You Are the Colors You Choose

You Are the Colors You Choose


We all have our own fashion style, but did you realize your choice of colors may actually reveal more about you than just your tastes — or that the colors you wear may even affect your moods?

We all have our own fashion style, but did you realize your choice of colors may actually reveal more about you than just your tastes — or that the colors you wear may even affect your moods?

Studies have shown that color can stimulate or inhibit certain behaviors. Advertising executives are well aware that a product can have a completely different impact if the color of the packaging is changed. Psychologists have found that certain colors in our immediate environment can help us perform some tasks. For example, exercise is best performed in an environment of warm colors, such as reds and oranges, whereas the tranquil blues and greens are ideal for mental concentration.

Common sayings in the English language have tapped into a deeper interpretation of the colors. Red with rage, green with jealousy, purple passion, feeling blue, he is yellow, are well known. Each color has a cornucopia of meanings.

Your choice of color
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung encouraged his patients to use color in their paintings to express the deepest unconscious part of their psyches. We all go through “favorite color” phases. Personality traits are reflected by your preferred color. Extroverts favor the color red, introverts prefer blue, yellow is the choice of intellectuals, and well-balanced individuals tend to go for green colors.

Using color positively
Apart from recognizing whether something suits you or not, an inner sense might tell you what color to wear. For example, red increases energy and promotes free movement. For a woman it can reflect changes in the reproductive cycle such as menstruation or ovulation. If you have a sudden desire to wear red it could indicate that you are about to experience a tiring day and need all the help you can get. Interestingly when traffic lights were first introduced, people had great difficulty stopping for the red light because on a psychological level red means “go” and green means “stop.”

Are you prepared to wear your feelings on your sleeve?
Why do you look great in a color one day and the next time you wear the same color it looks dreadful? It is because the color no longer reflects who you are in that moment. Wearing a color can cause you to act and react to life in different ways and can, in some instances even warn of potential illness.

Color and illness
Each color has positive attributes or “truths” as well as its negative aspects or “challenges.” For instance, the positive/truth of the color blue is faith and communication. The negative/challenge is a lack of faith, depression, and difficulty with speech. Being aware of the colors you choose to wear can even offer insight into potential change in your life. For example, when you wear a color that you don’t normally favor, it might indicate an illness.

Dis-ease means that we are out of balance, color can help to re-balance and make us whole again. Red colors are good for improving circulation and orange has been found to be beneficial for children with autism. Green is useful for calming and balancing the heart, and is supposed to influence regeneration of cells and elimination of toxins. This is the basis of color therapy. Color healing was used in the temples of Heliopolis in Ancient Egypt, as well as in China and India. Hippocrates, the founder of modern day medicine, placed colored strips on cuts to aid in the healing process.

The Gray Areas
Black is a popular non-color, often worn to suppress and protect the emotions. Any color worn with it creates a paradox because it represents unrealized potential. Combined with red it controls physical power. Combine with yellow it intensifies intellectual power. White, on the other hand, highlights a color and worn alone symbolizes a clean palate, completion, purity, cleansing, and strength. The negative/challenges of white are anger, vulnerability, and the difficulties that accompany a new start. Gray is the combination of black and white and symbolizes the diversity of the two — a state of caution.

Combining Colors
When colors are combined each influence reflects off the other. Wearing green with the color red puts a different slant on the meanings. As green means stop and red means go, together these colors can signify a difficult decision, such as staying or leaving a situation.

Color Therapy
Whether it’s a date or an interview, think about the impression you want to make. Use the information on the color indicators to plan your wardrobe and achieve the greatest impact. Wearing a specific color can stimulate and/or counteract either positive or negative aspects. For example, if you are lecturing, wear blue colors, for a steamy night of passion bring out the red dress, and if it’s attention you seek, opt for the limitlessness of the color yellow. If you wear more than one color, combine the meanings and create your own new potential.

Colors and Their Significance in Your Life

Symbolizing awakening. Red exudes power, energy, and a passion for life. Red is known to heal sexual difficulties and anemia.

