|THE INFLUENCE OF COLOR|
Extensive psychophysiological research allows us to specify the arousing, relaxing, awareness sharpening, or pacifying effects of various colors. Fields of medicine such as syntonic optometry have been deepening our understanding of the therapeutic use of light and color.
Light action through the eyes
On the brain’s visual cortex: specialized color processing centers in the brain are stimulated through the optical nerve, allowing us to perceive and feel colors. Since sight constitutes such a large proportion of our mental activity, this is the most obvious influence of light.
On our hormonal system: a direct link between the eyes and the brain centers controlling our hormonal balance has been suspected for many decades. This link, distinct from the optical nerve, is now well established and has been called the “energy pathway” of the visual system. As recently as in 2002, previously unknown color-sensing receptors have been discovered in the eye’s retina (named ipRGC’s or ‘intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells’), through which light regulates our body’s inner rhythms in ways that are still being explored.
On the blood: the transparent blood capillary vessels densely layering the eye’s retina are irrigated by a tremendous amount of blood: the body’s entire blood supply flows through the retina every two hours. Our blood is therefore directly exposed to the colors we are looking at, which can act as catalysts in various biological processes.
Light action through the skin
Light penetrates deep into our body tissues, where it interacts with our blood and cells. While most light interaction occurs within the first few centimeters below the epidermis, a minute amount of light photons reach throughout the whole body. Recent discoveries have shown that living cells actually emit and exchange light photons, and that these “biophotons” may play a vital role in biophysical processes.
The brain and pure color
CAT-SCAN studies have shown that most of the interpretative visual centers of the brain, normally activated by the shapes or images we view, are quieted when the eyes are viewing pure colored patterns. This suggests that the experience of color is a sensation complete in itself, not requiring subsequent analysis or interpretation by the brain, and therefore permitting most cognitive brain centers to rest.
The Sensora exploits this phenomenon by presenting an harmonious, exquisite sensory experience which captures the attention and awareness, while allowing the rest of the brain and body to rest and relax. Such a combination (attention & resting mind) is conducive to natural, spontaneous meditation.
Some of the known properties of colors
The Sensora® produces an environment of exquisitely pure colors which can cover most of the rainbow's spectrum. Each Sensora Session uses a certain range of colors, specifically adapted to its purpose.
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