The Search for “Colours”
Colours. That’s what someone’s been trying to find lately on this site. Well, I guess we don’t touch Pantone colours and other colour cards mostly used by many designers all over the world. Rather, it is about knowing and, more importantly, understanding how colours may play a role in profiling and changing attitudes.
The Elements of Numbers (EON) method uses the principles of the FIVE ELEMENTS as a fundamental essence to identify and understand a person’s behaviours at any given time. Coming from a background of being trained in “graphic designs and advertising arts” – yes, that includes airbrushing and paper sculptures – to quench my creative passions in the mid 80s, and various Chinese Metaphysics, it has always been an inspiring and exciting experience for me, to look beyond the interactions of individual colours, and the fusion-like effects of a mixture of colour palette. In short, it’s kind of like getting to know potential behavioural styles better, when you see them with the sense and slice of colours. This is one of the extended visualisation techniques to identify personalities and vibes that you could learn, to correlate to what you see, feel, touch, smell, and taste, through the experience of life in nature.
From the Elements of Numbers (EON) method, we could generally associate the WOOD element with green colour; FIRE element with red colour; EARTH element with brown colour; METAL element with grey colour; and WATER element with blue colour.
“What about gold, silver, black and white?” some of you may want to think about that.
Gold is metallic yellow, or to some extent, brighter shades of brown. From the EON method, it consists of the EARTH–METAL interactions, where in the principles of the Five Elements, the Earth element supports the Metal element. Silver is metallic grey and is directly associated with the Metal element.
Some Feng Shui professionals associate black with the Water element. Again, this relates to METAL–WATER interactions. While we associate the blue colours with the element Water, the sea at night seems black, because of the lack of brightness (sunlight). Thus, in the EON method, the black colour is a Metal–Water integration. White is a holistic and base colour (brightness, contrast), just like the number 0. Using the same concept of understanding primary and secondary colours, it is easy to understand elementary integration or mixing when you look at the colours, from a profiling point of view. Do check out Chapter 3 of my EON book, “Elements of Numbers: Fast and Easy Character Profiling” for more details on the Five Elements interactions. Click here to purchase the EON book to know more.
Why are we using colours for profiling? Well, Elements of Numbers (EON) is a unique and special profiling method that incorporates East-West fusion best practices. You may have heard of professionals who use colours to influence the unconscious mood of a person, which causes them to behave in a certain way. Why do advertising agencies around the world, chose a certain colour palette for logo designs, furniture and wallpapers in F&B outlets? Why are healthier F&B outlets primarily in green tones, and why are fast-food outlets primarily in red and yellow tones? This is because the use of colours in an environment has a psychological effect – it influences your thoughts and behaviours, consciously and unconsciously. And that could have an effect on our mood because of the environment. Check out an earlier article (click here) that I’ve posted on Kurt Lewin’s B=f(P, E) equation – where behaviour is a function of the person and the environment?
I regularly share with FEN (Five Elements Numerology) students about the use of colours as “psychological influence” or Feng Shui “remedies” to influence, manage and positively energise a person’s mood. For example, you don’t bring an angry person into an illuminated, hot, red-painted room. You don’t take the same angry person into a room painted blue, either. Try to have a dialogue with them in a room that is painted in earthy or brown tones, and maybe, some shades of grey too. They’re more likely to calm the anger. Of course, it also depends on your diplomacy and tact to boost the positive vibrations, without amplifying the more fiery vibrations. After all, it is a matter of understanding and implementing the principles of the Five Elements. Oh, a word of caution here… don’t rush to use colours as a mood shifting tool without learning and understanding the basic usage and knowing its implications. Sometimes you may have to change colour quickly or use appropriate techniques, when the person’s mood has changed. As a result, relying only on wall colours in a room, often does not help.
Try to avoid painting your bedroom wall with some bright or dark colours. Lighter or cooler (like almost white) shades of colour would do the trick. As the periodic energies in your Personal Year (PY) Chart sometimes have dominant colours, it would be very expensive to paint your walls with proper colours every year. Spending on linens or quilts with the appropriate colours is advantageous for you; it’s usually a less-expensive alternative. Well, wearing clothes and fashion accessories of certain colours on important days sometimes do help, and it is quite useful for many people.
Oh, by the way, you might want to check out previous articles that I’ve posted on colours (click here for list of articles) – they do come useful as there are information I might not have covered in this article.
Don’t profile charts on a black-and-white perspective, similar to applying number-pattern associations to conclude the personality of an individual. Don’t judge or prejudice a person based on their skin or hair colours, and tattoos. People change character and behaviour over time, usually due to situational and changed in belief reasons. For example, your opinions and beliefs are different today than they were over a year ago. Like the Five Elements with five primary colours, the rainbow with seven colours, and different shades of colours mixed together, you now have a wider spectrum of colourful viewpoints to check on the EON charts holistically.
Always build the habit of analysing EON charts from multiple points of view as far as you can, and you will be able to identify the more “colourful” sides of yourself and others – beyond the black and white, and perceived limiting beliefs.
Regards, Ron WZ Sun