are vibrations which have different wave frequencies. The universal language for the software of our brain is colour. The beneficial healing effect of these wave frequencies is that they translate energy to our cells to repair the body.
How does Coloured Light Therapy work?
Monochromatic light enters the eye which stimulates photoreceptors in the retina. These photoreceptors transform light into electrical impulses along nerve pathways from the retina to the brain which produce colour. Here the hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands are stimulated and regulated by light. The pituitary and pineal glands are the body’s major health keepers, i.e. the nervous system and endocrine system.
What are the physical benefits?
Innovative light therapy treatments have shown to increase circulation of oxygenated blood, increase metabolism and promote detoxification.
Dr Thomas Burke reports “studies show that the presence of nitric oxide brings greater elasticity to the arteries, veins and capillaries of the body enhancing blood flow promoting the growth of new blood vessels.” The regenerative benefits are numerous for the immune system and nervous system.
Using light to stimulate the endocrine system and regulate our body’s processes can help to promote sleep, correct hormonal imbalances, combat depression and SAD.
How does it benefit the chakra system?
The chakra system has 7 main energy centres, each having a number of attributes, including a colour, specific physical and emotional function which interconnects via the endocrine system. The chakras vibrate at a higher frequency than that of the lower frequency physical body. Imbalances can occur e.g. when the physical body is overworked as a result of stress or while experiencing extreme emotions.
Coloured Light Therapy can influence the health of both the physical body and energetic body. Each separate wavelength, or colour of the spectrum, has its own nutritional value and resonates with the frequency of our chakras. It’s a little like tuning into a specific radio frequency, only here we tune into the various wavelengths of colour which vibrate at the same rate of our chakra energy system to correct any vibrational imbalances.
The red end of the spectrum is known to be more energizing, while the blue end of the spectrum has the opposite effect, which is known to be more restorative.
Have you received your daily recommended light intake?
The influence of Coloured Light Therapy has shown to benefit sunlight starvation during winter to help lift feelings of depression, but also it can:
- synthesize vitamin D, which benefits calcium absorption
- benefit melatonin production, the hormone responsible for the sleep and wake cycle (melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant)
- stimulate the thyroid gland which increase metabolism
- enhance liver function to promote detoxification
- lower blood pressure
- strengthen the immune system
- reduce inflammation
- influence hormonal balance due to the quality of monochromatic light
- alters state of consciousness to deep relaxation or meditative state
- stimulate the body’s natural healing process
Is there a psychological effect from colour?
There is a psychological association with colour, we often hear the expression “feeling blue” or “green with envy” colour is known to have a profound effect on our emotions and mood. We often use red to create a statement of strength or power. Different colours can be used to promote calm, energize, create a feeling of warmth or being cold. The 7 colours of the spectrum are considered to be:
Red: dynamic, energizing, stimulating
Orange: active, creative, warming
Yellow: positive, confidence, strength
Green: balance, compassion, harmony
Blue: calm, loyalty, expressive
Indigo: integrity, intuitive, insightful
Violet: wisdom, inspiration, transformation
Is light essential for health?
Yes, within the holistic approach light is widely recognised for its healing qualities. Also, more medical journals are focussing on the benefits of light therapy. Studies show how the healing effect of light replicates, regenerates, repairs and restores cells. So, rather than feeling the need to hibernate, why not stay healthy and energized this winter?
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About Diana Brook
Diana Brook is a Natural Health and Healing Practitioner. Her aim is to provide natural therapies to support individuals during times of emotional transition to help individuals to discover their true selves. Diana is passionate about empowering others to create a healthy relationship with the self. Connecting with the chakra energy system, colour and light is integral to her holistic approach. Diana also provides health and healing programmes, talks and workshops.
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