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Messages in the Colors of the Rainbow

Updated on May 1, 2018
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MsDora, seven-year online writer, shares poetry, creative writing, quotes and reflections on how writing and writers influence our lives.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow suggests in The Rainy Day poem that everyone will experience rainy days:

"Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary."

True, but we can add that many showers of rain are followed by rainbows. The messages in the seven rainbow colors are intended to motivate us and make us smile despite the weather—literal or metaphorical.

Photo taken in Clacton-On-Sea in Essex, UK by Danesman1
Photo taken in Clacton-On-Sea in Essex, UK by Danesman1 | Source

(1) Red: Color of Passion

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Clipart by don_iain | Source

Do we see the various colors in the rainbow, or do we just see its form in the sky? For, if we notice the red, the first color of the rainbow, our spirits would be charged to reflect its brightness.

  • It is the color of passion.
  • It excites our emotions.
  • It stimulates our physical appetites.
  • It boosts our enthusiasm and our ambition.

Not just at the rainbow's end, but from start to finish, it is the pot of gold. Red, the first color in the golden mix motivates us to be brave, to be bold, to live life to the fullest.

(2) Orange: Color of Optimism

We do not automatically see the rainbow. I was five years old when I learned how not to miss it. The rain had stopped, and my cousin who lived next door shouted for me to come outside and look. I ran outside shouting “Where? Where?” She kept pointing and I kept looking, to no avail.

Finally, she spun me around and in the process, taught me the lesson of a lifetime, which is applicable both literally and figuratively: those who see the rainbow position themselves to see it.

Optimistic hearts accept that there is purpose in the sunshine, and in the rain. We can choose to appreciate both. The optimistic orange hue reminds us that there is nothing despairing about the rain when we view it as a precondition for the rainbow.

(3) Yellow: Color of Wisdom

Yellow is the lightest color of the rainbow. It is the color of sunshine, inspiring wisdom and clear thinking. It motivates creativity and new ideas.

When we are in a sunshine mood, we find plenty to do for ourselves and for others. There is no time for anxiety or boredom.

Wisdom dictates that we focus on the pursuit of our purpose, which includes our responsibilities to our ourselves and our dependents. In the process of cheerfully sharing and caring, we receive the surprise of the rainbow.

Wisdom also dictates that when the rainbow appears, we help position others to see it.

(4) Green: Color of Growth

Green, the middle color of the rainbow is the color of growth—reproduction, renewal, restoration. It signifies progress in all areas of our lives, including health and wealth. The more we grow, the more we affect growth in others.

Often, our growth promotes us to become the rainbow in other people's cloud when we inspire their hopes and dreams. The proof of personal growth is intentional influence on the growth, beauty and wisdom in the lives of other individuals.

5. Blue: Color of Peace

"Tie Dye Rainbow Peace" by D. Sharon Pruitt
"Tie Dye Rainbow Peace" by D. Sharon Pruitt | Source

(Please listen Chaplain's Rainbow Inspiration video at the end of this article.)

In her later years, my grandmother developed a bent posture. It bothered me so much that once, I asked her to try straightening up.

“Child,” she answered, “after a while, it is easier to bend lower in surrender to the pain.”

Some problems encourage us to develop a downward gaze (literal or metaphorical). We feed on chaotic thoughts, and fuel conflicts in our minds. The remedy is to fix our mental gaze upwards – to the hills, to the skies, to the rainbow which can inspire peace and renewal.

The blues after all, can describe the attitude of looking upward and inward and finding joy to fuel our peace.

(6) Indigo: Color of Intuition

When we are in touch with our true selves, no one has to point out the rainbow; our inner voice tells us where to look. It may be a slower process having to move backward or forward, tilting our heads and shading our eyes, until what we see matches the image we hold in our minds; but with practice, our intuition sharpens.

When we know that we know how to find our rainbows, we become confident to walk on, even if we walk alone. We find our confidence, our stability, our intuition between the blue of peace and the harmony of violet. We even find the courage to share our belief.

(7) Violet: Color of Harmony

Violet, the last color of the rainbow is believed to inspire spirituality. It is the combination of red and blue, symbolizing the harmony of passion and peace.

Sometimes, it takes incidents in the natural world—thunderstorms, ice storms, tropical storms and more to harmonize passion and peace in human interaction.

In our personal lives, it takes internal storms created by our conflict of passions, to drive our search for inner peace and harmony.

Prayer to the Creator God (not to a created god) allows Him to put the rainbow in our hearts, where its harmonious beauty can color our days in sunshine, rain, or any condition in between. What a perfect color choice for the ending of the rainbow!

Imagine a rainbow when you cannot see one, and be motivated by the messages in its colors.

More Rainbow Motivation

Look up to the sky. You'll never find rainbows if you're looking down. – Charlie Chaplin

I'd rather see the world as a rainbow than endless shade of gray. - Amani Abbas

When thunderstorms roll in . . . succumb with tears to the gloomy downpour or smile and look for rainbows. -Richelle E. Goodrich

Chaplain's Rainbow Inspiration


(1) Oleson, Jacob: Color Meanings, Colors of the Rainbow and Their Meanings, Copyright 2014.

(2) Scott-Kemmis, Judy: Color Psychology, Understanding the Meanings of Color in Color Psychology, Copyright 2009 - 2014.

© 2014 Dora Weithers


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    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for your feedback, Swalia. Glad you found some motivation.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      A vey motivational hub! Just what I needed today :)

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      3 years ago

      Some colorful thoughts. I have never thought that we never see same rainbow although given the way light works I probably should have figured it.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Travel Man, you're a man of peace. You make peace, and you have peace. Sorry about the camera; hope you get another chance at a double rainbow. Thanks for your input.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I've seen a double-rainbow in Japan (way back 2001), and I left my camera with a co-sailor on board ship. I missed the spectacular show of nature.

