The three dimensions of freedom that typify our physical world owe their existence to motion of electromagnetic (EM) fields. These operate across a unified spectrum of wavelengths in relation to which our five senses represent only narrow “windows” of perception. As in any vibrational continuum, information-carrying energy is transposed according to the law of octaves, or sympathetic resonance. A piano is the classic example. Each note repeats the same identifiable mode of activity across the entire keyboard through a successive doubling of its frequency.
Because we are unable to simultaneously perceive the full expanse of the EM spectrum, the dynamic of such relationships remain obscure. If this were not the case, they could be consciously combined to more powerfully invoke a singular quality of being. The key to unlocking this potential is simple mathematics. For example, if a specific frequency of visible light is repeatedly divided by two, it will eventually descend into correspondence with an audible tone. Due to the inherent interdependency of modes of perception, the resulting response is exponential to the number of sensory channels addressed.
One proposed implementation of this principle is illustrated in the diagram at the beginning of this article. The recommendations for theatrical gel filters are based upon comparison with actual glass slides of the original Spectrochrome lamp above. It was devised by Dinshah Ghadiali, whose publications are still available from the Dhinshah Health Society. To streamline operations, we utilise only the seven rainbow colours from his palette of twelve, and correlate them with aspects of inner life rather than physical therapy. The most appropriate one to apply in any given instance can be determined through a simple psychological questionaire, or by dowsing the chart provided in the Image Gallery. This is then used as the “key” for selection of the additional sensory correspondences described below.
The entire skin surface is known to respond to colour, and therefore a translucent white gown is typically worn. The occupied space should exclude external sources of light and free of background noise. After each session, its intended effect can be sustained through similarly coloured food, clothing, spectacles and solarised water. As a supplementary level of influence, colour-encoded systems of progressive spiritual attainment are intregal to many esoteric teachings. Perhaps most notable are the seven charkras of Hindism, psychic centers within the body to be activated through visualisation and resonant “seed syllables”.
Music and Audio Tones
An efficient light source is the Par 38 theatrical “can” with built-in filter holder. In our preferred setup, these are connected one to each channel of a “colour organ”, available in kit form for under $100. As a model with mains voltage output is required, assembly should only be performed by a qualified professional. The effect is to filter the music tempo into three discrete bands, thereby providing a visual scintillation that is far more engaging than continuous light. Selection of a musical piece is based upon an imputed correlation between its conveyed mood and the colour of influence. Below are a few suggestions from prior experience:
Red: Anything slow and “smokey” with base beat
Orange: M-ocean – Michael Stearns
Yellow: Sacred Space Music – Constance Demby
Green: Angelic Music – Iasos
Blue: Silk Road – Kitaro
Indigo: After I Said Goodnight – Kevin Braheny
Violet: Angle Love – Aeoliah
For whole body immersion, the music should be played through floor standing speakers rather than headphones. An audio frequency harmonic of the chosen colour is mixed into the track. Two derivations, mathematic and subjective, are listed in the diagram at the beginning of this article. This can be introduced live or prerecorded from a function generator, online tone generator or a keyboard synthesiser. The latter provides the ability to apply timbre for targeted visceral resonance. Impulse speakers can also be mounted under the table to add a synchronous massage-like vibration. One noted alternative practitioner fitted DC powered, magnetic coils. These could be reversed in polarity to concentrate the stimulating or sedative effect of the applied colour.
The senses of smell, taste and touch represent the deepest inroads into our primal conditioning. Their choice as colour correspondences therefore relies largely upon association with evoked feelings. These range from the arousal of red to the dreamy, introspective quality of violet. Aromas are best applied as natural herbs, resin or essential oil, smoldered upon self-igniting charcoal blocks. In addition to creating an evocative atmosphere, the chromatic vibration is transferred to the smoke and circulates with each breath. Be sure the room is well ventilated as psychotropic turpines, long a feature of religious ceremonies, may also be produced.
Although this website does not deal with therapeutic applications, the chart above suggests a relationship between colour and physiology. For a balanced overview of this practice in all its incarnations, see the book “Color Therapy – Healing with Color” by Dr. Rueben Amber.
Keywords: Colour therapy, Chromotherapy, Aromatherapy, Sound therapy, Music therapy, Sympathetic resonance, Synesthesia, Dinshah Ghadiali, Edwin Babbit colour, Manfred Clynnes, Law of octaves, Chakras, Latifas, Form resonance