If you were to disregard all of the file folders, books and scribbled Post-It notes, one of the first things you’d notice about my office is my fondness for the movie, "The Wizard of Oz".
Along the walls and bookshelves are postcards of Dorothy and The Wicked Witch, a stuffed Scarecrow and a Cowardly Lion hand puppet. There’s also an 18-inch rainbow on my desk. It’s really a candleholder, a simple black ornamental bridge with small glass votives of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. To me it is a symbol of hope and inspiration, a reminder of how color became my muse.
THE ROAD TO RAINBOWS
I have been writing professionally since 1980. Like many writers, there was a time when my words did not flow, flow, flow onto the paper, a time when I would have welcomed a pair of ruby slippers just so I could click myself three times out of the Writers Block Woods and into the Creative Light. Then one day I walked into a metaphysical shop in Rhode Island and found my muse. There along one large, sunny window were over 100 square glass bottles, each containing two different-colored layers of liquid and mesmerizing me with their gem-like brilliance.
This was my introduction to Aura-Soma, an holistic therapy which uses the healing energies of colors, plants and crystals. Instinctively, I reached for “Gabriel”, the blue-over-violet bottle. The consultant explained that by applying the oily contents to my throat and temple, my communication abilities would be greatly improved. Hopeful for a writer’s miracle in a bottle, I brought “Gabriel” home and after only a few applications, I found myself enjoying what I can only describe as a creative high.
After my Aura-Soma enlightenment, I couldn’t get enough color. I wanted to breathe it, drink it, eat it, wear it. I became an unabashed color “junkie”, studying and researching color, presenting color workshops, writing color meditations and developing my own color therapy sprays and bath oils that I sold at holistic and metaphysical fairs. Eventually, I earned my certification as a professional color therapist so that I might one day open my own color healing practice. Yet I seemed curiously drawn in an entirely different direction. The more I worked (and played!) with color, the more I wondered how it might benefit my writing.
In my studies, I learned that color therapy is an ancient healing technique which has been used for thousands of years. Since color is absorbed through the eyes and the skin, I deduced that I would achieve the same emotional benefits from holding and writing with a colored pen, just as I would by breathing color or wearing a particular color of clothing. I experimented with this concept until my Write-by-Color method was born (now called Rainbow Writing) and I began offering workshops to adults and children.
COLOR YOUR WORLD
Like everything in this world, color is energy and you can use and transform that energy with your clear and powerful intentions. In Rainbow Writing, we use different colored inks because their vibrations help us feel—or be—the color.
Let’s say the Rainbow Writing exercise is about blue, the color of communication, self-expression, integrity and peace. Pick up a blue pen or pencil and hold it in your left hand. Focus on the color for a few minutes and imagine you can see your hand being completely absorbed by the blue vibrations. Watch the color grow and grow until your entire body is completely surrounded in blue. Enjoy that feeling for a moment or so, then begin writing about your blue character, incident or whatever.
When I think of colored pens, I like to imagine they are magic wands for scribes to release their demons or manifest their writing dreams. But my method is more than colored pens and rainbows; it’s about becoming more color conscious of your world. And once you understand the excessive and deficient qualities associated with each color, you can write stories with more interesting, more believable characters who practically leap off the page.
In her book, "Color and Crystals: A Journey Through The Chakras", author Joy Gardner describes the rainbow colors and their related excessive energies as Red—greedy, egotistic, domineering, sexually indiscriminate; Orange—emotionally explosive, aggressive, manipulative, over-indulgent; Yellow—judgmental, workaholic, perfectionist, overly intellectual; Green—demanding, possessive, moody, melodramatic; Blue—arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic, addictive; Indigo—egomaniac, proud, religiously dogmatic, authoritarian and Violet—psychotic, depressed, destructive.
One of my favorite examples of a red personality is the aptly named Scarlett O'Hara, the fiery heroine from "Gone With The Wind". Talk about attention-getters! Scarlett was stubborn and temperamental, a woman who demanded everything the world had to offer. Nothing could stop her from achieving her goals, not death and destruction nor the scorn and wagging tongues of the local citizens. If she had to steal her sister’s beau, murder a Yankee or toil in the fields, so be it. She would not be defeated.
In the end, Scarlett had amassed great wealth and rebuilt her beloved Tara, but she had suffered great losses as well. Her daughter was dead and her husband, Rhett Butler, clearly didn’t give a damn and was heading out the door! But we just know that Scarlett got Rhett in the end. Why? Because she was the ultimate survivor, determined to never, ever quit, which is an admirable quality of the red personality. Scarlett O'Hara knew what she wanted and was prepared to fight the devil himself to ensure that she got it. Surely, if she had had a personal mantra, it would have been “It’s all about me!"
DIVE WRITE IN, THE AURA'S FINE
How would you best describe the color green to your readers? Before you write, visualize your setting and try to see, feel and smell the green. Say you are writing a short story about a young girl living in an old country cottage in Ireland. Is the color of the grass and trees an emerald or Kelly green? Does the grass feel dry or wet? How do you convey the smell of the countryside? Is green an earthy, clean smell? Is it sweet and slightly minty or antiseptic-smelling like pine?
In my Rainbow Writing workshop, we put on our colored glasses, hold colored gemstones, smell color-related essential oils, wrap ourselves in colored silk scarves. We also listen to color-related music and learn color breathing techniques before we even put colored pen to paper. And then we prepare to write with my “Color Countdown”. In that relaxing alpha mind state, the color affirmations help us feel more confident and focused so that we may “awaken” to produce more colorfully vivid and passionate writing.
Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue. Indigo. Violet. These seven colors are powerful tools for writers. So if you’ve lost your muse somewhere along the yellow brick road and don’t have a pair of ruby slippers to find it, look to the rainbow and you’ll discover that writing is an even greater adventure when it’s not all black and white.
Eleyne-Mari (pronounced “Elaine Marie”) is a Lightmover and creative spiritual entrepreneur who loves to share insights about Color, Writing, Wellness, Crystals and Ascension. Connect with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EleyneMariAustenSharp Twitter: https://twitter.com/Writelighter and Tumblr https://www.tumblr.com/blog/writelighter