Color is a big part of everyone’s life – and a life without it would be drab and very uninteresting.
Imagine that all you could see were blacks and whites – and in-between shades of grey – think of all that you would be missing out on….sunsets, rainbows, flowers, beautiful fabrics, the different shades of green in a forest, and so on.
I think that you would agree that such a life would be very drab, and would almost certainly affect your mood adversely, your life would have lost most of its sparkle and brightness.
In other words – Color is a very important part of our life, that we almost take for granted.
Some people think that someone who is color-blind doesn’t see them at all – but that is not at all true. They do see them – they just see them differently from the rest of us.
It is important to realize that, and also to remember also that there are varying degrees of severity of it – from those who only would know that they were affected by having a test – to those where it may be somewhat of a handicap for normal living.
– and all the people affected are descendants of one individual in the 18th Century who had abnormal genes for color receptor cells in the eyes)
The most common form of color blindness is the so-called “Red/Green” blindness.
It affects males more often than females – up to 7 percent of males worldwide – but this does not mean that those persons affected cannot see red or green – it simply means that to them, the difference between the two are not as obvious to them as they are to the rest of us.
Thus something that is a fairly dull green, will blend into the background if that is a dull red, and they will not be able to see the difference clearly.
Whereas those with severe red/green color blindness may see it more like this;-
There is another, more rare form where people have difficulty telling the difference between blue and yellow, and they may see the rainbow more like this if they are severely affected;-
By far the majority of people with any form of color blindness are usually completely unaware of it – and only find out if they get a vision test of one form or another
– however they do go through life seeing things in a slightly different way to the majority of us with normal vision.
Color vision can be tested in a variety of ways, but the most common method used are by looking at a set of charts that have one color “embedded” in another, this is called the Ishihara Test, and one page would look like the figure on the left.
The majority of people, with normal vision have no difficulty at all in seeing the number 74, but depending on the type of color blindness, others may either see the number as 21, or no number at all.
(Incidentally – but importantly – if you are one of those who cannot see the number 74 – then Don’t Panic ! – it may mean that you are color blind to some degree, but it is very important to realize that by far the majority of people who have this hereditary condition are fully able to go through life completely as normal.
If you are at all concerned, you should check with your physician, and get tested for color vision).
Nowadays there are resources, such as specially tinted spectacles or contact lenses, that can minimize any day-to-day problems that you may be experiencing – it is important for you to be aware of that.)
I personally find this fascinating, and often wonder what it would be like to see the world through their eyes – it would be like seeing a whole New World – similar yet different from the one that I normally see !
And that leads us very nicely to the topic of this page – color leading into a guided meditation !
There are many different kinds of color meditation – the ARICA Organisation used to do a “Color of the Day” meditation, with a different one for each day of the week, but apparently do not teach that anymore.
I think that it was probably based on a South East Asian tradition of each day being associated with a particular color, and people there still tend to wear the particular one on each relevant day, these are as follow;-
Sunday – – – – – – – – Red
Monday – – – – – – – -Yellow
Tuesday – – – – – – – -Pink
Wednesday – – – – – -Green
Thursday – – – – – – – Orange
Friday – – – – – – – – – Blue
Saturday – – – – – – – Violet
I have made recordings for you for each of these “Colors of the Day” meditations, each with its associations with a different Chakra, a different Planet, and a different ‘Feeling’ or mentation, that differs for each one – they are quite fascinating !
See my page on CDs and MP3 downloads for all the details.
What we will be doing here now, is doing a more general guided meditation, and we will base it on Gold, which is a color that everyone is able to visualize easily.
So, if you have read the introduction instructions for these guided meditations on the Guided Meditations general page, and you have your reader/guide person all set to go – then we will get started.
Ready ? Then – one – two – three – go !
So first of all, as with the other meditations, just gently
close your eyes and try to consciously relax as much as you
can…….start to let your breathing become slower and deeper
…….in your mind, slowly go around your body, looking for
tense places…….let each of them relax as much as you can
…….go round your body again, and if you find tense places
…….then make them even more tense by tightening them up as
much as you can…….tighter and tighter…….and even yet
tighter…….keep that up until you cannot hold it any longer
or tighter…….then Relax….relax…..relax……….
……let your breathing get slower and deeper yet…….deeper
and slower…….check around your body once more for any tight
areas…….tighten them more and more…….more and more and
more……..and when you cannot tighten them any longer or any
tighter…….let them Relax….relax….relax ……
……breathing yet even deeper and slower…….now feeling
very calm and relaxed…….slowly start to think of the color
GOLD…….think of things that you have that are
gold…….maybe a ring or another piece of jewelery
that is made of gold…….maybe the gold of a ripe
field of wheat…….maybe the gold of someone’s hair glinting
in the sun…….breathing slower and deeper….slower and
deeper……. all your body feeling relaxed and soft…….warm
and peaceful…….calm and relaxed…….imagine the gold of
the sun…….imagine yourself lying comfortably in the sun
……warm and relaxed….feel the gold rays of the sun shining
down on you…….feel the comfortable warmth of those golden
rays seeping into your skin…….making you feel even more
comfortable and warm and relaxed…….feel the healing power
of the sun coming into you …….slowly filling you up with
golden peaceful energy……..peaceful and relaxed…….each
slow deep breath bringing in some of that healthy golden sun
energy…….feel it entering your body with each breath….
…….feel yourself slowly filling up with warm golden
energy…….relaxed and calm and comfortable…….all of you
becoming filled with health-bringing golden energy…….slowly
spreading throughout all of your body…….in with your slow
breaths…….then spreading slowly all through your body
…….throughout your whole chest…….filling your whole
stomach and pelvic area with gold light and energy…….warmly
spreading to your arms and legs…….and upwards into your
head and making your brain be full of healthy golden
light…….all your body golden and relaxed and healthy
…….feel what it feels like to be a person full of golden
light……. light and refreshed…….warm and comfortable….
comfortable …….peaceful and calm…….just take a minute
or two to enjoy that special feeling of being a golden person
……mmmmm……..still feeling calm and relaxed…….imagine
that the gold is slowly being absorbed into your bones
……absorbed and concentrated…….like a battery being
recharged…..and all that golden energy will be stored in
your bones….to give you peaceful energy when ever you need it
…….still keeping some of that golden energy in the rest of
your body…….slowly come back to the present…….let your
breathing slowly come back to normal…….let your golden body
slowly be in the present…….and very – very – very slowly
…….and only when you are ready…….very – very slowly
open your eyes…….pause a moment or two…….and then give
yourself a big golden stretch !
So how was that meditation, O “Golden One !”
Almost everyone enjoys color meditations very much – I suspect because color is such an important part of our lives, but also because it is very easy to visualize them mentally.
(A quick thought just entered my head….would you have to do “smell meditations” – for dogs to get the most benefit ??!!…..just a crazy thought….but probably true also !)
As before, a big hug for your helper/guide/reader would be nice !
The Pre-recorded ‘Color Meditations’ that I am offering, also go into the different associations with each color, as I mentioned above;-
Like the day of the week (it’s great to do them on the appropriate day) – the planet and states of mind that are associated with the different colors – and the specific connections with different parts of the body…..
they will be a bit like the meditation that we have just done….
however ‘same, same, but different !’ The Pre-Recorded Guided Meditations are much longer and deeper than these script ones.
I don’t know what guided meditation you will be doing next…I personally sort of suddenly decide that one will be better than another ….however I know a whole lot of these guided meditations – so check back every now and then to see “what’s new”….
So, on to the next one !