The sun is a wonderful healer. Just imagine life without sunshine. Sunlight is so critically important to our bodies that it could be considered a vital nutrient. (Gerber, 2000)
There are many different names for healing with light and color. Some of the names are: light therapy, colored light therapy, chromotherapy, spectrochrome therapy, phototherapy and heliotherapy.
Healing with light and color focuses light on the eyes, acupuncture and acupressure points, chakras, meridians and reflex zones. The prevailing theory is light therapy can restore the proper frequencies to the human energy field and thus stimulate the body to heal itself.
A person trained in healing with light and color applies light in the form of tools, visualization or verbal suggestion to help balance the energies in our bodies.
Color and light have been used in healing since ancient times. Today light therapy is used in conventional medical practice. The FDA has approved devices like the Lumatron and lazers. Of course X-Rays, which are a frequency on the electromagnetic spectrum, have been around for a very long time. Seasonal affective disorder is commonly treated with a full-spectrum light box.
Beings of Light
We are vibrating beings of light, energy and color. German light scientist and biophysicist, Dr. Fritz Popp (International Institute of Biophysics, Neuss, Germany), has confirmed that the DNA in our cells gives off light in the ultraviolet range. This light may be an important biological communication system within the body. Researchers in several countries have studied the effects of certain light frequencies on the cells and tissues of the body. Many beneficial effects have been discovered. Russian photobiology research (Russian Society for Photobiology) suggests that there are actually miniature photoreceptors at the cellular level. (Gerber, 2000)
The Electromagnetic spectrum – Color is a vibration and a frequency
Visible light is a small part of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Most of the frequencies are invisible to the naked eye but they are all around us and they affect us in significant ways even thought we cannot see most of these frequencies.
The original development of the Spectro-chrome system in 1920 is credited to Dinshad Ghadiali. His son still maintains a website for his system of healing.
Chapter 7 of Dr. Richard Gerber’s book Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century (page 256 and page 239) discusses the action of each color of light on the body. This is based on Dinshad’s work.
When you think of color therapy, picture colored sunlight. Real color therapy is colored light - coming to you like a beam. Each color is made by a special filter. (The highest quality filters are glass.) The colors are determined by frequency, not by vision. So even though color therapy has been used for generations, it can speak to cutting-edge science, using the language of frequency. Hospital, clinics and lay practitioners around the world use color therapy. There have been no reported negative side effects and so it’s believed that it can be safely combined with any modality or protocol. The set of colors to use on any condition is already cataloged. It's called "spectrochrome" therapy. Set up properly, spectrochrome typically has no harmful side effects. The highest quality spectrochrome kit is not only inexpensive, but will last a lifetime. Color therapy is like sunlight - it's there for everyone. Thanks to Rose at www.coloredlighttherapy.com for her help with this paragraph.
Reflexologists may use color visualization in their healing practice – combined with the hands on stimulation of the acupressure points. Acupuncturists can use color in the same way, applying it to acupuncture points.
Pranic healing also uses color visualization – Pranic healing is a form of spiritual healing that involves (among other things) the transmission of colors of pranic energy from the healer to the client.
Color breathing – Personal meditation. Person visualizes breathing different colors through each of the chakras or visualizes sending color to problems that need resolving on the physical, mental or emotional level.
Developed by Peter Mandel, German Naturopath. Colorpuncture uses Kirlian photography to analyze energy states. Dr. Mandel’s theory was that acupoints on the body not only absorb light, but also transmit light throughout the body’s meridian system like a vast fiberoptic network. This theory was confirmed by Dr. Pankratov of the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Moscow. The light source must be touching or within one to two millimeters of an acupoint for this effect to occur. A colorpuncture therapist can determine which organ/meridian system requires acupoint stimulation and rebalancing. (Gerber, 2000)
LED light use in reflexology – most common use is a monochromatic red LED light device such as the “Light Shaker” and the “Tri-light” – uses an intense beam of red light to stimulate acupressure points. Reflexology crystal torch – (developed by Pauline Willis, a color therapist and reflexologist in London). Willis combines her own form of colored light therapy with reflexology. Her light device has a quart crystal on it that projects the specific color of light at the acupressure point.
Picture of aura, corona discharge (EEA – energy emission analysis, Peter Mandel) Pictures can be used to analyze energy in different areas of the energy field.
The classic use for lazers in medicine is for surgery. Lazers can cut precisely. They simultaneously cut and cauterize so there is no bleeding. Cellular structures absorb different colors of light differently and so different colors of lazer light are used for different treatment applications. “For example, green-argon lazers are used for delicate diabetic eye surgery because the green light tends to affect only blood vessels, leaving other portions of the eye undamaged.” (Gerber, 2000 pg. 227). There are many other uses for lazers in the medical field, too numerous to cover on this site.
Ocular light therapy –Lumatron device
The lumatron device is a large light box mounted on a couch. The client looks into a colored light box and flashing light is broadcast into the eyes at different rates depending on what color is chosen and what effect is needed for rebalancing. Different flashing rates correspond to different frequencies of brainwave activity. The theory is this form of light therapy balances the parasympathetic or the sympathetic nervous system depending on the choices that are made. There are apparently many benefits to Ocular Light Therapy. Please refer to Richard Gerber’s book Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century for more information.
History behind ocular light therapy – Syntonic optometric phototherapy.
Dr. Harry Spitler was a physician and optometrist (1930’s and 40’s). Dr. Spitler discovered through his research, some basic light therapy principles. He called the system that he developed from these principles syntonic optometric phototherapy. (The derivation of the word syntonic means “to bring to balance”.) (Gerber, 2000)
1. The theory behind ocular light therapy is that there is a correlation between the rate of growth and cell division in an organism depending on the light frequencies that it is exposed to. Altered lighting conditions can create illness or health.
2. Different light frequencies may trigger the release of specific neurochemicals and hormones. Both of these therapies are in use today and are used predominately by optometrists who have been trained in these techniques.
You can experiment with using light and color everyday to enhance your energy vibration
Eating colored foods – There are foods from every color in the spectrum. Dr. Gerber cites Gabriel Cousen’s book on Spiritual nutrition and the Rainbow Diet as a resource for this information.
Drinking colored water – For a full spectrum water treatment place water in the sun. This is called solarizing. To treat water with specific colors you can use a colored bottle. You can also direct colored light through the water using a spectrochrome filter of a specific color.
Wearing colored clothing. Always wear natural fibers if it is your intention to use the energies of color in your apparel. (Gerber 2000 pg. 260)
Decorating with Colors – Color can be used in your living environment in an intentional way. You can use the principles of color healing in decorating your home. Feng Shui also has a philosophy of color that can be adopted for your home environment.
I would like to thank Dr. Richard Gerber for much of the content of this webpage. His wonderful book, Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century (cited below) is an outstanding resource for energy healing of all types.
Gerber, Richard, Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century, N.Y.: HarperCollins, 2000.
David Olszewski and Brian Breiling,Light Years Ahead: The illustrated Guide to Full Spectrum and Colored Light in Mindbody Healing, Berkeley, CA.: Celestial Arts, 1996.
Jacob Libermann, O.D., Ph.D., Light, Medicine of the Future, Santa Fe, N.M: Bear & Company Publishing, 1991
Pauline Willis, Reflexology and Color Therapy: A Practical Introduction, Boston: Element Books, Inc., 1998Gabriel Cousens, Spiritual Nutritional and the Rainbow Diet. (This book has three different publishers) 1. Berkeley, CA. North Atlantic Books, 2005 2.Essene Vision Books Patagonia Arizona 3.Cassandra Press, Boulder Colorado 1986
©Robyn S. Levy