10 - The Psychology Of Colours

TALKS By NAMGYAL RINPOCHE

Toronto 1971
Rab Wilkie (Editor)
Kennedy Long (Scribe)


03Feb71 (Evening)
Theosophical Society

(Text: The Luscher Colour Test - Max Luscher)

After the introverted phase of childhood, a child begins to get interested in the world around him and moves towards extroversion. The child begins to pick reds, yellows, and shiny colours. Blues come later. A healthy adult tends to choose primary colours - blue, red, yellow. These are three of the first four colours in the Luscher colour test. If one is already tranquil (blue), a more exciting colour like yellow or red is chosen.

[Red: energetic focus, passion, or anger; Yellow: health, spontaneity, exploration, or scatter].

In Zen, black has the meaning of 'imperial will', [although in the Luscher test it means an absolute walling off or rigid defense]. Black relates to imperatives, desperation, crisis.

Green relates to the natural environment, safety, adaptation, security, healing. Green has a mostly 'negative' [ionic?] field-force.

Rose to violet, or purple, is the colour of idealism. Young adolescents tend to pick it. Purple is the idealised union of male & female.

As a note of the Aquarian Age, relationships are tending to become more idealised. If you are in communion with a being and touching their aura, the body will drain or take what energy it needs. Women, even unconsciously, can be very healing. Just their presence alone. But also men, if they are 'dwelling in their own being'. Growing into love means a SHARING of energies and experiences. If a relationship is easy, this may come from a number of previous lifetimes together, and makes it easier to unfold together into a true communion on ALL levels - the ideal. The zodiacal colours [of the rainbow] are what they need.

Blue-green: transition, adaptability. Green-yellow: a looser adaptability.
Brown: stability and physical ease.

Grey: a defensive wall (and in meditation, the neutralisation and transcendence of karma). In the Luscher test, any colour after grey is walled off, suppressed. The being doesn't want to know about it.

Gold is an idealised yellow. Pastel hues, especially in meditation, generally means that purification is taking place, bringing more light and clarity.

Healing in the future will be conscious, involving the discovery and correction of deficiencies.

Do not forget than power is necessary both to loosen and bind, and that you need security to unfold.

White: innocence. What you wear is often not what you are but what you'd like to be. White is perhaps critical, picky; obsessional about clarity, cleanliness, perhaps unity, sustenance, milk - the idealised breast. This can be especially true for the combination of yellow & white. (Virgo seeks to be free from admixture or stain, and in free flow). In the East, white is associated with death, (but at the socially conditioned rational, cortical level of association. Not at the real physiological level).

The colours on flags may indicate the temperament of a country's people, their desires, and so forth.

Natural colours and textures unfold the collective unconscious best. Day-glo, psychedelic, or artificially garish colours are a very rough approximation of transparent or translucent objects with light coming through - [stained glass] rose windows, gems, etc. Avoid chemical paints from a laboratory and use natural earth pigments and vegetable dyes; meditate on light through crystals. The overall effect of paints, however, are partly due to the motivation of the makers. Art has to do with harmony. The consciousness involved determines the nature and success of the [art]work.

Unhappiness (at death) is caused by clinging. You might, for example, hate another person for depriving you or shaking you up. There might also be guilt, then you eventually absorb (eat) and become whomever you dislike. You Incorporate them. As a result, they cannot escape from your use of them.

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