Color philosophy


Red Part One


    Red is the first fundamental color, the sensation of red being produced by the longest and slowest of the visible light-rays.  This color always typifies the active use of power.  It relates primarily to the physical body, but also has a vitalizing effect on the finer spiritual forces.  It correlates with alchemical Sulphur .  It also symbolizes the externalization of a thing on any plane.


    As the first ray of manifested being, it is called the Life-ray, or the life-giving principle of creation, and is of a positive and magnetic vibration, projecting life, strength and vitality.  The face is, this color vitalizes all living matter, giving energy, strength, courage and activity.  Its influence is hot and dry, and tends to incite to action, a principle used in the traditional “waving a red flag before a bull.”


    Active in the motor centers of the brain, this color works in every muscle, both voluntarily and involuntary.  It stands for passion and sentiment, as well as the extrovert or practical realist – active, genial and vigorous.


    Red is essentially a physical color, the essence of energy, connotated with the element Fire and the planet Mars.  It controls the glandular center in the body connected with the sex organs of both sexes.


    Psychologically, it has much to do with desires and impulses brought over from the earlier states of personal unfoldment.  Certain of the red vibrations act upon the subconscious mind to arouse primary instincts of desire-nature.  The physical power also inspires the more heroic qualities such as courage, love, adventure, enthusiasm, and the pioneer spirit.  It represents the pulsation of blood, and animal life.


    As the color of the blood, it is sometimes connotated with brave and heroic deeds in battle, or with sublimation.  Such surging and tearing passions as love, hatred, courage or revenge are intensified by this ray, and an overbalance of red rouses temper, harshness and a streak of cruelty, of a tendency to allow animal passions and desires to rule the judgment, or to manifest obstinacy and inconsideration.  A deficiency in this ray may manifest the opposite tendencies.


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Red in healing:


    The red cosmic ray is found at the thermal, or heat end of the spectrum.  Thus its nature is warming and stimulating.  In using healing colors, red stimulates both the adrenals and arterial blood, and exercises much influence on the health and vitality of the body.  Red rays cause reaction to occur, resulting in the release of adrenaline into the bloodstream.


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    Red light increases the amount of hemoglobin in the blood, and improves circulation by raising body temperature.  It is a natural antidote to blue-cold conditions which it counteracts.  Foods that help the red ray are red fruits and vegetables, and iron-rich foods.  There is an inorganic iron inside the body which is activated through the Mars center.


    Red is an exciting color, stimulating and uplifting to the mental and nervous system.  The red ray applies in cases of blood disorders, impaired vitality, depletion, defective circulation, depression, fear and worry.  It stimulates the liver, and the various senses, particularly the sense of sight.


    This color factor, in the physical vehicle, relates to the vibration responsible for breaking down cell structure, as does each move or muscular activity.


    Red is the warmest color, a strong stimulant.  It is a color which, used in room decoration seems to appear closer than it really is.  Rooms decorated with soft red tones are more stimulating to brain workers than those furnished predominantly in cold blue.  However, caution is advised not to overuse red, for too much of it is disturbing and overtaxing, tending to make one irritable or nervous.  A small dash of red can give an energizing uplift.  Properly used it increases vigor….seeing red, call to action, banner of life and freedom, excitement….


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    The red vibration affects the head above the brows, the eyes, and the brain as source of motor impulses affecting the muscular activity of the body; but has little effect on intellectual centers of the brain.


    It is a powerful healing agent in matters having to do with blood and circulation, and greatly relieves debility or depression.


    Where red is seen in the aura, it reveals such qualities as ambition, leadership, sociability or generosity.  The fulfillment of its influence (The Red Ray) is seen in men of action, or courage and optimism.


    They are likely to have strong love natures, more on the physical level, or the plane of the senses and emotions, less responsive to the mind and reasoning faculties.


    Persons who strongly manifest this ray dislike being dictated to, and excel where they can lead or supervise.  They have power to do things, or to move others.  They are prominent in movements of a pioneer nature, because this force is forward-looking, but destructive to systems of limitation, or to false knowledge.


    Varying shades indicate different qualities, bright clear tones being preferable to murky ones.  Clear, bright scarlet denotes generosity, ambition, and affection.  Sometimes lust.  Dark rich tones are more prominent in those of close selfish nature.

