Diversity and the Colors of our Minds
© Harry Quan
The power of color is inescapable.
Color affects our behavior, moods, and thoughts. Our reactions to colors are often deeply personal and rooted in our own experiences.
A certain color has the ability to soothe frazzled nerves, agitate a hostile adversary, motivate and empower one to take action, and also to bring healing energy when one needs it. As Wassily Kandinsky proclaimed, “Color provokes a psychic vibration.” Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.
The effects of color
It is strange how colors come with baggage….
While black makes us feel fearful, white makes us calm and serene. Green comes with its soothing power that makes one feel instantly peaceful and refreshed. Whereas blue rejuvenates and orange stimulates.
It is an established fact that color is used for healing and is recognized as an alternative healing modality.
Each color resonates with a particular frequency which has got the power affect us at a subconscious level.
Strangely we use that very color to create judgements, differences and biases.
Influencing our perception
While colors have the power to evoke positive feelings, they have also acquired super natural powers of coloring our perceptions of one another.
It is 2019 and there are still individuals who judge or are being judged based on their color! There is still a strong sense out there to perceive the white skinned as ‘elite’, while the darker skinned ones are given the ‘back seat’.
Rather than taking people for who they are; we are told to judge them by the color group they belong to. In this kind of world, being a shade apart means being worlds apart…
How can color have the potential to change how people perceive us? Should we give color the power to decided how we should treat each other?
The beauty of diversity
We need to become aware, and embrace, the differences. Let us celebrate each one’s uniqueness and promote a culture where diversity of thinking (and looks) is valued, rather than censored.
Having biases is natural, just as the color of our skin. However, being blinded by skin colors is a social and a not-so-natural thing. Its time to let go of the illusive veil which keeps us from seeing who the person really is.
The color of our skin says a lot about our minds. The brain is a flexible muscle, we should not let stereotypes rigidify our thoughts. Its time we extended open arms and embraced the cultural, social and color differences, which we are all born with and celebrate colorlessness and individuality.
We all have so much to give, only waiting for someone to ask for it from us. In the space of abundance that we all are in, why only dish out prejudice and bias?
It’s time we stripped colors of their powers of causing limiting beliefs…. because in an absolute world, we are all born colorless!