I Confess to Being a Lover of Rainbows

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I write this blog post to celebrate the last day of winter in the southern hemisphere, although I for one will be just a tad-bit sad to see this season of ‘green’ come to an end because soon the dreaded heat will be upon us.

Anyone who knows me also knows that I absolutely love Clouds and Rainbows.  I have been known to stop the car in transit just to take a ‘happy snap’ of them and I would probably have more photos of them in my phone/tablet galleries than any other subject matter (including my hubby and kids)!

Rainbows are one of the most beautiful sights in nature simply because of the somewhat magical appearance of its colourful arch splashed upon a grey-blue-sky canvas.  For me they are the best kind of Colour Therapy, especially if you live in a drought prone area where rain is always welcome.

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So what constitutes a rainbow apart from us seeing colours in the sky?  A rainbow is nothing more than a massive curved banded-coloured spectrum that appear in the sky once the clouds start to clear and sunlight strikes the raindrops that are falling to the earth.

The raindrops act as a prism because they have the ability to break up light therefore allowing the colours to emerge from the prisms to form a band of stripes which we call a spectrum.

In other words, sunlight, or ordinary white light which is really made up of a mixture of all the colours in a rainbow is broken up into different colours and we can only see the colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple because of different wave lengths of light which bends and travels onward to your eyes so that you can easily see and differentiate the many colours.

The shortest wave lengths that we can detect are the purple colours of violet and indigo. Then the waves of light lengthen into the colours of blue and green and then onto the colours of yellow, orange and red. The longest visible light waves are a deep red colour.

However, when you look into white light you are actually seeing all of the colours of the rainbow blended in together because your eyes are not able to distinguish between the different colours of the rainbow unless they pass through some material that is able to separate them first.

It is for this simple reason that a rainbow is only seen during showers, when droplets of rain is falling and the sun is shining at the same time.

When sunlight enters a droplet of water, it is broken up just as if it had entered a glass prism.

So inside the drop of water, we already have the different colours going from one side of the drop to the other.

Some of this coloured light is then reflected from the far side of the droplet, back and out of the droplet.

The light comes back out of the droplet in different directions, depending on the colour and when you look at these colours in a rainbow, you will always see them arranged with red at the top and violet at the bottom of the rainbow.

What happens is that the white light is broken up into the different wave lengths that are seen by our eyes as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

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In a rainbow, the sunlight is refracted when it goes into the droplets of water. It is reflected inside them and refracted again as it passes out.

The colour seen by an observer will depend on the angle at which he looks at each droplet.

It also helps if you are standing in the middle ground with the sun behind you and the raindrops falling in front of you to be able to see a rainbow properly.

The sunlight shines over your shoulder into the raindrops which act as prisms breaking up the light into a spectrum or a band of colours. The sun, your eyes and the centre of the rainbow’s arch needs to be virtually all in a straight line for you to see a complete unbroken rainbow.

If the sun is up too high in the sky, it is impossible to be able to make such a straight line and that is the usual explanation given as to why you would normally only see rainbows in the early morning or late afternoon.

From the ground, a rainbow looks like an arch, but apparently from an aeroplane, it looks just like a circle (unfortunately I have not been lucky enough to see one from a plane).

With that said, there are other ways in which you can see the colours of the rainbow apart from the big curved spectrum arch in the sky.

The water drops in the spray from a garden hose or sprinkler will often make a rainbow on a sunny day. Just put your finger at the end of the garden hose so that the water spray fans out and aim it towards the sun. You should see a small colourful rainbow arch.

Also if you were to look up at a waterfall with the sun behind you, you would be able to see a rainbow arch formed by the rays of sunlight that has been split up by the water spray droplets.

You can also usually see the colours of the rainbow in soap or detergent bubbles as well as in the thin patches of oil found on a wet road.

If you can think of any more ways to see a rainbow, please add them to the comments section down below.

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Make Yourself Your Very Own “Fake Rainbow”

DIY Rainbow Maker No. 1

You can easily make colours appear on clear plastic, but you will need a pair of Polaroid sunglasses.

