Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

Colour Therapy: wearing green clothing (Part 2)

I wrote a little while back about the significance of wearing green clothing and promised to get back with some further thoughts on the subject.

Colour is such a fascinating subject isn’t it and I’m sure I could write a list as long as my arm of all the keywords linked with green but what I really wanted to do was give a bit more insight into how wearing this colour can affect your energy levels and what subtle effects it can have on those around you.

Green shades with fuchsia, pink, yellow, salmon and co.

Many years ago when I trained as a colour therapist we learned how to channel the different colour vibrations through hands on healing and spring green was one of the central colours we worked with. Chlorophyl is truly the juice of life and represents a potent energiser and balancer of all dis-ease. And although the other colours are categorized as either magnetic (the warming reds, oranges and yellows) or electric (all the blues and purples), green is neutral and can be used to bring things back to centre.

For this reason, many people report feeling very safe and comfortable in green as it is in a way the protector. It is a good choice for people who are recovering from illness or who have been feeling down and need a bit of a helping hand.

Some of you reading this will know a bit about the Eastern chakra system, the 7 main energy centres in our bodies. It is interesting to note that green is associated with the heart chakra, the central one and the key to higher realms as it is linked with compassion and unconditional love. But did you know that the colour pink is also linked with the heart chakra? Soft greens and pinks have similar vibrations and so you can either combine them or interchange them when choosing clothing. These shades are perfect for people who are seriously ill, maybe even terminally, as they have a very soft, soothing, heart-opening energy. For the same reason you can dress your younger children in these shades as they help them to feel safe and protected.

Generally a person wearing green clothing is likely to instill trust and confidence in the people he or she is dealing with as it is non-threatening and induces a feeling of calm.

I’ve found through my silk painting that all sorts of green shades do indeed harmonise with all sorts of other shades. There don’t seem to be any hard and fast rules.  I personally love touches of pink and fuchsia intermingled with soft greens. I know from feedback from many of you that you also like to experiment and have favourite green/other colour combinations ranging from peaches, pinks, salmon, blues, purples and many more. Your own colouring and personality will determine what you can carry off and what you need to avoid.

And there’s one last thing I wanted to share with you on this topic. Various shades of green are  linked with wealth and affluence. So if you tend to wear a lot of green, it could be a sign that you feel comfortable handling and managing your money or indeed are a good manifester of wealth. Maybe this is something to think about next time you want to go and ask your bank manager for a loan. Instil a bit of confidence in him by wearing a smart green blouse or shirt. Definitely worth a try.

I was wondering if you had had any experiences of using green in any particular way and had noticed clear results. I’d love to hear about it so do leave your comments in the box below.

February 28, 2011 Posted by | COLOURS | , , , , , , , , , , , | 43 Comments

The Psychology of Colour -Wearing Red Clothes

It’s been quite while since I wrote anything about colour so I thought I would start off by writing about the effect RED clothing can have on others.

I remember when I was very young and my nana saying: “Red and Green should never be seen except upon an Irish queen.” I didn’t really get that in those days and thought that Irish queens had special rights. But as I grew older and developed my love for colours and painting, I found that particularly odd as I discovered that red and green lived together in perfect harmony in a wide variety of beautiful flowers around the planet.

One of the colours that I avoided wearing for a very long time was RED. I painted in all sorts of bright colours, too, but red was clearly missing from my palette by choice. Now the psychology of colour is a very extensive subject and most of us are aware of it on a subconscious level.

When we think of the colour RED, one of the first things that comes to mind is love. It’s the colour of roses and Valentine’s Day. It’s the colour of passion and also of rage. Red-faced people are those who are choleric and have high blood pressure. Or who are embarrassed. And it’s the colour of blood, the life-giver.

So what does wearing RED clothing say about you? Well, for a start, you are likely to feel more energized on these days. Red is also a very warming colour and so quite a good choice on cold days. But it also gives out very clear signals to other people when you choose this colour for your outfit. If you come in to a meeting in red, then other know intuitively that you are a force to be reckoned with. You are likely to take on your opponents and are not so likely to back down easily. Dressed in red you may intimidate those negotiating with you and therefore have an advantage right from the start.

If a woman turns up for a date dressed in red, this can be seen as an expression of passion and her partner is likely to tune into the sexual undercurrents sent out by this colour.

It is a colour which can overstimulate people who are easily excitable and can raise bloodpressure. So if you are one of these people and like red, why not go for a shade more into the orange to tone it down a bit. In colour therapy you are not treated with this colour if your blood pressure is raised.

And you know the expression “seeing red“. In Spain the torero waves the red cloak at the bull to make it start charging and get the fight going. Your red outfit can also have this effect on others, rubbing them up the wrong way and causing irritation where it isn’t intended. So in situations where you want to be particularly diplomatic, red shouldn’t be your first choice of colour when selecting what to wear.

If you are selective about what you wear and when you wear it, red is definitely a colour that can be both enjoyed and appreciated by others.

October 4, 2009 Posted by | COLOURS | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment