Our life is intimately linked to the lives of the plants. We exist thanks to their industry, their ability to transform carbon dioxide into oxygen and... vice versa. In the same way, every day, we human beings, help us mutually by doing our best to also transform our poisons in foods. And these poisons are much more than that because they are also our opportunity to grow and see our world in a different way.
Our human life therefore depends on our life as an alchemist, like the life of a plant depends on her breathing. Our two breaths are very similar. By approaching the mechanism of the plant, we can see, to a certain extent, we are also in search for light and... colors.In order to understand this parallel and the strong links that unite us to the colours, we have to understand the story of the light, its mechanism, strength and several other... things!
Almost everything takes its source in the light. The light arrives in tiny particles called photons. It strikes a material surface that reflects light and so we perceive the color, material color.
>> In the world of the light-colors, we measure the vibration of the colors by their wavelength in nanometers. Our eye perceives the band ranging from about 380nm to 780nm.
It represents our spectrum, from the smallest to the largest wavelength, it takes place in the following manner: violet-indigo-blue-green-yellow-orange-red. These spectral colors are seven. The energy that carries our "colourful" photons is inversely proportional to their wavelengths. For example, this means the energy of a "blue" photon is higher than those of a "red" photon.
>> The world of material colors exist only through light: in fact, when light strikes a material surface, it reflects light and therefore the surface reflects the different light-colours according to their wavelength. The struck object uses filters or pigments to subtract red, green and blue components (which are the primary colours-lights) of white light. Pigments act therefore as subtractive filters. They can absorb certain colors and not others. For example, the red pigment will absorb all light-colours except for the red wavelength, and so the subject will appear to us red. However, in the world of material-colours, the indigo is considered not well defined and there are only six colors. And so, the primary colors in the material world are magenta red, cyan blue and yellow.
>> In light, we have the following equations:
1 red + 1 green + 1 blue = white
1 red + 1 green = yellow
1 red + 1 blue = magenta red
1 blue + 1 green = cyan blue
(the red is located around 700nm, the green around 546nm and the blue around 435nm)
>> In the material world, there are different equations. Knowing that yellow is the color that contains neither red nor blue, red is the color that contains neither yellow nor blue and blue is the color that contains neither yellow nor red then:
yellow + red + blue = black.
In fact, the material-yellow is a close cadmium yellow, material-red is a magenta that is closer to a pinkish purple and material-cyan blue is close to the ultramarine blue.Then the secondary material-colours are orange-red, green, and blue-violet. The world of material-colours is a world where we feel more "comfortable" in the understanding of the colors but it is also a world of illusions. Because our eye, by absorbing or not certain colors with our cellular pigments, gives us only colored sensations that we all enjoy very much but they are still... "illusions".
The parallel that can be done between the breathing of our plants, our trees and our flowers and the human breathing involves not only the oxygen, but also... the colors.
>> Our plant receives light, then breathes carbon dioxide and gives us oxygen. It is the photosynthesis, the oldest way of life on Earth, the most important, the more mysterious also.
Think that simply from the light, an organism can grow, multiply and also allow us to live, is extraordinary. And think that this organism is doing all this by the intervention of "simple" pigments, it is magic! And yes, we have understood that the pigments are absorbing certain wavelengths better than others and there is quantity of pigments in the plant world! From the chlorophyll (Green yellow) to the carotenoids (yellow, orange, pink, red), through the phycobilines (in red and blue-green algae), flavonols (colourless), the flavonoids (yellow-orange, purple, red, blue), the anthocyanins (blue and purple)...
>> Most plants are green and this green comes from the chlorophyll pigment, it absorbs very well the violet-blue and orange-red but not the greens and yellows, it reflects them. In addition, chlorophyll mask orange and red pigments that appear when it became less active, leaving the space to other pigments (and this is the Indian summer... in autumn).
It is not a coincidence that green is the color of the heart chakra, the chakra of unconditional love, of healing by touch, dance, unity, peace, and its element is air... With the chlorophyll, the plant therefore transforms light blue and red components in chemical energy, allowing it to grow, create flowers, fruit, bark, roots, etc..
The plant feeds itself with blue and red, grew up all green and produced fruits, flowers of all shades of blue, red, orange, etc.... This is a wonderful process and it looks like us. Still a little patience!
When we study the science of chakras, of our seven major energy centers, we find that our root chakra (red) may request an energy less dense than our throat chakra (blue). We know how much it can be challenging to express what we feel and communicate without fear.
>> The chakras are conductors that filter the energies from the sky and the earth so that they can join, combine harmoniously together.
And this is also what a plant is making! She combines the energy of the Earth (the material) with the energy of the sky (light) to be born and grow up. The convergence of the terrestrial and cosmic energy fields also build our chakras.The chakras are merely a system of filters that purifies our energy and converts it into more refined vibration. We do not perceive the chakras as easily as the light or the material, yet, their subtle energies are well present: only by observing the attitude, the emotions, the body language of the people around us. This invisible subtle energy is the vital force, the prana.
The chakras have lots of affinities with the colors and resonate deeply with musical notes*.
They are present in the energy body called etheric body, which is the nearest energy layer of the physical body.
>> Like the plants, we absorb the colours and process them. In this way we can transform our fears by the presence of the energy of love. We can change what suffocates us into higher vibrations only by the action of our heart, our peace, our pigment energy.. .our green.
Our fears have colors. For example, fear to be dismissed from his family is red (the root chakra) fear, fear to speak and express ourselves is a blue fear (throat chakra), the fear of losing his power during certain events or with people is a yellow fear. And in energy-color, to balance a yellow fear, it is important to work the colors-lights with wavelengths around yellow (orange and green lights) and thus strengthen the heart chakra and the sacred chakra (i.e. the presence of love and air as well as the presence of welfare and water).
>> Here is a perfect alchemy, the alchemy of the color with the light:
- first find where do come from our fear,
- then feel the color of its energy
and finally focus on colors-energy preceding it and succeeding on the light spectrum... what a fascinating journey, isn't it?
If you have read until now, you have survived to the introduction of the difficult concepts of photosynthesis, light spectrum, additive synthesis, and chakras! And that means also that you may want to learn more!
Then, for my part, during the last weeks, I worked on a blue fear. It was the intention of my last monthly secret painting: shifting the negative energies into positive energies! How did I do this? **
This is how:
I surrounded myself with violet and green light... (on the spectral band, purple and green are around the blue).
In other words, I have learned to stimulate the heart and the third eye chakra.For this, I listened more my intuition, developed my knowledges, breathed of camphor and rose, contemplate and meditate a little, listened to contemporary classical music, walked, tried to let love be the center of my life, sought the green... in the snow..., and then I dreamed to ultraviolet radiation, I thought of the eight million of nuances that the human eye can perceive, of the 160 000 flowers needed for a single kilo of Saffron and... I prayed.
May this new year brings you the harmony of your colors at any time and in all circumstances, may your colors radiate peacefully in all worlds, and may the magic of Alchemy be with you every day!
* This is not a coincidence if my creations are closely connected to the sounds.
** I develop workshops on the Alchemy of colors, welcome!
Here is Healing a Blue fear / Guérir une Peur Bleue, last painting of the year 2011 in the serie Secret Draw.