Messages in the Colors of the Rainbow
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.
(1) Red: Color of Passion
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
(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