Mark Wentworth describes himself as a colour ambassador. We are fascinated with this subject as in a previous podcast we discovered how colour helps us understand emotion.
Mark helps people to know themselves and to know what is naturally there through the medium of colour. He helps people to use the right colours that bring out the best of who they are. Mark is interested in the psychology of colour and the therapeutic use of colour.
Colour has a physiological, psychological, emotional, mental and spiritual affect.
Colour is a frequency of light. Each colour has its own frequency and vibration. It is how we perceive it that matters. We all have rods and cones at the back of our eyes which make us all perceive colour slightly differently. We can all look at one colour and we may see it more of a lighter or darker shade of red for example. But what impact does that colour have on us?
We see colour as a visual thing but many blind people will tell you that they can feel the difference in the colours . Mark encourage people to do this to get a deeper sense of our own personal reactions to colours.
Colour is an extremely good anchor. And can help us remember things – an association somewhere. A dislike of a particular colour is just our interpretation of what a colour means.
We can use colour to help someone unpack their issues perhaps by saying that if this feeling or anxiety had a colour what would it be? And if there was a colour that would help you feel more confident and relaxed, what colour would it be? Simply the person would breath in the positive colour and breath out the anxious colour. That would be a starting point. This is what is called colour psychodynamics – helping people find and build their own relationship with colour. We have to be conscious of the colour that we bring in to our lives. Colour has a language and every colour that we put around us tells part of our story.
If you visited someone who has an issue with sleeping, Mark would be able to look at the bedroom colour pallet to see if they could get a better nights sleep by adjusting the colours in the room.
Mark wants to help people find their colour stories, so it is what that colour means to you that is important.
Yellow is regarded as the caffeine of the colour spectrum. And any shade or tone of yellow for someone who has difficulty in sleeping is not the best colour to have in a bedroom. Greens and relaxing colours are more beneficial. Just because our eyes are closed and we are in a dark room, doesn’t that we are not being affected by the colour. The nerve endings in the skin are incredibly light colour sensitive. So just because we can’t see the colour doesn’t mean that we are not being affected it.
That is quite a thought when we are thinking of the array of colours around us.
Bright reds are very active and dynamic, whereas the darker shades of red are calmer. Bright reds are used much more in fast foods restaurants because in research, people eat faster when they are surrounded by red. The darker red is a lot more relaxed.
Mark would not use lilacs and purples in a therapy room if there was any kind o mental health problems, because they tend to exacebate the issues. Lilac has a very fast vibration so it may dissociate people.
Browns are very grounding as they are literally the colour of the earth. Depending upon the shades and tones aspects of brown – its that country kitchen, earth mother aspect. It is a very nurturing colour.
Blues are very relaxing and calming. The warm blues help people who want to be taken away from physical aches and pains.
If I want to be bright, breezing and need to focus you want to have a room that is yellow or purple. Too much yellow gives you too much logical thinking. The purples provide more of a creating space and open up the wider perspective and bigger picture.
Mark believes that everyone has their own specific colour….a life path colour which effects how you see the world. When you know your colour you can really bring it to life. You can actually act out this colour, this is where the dynamic theatre and storytelling that Mark incorporates into workshops, comes from.
Many people equate self esteem with how we look or our perception of how we look in the world. Mark has linked colour and self esteem together – if you know your true colour and can be that colour, then you will be the best version of your self. Mark feels that if you are born an orange tree, then you can have as much therapy and go on as many retreats as you would like but you will never be an lemon tree – so be the best orange tree you can be.
All colours have their positives and negatives. Black can be very depressing or very stylish. It depends upon the reason that the person wears it or has it around.
There are guidelines as to what to wear or not wear in the office, so we have to use other colours to counter balance that. People bring colour into suits with their ties, socks or shirts to express a certain amount of individuality.
It seems sensible to design offices that are uplifting and lighting plays a very important part. Some can be counter productive to work. Blue LED lighting is missing the warm end of the spectrum. It is not healthy for us as it affects our body clock. Natural light is important so we must make the most of it in our homes.
Mark has set up The Dynamic Heart Project, a not for profit organisation where Mark takes colour, dynamic theatre and story telling to different parts of the world and works with children in need to give something back.
Mark has also written a book Add a little Colour to your Life, which reveals the hidden power of colour, it gives you an introduction and insight into the silent yet powerful language of colour, including décor, clothing, healing, and how to find your own personal life path colour.