Shine a bright light (a torch will do) at a tape cassette box (if you can still find one or if not, another clear plastic container/box will work just as well) and then look at it through a pair of Polaroid sunglasses.

You should see a rainbow effect made up of bright colours.

The Polaroid sunglasses cut out some of the colours that make up white light and you see the colours that are left.
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You can make up all of the colours in a rainbow by mixing red and green light, green and blue light or blue and red light.

Combining all three colours creates white light.

Red, green and blue are called the primary colours of light.
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Paint, ink and crayons are like all other objects – they only reflect the light that falls on them.

You can make all the rainbow colours by mixing red and yellow, yellow and blue, or blue and red paint.

Red, yellow and blue are the primary colours of paint.
DIY Rainbow Maker No. 4 – Bubble Dome

Tape a torch to the bottom of a clear plastic container, bowl or box lid.

Hold it upright and spoon a little bubble mixture (or detergent) onto the container, bowl or box lid.

Stick a straw into the bubble mix and gently blow some bubbles to make a bubble dome.

Switch on the torch and then go into a dark room with the torch still on.

Take a good look at the bubbles.

What colours do you see swirling about?

Do the colours ever change?

What colours do you see just before a bubble pops.


All bubbles are a sandwich of soap and water.

As they reflect light from a torch you can see the colours of the rainbow swirling on their walls. If you blow gently on a bubble, the colours change as the walls get thinner.

When the bubble walls are at their thinnest the colours disappear, so just before a bubble pops, it appears to go black.

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Awaken Your Own Inner Rainbow

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Whilst I am taking some much needed Rest and Rejuvenation time-out sorting out another ‘pain-demon’ foe I thought that as a follow up to my last blog post I would share a rather special colour laden video which I like to watch when I am in need of a quick pick-me-up to awaken my own Inner Rainbow of Chakra Colours.

This video is presented by Elizabeth Harper from Sealed With Love (I so recommend that you check out this absolute colourful delight of a website … I love it).

It is a colourful light-filled visual journey through the chakra colors and simply by watching this video the coloured imagery can help the viewer to shift their energetic vibration, alter mindset and activate self-healing.

Elizabeth suggests that you make yourself aware of any subtle changes that might occur in your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies as you go on this journey of colour to awaken your own Inner Rainbow … enjoy!



So You Are A Creative Visualization Virgin

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So you have decided to give creative visualization a go, yay … good for you.  I promise that with time and practice you will come to love it as much as I do.

I can almost guarantee that you will find yourself teaching other Creative Visualization Virgins this fantastic mind/body/spirit relaxation breathing technique as well.

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Here is an introductory exercise to help you get started by teaching you the absolute basics of creative relaxation and visualization.

First of all as with the majority of similar-type relaxation exercises you need to be wearing loose-fitting clothing and be either comfortably sitting up or lying down.

Ensure that the room you find yourself in is warm/cool enough without you over-heating or feeling chilled to the bone.  Make sure you are as comfortable as possible so grab a blanket if you think you will be needing one.

Dim the lights and/or close the curtains and do not forget to switch off any other electronic distractions.  You have permission to even hang a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door.

When everything has been done and you are in a comfortable position then it is time to close your eyes and take 3 or 4 slow, deep breaths in, holding the breath for at least 5 seconds before exhaling out.

After a couple of minutes of breathing in and breathing out it is time to focus your attention down towards your feet and legs.

You are wanting to progressively relax your whole body by starting with your toes and working your way up by slowly allowing the relaxation process to drift upwards until you feel completely relaxed and without a care in the world.

Relaxation is the first part of this exercise and it is only when you are fully relaxed that you commence the creative visualization process.  As you gain confidence of this technique through consistent practice you will take less time to get yourself into a fully relaxed state of being.

As mentioned the second part of this exercise is to visualize.  It does not matter what you choose to think about but it is important that you first set a positive intention.

You may choose to visualize a Colour, an Object or even a Person.

Lets focus on you imagining a person shall we.  Think about someone you know (or would like to know).  Picture an image of this person in your mind and try to hold on to that image.

If you see a clear, sharp image of this person virtually straight away it means that you are naturally a ‘visual person’ and you will have no problems with creative visualization.  For those that do not, it simply means that it will take you a little longer to master this technique and like most things in life the more times that you practice something the better you will become at doing it.