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    Heavy shades usually are preferred by domineering, arrogant persons of sensual nature.  Dark red indicates deep passions, of whatever kind.


    Dark, cloudy red shows cruelty.  Crimson may indicate lower passions and desires; yet crimson is also called a ray of life and love.  Reddish-brown shows sensual, voluptuous nature.  The best shade to cultivate is rose-red, the symbol of Universal Love.  In using color rays, vermilion or scarlet are inspiring and stimulating, physically.       


General additional notes on red color:


    Red is the first visible color in the spectrum with wave length of one 37,000th of an inch.  Thus it becomes the grossest of all colors.  Under the red vibration we find many destructive forces such as war, sensual red-light districts, anger or fear.  A man can never be made to fight until he “sees red.”  It is a color both irritating and aggressive.


    Selling is found easier with the use of red vibrations.  High pressure salesmanship is predominantly red.  Products for sale sell faster and easier on red shelves or with red in back of them.


    Man evolves from lower red through the succeeding colors to the highest color of violet in the visible field.  Red is the warmest of all colors.  Red flannel underwear is much warmer than the same weight of white or other shades of color.  Red increases circulation and warmth.  It looks warm, and is much used in cold weather to provide a cheering note. People sometimes use red to lift morale – the red hot technique, or to attract attention.


    Red can be worn when it is desired to warm any part of the body, and for cold feet red tissue paper placed inside the stockings will have a more warming effect than the coarser heat of a hot water bottle or flat-iron.


    In nature, heat associates itself with red.  Fire is red; so are capsicum, cloves, musk, balsam of Peru and other plants used as drugs for warming, their tints varying from bright red to dark brown.


    Red and orange lights increase plant growth.


    Neon red is affecting the eyes of the public.  Excitable, emotional people should avoid it.  From a psychological standpoint, nearly everyone is warmed by visualizing the color red, but coming constantly in contact with it is somewhat irritating.


    Red indicates the glow of health or glow of fever.  In disease, heat is expressed by redness as in inflammation and fevers.  In the emotions people turn red with passion, embarrassment or anger.



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    In red color there is a connotation of the primitive, or of basic beginnings, such as the Hebrew Adamah, red color of ground.  (Adam means “red earth”).  The red man first dwelt in America .  Man evolves from lower red through the succeeding colors to the highest violet in the color scale.


    Red Ray therapy is life giving, stimulating.  It opens the day at sunrise and closes it at sunset.


    Red is used in vestments of the church to signify the Holy Spirit, or the love of God – sometimes also martyrdom.




    In drugs or chemicals exactly the same law of force as manifested in the colors of sunlight rules.  Such red substances as capsicum (cayenne pepper), red cedar, bromine, the oxide of iron, which are generally bright red, ether (C4H6O) and alcohol (C2H6O) in which the ruling element hydrogen is bright red in the spectroscope, ammonia and potassa, the spectra of both of which are predominantly red, etc. are spoken of by our medical authorities as being “rubefacient,” “arterial stimulants,” “raising the pulse,” etc.





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Red - Part Two

The Healing Power of Red


(The suggested remedies should be further tested before prescribing.)


  Red has an elementary affect upon the physical body, energizing, heating and vitalizing it, promoting circulation of the arterial blood.  It has a releasing and expanding principle overcoming inertia and contraction, and helps to stimulate vital and metabolic functions animating the skin and glands.


    Diseases benefited by red color treatments include anemia, blood ailments, lassitude, colds, paralysis, consumption and often melancholy conditions.  Red is not to be used with individuals who are excitable, emotional or nervous, but it should be used where there is a lack of vitality in the system, where emaciation is noticeable, where the hands and face assume a blue cast in winter or cold weather, where there is a deficient nutrition, a dormant condition, cold inflammations or paralysis.


    Red stimulates and increases the action of the warm red principle in the body, the arterial blood, and quickens the heart action.  It acts as the harmonizing affinitive element of the cold blue principle that causes blueness of veins, pale countenance and so on.  The red ray insulates against cold, and increases blood pressure.  It helps stop dizziness, and stimulates bowel action.


    Drugs which are red or reddish produce stimulating effects, such as balsam of Peru, Capsicum, Cloves, Bromine, Iron, Red Cedar, Musk.


