Conversations with Myself – Colour my World

Rainbow Colour Splash

Sitting on my couch during my convalescence after surgery, I was thinking about colour and how South Africans have become known as the “Rainbow Nation”.

Ever since I can remember I’ve loved the various kaleidoscopes of colour around us – in our gardens, pictures in magazines and the most glorious spread of colour you can find, the rainbow in the sky on a rainy day.

The seven colours of the rainbow are violet (purple), indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red. Have you ever given any thought to these colours?

Focussing on the awesomeness of the rainbow and how it was put in place (with the seven colours in a particular order) in the sky, I decided to focus on these specific colours.

With the help of a wonderful website at I came across the following which I found to be very interesting.

Violet (Purple) is the colour of the imagination. It can be creative and individual or immature and impractical.

Indigo is the colour of intuition. In the meaning of colours it can mean idealism and structure as well as ritualistic and addictive.

Blue is the colour of trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity.

Green is the colour of balance and growth. It can mean both self-reliance as a positive and possessiveness as a negative, among many other meanings.

In the meanings of colour in colour psychology, the color yellow is the colour of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.

The color orange is the colour of social communication and optimism. From a negative colour meaning it is also a sign of pessimism and superficiality.

The color red is a warm and positive colour associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy. Red is energizing. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action.

It signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination. It is also strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power.

So what was God’s plan when he created the rainbow? Is there a specific reason why the rainbow is made up of these specific colours in this specific order? What was/is God trying to say to us through these specific colours? Are we meant to interpret these colours in a specific way or did God just wake up one day and say “oh, I think those colours would go well together”? According to the Bible, the rainbow is a reminder of God’s love for us and God’s way of reminding us of His promise that He will never destroy the earth by water again. Of all the colours in the world, why did God choose these seven specific colours?

What about South Africans known as the “Rainbow Nation”? What does this phrase really mean? Is it the diversity of the colours (race groups) all thrown together in one country? Do we all live together and complement each other like the colours in the rainbow? Do we shine and reflect the same promise to the world like the rainbow in the sky after the rain?

I was just wondering . . .

In conclusion – Without knowing about the Psychology of Colour, my favourite colours have always been yellow, blue and green – what are yours?

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