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Your homework is to shop

posted 8 May 2015, 04:08 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 14 May 2015, 08:52 ]
By Tim Elliston

As a practitioner of Tama-Do, a blend of sound and colour therapies, I know how powerful and important colour is in our lives. I see the changes in my clients every day as colour works its magic on them.

The other day I had given a client a treatment which she felt had cleared 'her stuff' and balanced her physically, mentally and emotionally. She was glowing and positively buzzing, having arrived somewhat down and very stressed.

The effects of a colour treatment continues to work on the client for quite some time, as the client integrates the positive changes they allow themselves to make. But over time the effects can reduce as life, stress and our own negative thoughts and emotions wear away at us. To help my clients I give them homework to help them continue to integrate the treatment and feel good for longer.

I had used a specific set of colours that day to treat the issues the lady had presented. She told me how she had really felt the difference of each colour during her treatment. She was surprised at how visually profound it all was even though she had kept her eyes closed for most of our session. Now it is winter here in the UK she was worried how she would get her 'fix' of these colours as she walks her dog and goes about her day.

Throughout the year, no matter where we live, colour is all around us. We absorb it through our eyes and also into our bodies in other very subtle ways. During the spring, summer and autumn months the colours in nature are bright, vibrant and when we take a moment to notice them and how colours blend and contrast in nature it can be intoxicating, making us feel good. The winter months however can be quite...well bland, as mother nature tones things down in her time of rest. So how can we get our fix of the colours we need in our lives to help keep our minds and bodies happy right now?

With my client I asked her about what she wears. She works for a company where the 'uniform' is the same for everyone, white shirt with dark trousers or skirt and jacket so not much opportunity for spicing things up with colour. After a moment of thought I asked... "so what colour is your underwear?" After a moment of what I felt was awkward silence as the realisation about what I'd just said brought me to a slight panic, she eventually smiled and said "Oh my God, I need to go shopping!" I realise it might have been an odd thing to ask but my logic was sound. In my treatments I use large silks which I place over my clients. These either cover them shoulders to feet or folding the silk to form a band of colour which I apply to a specific charka or other part of the body. Her wearing brightly coloured under wear would bring a similar effect to help her treatment integrate & of course it didn't interfere with her work 'uniform' requirements. After a week or so the lady contacted me. She'd been out and purchased several sets of underwear in the colours of her treatment and was still feeling more empowered & coping with life much better.

So what colour is your underwear today? What does the colour of the clothing you are wearing say about you or the challenges you are going through in your life right now? How often, when shopping or getting your clothes from your wardrobe or drawers in the morning, have you consciously thought why you are drawn to wear the colours you do? For example.
  • Red is very grounding, but also empowering bringing passion to life.
  • Orange is joyful, being in our physical bodies & manifestation.
  • Yellow shows our radiance and intelligence, the wonder of our inner child.
  • Green is the opener of space, brings hope & beginnings.
  • Blue shows us truth, it is our central axis, the divine masculine.
There are many blends of colour & working with their complements is also very healing & beneficial too.

If you are feeling down or particularly stressed, get out in nature, look all around taking deep breaths that is good for you in itself but now notice the colour in your world. When it is cold and wintery get yourself off to your local stores and browse the rails. Bag those colourful bargains that make you feel great, not just because of the retail therapy, because the colours you wear really do help you heal.

If you wish to know more about colour and find out what your choices mean for you, please get in touch.

Tim Elliston