For this particular exercise, all that is important is that you can ‘imagine’ the person in your mind.  There is no right or wrong way of doing this.

Now that you have a visual  image or picture of this person in your mind think about something that ‘stands out’ about this person or think about an ‘incident’ that involved him or her.  It might be something exciting or mundane, just experiment with your ‘imagining process’ until you can see this incident in your mind.

Finally imagine you and this person doing something together, again it makes no difference what it is that you decide to do, but what is important is the process of you imagining this event.

Once you have imagined this clearly, take a few slow deep breaths in and out, have a stretch and open up your eyes.  You have successfully undertaken a creative visualization exercise and with time and practice you will be able to do this no matter where you are, etc just by closing your eyes and shutting out any distractions.

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Practice this exercise as often as you can, choose a different person, object or colour to visualize each time you do so.

You can improve your ability to ‘see your visualizations’ by looking at a painting or photograph for a few minutes and studying it intensely before closing your eyes to see if you can recall it in your mind’s eye.  With practice you will be able to recall the item that you were looking at in detail.

You are now on the way to using creative visualization to make powerful and lasting changes in your own life and you will no longer considered to be a Creative Visualization Virgin!

Visualizing Healing Colours

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Our imagination is possibly the greatest healing tool that we possess because it is via our imagination that we can rehearse for a successful positive outcome and we can change old negative patterns by seeing ourselves acting in positive life-enhancing ways.

Visualization is the process of harnessing the power of your mind through using imagery to achieve a specific goal whilst you are in a heightened state of relaxation.

It is not hypnosis and like most things with practice you will learn how to utilize visualizations to find new ways of harnessing your creative powers for enhanced health and well-being.

Each colour has certain qualities which influence us both positively and negatively.

Every colour has a unique therapeutic value and each one can be used to treat a particular physical or emotional problem.

When we are ill our body gives out a distorted and/or disturbed pattern of energetic vibrations.

A simple way to help yourself to attain better health is to think about colour.

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By focusing your thoughts (and in doing so changing your mindset) on colours you will find yourself being drawn to one colour in particular and this will be the colour that you are needing at that particular moment.

When you are visualizing healing colour you would first set your intention before focusing on either a person or thing that you wish to enable healing and then you would visualize or sense what colour or colours that you would need to help heal the recipient.

Then after you have finished you could create a work of art using the colour and/or colours that you visualized.

Perhaps you may want to draw or paint an image or symbol that represents the person or thing that you wish to heal and then surround them or it with an imagistic representation of the colour and/or colours that you have imagined.

For example you would visualize the colour Blue to help reduce the severity of a sore throat or to help reduce blood pressure.

The colour Red would increase blood pressure but it is known to help with anaemia or iron deficiency.

The colour Green is a wonderful balancer and it has antiseptic qualities so would be useful in healing infections.

You can find many informative resources about Visualization, Colour Visualization, Creative Visualization and Guided Visualization online if you are interested in learning more about this simple to implement and unique self-healing tool.


Healing Art

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I was asked this question the other day … “What is Healing Art?”

I believe that it is when a person uses Art to heal the body, soothe the mind and transform the spirit by actually engaging in either creating or viewing art.

The simple act of creating a visual image on either a piece of paper or on a canvas can produce both physical and emotional benefits for both the creator and the viewer.

There are many levels of healing and many things to be healed.

Art frees the Immune System so it can function at its best, relieve pain, heal depression and raise one’s spirit.

When we make art to heal the creative spirit within us is awakened and arouses our Inner Healer which in turn changes our whole physiology and promotes our mind, body and spirit to heal.

Healing Art is the tool for transformation that people seek in order to enable change.

Art Therapy traditionally places more emphasis on the actual product or artwork created as being the diagnostic tool that the Art Therapist uses to evaluate their client’s emotional state.

Whereas, an Expressive Arts Practitioner would place more emphasis on the actual artistic process and not the artwork created because it is believed that it is only the person who has created the artwork piece who truly knows the meaning inherent in that piece of healing art.

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