Color Therapy

by Cynthia Bischoff on September 10, 2017

Many of us are affected by the colors around us—either positively or negatively. The eyes are the sense organs that allow color to enter the body, yet methods of chromotherapy (color therapy), a form of energy therapy used in different cultures, is based on the idea that color enters the body through the eyes as well as the skin. It is believed that light and color affect our environment and also our bodies.

The science behind color therapy is that the universe is a magnetic field full of positive and negative charges of vibration. Each color’s vibrational wavelength is different and has varying therapeutic values that affect our organs. Different colors can relax and also stimulate a person’s body, mind, and spirit. Here are a few examples of effects of color:

  • Yellow: energizing and uplifting; encourages positive feelings and calms tension;
  • Red: stimulating and strengthening for the body;
  • Purple: balancing for mental and nervous imbalances; spiritual association;
  • Blue: calming and cool, inspires inner peace; gives a sense of security;
  • Green: harmonizing; the color of nature that connects us to the Earth.

In color therapy, it is believed that when colors enter the body as light, they have an effect on the overall health and well-being of our chakras, organs, and meridians. Find ways to incorporate color therapy into your wardrobe, home and/or work decor, and change the way you feel!

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Your Own Worst Enemy

by Cynthia Bischoff on August 20, 2017

A client once exclaimed, “I am my own worst enemy” and asked what she could do to build her self-esteem.

Based on what I heard in her question, she had a tendency to put herself down or not feel that she was as good as someone else. This is often a self-defeating behavior that truly becomes a way of living.

If you, too, feel this way, first, it might help to look at why you might be your own worst enemy. Certainly, you could go back into your past and perhaps come up with reasons from your childhood as to why you developed this tendency. Some reasons for perpetuating this type of behavior are as follows:

  • fear of not being good enough;
  • tendency to idealize others;
  • tendency to use the self put-down as a way to underachieve and not have expectations for yourself or accept others’ expectations for you;
  • pessimistic and cynical outlook in general;
  • tendency towards self-blame;
  • protection against other people’s jealousy or envy attacks.

The real question is “How can you become your own advocate?” This may call for an entire shift in your consciousness about life and how you participate in it.

For example, what if life is an opportunity to discover what you have to offer the world and what the world has to offer you? What if you are here to discover your true self? Part of this process will involve other people mirroring back to you your strengths and your challenges. When someone compliments you, consider that they may be right about you, no matter how hard it is to accept. Remember that they don’t suffer from the biases you hold about yourself.

You may also be acting in a self-defeating way in order to protect yourself against the jealousy and envy of others. This comes from an attitude that there are not enough good things in life for everyone. For example, if someone puts you down, you may agree that you really aren’t good as a way to keep the person from further attacking.

When you catch yourself putting yourself down, shift your thinking immediately to something about yourself that is positive. Keep a gratitude journal, even if you simply list 3 things each day that you are grateful for about yourself and your life. Write down the compliments that you receive. Remember that there are enough good things in life for everyone!

Participate in consciousness-raising groups or individual work that will help you to re-frame how you treat yourself. You can’t really rid yourself of negative thinking without trying out some positive behaviors and shifting the way you hold things to be.

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Heartliving Body-Mind Seminar

August 6, 2017

Spots are quickly filling up for “Healing Wisdom: Understanding the Body-Mind Connection”, Heartliving’s August seminar taught by Dr. Cynthia Bischoff, sponsored by Deepak Talreja, MD, of Cardiovascular Associates! Don’t miss this powerful evening of learning and insight designed to deepen your understanding of: Integrative views of healing; Human energy fields and centers; Intuitive meanings of […]

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Abundance

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“Prosperity is a part of the natural process of life…. Countless men and women have … moved beyond the illusion of scarcity into the reality of unlimited wealth.” –John Randolph Price Abundance has been said to mean different things to different people, but it is generally defined by a person’s ideas about what he or […]

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