Honestly… initially Orange appears to be such an oddball color… which doesn’t seem to make coherent sense.
… It is worn by Monks and Sanyassins in Asia… people who are super-spiritual and mature.
But also… is a color associated with small children… little ones just starting out on their life-path.
It is a color associated with holiday clothes… what you wear when you are out to have fun and party!
Although how many Orange robed Sanyassins have actually got down to K.C. & The Sunshine Band’s Get Down Tonight… who knows.
Unless they are a little bit Tantric… plus a little bit Rock-&-Roll… or should that be Disco Funk?
Orange is also associated with sexuality… not the procreation, it’s your sacred duty, survival of the species kind… but the shouldn’t we be enjoying this as well kind.
And wyrdly, it is probably the best color to associate with Tantra… for many, many reasons… especially the wild and juicy version.
Orange has a summer vibe about it… speaks of freshness and vitality.
And it definitely is not the color of a shirt or tie that you would ever expect to see on the trading floor of the London or New York Stock Exchanges… not unless the individual really was trying to draw attention to themselves.
And yet, in many US Prisons, it is the color which inmates are given to wear… probably a color many of them wouldn’t choose to wear… and haven’t worn since they were small children.
It is also a color which many people say is their least favorite.
Why is that?
And what is really going on with Orange?
Well… as with any color we may discuss… what is going on often has less to do with the energetic nature of the color itself… and more… much more to do with our cultural response to the color… which, obviously, varies from culture to culture, around the World.
And these mixed messages around Orange have a lot to do with our generally mixed and confusing cultures… it says more about Humans then it does about Orange.
Now, if there was one thing, one word, which goes to the heart of Orange… it would be…
The experience of Flow.
Flow literally flows through all of the above… (sorry, couldn’t resist that one).
Orange is usually the color associated with Flow… the state of being in the Flow… where and when life just seems magical and super-interesting.
Two definitions of Flow… the first from Summer McStravick… and her book Creative Flowdreaming: Manifesting Dreams in the Life You’re Already Got:
Flow is a name for a powerful energy that not only permeates all things but is all things; it refers to the deeper essence of everything around us. In a sense, the Flow, Source energy, and God are interchangeable. The Flow is a way of pinpointing or naming the unbound creative potential of that energy… (page 13)
Now… this is not to say that Orange = Source energy, but it is to say that Orange is the best color (along with Blue) to help us experience… tune us into… this state of Flow.
Bit like saying that gasoline = movement… at first glance, incorrect… but if you put gasoline in the tank of your car, the fuel can be used to help to move you forwards… so it is an incorrect statement from one perspective… totally accurate from another.
But the other thing we can take from this… and perhaps why an intuitive counselor like Mary Hykel Hunt calls Orange a paradox color… it is both high-spiritual and fun and childlike… at the same time.
As Jesus said… suffer the little children to come unto me…
From the Universe’s perspective, there is no contradiction between high-spiritual… and childlike fun and joy… because they are both an expression of Universal Flow. Maybe different levels… but still an expression of the same energy.
Which points us to another quality of Orange… it allows us to see the World as would a little child… with a freshness and vitality, which is reborn from moment to moment…
Because, via Orange, we’re connected to our energy source… our Universal batteries.
Have you ever watched a small child who is looking at something… I mean, really looking… open eyed… they are totally present to the moment, to the experience… and this is mainly because they are still plugged into their Orange core.
In contrast… you can always tell the consciousness of an adult through their ability or inability to look… small children look full on, because they don’t yet have anything to defend or hide… but adults, we are far more sneaky when we look… we glance quickly, we turn away… very few of us are comfortable with looking someone straight in the eye for more then a few moments.
And adults who have become disconnected from Orange… tire out so easily… and often lack a zest for living.
No wonder Jesus would rather have hang out with the little children then the educated Pharisees… and a few of his own Disciples probably, if truth be told.
