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B. COLOR PHILOSPHIES AND PSYCHOLOGY: FENG SHUI, AND AURA’S, ETC.
(Some of these concepts are bit cosmic for me. But, may have real merit for others. I felt they were at the very least interesting.)

- The Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui believes that color choices should be intuitive, and therefore, made on the basis of which of the five energy elements you were born into. The five elements are wood (green), metal (white), fire (red), water (blue or black) and earth (yellow). Your birth element should not dominate your entire color scheme, but it may be the color you need more of in your home. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything in the books I consult that would help you determine your birth element. I was really curious about mine!)
- Earthy colors, i.e.: ochre, sienna, terracotta, peach, apricot, nutty browns, etc. enhance our connection with the earth, which makes us feel grounded. The use of these colors can help "pull you down out of your mind," and therefore motivate you to follow your dreams.
- Pink, peach, apricot, and warm tan are colors that promote love vibrations, and may help heal a broken heart, or ease grieving.
- Light creamy yellow on walls and golden yellow on furnishings, can stimulate the mind and assist you with clear thinking.
- The book, "The Healing Home," below, talks about the "The Color Sanctuary," in one chapter. It explores the concept of aura’s, color vibrations and wavelengths. The author’s belief is that the color wavelengths in our environment, and colors of our aura’s, (light and sound vibrations emitted by our cells, glands, and organs), impact one another. Because of this, colors in our homes should be in keeping with our aura’s. The colors in harmony with our "inner vibrations" are our ‘soul colors.’ We can determine what these colors by asking ourselves, "What color would I want to be, if I was a color?" and "What two colors do I most often chose to wear?" (There is also a pendulum method, to determine ‘soul colors,’ described in detail in the book.) A strong personality may prefer bright strong colors, and a softer person, light pastel shades. Color selection needs to take the color auras’ of ALL personalities occupying the home into account, or there will be disharmony. This can be accomplished by using splashes of each person’s color against a neutral background in shared spaces, and their predominant color in their personal space, such as a bedroom or office. The author also believes, that although we have a base aura, we have changing color energies and may need different colors at different items in our lives, to promote growth. These changing needs can be met in temporary ways, by painting one wall of a room, or flowers, artwork, and accessories, etc.

Follow the links, below, to see other portions of this article.

A. General Information About the Psychology of Color and Interiors (Part 1)
C. How We Can Help Seniors Though the Use of Color (Part 3)
D. Recommendations for Further Reading (Part 4)

Here is another site that provides links to many sites on feng shui. http://architecture.about.com/cs/fengshui/?once=true&

Here is one specifically about the elements or symbols, as they relate to your birthday.
http://www.fengshui-village.com/option1b.en.htm 

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Author: Catherine Foust McGivern, NCIDQ Certified, Principal
CatherineMcGivern.com, http://www.CatherineMcGivern.com

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