By Raymond Buckland November 2002 Colors have been attributed with various healing properties. But colors can also be used for psychic development. Here are some simple exercises to use colors to awaken your psychic powers. COLOR BREATHING EXERCISEIf possible, meditate before an open window. If not, let a white electric incandescent light shine on you. If you prefer to meditate in low light or darkness, still follow these instructions using the white light as a preliminary. Sit comfortably, relaxing the body as much as possible, without allowing the spine to curve. Following exercises can help you to loosen tight muscles: Allow the head to fall forward on the chest. Breathe deeply in and out three times. Return to the upright position. Allow the head to tip fully backward. Breathe deeply in and out three times. Return to the upright position. Tip the head as far as possible to the left. Breathe in and out three times. Return to the upright position. Tip the head as far as possible to the right. Breathe in and out three times. Return to the upright position. Allow the head to fall forward, then move it in a circle, counterclockwise, three times. Repeat the last exercise, moving the head clockwise three times. Return to the upright position. Breathe in slowly and fully, through the right nostril (hold the left one closed), feeling the stomach balloon out as you do so. Hold it a moment, then exhale slowly through the mouth, flattening the stomach. This exercise removes the stale air from the lungs. Repeat the last exercise, breathing in slowly, through the left nostril, and exhaling through the right nostril. Both these exercises need to be done three times. Now, with your body breathing normally but deeply, concentrate your thoughts till you can imagine your whole body encased in a globe of white light. Feel the luminous energy charging your whole body. After a few moments, visualise the light gradually turning to red. As it turns red, see it acquire a cone shape, the tip directing at your perineum chakra (Muladhar). As you continue to breathe deeply, see and feel the red light flow into the perineum area. When you feel that you have absorbed all that you can, see the all-encompassing globe of white return. Next, let the white give way to a cone of orange. The point of the cone is directed at the suprarenal (Swadhisthan). Again, as you breathe deeply, feel the orange light pour down the cone into your whole body. Continue working through all the chakras, drawing all their respective colours into you. End with the all-encompassing white light. If you find it difficult to envision the different colours, set up a chart where you can see them in front of you. A glance at the chart sets the required colour in your mind. You will now enter a state of deep meditation. You will experience tremendous peace of mind. If you prefer to meditate in dim light, draw the blinds over the window or switch off the white light. At the end of the meditation period, before returning to the original state, imagine yourself encompassed in the globe of white light. It is recommended that loose clothing be worn during meditation—such as a CM (color meditation) robe. We have learnt about the association of colors with the chakras and the desirability of stimulating these colours/chakras. This can be accomplished simply by wearing a robe designed for color meditation. Any refinement in shape can be made to suit your whims, but do not make it tight. The material should be pure white. In addition, you need a loose head-covering of the same color. This hat should come down to cover the space between the eyes, where the third eye is located. Roll up the front portion of the robe and cut large circles (six inches in diameter) to coincide with the chakra positions. Fill in these holes with circles of coloured material (same material as the robe. Prefer silk although linen would do as well). The colours corresponding to the chakra colors/positions are: red for the perineum (Muladhar chakra); orange for the suprarenal (Swadhisthan). The color yellow is for the lyden (Manipura); green for the thymus (Heart/Anahata); blue for the thyroid (Vishuddha).The color indigo for the pineal (Ajna/third eye) (on the hat point); and violet for the pituitary or crown (Sahasrara). Do not sew the coloured circles on to the uncut robe. Cut out the white circles first, so that the colored circles go right through. You can later use the cut white circles as a pattern for the colored robe. An alternative to the circles is to use whole bands of color going right around the robe. Avoid wearing anything underneath the CM robe to eliminate any interference between the colors and the body. There are many people who have extrasensory perceptions (ESP). People who know that the telephone is going to ring before it actually does, know who is on the line before they even pick up the receiver. They seem to have natural psychic