Why are there so many colors present in the nature? What significance do they have? The Colors are most commonly categorized as Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red or VIBGYOR, the many colors of a beautiful, magical Rainbow.
I have a tendency to find patterns everywhere and when looking at the outside world, especially nature; everything just seems to fit. I just watered my cactus and after smelling the wet soil of the little pot, I kept it on the table and there it was the red hue surrounding the green center. The thorns making the red around the green shoot of the cactus and a thought crept up. How fitting it is for the fiery prickly thorns to have equally passionate red color and the quite, steady shoot having the calming green color. I am not color biased but colors do have their individuality and represents unique characters.
The Rainbow is made from the refraction of the white light and is seen in the way it is seen because of the scattering of the colors based their different wavelengths. Violet has the highest frequency and lowest wavelength, which is refracted the most and Red has the lowest frequency and highest wavelength, which is refracted the least. Other than looking appealing, are these colors, that are making up the nature telling us something?
They actually are the most easiest guidelines for a healthy mind and body. The colors of the fruits and vegetables are due to various pigments and nutrition that they possess. It is evident that the consumption of the foods of all the colors of rainbow leads to a healthy body.
Red fruits and vegetables like watermelon improves prostate health, DNA health, Yellow and Orange foods like carrot, orange improves reproductive health and digestive system, Green leafy keeps the heart strong and improves liver health, Blue and Violet foods like berries improves cognitive system; Brown and White foods like garlic, onion, nuts have antiviral and antibacterial properties.
What happens to our body when life becomes difficult and we feel what we feel, can these colors save us?
Greek philosopher Claudius Galen who served Marcus Aurelius gave the concept of humourism, and dominance of these fluids gives an individual temperaments. These temperaments are Sanguine ( Red) fiery and passionate but can be selfish due to excess of blood, Choleric (Yellow) confident and optimistic due to excess bile , Phlegmatic (Green) quite, rational, consistent and cool but can be slow and shy due to excess phlegm and Melancholic (Blue) poetic, artistic but prone to sadness due to excess black bile. Galen believed that the imbalance in these fluids caused illnesses. His ideas were later discredited but have influenced many psychologists since then.
Going back further in time to the concept of Chakras, it is considered that our body has 7 chakras that keeps the flow of energy in our body and blockage of any of the chakra causes imbalance and illnesses. These chakras are Root Chakra (Red) for trust blocked by worries and fears, Sacral Chakra (Orange) for creativity and sexuality blocked by guilt, Solar Plexus (Yellow) for wisdom and power blocked by disappointments and shame, Heart Chakra (Green) for love and healing blocked by loss and grief, Throat Chakra (Blue) for communication blocked by lies, Third Eye Chakra (Indigo) for awareness blocked by illusions and Crown Chakra (Violet) for spirituality blocked by worldly attachments.
It is considered that each chakra impacts the area of the body where it is present. Different emotional states impacts the organs in our body, stress on brain and heart, tension on neck and spine, grief on the lungs, anxiety disrupts the digestive tract, rage and jealousy impacts the liver, mistrust on the thyroid, anger on gall bladder, guilt on spleen, fear and shock on kidneys and fight or flight responses on adrenals.
The chakras can be healed by meditation and by eating foods that are of same color as the chakra. To heal heart chakra for example which is green in color, eating green veggies and fruits can heal it and also organs present near it like heart and lungs. As all chakras are connected, balance is reached by eating all the colors of the rainbow because the chakras are assigned the same sequence of colors as the rainbow from lowest frequency red for root chakra to highest frequency violet for crown chakra.
It is clear that nature is color smart and has simple effective ways to help us stay well.
So, did you eat your rainbow today?