    Oxygen develops the red principle of the blood.  Red glass and red rooms excite and cheer.  *used on the feet, red rays improve nerve function.  Red light, like red drugs, is the warming element of sunlight.  It is stimulating both to the blood and to the nerves, especially when some yellow light is also used.


    The tone of red which is to be used in healing work is a rich deep geranium or vermilion with a slight wash of carmine.  It is often called signal red and is the hue which has the strongest thermal properties and the longest wave lengths of the visible spectrum.


    Red has been beneficially used in cases of neuralgia, rheumatic conditions, and deep-seated congestions of internal organs, the warmth probably producing the relief, rather than the wave length of the color.  Use to correct enervation, bronchitis, bronchial asthma, pneumonia, and any condition in which stimulation and a counter-irritant is called for.


    Tuberculosis patients are benefited and made to feel energized under red light, but depressed and enervated under blue and other colors.


    Red is helpful in eruptive fevers in bringing the eruptions to the surface.  It brings fresh blood to the parts upon which it is focused and clears congestions.  It has been used for the treatment of small-pox, shortening the course of the disease and preventing pock marks.  Thus it can prove beneficial in eruptive fevers, smallpox, scarlet fever and measles, relieving the congestion of vital organs.


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    Red radiates heat and stimulates and tones up the nervous system.  A person who is neurasthenic and generally run down will be quickly brightened by being put in red surroundings.  But here care must be exercised not to over-stimulate, and the red should be changed as soon as recovery takes place.


    Red controls the subtle center at the base of the spine, the coccygeal chakra, which controls the ductless gland which releases adrenaline.  Red light stimulates this center and causes the hemoglobin corpuscles to multiply in the blood, raising the body’s temperature and liberating energy and dispersing mucous-forming diseases.  Use caution here.


    Red is radiated from 6 metals: iron, zinc, copper, rubidium, titanium and bismuth; from potassium, ferric oxide, ferrous tri-oxide, ammonium carbonate, bromine, slaked lime, hydrogen and various alkalines.  Glass used for red color treatments should contain some of the above materials.


    Foods containing red are beets, (root and tops), radishes, red cabbage, watercress, spinach, eggplant, most red skinned fruits, black cherries and red berries.  Correct diet is of great importance in color healing, partaking of the foods with the analogous coloring.  Select the many red foods in the vegetable and fruit sources instead of animal sources.  The fruit and vegetables build while the animal sources produce toxic conditions.


    The red treatment by colored light should be augmented by using these foods in the diet and taking red solarized water between meals.


    In the form of food the red principle is strikingly represented by red or cayenne pepper.  It is said to be a blood builder which increases the circulation and warms the entire body; it helps to clean out mucus and waste from the body.  Use it in soups, salads and various drinks such as tomato juice and lemonade.  It supplies extra energy and pep.  But use very  sparingly, lest it irritate the stomach.


    People who benefit most from red treatments are the anemic and subdued type of neurotic.  Red haired persons, those who are full-blooded or who drink too much alcoholic liquids become overly irritated under red light.


    Red is stimulating mentally and benefits melancholia.  Extreme debility will be lessened by short treatments.  But in most conditions red is to be avoided.


When the Red is Inadvisable


    In a naturally inflammatory condition of the system, florid countenance, red hair, feverish and excitable temperament, red would be injurious.  In an insane asylum patients placed in a red room became much worse; when put in blue surroundings they became quieter.   


    If red light is employed too much or too often it may produce dangerous fevers.  It should seldom be employed without other rays, and only in extreme cases where immediate action is necessary.  The danger can be obviated by using the red light only a few minutes at a time, then using the blue glass, or placing a wet bandage over the head.  It is generally better to have blue glass over the head and red glass over the rest of the body.


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    Red is the warmest color but is also irritating and seldom used except as a local application.  When modified to pink it can be used instead of orange on an emotional patient.  It is irritating to the eyes and increases any inflammatory condition.


    Red rays excite the cerebro-spinal and sympathetic nerve systems and in time overheat and irritate them.  They should not be used on the head, nor in feverish or inflammatory conditions, in neuritis or nervous excitement.   Nor are they to be used in treating stout, full-blooded persons nor those with red hair or ruddy complexion.


Successful Results of using Red Light Treatment


    Following are some effects produced by the use of red light in illnesses, as testified to by E.D. Babbitt,  M.D.     


