What color is happiness? Ever felt a strong connection to colors that can change how you feel in an instant? Austin-based Resonance Repatterning Practitioner, Mary Schneider shares insight on how color can enhance the world around us


Substantial research shows that color matters, indeed plays a pivotal role in our visual experiences and lives. In fact, color addresses one of our basic neurological needs for stimulation, and engages participation, where it may draw us in or repel us. As an integral part of our life, it is used to both soothe and alert, yet many of us are unaware of the part that color plays in the healing process.

Using light as a healing modality has become an integral part of my practice. As I studied the different healing systems used in Resonance Repatterning, I’ve devoted time learning Chinese Five Element Acupuncture. And, you guessed it, color is a major component of this, and one of the most elegant healing systems I know.

Have you ever felt worry in your stomach, or laughter in your heart? According to the Five Element system, organs truly hold different emotions. Anger is the emotion of the Liver Meridian when it is imbalanced. The Liver Meridian is part of the Wood Element along with the Gall Bladder Meridian. The Wood Element is about anger, resentment, being stuck and unable to achieve what it is we want for ourselves. When the Wood Element is balanced, we have hope and we make positive decisions and good choices that lead us to where we want to go in life.

The color that heals the Wood Element is green. The color that heals the Fire Element is red. In 1999, I was suffering from serious angina and it hurt whenever I laughed. The Fire Element is associated with the heart, and laughter is a necessary and effective healer of the heart by supporting joy and connection. When it is imbalanced we experience disconnection and bonding stress. The acupuncturist told me, “You have a weak heart. Eat red food.” I went back for two more sessions and the angina was completely healed. I had been eating apples and strawberries, pomegranates, and any red food I could find, and my angina never returned, thus I became a true believer.


The Indian Ayurvedic Chakra system also employs color as a major element of its healing structure. For instance, the colors that heal the heart chakra are pink and green. Many years ago, a client walked in my door dressed from head to toe in pink and green. It was as if they were holding a neon sign that said, “I have a broken heart.” Sure enough, what came up was a session to help heal a shattered heart.

Much of the research in the area of color therapy was performed by Indian doctor Colonel Dinshah P. Ghadiali, MD, born in 1873. He immigrated to the United States with his wife and two children, and called this therapy Spectro-Chrome. The equipment we use in Resonance Repatterning for light therapy comes from the Dinshah Health Society in Malaga, NJ. We primarily focus on the following colors: scarlet, red, orange, yellow, lime, green, turquoise, blue, purple, indigo, violet, magenta and pink. Each of these colors has both physical and psychological attributes, the same color frequencies Dinshah used to heal with color and light. What we now know and use is what Dinshah taught almost a century ago. If we want a high level of health and wellbeing, we need to absorb the colors of the spectrum in the correct quantity and quality.

In her book, Spiral Up! 27 Energizing Options To Be Your Best Right Now, Chloe Wordsworth, who helped develop Resonance Repatterning, writes, “Negative beliefs, feelings and attitudes distort or inhibit the absorption of particular color wavelengths. If we are unable to absorb a specific frequency, we are also unable to radiate that frequency. This lack of radiant color in our energy field impacts our energy level, our emotional well-being, our thinking, and how others relate to us and we to them.”

Many times the colors we are drawn to in our homes or in our clothing are the frequencies we are deficient in. Think about it. What are the primary colors in your closet or in your home? As the client dressed in pink and green, we know what we need on a fundamental and subtle level. This is just the tip of the iceberg of this fascinating healing modality. To learn more, consider scheduling a Resonance Repatterning session for yourself, and experience these phenomena first-hand.