Orange creates a vivid contrast between life and death, extending itself into the world of sacrifice and power with red, and the realm of the eternal with yellow. Orange is a color of high visibility, without bringing the same eye strain associated with red or yellow. This is the main color of the harvest and autumn seasons, and is thought of in union with the summer. In addition, it can also give us a thirst for action, improve our decision making, enhance our confidence and improve our moods. Studies have shown that orange can awaken physical sensations such as an increased appetite, similar to red. It is proven to also heighten our mental activity, increase oxygen supply to the brain, and elevate our feelings of contentment. Orange’s ability to produce a feeling of contentment is not just a physical reaction, it also crosses us over into the world of the spiritual and eternal. Fire is the element we will use to connect with orange on a spiritual level, so that we can truly understand its benefits. Think of a flame, one cannot physically touch it, but rather feel its affects. Depending in how prepared we feel, we inch closer and closer to the fire to warm ourselves even more, but if we aren’t properly prepared we could be burned. This is why we associate orange with caution. A flame is one of our instinctual links with orange, giving us a warning of possible danger, but not in the same imminence as red. Inching closer to the internal light we attach to yellow, red mixes in and gives orange its visual shock. Nevertheless, are we truly ready to see within the depths of the spirit? Orange is the balance that allows us to control how much of our internal light we see in relation to our ability to harness that power. In other words, we can only see the internal light that we have the power to possess. It’s important to remind ourselves that we are on the correct path, as we are learning more about ourselves in perfect timing.
Nurture the inner nature, so that our outer branches may continue to bloom with positivity. Green supports us in our journey of developing inner tranquility by relaxing us physically and mentally. Another color with a strong biological basis, being the primary color seen in the foods and herbs that maintain our health. Many pharmaceutical, nutritional, and health conscious companies use green as a way to promote their products as safe and healthy. This is because of the correlation green has with sales. A Harvard University Study from 2012 discovered that food items labeled in green created a sense of healthiness as well as a spike in sales, even if the products were not necessarily healthy. This is an indication that green can be used to promote peace, because of emotional positivity. However, like many colors, green has different meanings with changes in its triad. A dark green can be associated with ambition, business, and jealousy. A yellowish green may be indicative of sickness, fearfulness, and discord. The sea and olive greens are usually the colors associated with healing, peace, and protection. However, all of these greens have the ability to bring life to countless situations. Green makes us feel as though we have a sense of hope, and brings a certain vitality to our mind state. With green we overcome, and take action in the present moment to grow as individuals. When times are tough, allow yourself to grab hold of branches of your own accomplishments. These branches are connected to peaceful pastures that can help aid us in climbing the mountains and hurdles of life. We are like any plant, we must have an adequate amount of light in a world that would like to keep us shaded. We must nourish ourselves by finding a place of inner peace, to ensure that we live by the morals and standards set by our own spirits. Blossom into a tree full of lush leaves, by remembering if the spirit is nurtured, falls are temporary and springs are eternal. Life is a magnificent experience, and green is eye candy to help us relish its sweetness.