Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Meditative healing with candles

Recently, a good friend of mine has been plagued with debilitating nightmares. Night terrors, really. They have kept her from being rested and balanced. I, too, have been suffering from a series of nightmares.

When she came to me for advice about how to deal with these dreams, and to decipher their significance, I examined my own dreams as well. The symbolism in both sets of dreams was easy enough to decode. We both have our own personal demons that are taunting us at the moment. Mine, as I have written about earlier on this blog, center around my job anxieties.

And my prescription, for both of us, was meditation with candles. Color and flame are very powerful when combined with the meditation of the mind.

I decided that we both needed balance. So my prescription was orange and green candles, with some meditative thought and practice.

Why orange and green, you ask?

Orange is a power color. It is a healing color. It represents vitality with endurance. Orange is associated with the benign warmth of the sun, as apposed to the fiery heat of red. Curiosity is a driving characteristic of orange, and with it comes exploration of new things.

Some believe that if a change is necessary in life, one should burn an orange candle for 7 days to facilitate the transition.

Orange is a very helpful color when you want to increase your creativity, or want relief from things (or problems) that are too serious. It can help us become more involved in something or to spice things up when our lives seem to be dragging along.

Orange is used to promote personal power and is useful for those who could use more self-esteem. Orange can help us stimulate creativity, mental acuity, and the ability to adjust to change.

Orange can also help us to balance the emotions. It can bring about a willingness to embrace new ideas with enjoyment and a sense of exploration and creative play.

It is also associated with the Sacral Hara Chakra, which is the Chakra that controls sexuality and reproduction.

The color green is the color of nature, fertility, and life. It symbolizes self-respect and well-being. It is the color of balance. Green also represents learning, growth, and harmony. It was believed that green was healing for the eyes.

Green is the color of the master healer and the life force. Obviously, it can also represent money.

Green contains the powerful energies of nature, growth, and the desire to expand or increase. Balance and a sense of order are primary characteristics of green. Change and transformation is necessary for growth, so this ability to sustain changes in also a part of the green energy.

Green is good when you want a new state of balance, or feel a need for change or growth. It can also help unleash the necessary freedom to pursue new idea and provides protection from fears and anxieties connected with the demands of others.

Green can be used to attract money, prosperity, and wealth, but is also a balancing color that promotes growth and fertility. This color is useful to promote balance, change, and growth. Green may also be used to overcome a sense of thwarted ambition.

Green is the color associated with the Heart Chakra, dealing with higher consciousness and love.

Combined, then, orange and green should work to restore balance, creativity, and harmony. They will work together to open up both the Heart and Sacral Hara Chakra, restoring personal power, creativity, and balance.

Ironically, last week, before my friend and I discussed these issues, I was shopping and had this incredible urge to buy orange and green candles, so I did. My subconscious had already prescribed what I needed before my conscious could recognize the cure.

So, my advice to my friend was to spend 15 minutes a night, before some lit orange and green candles, in a meditative state, reflecting on the flames, letting her mind go, to cleanse and restore her balance. I told her to let the colors do their magic.

What do you need in your life? Find the right colors, and dive into your own meditative reflection. It works.

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