ElectroMagnetic Color

Four thousand years ago, the Egyptians built healing temples of light. Bathing a patient in specific colors of light produced different effects. Today we know that a blindfolded person will experience physiological reactions under different colored rays. In other words, the skin sees in technicolor.

This fact was confirmed by the noted neuropsychologist, Kurt Goldstein. In his modern classic, The Organism, he notes that stimulation of the skin by different colors leads to different effects. He states, "it is probably not a false statement to say that a specific color stimulation is accompanied by a specific response pattern of the entire organism."

In order to understand this, we must begin with the fact that color is a form of visible light. It is electromagnetic energy. The graph below shows where color is positioned in the range of radiant energy.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Wavelength
in meters
NameUses
10-15
(size of a nucleus)
10-11
Gamma RaysCancer Treatment
10-10
(size of an atom)
X-RaysMaterials testing
Medical x-rays
10-8UltravioletGermicidal, "black light", suntan
10-6
(diameter of a bacteria)
Optics
10-5   -   10-3InfraredHuman body radiation
10-2
(size of a mouse)
MicrowaveMicrowave ovens, atomic clocks
10 0
(one meter, the size of a man)
.
Radar, Television, F.M. Radio, International Short-wave
10 3
(size of a village)
Radio frequency (RF)A.M. Radio
10 6
(distance from Washington D.C. to Chicago)
Audio frequencyLong-wave broadcast
10 8
(distance to the moon)
.
Brain waves


Visible Color Spectrum

Note: Ultraviolet and infrared are are not visible colors.
They are given as a point of reference.

ColorWavelength mµ
(billionths of a meter)
Explanation
Ultraviolet380-280The smaller the wavelength, the smaller the structures with which they interact and the more powerful the energy. Gamma rays (the size of a nucleus) are more powerful than A.M. radio waves (the size of a village) Violet at 400 mµ is stronger than red at 700 mµ.

mµ =nanometers

Violet430-390
Indigo450-440
Blue480-460
Green530-490
Yellow580-550
Orange640-590
Red750-650
Infrared1000-750

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