With vibrant Orange… all juicy and sexy… and flowing… there is nothing stale and boring… everything becomes new in the moment.
What happens when you bite into an Orange… the fruit… bite through the skin, bite into the peel… well… the juice squirts out… gets everywhere… but what fun!
Messy and juicy fun.
And probably your Inner Adult says… “What are you doing… get a knife… get a plate… you’re making your clothes all messy… be careful… now you have got it on the furniture!”
But your Inner Child shouts back… “No way… I am having too much fun!”
And an interesting question then arises… of these two Inner Voices… in your Head… who wins out… who wins the day?
The answer to that question will tell you which tribe you belong to… at this stage of your life… the messy Flow Tribe… or the clean and perfect No-Flow Tribe… the men and women in dark suits… who can never let any color touch them… in case they start to remember what they have lost… what they gave up and surrendered in their pursuit of power and social position.
And that’s also why some people don’t like Orange… the color… because it too can be messy and juicy… and can ruin their nice, clean clothes… get in the way of their nice, clean, boring life… and remind them of what they have lost… what they once gave up in their life… in order to fit in with the wishes of others.
These are the people… like the stiff and starched Victorians… who said that children should be seen and not heard… sit still, and not be allowed to play… or eat on Orange that hadn’t been cut up for them.
Also, like an innocent child, a person who is gassed up on vibrant Orange may start asking the questions the Grey Suit Crowd would rather went unasked… live in a way which the Grey Suit Crowd would rather not be lived… especially if they had to crush their own dreams, and live their life amidst the stale, flat and grey.
Someone who is alive with Orange tends to unsettle people who have empty gas tanks… and who used up the last of their Orange decades ago… and these Grey Ones prefer those still alive, and the remaining lively people, to be moved to the side… preferably out of direct line of sight… like behind a 10 ft wall.
The second quote comes from Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi and his book Flow: The Psychology of Happiness:
The opposite state from the condition of psychic entropy is optimal experience. When the information that keeps coming into awareness is congruent with goals, psychic energy flows effortlessly. There is no need to worry, no reason to question one’s adequacy. But whenever one does stop to think about oneself, the evidence is encouraging: “You are doing alright”. The positive feedback strengthens the self, and more attention is freed to deal with the outer and inner environment. (page 39)
A different way of describing the Flow state… but true nonetheless.
Imagine that you are working on the engine of a car… with a friend… and every time you want a new tool… they hand it to you… before you have even asked for it… like magic.
No need to worry, no need to be anxious about what might or might not happen, no need to over-think… things just happen naturally.
That’s like being in the Flow.
Where all the ideas and feelings you need… to help best navigate the situations you encounter in life… turn up, as if by magic, exactly when you need them… and then fall away as you move on to your next exciting and interesting challenge… so you are never having to carry stuff you don’t need… the Universe always gives you what you need, moment-to-moment.
That’s being in the Flow.
And then… that translates out to people and situations turning up at just the right time… and with your being in the right place at the right time… your life just seems to Flow… ever better and better…
That’s when Orange starts to become truly Golden.
And why would anyone ever want to stop you being in the Flow? … Well, basically people in the Flow are very hard to control… hard to influence… hard to manipulate… because when you are listening to the beat of the Universal Heart… then all the Victorians and Grey People in suits just don’t get a look in. Why would you ever want to listen to the boring and depressing people?
But the other interesting idea from Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi, when he says… There is no need to worry, no reason to question one’s adequacy… because when you are in the Flow, it feeds your sense of Self-Worth… automatically and naturally.
So when you are in the Flow… when you act and do… you also feel good about your actions and doing… they feed your sense of Self-Worth.
And life is sweet… life is good.
Which is another aspect of the Orange energy… that it is probably the best color to positively feed our sense of Self-Worth… which is the fuel we need to go out into the World and Do.
