If you think colors have no effect on human health or performance, think again! Dr. Laurie Buchanan is an award winning author who helps people heal and thrive through color therapy.
Her book “Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth” won the Self-Help book of the year award, and she is, in short, a fascinating and fun person.
Tell us your health journey, a bit about your up-bringing and what brought you here?
What brought me here was my mom’s breast cancer diagnosis when she was 41, and died at the age of 53. That was after chemotherapy, a radical mastectomy and all of the different traditional Western medicine techniques. Just to be clear, there are so many lovely, wonderful things about traditional Western medicine, but another handful that aren’t.
I watched what my mom and other people go through on the oncology floor. And I thought to myself that there has to be something else that we can do.
Check out this podcast episode with Laurie Buchanan here:
I know that your first book, Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth, won the Self-Help book of the year award. What’s it about?
The book came about as a result of a nine month program that I created for my clients. It was called life harmony. From the concept of nine month gestation period for a human, I made a special curriculum for my clients of becoming a new person. It became a book with all kinds of examples, and the chapters are divided by color.
People are under the impression that when we’re born, there’s just one of us. There’s actually seven cells, seven parts to us. These are the colors and their associations to us:
- Red for self preservation
- Orange for self gratification
- Yellow for self definition
- Green for self-acceptance
- Blue (darker) for self reflection, like the Indigo blue
- Violets and purples for self knowledge
Unfortunately, each one of those cells has the tendency to acquire baggage along the way. There’s four types of baggage that each one of those selves can tend to acquire. These four aspects that are equally important to us can be physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We all know physical and spiritual. But to differentiate between mental and emotional is that mental is how we think, while emotional is how we feel.
As dog owners, we both know dogs experience life through their nose; humans, on the other hand, experience life through our feelings. So this is a real important part of us.
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You earned your doctorate in holistic health with an emphasis in energy medicine. What exactly is “holistic health,” “energy medicine,” and what was the impetus for going into this field?”
As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I practice integrative medicine, and not alternative medicine which means you do this instead of, or in lieu of.
Rather, I work hand in hand with medical doctors. I prescribe medicine as I am board certified with the American association of drug lists practitioners. So we work very well together. I don’t tell my clients to stop doing what their doctor says and do only what I say instead. We work hand in glove and it works beautifully together. So they get the best of both worlds.
As for energy medicine, each one of us as a human being has our own energy signature. We have our own frequency. We can manipulate the frequency by stimulating or inhibiting what’s going on. Let’s say we’ve got somebody who has digestive issues. As a holistic health practitioner, I know right away that that falls physically into a color category which is yellow. And as mentioned earlier, yellow is associated with ‘self definition’.
Now, in working with that person, I wouldn’t just say he or she needs more yellow around her or on her. It might be that they need less yellow, or it might be the baggage that comes along, it’s not just physical.
As holistic health practitioners we’re looking at the whole shooting match: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. So we need to get down to the nitty gritty of that.
What is Color Therapy?
Many scientists discovered and formulated this into a practical therapy, and they were looking at wavelength frequency and vibration. For example, when we go to an art museum and we’re appreciating the art, the way that we can tell pink from blue, from green, from purple, from black, from white, is the speed at which those colors hit the rods and cones in our eyes.
And in our eyes, we all use black and white. Black is actually the absence of light, while white is the presence of light, and we call them color. And black as having low frequency, whereas white having the highest, fastest frequency. Each one of us as a human being has our own energy signature. We have our own frequency.
Just like zebras, they can look at each other and know Julie and Joe by the patterns on their coats. And law-enforcement systems can tell people apart by our fingerprints.
So color therapy is, very simply, energy made visible. It’s just not something we can see with our eyes. We can use the color to inhibit or stimulate the functioning of different parts of our body. We’ve got these meridians in our body that go up from the top of our head to the bottoms of our feet. There are seven lines on the left side of our bodies, seven of them on the right side. And these are very high in energy, but each of us is different.
What is remarkable is that each of us has a slow low frequency at our tailbone. And at the top of our head, it’s high and fast. But we’re all different. So my energy signature and yours is going to be different from the next door neighbor. But the object of the game is to keep that frequency healthy.
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How can people use color therapy in their lives in a simple way?
Make sure that you have something green going on, especially in your kitchen, and in your dining room. And when you’re sleeping, of course, you want something restful. You want something that’s in the purples, the violets, that family. If you have children, what do you want to take place in the room? If you have a play room in your house, you might want that to be orange and red and yellow. If you want them to be a little bit more gentle and quiet, think in terms of blue and violet colors.
Even with the color of the car we drive. Statistically speaking, policemen are more likely to pull over a red car than they are a white car, a black car, silver car, or one of those like kind of a champagney, gold-ish color cars. They’re just more likely to, because immediately in their mind they’re thinking, speeding, speeding, speeding.
Further, the colors that we wear versus colors that we surround ourselves with work the same. Having a mustard colored wall in my office, and everything else is blue, is a very nice balance. That helps boost inspiration and my creativity as a writer. The yellow aspect is all about the joy of life.
Now if that color is touching us, or when we’re wearing clothing, that’s even more impactful because our body is actually absorbing that frequency. So we want to be really certain about what we’re putting on. While the frequency of the walls is certainly impactful, the ones that are touching me are even more profoundly impactful.
How do we learn to apply Color Therapy In Our Lives?
As for resources, you can go to the library in the color therapy section for books, or you can go right online and just type in your search bar color therapy. You will have more returns on this subject than you can shake a stick at.
We are manipulated by colors regularly. We can use this for health purposes and it’s a wonderful, wonderful thing to do.
You can reach out Dr. Buchanan on her social sites:
Website — https://tuesdayswithlaurie.com
Twitter — https://twitter.com/TuesWithLaurie
Facebook Author Page — https://www.facebook.com/TuesWithLaurie/
LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/holessence/
Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/tuesdayswithlaurie/
***Here’s Laurie on her recent Women and Leadership conference***
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