Green – What You Can Do With It

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Green glass vase close up

GREEN is awesome!

 The color of life, renewal, nature, and energy, is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility, and environment. Green is also traditionally associated with money, finances, banking, ambition, greed, jealousy…”

Global Meanings of Green – it is universally associated with nature; it  symbolises ecology and the environment; traffic lights are green all over the world.

Unique Meanings of Green in Different Cultures –  in China it may symbolise infidelity; in Israel it may symbolise bad news; in Japan the words for blue and green are the same – ‘ao’; in Spain racy jokes are green.

Luck or Bad Luck? – in the west green is associated usually with luck, such as the green shamrock in Ireland;  green racing cars are considered unlucky; circus and travelling showmen in Australia consider green to be bad luck; an old English saying about wedding colours is ‘married green, ashamed to be seen.”

Green color meanings have become closely tied with the trend to preserve our planet and ecology – ‘Green Revolution’‘Going Green’  ‘Green Energy’ …The colour green used in décor can create particular moods – tinted with white or gray is relaxing and works well in a spa or health clinic …..tinted with black it becomes masculine and mysterious and can be found in corporate offices and restaurants. The color green is the most restful and relaxing color to the eye optically because of its spectral wavelength. However the range of different greens is very broad. A relatively high proportion of men are genetically Red/Green Color blind and have difficulty distinguishing some greens.

Personality Test – In the 1940’s Dr Max Lϋscher, a Professor of Psychology at Basle University in Switzerland, developed a personality test based on colour.  “The colours people prefer, dislike or are indifferent to, are indicators of basic personality traits.”

The Plants – Nature abounds in many shades and hues of green. Ted Andrews in his book  Nature Speak writes – “Green is the colour of nature and it is found throughout the plant and the animal kingdoms. It usually reflects something about growth, abundance and healing in our life. It can confirm that we are on the right track and growth and movement is occurring in its proper time and space.”  

The Heart Chakra – In our body there are seven major energy centres located along the spine. They are called chakras. The fourth one is the heart (or anahata) chakra. It’s colour is green. According to the Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercier its key issues are passion, tenderness, inner child issues and rejection. It is also the seat of the Soul  and our connection to unconditional Love.

A Green Healing Angel – The Archangel  Raphael’s energy is green. He is known as the Healing Angel. His focus is on healing and harmony, being associated with the heart chakra. Amongst others the vibration of the green crystals emerald and malachite and the essential oil , lemon resonate with his energy.

From other worlds – Edgar Cayce, known as the Sleeping Prophet of the twentieth century, gave readings which included the use of colour and crystals for health and wellbeing.

Wait – there’s still moreThis website has a whole lot more information on the meaning of colours 

Hints and tips on how to use Green Therapy:

Used to treat both physical and emotional problems Colour Therapy may involve exposure to coloured lights, massage using colour-saturated oils, contemplating and visualising colours, even wearing coloured clothing and eating coloured foods.”


Drinking green –  dark leafy greens contain: high-quality amino acids, important minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and beneficial phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are plant-based chemicals that support your immune system, improve health and longevity, and may reduce life- threatening diseases. I know that’s a mouthful, so that’s why when you hang out with us, we try to keep the green smoothie lifestyle simple and fun. I think we can both agree fruits and vegetables are good for you.”  .

For a refreshing, healthy, cool drink try Yoda Soda.

Of course eating green foods in general is really good for you. To get some ideas,  check this out–

Bless the food you eat – here’s why

I wrote a poem about Green Therapy some years ago.  It is full of symbolism.

 Soul eyes are those that help you see the world differently. There is a saying that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Looking out through those windows lets you see the world through your Soul. Through your heart. You may have noticed there is a lot of talk nowadays about being heart centred and doing things with love. I have heard it in relation to lots of different areas. To name just a few – cooking, gardening, relationships, business, work in general. I think the word soul can be equally as powerful applied to all of our senses – hearing, feeling, smelling, touching.

Growth is seasonal in nature. Equally so in us. Times of growth push us sometimes to our limits calling for periods of consolidation and rest. For us as adults, emotional, personal and spiritual growth and development can be really hard work. At times the challenge of confronting yourself can seem overwhelming. Changing values, beliefs, long established patterns and ways of being is exhausting work. New growth is tender and fragile, needing nurturing and support to mature and ripen into solid, full growth.

Loss and grief is a natural part of life. How we deal with it is critical to our health and wellbeing. This is a time for being  gentle on ourselves. It is important when going through difficult challenges such as loss and grief to seek support, comfort and solace from people and places you feel safe with and are helpful to you. If you find it all too hard consider seeking professional help.

©  Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace
The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
Norman Schwarzkopf



20 thoughts on “Green – What You Can Do With It

  1. I adored your Green Therapy poem, Carole always looked gorgeous in green, my Footy Club colours green and white, My Dragon is green, and there’s a green Leonard Cohen song Greensleeves.

  2. I wonder why the Japanese have the same word for blue and green; it sounds very confusing – imagine taking it further, and cutting out all the names for colour, instead simply calling them “colour”‘…

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