My mom liked yellow. Bright sunshine-y yellow. She used it in her artist’s pallette, she decorated her home with it. Our kitchen growing up–bright yellow. Yellow curtains, yellow walls, yellow touches. Warm. Welcoming. Love. I like yellow, too. 🙂 She also liked rose color, and had in reality a pair of “rose colored glasses.”
When you think of happy, what color is it? I like red. Bright, vibrant, jewel tone red. That’s excited and happy.
One of the things you learn in NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, is that you can create more of what you want in your life and less of what you don’t want in your life by simply adjusting the representations of the world in your own mind. Sounds easy. (It is.) Sounds simplistic. (It is.) But, guess what…it’s amazingly powerful and it works to make permanent and positive shifts in your life. One of those possible adjustments in submodalities (as they’re called) of your internal representations is color.
When you identify a color that when you consider it, makes you feel happy, take that color and use it. Use it like a wash of watercolor paint and splash it, overlay it on your internal visual of any situation that needs more happy in it. If you have an internal picture which feels negative when you think of it, and the visual is dark, gloomy, full of rain clouds, pour in the sunshine. If yellow is your happy color, fill the picture with a golden glow. Imagine the light shifting in that image. The quality of the light shifting. The color shifting. Your feelings shift as well.
Here’s another experiment! 🙂 If a problem is bright and vivid, take the color out of it. Nullify it. Take a tension headache. Imagine a color for it. Change the color. Lessen its intensity. Drain the color out of it. Make it turn into opaque, crystalline, clear, fading, fading the color. The discomfort fades, too. Now, of course, I have to lay out a disclaimer. I’m not medical and headaches may indicate a medical issue which may require medical treatment–see your doctor for headaches, especially if it’s unexplained, recurring or sustained. But for a run of the mine head discomfort (I get that with caffeine withdrawal), play with the color experiment.
NLP is really amazing, and my clients are often amazed as well. Their conscious minds are trying like mad to understand how it is that they feel so dramatically different (and better) so suddenly. Improving confidence, reducing fear, reducing stress, removing cravings for nicotine and sugar and so on. “How can it be so easy?” It just is. NLP has been called “hypnosis on steroids.” Yes, it is.
If you want a taste of that, and help to add some new color to your life, call me. It’s not just a new color, it’s new sound, feeling, taste, smell, and pictures. It’s a new creation–called your life how you want it. Better than Burger King’s “have it your way.” You can, you know, have it your way. Your life, that is.
PS: That beautiful watercolor artwork there was painted by my mother, artist Francine Porad. 🙂