The Language of Energy and Color

by Francesca McCartney -
"Mere color unspoiled by meaning and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways." —Oscar Wilde
You have a visceral, emotive relationship with color. Imagine living in a world where everything and everyone are shades of gray: you drink gray water, eat gray food and hug gray people. Now imagine that all things exist in shades of red: you drink red liquids and eat red foods and your hair, eyes and skin are red. 

Do you think you would feel and interact differently in a monochromatic world than you do in our multichromatic world? Even imagining such a stark reality may have stimulated an emotional reaction that gave you the answer to that question. 

Probably imagining the gray world elicited dull, flat feelings and the red world gave rise to heightened, faster feelings. You probably would not choose to live in a one-colored world. 

You are emotionally affected by the multichromatic physical world and also by the visualized colors of your inner world. 

Color intention and visualization, as well as seeing color with your physical eyes, transmit distinct physiological, mental and energetic information throughout your system. 

Color is not an easily defined perception, language or science. It is part of our intuitive language. 

It heightens perception in daily life and is a core tool in healing and meditation. Color precedes words and antedates civilization, connected as it is to the limbic system of the brain. 

It is both a subjective experience and an objective feature of the world — both energy and entity. Color is tied to emotions as well as being a physical reality. The intellectual left side of the brain becomes stymied when attempting to describe the experience of color.

From the atmospheric phenomenon of rainbows to the structure of the atom, from the artist’s palette to the multihued clothes we wear, color is a key that reflects our physical, emotional and spiritual world.


"Color is energy made visible."
— John Russell

The source of all color is light. Without light, there is no color. Light is the messenger and color is the message.

Leonardo da Vinci observed that color does not exist without light and was criticized by his peers for such radical thoughts. 

Robert Boyle, a seventeenth-century English physicist, that colors are diversified light. 

Isaac Newton demystified the relationship between color and light by passing sunlight through a triangular glass prism; he saw that the rays of white light were bent or refracted, spreading out like a fan.

He called the resulting range of colors a spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. 

He concluded that white light contains all colors, while blackness has none. This analysis of white light was to become one of the most meaningful and famous of all scientific experiments.3 

We experience color in the world because objects absorb different quantities and frequencies of white light. 

A green leaf, for instance, contains pigments that absorb certain wavelengths of white light and reflect or transmit others, producing the color of the unabsorbed light: green.

Five discoveries — ranking among the most profound insights in the history of science — were influenced by the study of the color spectrum:
  • the composition of the stars; 
  • the relationships among magnetism, electricity and light; 
  • the genesis of quantum mechanics; 
  • the structure of the atom 
  • and the expansion of the universe. 
In 1927, astronomer Edwin Hubble’s use of the spectroscope in analyzing the “red planet” established color as a valid, measurable property; from that point onward, color figured red into scientific calculations. The spectrum of color thus became a quantifiable constant in scientific measurements.

It is interesting to note that Isaac Newton coined the word spectrum from a Latin word meaning “apparition.” For him, the spectral qualities of color and light occupied a liminal position between this world and another.

In the 1990s, laboratory research using photometers and color filters demonstrated that the human energy field is composed of light/color emissions.

Interestingly, the researchers found that the vibrations of the human subtle-energy field did not correspond with biological signals: we re as much as a thousand times higher in frequency than the bioelectrical signals of nerve and muscle.

To determine the specific color correlations with these signals, professional intuitives observed the auric fields around the bodies of the test subjects while the instruments recorded the signals. The resulting data we re subjected to a frequency analysis to determine the frequency spectrum of each color.

The resulting comparisons showed that the intuitives’ readings correlated with the spectrogram dings at 95 percent accuracy.

Further, this research demonstrated that human energy-field colors change rapidly based on will and needs; gene rally, individuals have a unique, consistent pattern of limited colors (their life force). Only people in peak health and performance had all the colors of the spectrum present in their auras.


Have you had a conversation with someone in which you were both looking at a color but could not agree on the name or shade of that color?

This is a historically documented conundrum.

The recognition and interpretation of color are determined by many factors — cultural, religious, spiritual, biological and psychological.

The natural development of color recognition is participatory, and the perception of the mind is unconsciously influenced by these factors. For example, ancient Greeks had no word for the color blue, so they described the sea as winedark and the sky as bronze. To them, blue was not a color in our sense, but the quality of “darkness.”

The terms used to describe color were psychological attributes such as “fresh,” “dark,” “moist,” or “alive.”

Historical and cultural contexts also influence perception; a Coke bottle dropped from an airplane into a society of Bushmen in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert in the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy is seen as many things but never as a container for carbonated beverages.

It has been reported that some pre-Columbian Native Americans literally could not see the large sailing vessels of the first European explorers to approach their shores because they had no cultural precedent for such an event or object and no appropriate words in their vocabulary to describe it.

Thus in their reality, such things simply did not exist. You may be like a European standing next to a Native American, describing a colored aura around a person, to which the Native American replies, “I see nothing.” Even the “objective” cognitive act of seeing in the material world requires a synergy of senses.

The human eye can discern the differences among several million variations of hue. The Pantone Book of Color displays 1,024 color plates.

There are 50,000 different hues (spectral locations), tints, and values of color. In advanced language systems with vast vocabularies, thousands of hues have been given names. But even the most advanced languages contain no more than twelve basic color words.

English has eleven basic terms; Russian twelve; the language of New Guinea has two. Many languages have no word for the term color itself.

History records color as a silent language used in religion, politics, government, hierarchies, royalty, medicine, war, art and science.

Color wordlessly speaks in allure, authority, beauty, caste, heraldry, marriage, mourning, mysticism, nationalism, nobility, pageantry, patriotism, potency, power, rank, sexuality, and valor.

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