In healing by color the subtlest and finest vibrations in nature are used instead of the coarse irritating vibrations of drugs and chemicals. The radiations of sunlight are absorbed by the nervous system and distributed by it and the blood stream to various parts of the body.
The reason drugs work is because of the free electrons which they give off. The rest of the compound is useless to the system and must be eliminated. In the process of ridding the body of this unwanted matter, damage is done to the system which also has to be corrected. Therefore, the drug used for a cure just traded one problem for another. The homeopath uses a small dosage that has been attenuated to perhaps one part in a million, so there is not much residue. Remember, it is the free electrons that do the work.
Color is the most attenuated form of energy that can be kept in an individual state that will do the work that needs to be done and leave no residue, as it is all free energy. There is no residue to contaminate the body, and it is the residue that keeps the body from being healthy.
The general principles of chromotherapy are not difficult to learn. Minor ailments can be treated at home before they become serious diseases. But serious ills should under no circumstances be treated by the layman in Chromotherapy less under the guidance and responsibility of a qualified medical practitioner, who understands color treatment as well as medicine generally.
Should the physician consider drugs necessary, the color healing will not interfere with their use, though it is preferable that herbal decoctions be used. But practice and experience shows that the rays of the sun carry all the elements which are needed to re-establish and maintain the health of the body.
Any color treatment should be accomplished by careful attention to diet, sleep, bathing, breathing, exercise and general hygiene. But first of all the mental factor in disease must be given consideration and curative guidance.
Next in importance, attention should be paid to breathing. Pure blood is necessary for the body to be healthy; without fresh air and plenty of it, it is impossible to make this precious fluid pure.
Fresh air must not only be breathed for a few hours every day, but it must be admitted into the house, bedroom, office and wherever suited. If one is forced to be in a stuffy room, shorter breaths should be taken so as to take as little of it as possible into the lungs before getting into the fresh air. Though it may not be advisable in cold weather to admit fresh air during daytime, due to chill or draft, the bedroom should always be ventilated to some extent while one sleeps. In extremely cold weather, one may take a screen of unbleached muslin over the window opening.
There is an art of breathing. First, breathe always through the nose. Second, put the shoulders back, close the lips and commence to inhale slowly, at the rate of about 8
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inhalations a minute. Do this about 20 times a day at first; then try to do it habitually unless exercising takes care of this. If you can do this, before long there will not be much the matter with the respiratory organs.
For best results in the healing process, reduce the intake of meat, and avoid a nearly as practical tea and coffee, while tobacco and alcoholic beverages should be eliminated. They slow down the natural processes of the eliminative organs to remove mucus and poisons from the body. They slow down the digestive processes and interfere with Natureís efforts to heal, overloading the body with unnecessary poisons and waste.
All forms of refined and devitalized foods should be eliminated also as much as possible, as they are dead and therefore cannot build live healthy tissues. White sugar and white flour products come under this category.
Drink lots of water and fresh fruit juices; they flush out the poisons and waste. Lemonade is especially helpful (for best results use the juice of one half a lemon or lime in each glass of water). For sweetening use honey, or the type of molasses that does not contain sulphur dioxide. Pure maple syrup may be used instead of molasses with good results; however, it does not have the laxative effect of the molasses.
Wait two hours after eating a meal before taking a tonation. This does not apply when juices or lemonade have been taken. No interval is needed to allow the body to digest this form of nourishment. It is permissible to use color directly after a full meal if there is indigestion, gas, or other distress. Yellow is indicated in this event.
All irradiations of the colors are directly on the affected part or parts or on the entire body as needed. If any part of the body has congested or deficient disorders, the rest of the body is affected. We must always consider the overall picture when correcting any disorder. All colors used singularly or in various combinations can only assist in creating a normal condition. It works automatically to balance all functions.
The various colors are harmless but normalizing in their effect on the body. However, if the process of loosening and elimination of toxins and congestion from the body occurs too rapidly, one might feel upset; but do not stop tonation unless the condition becomes uncomfortable. If the tonation causes pain or dizziness which does not soon go away, then use Turquoise for temporary relief.