Wear red when: You want your sexuality to exude from your being. Your energy is low and you need a boost. You want to be more assertive and want to make things happen faster.

Don’t wear red when: You are feeling nervous. You don’t want attention. You are feeling frustrated and angry.

Often worn by eastern aesthetics, orange is associated with vibrant health. It has the same vibrational frequency as DNA, the template of all human cells. This color is known to heal shock.

Wear orange when: You want to have fun and your sensual circuits need a boost. You need to heal your emotions. You want to heighten your creativity.

Don’t wear orange when: You want to relax your feminine/masculine charms. You feel restless. You want to take a rest.

A color often worn by entertainers, because it makes them stand out in a crowd and confronts the challenge of being the center of attention. Yellow is known to heal the digestive tract.

Wear yellow when: You need to attend to details. You are studying and need to keep your mind awake. You want to infuse some joy into your life.

Don’t wear yellow when: You feel fear. You don’t want to be the center of attention. You want to relax your mind.

Those seeking their own identity, fulfillment of their heart’s desire, or searching for a new direction, are drawn to wear this color. By doing so, they are challenged to find ways of creating their own abundance. Green heals the heart, eases tension, and regenerates cells.

Wear green when: You want to see things from a different perspective. You desire to feel more space around you. You need to feel like both feet are on the ground.

Don’t wear green when: You are confused about where life is taking you. You feel your life is stagnant. You don’t want to face the truth of a situation.

“True blue” symbolizing devotion to duty is worn by most authority figures — nurses, policemen, etc. Those who consistently wears blue are deep thinkers and tend to re-energize by seeking their own company above that of others.

Wear blue when: You want to exude an air of calm authority. You need to be more organized. You want to communicate something important.

Don’t wear blue when: You are feeling isolated or lonely. You feel depressed. You are being too critical of both yourself and others.

Violet can indicate major change and a need to retreat, as a caterpillar retreats into a cocoon before it transforms into a butterfly.

Wear violet when: You want to transform something in your life. You are seeking purpose in your life. You need to let go of destructive behavior or addictions.

Don’t wear violet when: You are daydreaming instead of doing. You want to turn your back on society. You suffer grief but your emotions are blocked.

Pink symbolizes unconditional love. Wearing it encourages a sense of affection, increases sensitivity, and challenges you to confront your vulnerabilities.

Wear pink when: You want to feel feminine and vulnerable. You want others to love you instantly.You need to concentrate and listen.

Don’t wear pink when: You feel vulnerable and insecure. You are giving all the time and not receiving. You feel fragmented.

The symbolism of color is based in part on the natural world. For instance, soil offers some insight into the meaning of brown, it’s needed to grow food, without it we would be challenged to find ways to survive.

Wear brown when: You need to get down to some hard work. You want to organize your finances. You want to feel that everything in your life is going well.

Don’t wear brown when: You want to expend lots of energy. You are feeling too bogged down with things. You are not interested in hard work and want to play instead.

Known to enhance healing of the immune system, useful for illnesses such as AIDS. Native Americans use the semi-precious stone Turquoise as an allergy healer.

Wear turquoise when: You want to tap into your creativity through dance, music, art, etc. You want to connect with your own spirituality.

Don’t wear turquoise when: You feel rejected. You don’t want to ‘talk about it!’ You are more interested in yourself and not others.

Body language
Once you have mastered the art of color interpretation begin to incorporate the body language of color. For example, legs symbolize movement – moving forward, backward or standing still. Green worn in this area might signify a move to the country; standing still and feeling stagnant; or walking back into ones past. Alternatively, it could indicate a move toward making or saving money, or, signify a lack of abundance due to lack of movement. On the other hand, wearing green may be a subconscious desire to attract abundance.

Have fun with analyzing your choice of color. As you become adept at it, you will attain an understanding of yours and others motivations. Gradually your individual experience will color your interpretations. At least you will be more aware of what your clothes are saying to those around you, and what you want them to say!

Elizabeth Harper is a psychic artist, color intuitive, and award winning author of, Wishing: How to Fulfill Your Heart’s Desires (Atria/Beyond Words).
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