the wardrobe and choosing what clothes to wear may prove surprisingly
enlightening, particularly when relating the colour of the article
to the way we feel. Asking what is ones favourite colour has
been a part of getting to know you for many years
but the reasoning behind it has been largely forgotten.
At our September meeting, however, Snitterfield WI ladies were
let into the secret during an inspiring talk by Sue Asha as
she revealed The Power of Colours. She had brought
lengths of coloured silks to demonstrate not only the colours
of the spectrum but also the feelings engendered by these as
the ladies wound them round their shoulders. Each colour is
associated with an area of the body, known to colour therapists
as chakras, and connected to the practice of yoga, enabling
healers to apply each colour to a specific illness.
Refraction of the suns rays creates colour and the vibration
of each gives off energy, increasing with the depth of the colour.
The length of wavelength is directly proportionate to the vibration
of the chakras, bringing health to the specific area via their
electro-magnetic fields. Each colour has positive and negative
influences and choosing to decorate ones home or wear certain
clothes can influence our attitude to daily tasks.
Red energises us but could make us irritable. We think of it
as strength and courage but it could be anger! Yellow stimulates
the mind; good for working areas but not for the calm needed
in the bedroom. Green is a universally calming colour, good
for relationships and drawing rooms, balancing the mind. Turquoise
and blue are useful for bedrooms, bringing a sense of space
and relaxation. They are related to the heart and most useful
in hospitals but are sometimes linked to depression, so care
needs to be taken when choosing a predominant colour.
Nowadays, packaging uses colour to persuade the shopper to buy
a particular article, whilst coloured lights have long been
used to enhance a product on display. Our reaction to these
has proved beneficial to our supermarkets: hidden persuaders
to which we respond. The traffic light system advocated
by nutritionists also makes use of colour: red for tomatoes
and meat, orange for citrus fruits, yellow in bananas and eggs,
green for leafy vegetables - eating the spectrum in fact.
The meeting concluded with our Secretary, Carole, announcing
a whole list of coming events to attract us and there were reports
of summer activities which had been enjoyed during our quiet