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How to Use the Power of Color

I had a powerful experience of shifting a chronic health issue by balancing the five elements in my home.

Many years ago I moved to the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in N. California. It had been a dream of mine to live on the coast, but shortly after moving there, I found myself sick all the time. The climate was foggy and damp and a water pump churned out water continuously under my house. After several bouts of bronchitis culminating in walking pneumonia, I was worried my lungs were becoming impaired.

I had this strong yearning to paint the walls of my home yellow, which was strange because I never particularly liked this color. The yearning for yellow was so strong that I finally succumbed. Almost immediately my previously robust health returned again. I remember thinking it must have just been a streak of bad luck. Years later in learning about Feng Shui and the five elements theory was I  able to connect the dots.

In the five elements controlling cycle, when you have an over abundance of the water element, you douse it by adding the earth element, represented by yellows, golds and earth tones. In painting my walls yellow, I brought in a large dose of earth, which took care of the water imbalance. My yearning for yellow was my body telling me I needed this element. In doing so my environment was brought into balance and my body followed suit.

It is important to pay attention to and surround yourselves with  the colors you are attracted to. As your color taste changes, change your surroundings to reflect the colors you love now. It is more important than you might think. You actually need these colors to support balance in your life.

Wear clothing in the colors of the five elements is a wonderful way to assist in strengthening and/or balancing things that are happening in your life.

You might be lacking backbone in standing up to a superior, co-worker, or significant other. By wearing whites, pastels and metal colors, you are enhancing the energetic field of metal around you.

5 elements and the colors associated with them:

( Click Here for Your Free Color Five Elements Map)

Fire= The entire red spectrum: pink, red, orange, coral, purple

Earth= Taupe, gold, yellows, medium brown, terracotta and earth tones

Metal= Whites and pastels and metallic colors

Water= Black, dark gray, dark blue, dark green, deep purples and lapis blue colors

Wood= Medium green and medium blue, turquoise

How to work with the five elements:

Use the colors from the fire element when you are working with issues around decisiveness, assertiveness, motivation and passion, or lack there of.

Use earth tones when you are working with fertility issues, being and feeling more grounded in your life and getting organized.

Use metal colors when you are working with mental clarity such as focusing on a new project at work, studying a new subject or when you need some back- bone. Metal colors are important when you feel the need to lighten up and develop your child-like qualities and in when working with children.

Use colors from the water element when you are working on developing your spirituality, practicing mindfulness, connecting to intuition and learning how to tune into the synchronicity of the universe.

Use colors from the wood element when you are working on personal growth, growing or expanding your business, planting the seeds for a new project or working with health and/or family issues.

If you would like more information on how to work with these powerful five elements, I am offering my readers a free copy of my Five Elements map  along with information about how to work with them in your home and workplace. Click here for your free copy.

Page one photo, courtesy of jimmy_joe
Page two photo, courtesy of Melissakis, H.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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1:32AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Great Article! Thanks, Erica.

5:41AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Very interesting! Thanks

6:51AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing :)

12:45AM PST on Feb 6, 2013


5:01AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

there is a programme on national geographic i think it is, called 'tanked' and they did a feng shui tank for a customer, used the different colors for the coral and the fish

6:48AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

So that's why I've been craving the color yellow when I've never even thought of yellow as a color I'd want in my home!

10:29AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012


different colors in ayurvedic;
different colors in birth color...

11:23AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Great, thank you!!

6:20AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Very interesting, thank you. I never thought colors could have that kind of affect. I don't know much about feng shui...

2:50PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Thank you for this article about colours, added to favourites!

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