The Colour White
Women think of all colours except the absence of colour. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.
~ Coco Chanel ~
White contains an equal balance of all the colours of the spectrum, representing both the positive and negative aspects of all colours. Its basic feature is equality, implying fairness and impartiality, neutrality and independence.
Many individuals find white serene and pure, while others feel that it’s stark and cold. How does the colour white make you feel? Do you feel inspired or refreshed, or does it leave you feeling cold and lonely?
White is also often described as cold, bland, and sterile. Rooms painted entirely white can seem spacious, but empty and unfriendly. Hospitals and hospital workers use white to create a sense of sterility.
White in Feng Shui
In feng shui – a system of arranging your environment to create harmony – white is considered a powerful colour and expresses the element metal.
Wood and glass accents go extraordinarily well with white, as do bits of black to balance it out. White is also great for kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms and white flowers in white pots are an economical way to incorporate white into your environment.
Psychological Properties of White
The psychological meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion. In colour psychology white is the colour of new beginnings, of wiping the slate clean, so to speak. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon.
White is Innocence & Purity: White is the beginning of everything, before anything is muddied or thinking is ‘coloured’.
It is cleanliness personified, the ultimate in purity, which is why it is traditionally worn by western brides, and the reason why doctors wear white jackets.
White is New Beginnings: White represents the clean slate, helping us through times of stress, and allowing us put the past behind us and preparing us to move on.
White is Protection & Encouragement, offering a sense of peace and calm, comfort and hope, helping alleviate emotional upsets. It creates a sense of order and efficiency, which is great if you need to de-clutter your life.
White is Bright and can create a sense of space or add highlights. Designers often use the colour white to make rooms seem larger and more spacious.
White is Equality & Unity: White represents the positive as well as the negative aspects of all colours. It contains an equal balance of all the colours of the spectrum.
White is Spiritual – it offers an inner cleansing and purifying of your thoughts, emotions and, ultimately, your spirit, refreshing and strengthening your entire energy system.
The white butterfly is the messenger that tells us that spiritual changes are coming. It can even be a sign of wisdom and spiritual growth. For instance, for those of you that recently started some spiritual practice, this butterfly will signify that you made the right decision.
People from several cultures and religions have various beliefs when it comes to this butterfly:
The Native American Blackfoot tribe, considers white butterflies to be dream carriers. When someone falls asleep, the dreams of that person are carried by the butterfly, which is why they have the ability to travel easily between the physical and spiritual world, carrying messages.
In a many religions, white butterflies are seen as messengers of good news, who tell us that our life is going to be a good one. To some, a white butterfly is considered to be a message from heaven. If you have recently lost someone close to you, this could be a sign that they are thinking of you.
In China and Ireland, the white butterfly is the spiritual carrier of souls that belong to diseased people. In Ireland, the belief is slightly different; the Irish consider white butterflies the carriers of souls of children. It was illegal to kill white butterflies pre mid 1600s.
Positive and Negative Traits
Positive Keywords include: innocence, purity, cleanliness, equality, complete and whole, simplicity, immaculate and neat, self-sufficient, pristine and open, new beginnings.
Negative Keywords include: sterile, stark, fastidious, empty, isolated, cautious, plain, distant, unimaginative, critical and boring.
“The color white is a blank canvas, just waiting to be written on. Compared to other more stimulating colors it is a refreshing change, a soothing and calm visual experience for the mind, which allows for imagination growth and creativity.”
~ Chantal Larocque ~