For ordinary purposes, irradiations should last from 5 minutes to one hour. More than one hour at a time can cause no harm, but usually one hour is sufficient. Emergency tonation may be taken at any time of day or night as long as it is necessary to obtain the desired results. For best results, wait at least two hours between treatments. It is better to take tonations before a meal, or two hours after.
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Ordinarily, do not take these treatments during the sunrise or sunset period. Also do not take them during an eclipse of the Sun or Moon.
The color should be irradiated on the bare skin in a partially darkened room. The room must be comfortably warm during the irradiation. It is best to be in a reclining position completely relaxed with the head to the North and the feet to the South, but do not worry about the location if this is not possible.
Mount the color lamp two to six feet from the are to be irradiated, or hang it on the wall directly above and midway of the bed if the lamp is so designed. From this angle it can be trained easily in all directionsÖ.and is out of the way.
Length of Exposure
Experience and judgment are needed in determining the length of exposure in every case, inasmuch as there are variable factors for each individual. Over-exposure, however, is rarely a serious matter except in those few instances which have been noted. An overdose of color is not like an overdose of a drug that may be a poison.
Should it be felt that an overdose of color may have been given, it can be remedied by using the complementary color to the one previously used. An overexposure of yellow, for instance, can be corrected by a short exposure to violet or blue.
However, an exposure to the wrong color is not always so easily rectified, for if yellow were mistakenly applied in the case of heat and inflammation, a subsequent exposure to blue might not put it entirely right. It is for this reason amateurs or laymen should not attempt to treat serious conditions.
In judging the right length of exposure for any color a number of factors have to be taken into consideration: the climatic and weather conditions, the time of year, the hour of the day, the color and the density of the color-filter, the nature and extent of the disease, and finally the sensitiveness and response of the individual.
Exposure to the bright sun of May, June, and July, for instance, would be doubled or tripled if the day were cloudy. Do not bathe during hot noonday sun in midsummer. In March, April, August or September when the sunís rays are slanted lower, the length of exposure would be increased. Use common sense in such matters.
Some colors require a longer exposure than others. Red and yellow have a quicker visible effect on the skin than blue or violet, but they require a longer exposure than blue or violet or ruby. Blue and violet are powerful in their chemical, electric and psychic effects. It is to be remembered that red draws the arterial blood to the surface and consequently reddens the skin, whereas blue sends the blood inwards. Bleu on an inflamed surface will blanch it, reducing the heat and easing the pain, and this usually takes place more quickly than the heating or stimulating of yellow.
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A few typical exposure times are listed here as a general guide, as the length of the exposure varies according to the illness and the response of the patient, ample time limits are given.
Abdomen: 10 to 60 minutes
Chest: 10 to 30 minutes
Constipation: (yellow glass) 10 to 60 minutes
Diarrhea: (blue glass) 15 to 60 minutes
Nasal Catarrh: (blue glass) 10 to 30 minutes
Neuralgia: (blue glass) 10 to 30 minutes
Rheumatism in joints: (blue glass) 10 to 30 minutes
Sciatica: 30 minutes to 2 hours
Solar plexus: 5 to 20 minutes
Stomach: 5 to 20 minutes
These are diffused sunlight exposures given near a window. Exposure in bright direct sunlight cut these times by one half or a third.
Treatments should be given under sunlight whenever possible. Artificial light contains heat, light and chemical rays but it lacks the vitalizing power of sunlight. If artificial light is used, arc-light is good.
The color filters used should not be larger than 9 by 12 inches. For small areas such as eyes, ears or nose a size of 3 by 6 inches is convenient.
If a long exposure is required the glass can be placed in a frame on a reading or other stand. But frequent short exposures are generally more effective than a continuous long one which is apt to be tiring and therefore less effective.
In giving the treatment the glass is not to touch the body.
There are two methods of diagnosis, seeing the cause, and detecting the symptoms. The first is possible for those who have developed color awareness or clairvoyant vision. The second is mainly physical.