      Thank you for revealing the meaning of the seven colors. I like the blue most. It relaxes me.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Teaches, so glad that you find beauty in this article. I'm not surprised at all. Thanks for your input.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      No wonder I love violet! I am a lover of rainbows and look for them when I am out and about. They appear almost out of nowhere some days. Thanks for the beautiful share on the meaning of colors. Blessings!

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Ologsinquito, that's the truth. Thanks for your contribution.

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      3 years ago from USA

      Rainbows are beautiful and a nice sign that God is with us, hasn't abandoned us and is watching over us.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, DDE. I appreciate your kind comment.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful and so colorful. You explained to perfection. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Flourish. Positioning is important; glad you appreciate the concept.

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      3 years ago from USA

      Beautifully written. Most particularly I liked the story about positioning oneself so that you can see the beauty. It's a very symbolic and important message.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sheila, the rainbow will always be a symbol of God's promise and the promise extends to all areas of our lives. Thanks for your input.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Frank. Happy to add a little calm to this hustle and bustle of a life.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Muhammad, you have a special gift of summarizing the lesson effectively. Thanks for your meaningful input here.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Manatita. Again, never too many rainbows. Thanks for your kind feedback.

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      3 years ago

      Thanks. I'll now have a new way of looking at rainbows. I usually think of how it signifies the end of the storm and God's promise to Noah, but now rainbows will be packed with much more meaning. Awesome hub!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      the stillness and calmness this hub has given me, all beneath the rainbows... love the hub MsDora

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      muhammad abdullah javed 

      3 years ago

      I never knew that an arch of colour hanging on our head up above the sky is actually presenting different shades of life. Excellent MsDora. Thanks for such a wonderful hub. Since the sky and the formation of colors therein is an articulation of Divine Design, so, we as humans should adopt those colors to shine on earth and help others shine by adding colors to their lives.

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      3 years ago from london

      A beautiful piece - like the rainbow, Dora.

      Some cool lessons there if we look. Again, I see what you mean when talking about my Hub. I went to try to find rain clouds, but yes, I deliberately chose one with a rainbow out of preference. I like using them and it seems lots do nowadays. As a kid, I went through the colours so often with my friends!

      Wonderful and yes, colourful Hub. Love and Light.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jackie, thanks for your input. Never too many rainbows!

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Catherine, welcome to my HubCircle. Enjoy the colors and their meanings starting with the colors on the rainbow. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Skye, thank you for emphasizing God's covenant in the rainbow. It is truly His signature in the sky.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, you can always fall back on the rainbow in your heart. Have a great week!

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jo, you're right. We can learn to appreciate that there is purpose in the rain. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good question, Colleen. I'm sure the stories would all be interesting. Thanks for your input.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Who can ever see enough rainbows? I like a rainy day now and then though; makes me take a rest I need and appreciate the sunny days much more. Don't have time for Charlie's movie but loved his song. ^+

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      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank you for this article. I did not know that colors had meanings.

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      3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      msdora I really enjoyed your hub of love dear and precious sister. Your photos are awesome. May we all be so reminded that our God; Creator so loves us and wants to bless us. How blessed are we to enjoy such a delight as the rainbow. Gods signature in the sky. It cannot get much better than that. I have been so blessed to see many beautiful rainbows I always look for them after a rain.

      My favorite truth about the rainbow is Gods writing and promise. He will not flood the earth ever again. When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." 17And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth."

      Genesis 9:13

      Praise be to God. Even in the darkest hour may we breathe in His Light and trust in His eternal promises and rest in Him. We are but sojourners. Home awaits us. The colors will be absolutely glorious. We can not even imagine. God gives us a taste of His gifts in His rainbow! He is colorful indeed! How one could not believe in Him is foolish. His evidence is everywhere. To God be the Glory.

      I see you got a couple of hub awards a few weeks ago. Congrats dear sister. You are so precious and dear. I am happy for you. I am blessed to know you. My love sister. In Christ Jesus. Skye

      voted and sent out sister.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice my friend. An uplifting article on this rainy Sunday....I'm looking for a rainbow right now. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      3 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      MsDora, this is a beautiful hub and uplifting hub. We complain about the rain continuously here in England, but without the wet weather, there would be no green and pleasant land. :) I love how your use of rainbow colours.

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      Colleen Swan 

      3 years ago from County Durham

      Loved it. A lovely insight into what we take as nature for granted. We all see a rainbow differently, but we rarely compare our thoughts. What stories from our imagination would erupt if we did?

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Yes Eric, like flowers. Thanks for your input. I appreciate your comment.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Beautiful hub. I loved the explanation of the colors. Natural colors are truly a Godsend, like flowers.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, I think God does place rainbows for us, especially when we need the lift. Thank you for sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      More peace and harmony to you, Audrey. Thanks for your loving comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Word, with you I thank God for the rainbow especially after doing this article. Thanks for your comment.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, what a lovely hub here on rainbows, MsDora! Such a delight to read, as well as filled with so much information.

      Funny, just the other night on my way home, I turned a corner and there was a beautiful rainbow straight in front of me. It was as if God placed it right there just for me : ) ... as I had some things weighing heavy on my mind, and it was as if He was reminding me to think on those things that are true, lovely, praiseworthy and excellent ...

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and I saw where Audrey had shared it on HP already.

      God bless.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Loved, loved this article! My favorite colors are blue and purple!

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      3 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you MsDora, it is good to identify our emotions in every way that we can. You did an excellent job of helping people to relate their passions and emotions with the rainbow. Thank God for the beautiful rainbow. You explained its colors very well.


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