“Blue flower, red thorns! Blue flower, red thorns! Blue flower, red thorns! Oh, this would be so much easier if I wasn’t color-blind!” ~Donkey (Shrek)
As you can tell, I’ve been on a bit of a color kick the past couple of days. Remember? I forwent, temporarily shelved, the black and white outfit and pulled on the pretty things I’ve worn the last few blogs instead. Part of this was my attempt to pull my fashion into an early Spring, but most of it was because I’ve been feeling a little bummed lately. It still hits me at the oddest times that my father is really and truly gone and I think my Jack Russell Terrior-ist Katy becoming sick just sort of threw me in a tail spin. To counter-attack these moods I typically turn to color. I’ve always had a passion for color, it’s probably the Floridian in me, but colors I can “taste and smell” are the colors I favor. You know things like that orange color, but its not typical orange it has a little more yellow in it to make it brighter. Do you know the one? Every time I see it, it has me curling my toes and my mouth waters because I can almost smell and taste the sweet bitterness of a tangy tangerine.
Did you know several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, practiced chromotherapy, or the use of colors to heal? Chromotherapy is sometimes referred to as light therapy or colourology and is still used today as a holistic or alternative treatment. Each color is a different treatment, for instance red is used to stimulate the body and mind and increase circulation. Yellow, fuels your nerves and purifies. Orange, calls to mind feelings of excitement, enthusiasm, and warmth. Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain. In fact I read about a study where the street lights were changed to blue and the crime rate went down. Go figure.
Where am I going from here? I think I am trying to sneak into your thoughts and want you to consider a world with no color, a color blind world. Just the thought of it depresses me! Shed the black and white, the browns and rusts, replace them with the colors you see in your world. Who knows perhaps it will be as spiritually uplifting to you as it is with me. I hope so anyway.