    (1) A boy of 8 attacked by paraplegia and almost completely paralyzed was covered with a white sheet, and given strong red baths of one to two hours.  In 3 weeks he walked firmly and entirely recovered in 2 months.


    (2) Consumption in the 3rd stage, both lungs involved, in a woman of 35, was relieved by red baths in about 2 weeks; in 10 weeks she had entirely recovered.


  (3)  Nervous prostration and complete exhaustion suffered by a man of 45 was remarkably helped by the first red ray bath which acted as a tonic upon both mind and body.  Small doses were given at first and increased gradually.  In 3 weeks he was completely recovered, continuing to attend to his business throughout that time.


    (4)  A woman of 45, delicate from birth, completely overcome by any exertion, became bedfast during change of life.  The blue and red light treatment was applied, alternated according to variations in her condition.  She recovered rapidly and remained in better health than ever before.


    Red treatment as:


    Sensory Stimulant – An agent that increases the activity of the sensory nervous system, energizing the senses of vision, smell, taste, hearing, touch.


    Liver Energizer – An agent that activates the liver.


    Irritant – An agent that irritates.


    Vesicant – an agent that blisters.


    Pustulant – An agent that suppurates.


    Rubefacient – An agent that reddens the skin.


    Caustic – An agent that burns or corrodes.


    Hemoglobin Builder – An agent that builds the coloring matter of the red blood corpuscles in the liver.


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Variants or other shades of Red as used in Treatment:


Ruby (rubio):


    It is difficult to secure the proper glass for ruby and two glass may have to be used, manganese violet and copper ruby superimposed.  Ruby should contain neither yellow nor violet.  Gelatin stained with a dye such as rhodamine B is good but liable to fade in long exposure to direct sun rays.


    Ruby stimulates vitality and the flow of the life stream, acting as a general tonic without any particular effect on the nervous system.  It increases resistance and stimulates metabolic action and the formation of hemoglobin.  Stomach, pancreas, liver, and kidneys and spleen are activated by ruby, as in pigmentation, hair, nails and skin.  It increases the circulation especially of the venous blood but does not raise the temperature much.  Like violet it destroys bacteria and parasites.


    Though ruby is gentle in its action, it is not suitable for feverish or excited conditions, or plethoric patients.  But it is an excellent tonic for those who are depleted, suffering from anemia or tuberculosis.  It relieves gastric troubles.  For cancer it should be alternated with short exposures of green to produce a vital rhythm.


Ruby used for charging water:

    Rubio, like ambero, contains an exquisite element of iron as well as other enkindling substances and, of course, is animating to the blood.  It is good for a very dormant inactive stomach; but in case of irritation purpuro (purple) is better, or ceruleo (blue) if the irritation is great.  As a wash it is good for rousing the skin when inactive.


    Ruby color is indicated in all cases of tuberculosis and in the anemias, provided they are not caused by syphilis.  If in doubt as to color to use in treating disease, use ruby.  It covers the greatest field owing to its penetration and stimulation, (according to Dr. White).




    Scarlet is a heart and arterial stimulant.  It speeds the heart action and raises the blood pressure, thus increasing circulation.  It stimulates the kidneys and adrenal glands.  This gives immediate relief to asthma and sinus sufferers.  It depresses over-activity of the veins.  Scarlet increases discharges and relieves menstrual pains; it stimulates emotions and sex desires.  Scarlet may be used wherever lemon is indicated to give relief from congestions and crystallized deposits such as lumbago, arthritis and similar disorders.  The scarlet and lemon color may be interchanged for some purposes.


    Arterial Stimulant – An agent that increases the functional activity of the arteries.


    Renal Energizer – an agent that increases the functional activity of the kidneys.

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    Genital Excitant – An agent that stirs the functional activity of the organs of generation.


    Aphrodisias or Sex Builder in Subnormal – An agent that arouses sex desires, and builds the sex powers by enhancing sensitivity.


    Emmenagogue – An agent that stimulates the ovarian elimination or menstruation.


    Vasoconstrictor – An agent that causes contraction of the blood vessels, raising the blood pressure.


Exbolic – An agent that causes or accelerates expulsion of a fetus or unborn baby.


* page 1 is a direct statement of Father Paul  


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