Light is fundamental. Our bodies
are biological light-receptors that transform sunlight into life-sustaining energy.
A photon is, most simply, a "particle of light." Although
light spreads as an electromagnetic wave, it can be created or absorbed only in discrete
amounts of energy, known as photons. The energy of a photon is greater the shorter
the wavelength. The energy is smallest for the photons that comprise radio waves,
increasingly larger for microwaves, infra-red radiation, visible light, and ultra-violet
light. The photons of x-rays, gamma rays, and cosmic rays have the shortest wavelengths
and greatest energy (the "highest vibration").
Living cells emit weak electromagnetic radiation. Your skin emits about
30 photons per square centimeter per second. While not visible to the human eye, you emit
light. You glow! But not enough to get arrogant. The scientific term is "ultra-weak
Light is also the source of colorwhite light contains all the
colors of the spectrum.
Objects absorb specific frequencies of white light.
The color of an object is actually the part of the spectrum the object cannot
absorb. This is reflected and experienced as its color.
Our eyes can recognize several million variations of hue (exact location on the
Light energy has two fundamental dimensions: intensity &
- Intensity is the number of photons that fall on a given areadetermines brightness
- Wavelength is literally the length of the wave
- A radio wave has a relatively long wavelength (thus its photons have less energy)
- Visible light is in the middle of the spectrum
- Infrared is just below visible light in its energy (longer wavelength)
- Ultraviolet just above visible light in its energy (shorter wavelength)
- X-rays, gamma rays, and cosmic rays have progressively higher energy (shortest lengths)
Visible light (light that can be absorbed by the photoreceptors of your eyes) is
between 400 and 700 nanometers in length (purple is 400, green is 500, red is 700).
Color is both a subjective experience and an objective feature of
the world. It is a physical reality and it is an internal experience that is tied
to our emotions, perceptual style, and associations.
The human energy field is composed of subtle
energies that sensitive people often see as color.
- The colors of some parts of our energy field change rapidly with our moods,
thoughts, or activity.
- The colors of some parts of our energy field change gradually, as with shifts in
- The colors of other parts of our energy field have a consistent, unchanging
pattern that is unique to us.
The vibrations of the human energy field are as much
as a thousand times higher than the vibrations of the bioelectrical signals of the nerves
and muscles, which is why it is not usually visible to the naked eye. This finding
has caused some scientists to speculate that in addition to the well-established place of
color on the electromagnetic spectrum, color may also be a quality of subtle energy that
is not on the electromagnetic spectrum at all (like subtle energy perhaps), yet one that
still objectively exists in the physical universe.
Meridian Colors: While Donnas students have heard her repeatedly
say, "Your energies are as unique as your thumbprint," and have heard her
emphasize that the chakras dont have fixed colors like some books contend, the
meridians do reflect a fixed color scheme. This is because each organ in the body
has a vibratory rate. Your stomachs energy is different from the energy of your
liver, but it is similar to the energy of your friends stomach. Where the chakras
and the aura reflect the unique differences of people, the meridians reflect our
commonalities our organs not our uniqueness. A meridians color may
differ from one person to the next in tone, shade, and intensity, depending on the health
of the meridian and the related organs, but there is enough uniformity that it is possible
to develop a systematic treatment approach, such as the one conveyed on the
"Balancing the Energies Using Color Gels" chart.
This piece draws heavily, including the wording in a few instances,
from Chapter 14 of Francesca McCartneys Body of Health: The New Science of
Intuition Medicine for Energy & Balance (2005).