Thursday, September 20, 2007

Color Psychology

Since the ancient times, it is believed that the human system is greatly affected by in the sense of affecting mood, emotion, feelings, cognition, aspiration etc. Thus, color and light have been interchangeably used by mostly every culture, religion and society in various ways to treat countless diseases. Color therapy suggests one can alter one’s state of health by altering surrounding colors. It has also been proven that light (or the absence of light) can have an effect on the hypothalamus, the pineal and the pituitary glands and subsequently on our mental and physical states of health.

The Egyptian culture used color in all aspects of their lives. They used vivacious paints in all their decorative drawings and hieroglyphics which adorned their homes, burial chambers and temples. Temples in their cultures was not only a place for worship, but were used for healing purposes. The rooms in Egyptian temples were constructed in such a way that the incoming rays of the sun were split into the colors of the spectrum and this was in turn used to treat diseases. Moreover, the Egyptians used gems as part of their color treatments. They believed that gems are pure, containing concentrated color, and so have a significant effect on the body.

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Originally published in Blurtit.com on 24th September, 2006 19:56
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