Beyond manís physical body is the vital body, and some have claimed as many as seven subtle bodies each of which radiates waves of color. The clairvoyant observes these colors and from them can discern in which are the deficiency is located, thus showing the cause of the illness.
A method of observing the emanations of one or more of the subtle bodies has been devised for those who are not clairvoyantly developed. This consists in the Kilner screen, an indigo-violet color which, when looked through, screens out the coarser colors of the spectrum and enables the observer to see certain of the emanations about the body.
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The person being diagnosed is generally seated in a black cabinet with muslin screens across the front to soften the outside light. When observed through the Kilner color screen the emanations of the two lowest subtle bodies can be seen with a little practice. At first it will be difficult to distinguish between the color of Rest and the color of Activity. The latter has a vital sparkling appearance; the Rest color has a smoothly flowing serene quality.
The physical method of diagnosis is obtained by observing the patientís manner of movement and general appearance. If he is lacking in red, for instance, he would seem lazy, anemic, sluggish, lacking in appetite and constipated. If lacking in blue, he would be hot-headed, active, inclined to feverishness.
In this broad diagnosis there are but two colors to be considered, the two opposites, the heating red and the cooling blue-violet. Green is the middle or balancing point.
Four things about a person help to show what color is lacking: the color of the eye-balls, the color of the nails, the color of the urine, and the color of the bowels. The color of all four should be taken into consideration as one alone may be deceptive. The eyes might appear red and yet the system as a whole may need more rest.
In treating an individual, it is first necessary to determine what is his type. If excitable, nervous or passionate in nature, the soothing colors, blue, violet or green are to be used. If the lymphatic bilious temperament, the individual requires red, orange and yellow. The color which the individual lacks is the one which should be applied.
It is necessary to know the colors which are complementary to each other in healing work as opposites have a more powerful effect when used alternately, greatly increasing the metabolism. This works on the same principle as hydropathic use of hot and cold water alternately.
The specific parts of the body to which color treatment is applied are the head, forehead and nape of the neck, the whole spine, the solar plexus at the end of the breastbone and the corresponding region of the spine, the chest, the lumbar region above the loins, and the abdomen.
The nerve centers, particularly the spine and solar plexus, are the most important points for treatment. The forehead, back of the neck, the chest and abdomen are also important. If there is a local ailment the treatment can be applied to that, but the general strengthening of the entire system is necessary as well.
When there are local ailments such as facial neuralgia, nasal catarrh, eye trouble, rheumatism in the joints, or constipation, color treatment may be given directly to these parts. A general treatment should also be given up the whole body at the same time.
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Orange, yellow and red or ruby should be used over the chest and spine as a tonic in cases of depletion, exhaustion or prostration. If the condition is feverish, plethoric, excited or nervous, blue, green or violet should be used over the chest, spine and head. These colors would be used in addition to the required color for the local treatment.
There are various ways in which color treatments may be given. (1) The color may be introduced into the body by means of foods or solarized liquids. (2) It may be inhaled, introduced or projected into etheric body. Or (3) it may be applied to the complete aura changing the consciousness of the individual and thus reaching the cause of inharmony and changing the physical health as a result.
The solarized treatment may be given through colored glass upon which the sun shines, the glass being arranged in any convenient way. Or the patient may be rubbed or massaged with colored salt bags. These are made of cheese cloth doubled and filled with 2 cupfuls of raw bran and a half a cupful of iodized table salt. The bags may be dyed in the different colors; or they may be colored-charged by placing them in the sun or under a lamp for an hour before using
Color treatments can be given through diet by eating those vegetables and fruits having the needed color. Juices may be charged with color-solar energy by placing them in sun for a few minutes in a colored vessel, the color of it being the same as that of the juice.
Color can be taken into the system by color solarized water. This is prepared by putting water in jars of the required colors. Or color may be applied with the color-lamp. This is best when given in a darkened room, the patient lying on a couch with a sheet covering him. The colored light is arranged under the sheet.