Color Therapy: From Exposing Spiritualistic Practices in Healing

by Edwin A. Noyes M.D., MPH

The chakras are said to be in the colors of the rainbow, with each chakra having a specific color. Each aura has a frequency of resonance or vibration and emits a fine electrical current and in turn can receive vital energies from external influences. This is the source of belief in vi-brational medicine.” The human body is said to be a symphony of color, including the skeleton. The various colors we apply to the body with:

(a) …clothing, walls, illumination, or (b) by mental image-making, counseling and guided meditation, (c) through projection, on the spiritual level, to any person anywhere, is believed to build the forces and strength of the chakras and the aura to effect healing. 1) Hill, op. cit., p. 219.

When magenta an eighth color is added, an octave is produced and then music is also able to influence the chakras. Gems are known to refract light, dividing it into different colors. Sunlight consists of seven colors of the rainbow, so it is believed these refracted sunrays from gems can increase the energy (vibrations) of the chakra specific to each hue of sunlight.

The seven natural colors, with the added eighth magenta, are used in therapy when there is an energy imbalance. The colors are red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, violet, and the added eighth color, magenta. It is believed that these colors correspond with three musical octaves and with twenty-four vertebrae of the spinal column. Two additional octaves have been added, so that infra-red can be applied to the sacrum and ultraviolet to the skull.

…The colour therapist uses the spinal chart which is also employed by the music therapist and astrologer to dowse (use the pendulum) out the problem areas of a patient and thus determine which colour is to be used in treatment. 2) Ibid., p. 218.

Color therapy can be performed by placing water in a colored glass vessel and letting the sun shine through it. The water is then ingested, thereby applying color therapy to correct imbalances in the aura. This type of treatment is still practiced. It is not necessary to visualize color, as therapy can be administered even to blind people with equal benefit; it is believed, by having them drink the sunlight-exposed water.

Nutrition and dietetics figure importantly in many of these healing systems. For example, in the yoga-oriented Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet (1986), Gabriel Cousens, M.D. states:

By putting foods of various colors over each chakra (spiritual center of the human body), I was able to determine which colors were most enhancing for each chakra. 3) Raso, op. cit., p.13.

The aura (composite energy) of a person is also believed to be influenced by sound and/or music. Music therapy is another method of restoring an imbalanced aura.

Each animate and inanimate object is also believed to have a specific energy frequency or vibration. (Not all believers in the aura accept that inanimate objects have an aura.) These vibrations are altered when disorder is present in the body. It is claimed that detection of altered vibrational forces can be done by the hands, Kirlian photography, or by Radiaesthesia using electronic instruments. Energy therapies and vibrational therapies, of which there are many varieties, seek to understand this continuous energetic aura, and to interact with it in order to facilitate health and healing.

The above-described beliefs and teachings of Ayurvedic medicine form the foundation of many ideas that are widespread in the field of alternative therapies today. I wish to make it clear to the reader that the above-described beliefs are not accepted in the sciences of medicine, physics and physiology. The detection of the basic energy, which is the center core belief of alternative therapy, cannot be found or measured by even the most sensitive instruments, a discrepancy that cannot be explained by its adherents.

I recommend an article found on the Internet, Human Auras and Energy Fields by Don Lindsay, 4) http://www.don– (Q-auras) which discusses the subject of auras and whether or not science can demonstrate such. The following is his summary:

Humans do not have auras. There is no kind of ‘energy field’ consistently found around humans. I say this for a bunch of reasons:

  • It is the consensus of the scientific and medical communities.
  • Proponents have had a lot of years to produce positive evidence. * Negative evidence from equipment.
  • Negative evidence from photography.
  • Negative evidence from those who see auras.
  • Negative evidence from those who feel auras.

For those readers who might wish to further investigate the argument that there is proof of auras, I suggest the following specific article that claims there is scientific proof.

Spring Wolf’s Spiritual Education Network

The Aura the Colors of Life 5)

It is important not to confuse the claimed energy of the chakra and aura of Ayurveda, with the bio-electrical activity of living matter. There is certainly electrical activity within our bodies as is demonstrated by electrocardiographs, electroencephalographs, electromyography, etc. To do any of these tests it is necessary to either place needle probes into and under the skin, or to prepare the skin by sanding the outer layer of cells free to make good electrical contact on the skin. With the proper contact, electrical activity is then demonstrated in muscles and nerves. No electrical machines have shown electrical activity of a chakra, or of an aura inside or outside of the body. There is instrumentation that is one million times more sensitive than the living tissue of our bodies.

However, these electrical measuring instruments do not show evidence of Chakras—inside, or auras—outside the body. Not all practitioners of Eastern mysticism accept the explanation that universal energy can be explained by conventional physics and object to the term electromagnetic in describing such. They believe that universal energy is a spiritual entity, and that it cannot be described by common scientific terminology. Many modern scientists who are believers of Eastern mysticism do, however, attempt to explain their beliefs by scientific terms. Some psychics claim to be able to see the aura in color around individuals. When put to the test on these claims, they failed. If light from the believed aura did surround our bodies we might see rainbows about us when we are in the rain and the sun shines through the clouds. It would be very easy to demonstrate the colors of the rainbow by an optical prism held near the body if light was flowing from us, but this does not happen. The colors of the rainbow are light wave frequencies that are detected by the eyes of all of us, not just psychics or sensitives.


1 Hill, op. cit., p. 219.
2 Ibid., p. 218.
3 Raso, op. cit., p.13.
4 http://www.don– (Q-auras)