We define ourselves and the world by means of light, darkness and colors.
For generations, we have developed a heritage that tells us that the light and the colors are something objective – something that is separate from ourselves and therefore usually not very relevant to our experience of ourselves as people. Science describes it along with other distant subjects that have no meaning for the close everyday life.
Darkness is viewed as the absence of light. The darkness will be seen as a kind of nothing. Some of us experience the darkness as hazardous. Evil.
Both in tantra and yoga describes man as a Rainbow Bridge between the bright soil (illuminated by the sun) and the dark skies.
Earth -generating light energy expresses itself in the ascending red, orange and yellow hues. Celestial dark energy meets us as blue and violet colors. Where they meet in the heart arises the experience of shades of green.
Nature’s predominant color is green. In ancient times the Indus Valley, life on earth, the life of which we are a part, was described as the result of the love affair between Mother Earth and Father Sky. Shakti and Shiva. Light and darkness meet and start creative processes. As people we navigate in these scenarios by means of light, darkness and colors.
My own experience of the phenomenon of colors has been influenced by Goethe’s Theory of Colours.
Goethe was born in Frankfurt in 1749. Although he lived about 1800 years (died 1829), he was in many ways a Renaissance man. He was an artist, scientist and philosopher.
One of his areas of interest were the colors in us and about us. Unlike Sir Isaac Newton, who lived at the same time, Goethe considered it impossible to separate the observer from the observed.
Newton developed a theory of color and light which was faithful to the scientific dogma that says that man and his senses should be kept out of the recital when developing knowledge of the world.
The interresting thing about Goethe was and still is to this day that he considered the observing human being as an inseparable part of the observed.
He described the whole process of experience colors as the sentient, feeling and thinking man’s dialogue with nature and the universe.
It is the view, thst makes Goethe so interesting for people who want to develop a deeper knowledge of themselves and their role in the world through meditation.
Something that we do not quite know what is, called consciousness, experiences the world within and without. We find our ways in the world and in our inner life by using colors.
Goethe describes the colors as phenomena that occur in the encounter between light and darkness.
Artist Henrik Boëtius and the two filmmakers Marie Louise Lauridsen and Marie Louise Lefevre made a 1998 delectable and meditative film about the Theory of Colours.
The film is available unfortunately only as VHS, but I have found a version of it on YouTube.
… And when all is said – in fact, no one really understand or are able to explain light, darkness and colors.
But we can experience it and get a lot of pleasure by paying heed to these strange phenomena. Both artistic and meditative as self-healing tools.