powers. It is just that in some people it is an inherent ability while in others it has to be drawn out. There are many ways to enhance psychic powers. Some of these use colors for psychic development. Here, we will discuss some of them which involve various aspects of ESP including clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairaudience (clear hearing), clairsentience (clear sensing), psychokinesis (moving objects without physical contact) and other allied practices. First exercise Take seven pieces of any material, be it cloth, silk, felt, construction paper or cardboard. Each should be in one of the seven colors of the prism, and of the same size. Now sit quietly and begin with breathing exercises. Correct breathing is a significant part of psychic development. Sit at a table with the colored items spread before you, close your eyes and shuffle them. Then, select one color and with your eyes closed, hold it between your hands, palm to palm. Concentrate on the material and visualise (not guess) the colour. Does it feel warm or cool? Do your palms or fingers tingle? Hold it against your forehead and cheek. Any different reaction? When you feel you know the color, open your eyes and check. If you are wrong, do not worry. Make a note of your choice. Take a sheet of paper and draw three columns. Column one is for ‘color’. Write the actual color you find yourself holding. Column two is headed ‘sense’. In that column, write the color you thought you held. Column three is ‘sensations’. Write down your reactions here. The chart below shows how this is to be done. COLOR SENSATION CHART For example, you may feel a color cool and vaguely unpleasant. Write down anything you feel even if it does not seem necessarily applicable to a color. Put the previous color back with the rest and again close your eyes and shuffle them. Go through the same procedure for at least 10 minutes and then check your results. Do not be disappointed if you do not judge the right color. A close is as good as correct (e.g., if the color was red and you thought it was orange). Examine the sensations. The red end of the color scale is the hot end; the blue is the cold. Red will stimulate, while blue will calm. Let us examine the results of a test conducted on school-going children in England. They were shown fabrics of different colors and asked to write down their feelings about these colors. This was the result: COLOR SENSATION CHART Color Sense Sensations Red Red Warm, love Green Violet Pleasant, cool Blue Green Cool, trees Red Orange Heat, danger Red: Danger, anger, fire, love, thirst, meanness, hate Orange: Woods, autumn, warmth, kindness, fire Yellow: Summer, sleep, gladness, light, Easter, sickness Green: Cool, nice, flowers, ocean, picnic, reading, snakes Blue: Water, cool, laziness, home, frost, lonely Indigo: Soft, gentle, sweet, prayers Violet: Sadness, church, love, warmth From this list you may find certain parallels with your own perception. It is interesting to observe one or two seeming contradictions in the list. For example, red stimulates both love and hate; yellow both gladness and sickness. Traditional associations In the metaphysical world, colors have certain traditional associations. It is useful to know these associations for psychic development. These associations are: Red: Strength, health, vigour, sexual love, danger, charity Orange: Encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, plenty, kindness Yellow: Persuasion, charm, confidence, jealousy, joy, comfort Green: Finance, fertility, luck, energy, charity, growth Blue: Tranquillity, understanding, patience, health, truth, devotion, sincerity Indigo: Changeability, impulsiveness, depression, ambition, dignity Violet: Tension, power, sadness, piety, sentimentality Second exercise The transitional period between waking and sleeping is the ‘hypnogogic’ state; between sleeping and waking is the ‘hypnopompic’ state. Either of these states is excellent for psychic experimentation. Take seven colored pieces of material and place each in a separate window envelope, properly sealed. With the windows facing down, mix them up. Before you go to bed, pick one envelope randomly, and place it under your pillow. As you are on the point of falling asleep, concentrate your thoughts on the envelope under the pillow, trying to sense the color inside. There is a simple way to do this. Lie on your back with your arms on your sides, raise one hand and forearm (bent at the elbow) straight up in the air. As you begin to fall asleep your hand and arm will fall back across you, waking you again. At that moment, try to sense the color beneath your pillow. Write it down (however roughly and quickly), then go to sleep. As soon as you wake up in the morning, again write down the color you sense, along with any sensations, thoughts or feelings associated with it. The color
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