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I wanted to share something that I felt has been one of the most dramatically life changing perception changes in my life. For me, I have always have had a hard time not being able to understand why people do negative things to others, especially when it is out of self-gain. I have spent a lot of time trying to change this part about myself for a very long time and while I would tell myself to forgive this person for doing these things and to still love and accept them, deep, deep, deep down somewhere inside of me, it still wasn't ok with me that that person did it and still got away with it. But this method I wanted to share with you goes beyond just people. It applies to basically anything that you perceive or define as negative.

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I basically decided to start perceiving things as colors. Why? Because for me, Colors are neutral. I don't hate the color blue, I don't get jealous around the color yellow, and I don't think that blue is a more positive color than yellow and vice versa. Even trying to add emotional meanings to these colors sounds outright funny.

But that is how it really is. It is all based on your perspective. What tends to happen is that maybe for someone who is a lot like me, the WAY you perceive things is actually what is the toxic part of the equation, not so much the specific definitions you assign to the individual things and people within your life.

This is why you always have trouble truly redefining things as positive and always end up reverting back to your negative definitions. You can't help, but unintentionally attach negative meanings to things, because that is just the way the template of your current belief system and perspective works.

SO for example, I look at everything as just a different expression of a color from the color wheel. So when someone is being nice to me they are expressing the color orange to me. If they are being mean to someone, or maybe being mean to me even, they are just expressing the color green. There is nothing wrong with that I know, because they are just expressing a different color.

There are no negative or positive colors. Only colors at best you might prefer more than others, but you don't go around coloring over everything that is white with the color orange because white is a negative color and deserves to be there less than the color orange does. And again, just look how funny that sounds. BUT THATS HOW IT REALLY IS!!!

Everything is equal. It's You who assigns the meanings 100% all the way and how it affects you.

I know this will be another long post again, but I just wanted to share how much my world has changed in such a dramatically positive way these past two months just from changing my perspective in this way. I can honestly say I love everybody for being who they are. I would not ever want to change them. I am so thankful to be able to have people step into my life and splosh in another color onto the canvas I am looking at in any given moment regardless of the color and just step back and marvel at the beauty of its difference and its ability to be different.

asked 12 Sep '13, 00:35

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This is a great analogy of the feelings of circumstances in every day living; they are all part of the rainbow.

(12 Sep '13, 20:55) Nikulas
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What a unique way to envision each moment, each day. Thank you so very much for sharing. I have a lot of painting to do! Blessings and love.

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answered 12 Sep '13, 10:23

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Thank you :)

(12 Sep '13, 15:59) ikaruss21

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. - Pablo Picasso

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"Even trying to add emotional meanings to these colors sounds outright funny."

lol! I'm one of those 'funny' people who tend to believe colors carry a subtle vibrational energy & colors do affect my emotions. Each & every color has its own wavelength & frequency, which produce a specific 'energy'. This is one of the reasons why paintings illicit emotions.

Think of a flower. Science can not explain why we perceive a flower to be beautiful; yet it's still beautiful.

Have you ever heard of color therapy or color psychology or how color is used in marketing? Do a Google search - colors and emotions or moods.

Doris Jeanette, Psy.D explains how colors affect emotions -

"Colors have certain wavelengths, which can be felt and experienced. Emotions have certain wavelengths, which you can also feel and directly experience. Colors and Emotions are both composed of real physical vibrations. This means these movements of energy are affecting you even if you don't know it. So colors and emotions are constantly affecting you in everyday life.

For example the colors you wear not only affect you but also the people around you. You are exposed to other people's colors, emotions and anxieties every moment of every day. For better or worse! And in turn, they are exposed to your colors, emotions and anxieties every moment of every day. For better or worse!

This means we are constantly exposed to either beauty or ugliness. Disharmony or harmony. The world we live in can be attacking us or loving us at any moment in time. This is the reason it is extremely helpful to become more aware of what is going on inside of us as we respond to these vibrations in our environment. We can stop reacting and start clearing our vital body so our colors are clear and our hearts are open."


"This is why you always have trouble truly redefining things as positive and always end up reverting back to your negative definitions. You can't help, but unintentionally attach negative meanings to things, because that is just the way the template of your current belief system and perspective works."

I agree, everything we perceive is subjective.

We tend to view things not as they truly are, but in the context of our own personal preconceived notions and prejudices. Our previous experiences will often affect our expectation of future events.

Look at the video @ursixx posted. For whatever reason this made him think of 'supergreen' & his video made me think of the song I posted.

If anyone watched the video I posted, will they think the song is about drugs or will they view it the way I do - which is getting high on life - connecting to source energy & nature - laying on the ground on a sunny day soaking up the rays in a meditative state or on a warm evening gazing at the moon & the stars?

"Everything is equal. It's You who assigns the meanings 100% all the way and how it affects you."

I understand what you're saying & you came up with a very cool & novel method. I applaud you. I meant it when I said "This is great & I'm really glad it's working for you."

I could tweak it a bit to work for me; but thats not your view or method & I do get that it's about 'neutrality'.

Note the Picasso quote which I posted at the top. It sums up my feelings pretty well. Emotions are strong currents of energy and colors affect my emotions in subtle ways...

http://www.trans4mind.com/counterpoint/index-emotional-intelligence/jeanette3.shtml

http://www.naturalnews.com/030945_color_psychology.html

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answered 14 Sep '13, 05:13

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What great articles you linked. I actually totally agree with you as well, I agree that colors have an effect on us whether we notice it or not. I spent a good couple months studying this intensely a year ago, I find it very interesting still.

However with using this concept, I keep that knowledge separate. I try my best to always randomize colors for what I tie to something so it keeps its neutral meaning and doesn't start to actually inherent a meaning to the color.

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(14 Sep '13, 15:03) ikaruss21

So for example, I make sure to not always tie the color "green" with positive type of things, because then unintentionally I will have start to of made the color "green" mean positive to me everytime.

Then I would be stuck back exactly where I started in trying to define things anew and not realizing my colors are actually already holding in built in judgmental definitions before I even assign the color to that thing.

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(14 Sep '13, 15:10) ikaruss21

Visualization must come naturally to you. Always painting a picture in your mind. Thanks for the additional info.

(16 Sep '13, 01:12) ele
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Did someone mention green? "It's all too beautiful, it's all too beautiful"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFom1Q5z-P8

(16 Sep '13, 04:34) ele

@ursixx I need to watch that movie, any movie, especially where Chris Tucker plays as a transvestite, has divinely and rightfully moved itself all the way up to the top of my to watch list lol.

(17 Sep '13, 13:54) ikaruss21

@ele thanks for sharing the nice song! :)

(17 Sep '13, 14:05) ikaruss21
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