Cultures have worshipped the sun since the dawn of time. Known by many civilizations to be necessary for health, happiness and longevity, the sun is recognized as one of the most holistic sources of energy, helping to feed people on many levels of body, mind and spirit.
The ancient civilizations of China, Greece and Persia all devised ways to collect the sun’s energy for its healing powers, and Greek philosopher and physician Hippocrates prescribed sunlight to his patients for a multitude of disorders. But how do you reap the benefits of the full-spectrum of color energy the sun has to provide without looking like a leather bag?
While civilizations of old were driven to create temples of light to utilize the energy of the sun, in modern times there are easier methods that won’t damage the skin. Understanding your body’s need for color is the first step.
A healthy aura
The human body’s subtle energy is made up of the same frequencies that are in a rainbow. The color in and around the body—the aura—contains the colors of the rainbow, and if a person is vibrant and healthy, their aura will be bright. If a person is unhealthy or out of balance, however, the aura appears less bright or even dark. And now that aura photography has become a more popular and acceptable practice, people are able to see the colors—or lack thereof—that constitute the health of their auras.
Living the majority of life in artificial light is taking its toll on people, depriving bodies of the stress-relieving frequencies found in nature. The light spectrum from fluorescent or incandescent bulbs is not a perfect rainbow—it is missing some color frequencies and contains abnormal energy peaks in others.
Normalizing the color spectrum that surrounds someone will greatly benefit their ability to relax, maintain an elevated mood and feel better on a daily basis. Color infusion techniques range from the use of gemstones to the hands-on healing technique known as Reiki.
The ways of Reiki
Reiki, pronounced ray′–key, is a healing energy transmitted through the hands that balances color frequencies in the energy field. Breaking down the word, rei means “universal, that which surrounds and permeates everything,” and ki means “life force energy, your personal energy.”
Ki is made up of the visible light spectrum, and rei is made up of the universal light spectrum that includes everything. Hence, getting attuned to Reiki gives you access to universal energy. You become a conduit for this energy that automatically brings you and others into balance with just the touch of your hands.
Using Reiki to balance the missing or overactive color in people will give them much more than just relaxation. Because you will be using the energy of the universal light spectrum, you will be able to give them the energy they are missing, as well as balance the colors they are overexposed to. The benefits of Reiki treatments include more balance, a sense of well-being and feeling better equipped to deal with day-to-day stressors. Long-term, this means a healthier and more fulfilling life for both you and your clients.
Gemstones and chakras
Colored gemstones are a great adjunct to Reiki treatments. Laying certain stones on the body at the locations of the most concentrated energy is an excellent way to send your client into a state of bliss. Each chakra, or energy center, has a certain color associated with it, and each stone has a color frequency and specific properties with regard to healing. See Knowing the Chakras for more information.
Warm colors include red, orange and yellow, and are the most stimulating and energizing. Blues and purples are cool, calming and enlightening. Yellow energizes, enhances mental clarity and personal power, while green is the balancing point between relaxing and rejuvenating colors, as well as being the most healing.
Placing gemstones on your client during a treatment will work to balance their excess or deficiencies of a color. Placing a colored stone on a chakra that is the same color will optimize the chakra’s energy, while placing a complementary color on a chakra can calm overactive energies. See Performing the Rainbow Reiki Treatment for a guide to offering this service to your clients.
A whole wellness
In today’s environment, people are looking for more than a facial. With the Reiki Rainbow treatment, you can make a connection that your clients won’t get anywhere else, and offering a seven-week color enhancement series will entice them to make your healing touch part of their weekly routine. Focus on creating an environment that captures the essence of each chakra for clients to experience, and change the environment every week to represent one of the seven major chakra centers.
There really is no right or wrong way to perform the Reiki Rainbow treatment. If your client is happy, that is what matters most. You are building trust and a deep bond through your healing touch with this treatment, and you can easily build it into a regular series of services.
Offering a Rainbow Reiki series of a half- or one-hour treatments and pricing them like you would a facial of equal time leads to a great way to build a relationship with clients. Include it on your menu as a mini retreat, and let your clients know the effects are sustained when they visit you weekly. In fact, a color a week might just be all you need to stay healthy, wealthy and wise.