Orange is therefore the connection color… between Yellow and Red… which helps us get out of our Head, and connect with the motivation and inspiration we need to make a difference in the World… in our World… to manifest our dreams and ideas.
So… when we look at it this way… it is possible to go back and re-arrange our initial list into Flow and non-Flow… those people who are able to tune into their natural inner Flow… and those people who simply… or unfortunately… can’t.
The Flow Crowd include:
- Indian Monks and Sanyassins
- Small children
- People on holiday, or who are intent on having fun
- People who are enjoying their life, and are generally optimistic
The No-Flow Crowd include:
- Business men in dark suits
- Adults who have lost their inner sense of vitality
- People who have suffered heavy emotional trauma, and who are seriously stuck
- People who are definitely not enjoying life, believe it to be a constant struggle, and are generally pessimistic
Now… Why have I put the people who have suffered heavy emotional trauma in the No-Flow Crowd?
Well… the Human Brain is totally capable of processing trauma, so that people can come out the other side, whole and healthy, just like any other animal. And the trick to doing this is allowing ourselves to be in the Flow with our own Physical Bodies… which can then process and release the trauma for us. Our Bodies know how to do this… if we allow them to do so.
But Humans can also think… and our thinking often gets in the way of our Physical Bodies’ ability to process the trauma… especially when we feel guilty or shameful about how we re-acted during the traumatic event… and so the experience… the trauma… gets locked into our energy system… stuck… and it starts to harden our energy… and so blocks the Flow of our energy…. blocks our ability to be in the Flow.
There are indeed times when we do need to hold our emotions in check in that moment… but, overtime, those with stiff upper lips throughout their life… are the ones who aren’t enjoying themselves… (and I even once met a woman whose upper lip had actually blown a fuse… honestly… it looked like it had died… because she was holding so much back… it can happen. Remember, in our energy system this is the point where our Governor Vessel flows into our Conception Vessel… where our Inner Foundation feeds into and supports our Nurturing side.)
So what happens when a person has trauma stuck in their energy system?
Well, unfortunately, they will tend to avoid, consciously and unconsciously, being in the Flow from that point on… because if they are in the Flow… then the Flow will try to start the process of healing the trauma… which is something they have shut the door on… they just don’t want to remember the traumatic events.
So if you are someone who doesn’t want to re-visit the memories associated with the original trauma… what do you do?
Simple… just avoid ever being in the Flow… you block it whenever the experience starts to surface… and stay away from the color Orange too… even if that means your own life becomes more grey, heavy and depressing.
Often… an acceptance of Orange can re-start the healing process… the breaking down and integration of the trauma… so that it can be finally released.
Note: For more information about this, read Peter Devines’ Walking The Tiger.
Ah… but what about the Prison Inmates… which Group do they fit into?
Well, that’s an interesting one, because they are not wearing Orange through choice… they are wearing a color which is being forced on them by the Prison Authorities.
Now, we could argue that the State has been able to get Orange prison suits at a reduced cost… a bulk buy… but I don’t totally buy that, because those sort of things are usually decided for a reason… even if the Authorities, the powers that be, would deny it.
So there must have been some psychological research project, at a University somewhere… which concluded that Orange leads to a more subservient prison population… which is why Orange became the color of official choice.
And, once again, I think it has something to do with… Flow.
Because if you are forced to wear a color which supports Flow… but you cannot follow the energy, because you are in prison, and can’t act as you would like… it must really frustrate your energy… your ability to express yourself.
Which suits the Prison Authorities… because last thing they want are prisoners who are in touch with their Orange Core, empowered, expressing themselves… and able to be in their Flow.
So… over and over again… their energy tries to Flow… and can’t… and can’t… and can’t… and can’t…
A 24/7 reminder that… we own you… we have total power over you… so behave if you want to survive…
So… paradoxically… the thing to knock them out of their power and Flow… is through making them wear Orange.
Because when the Orange wants to naturally Flow… it can’t… because they are in prison… they can’t do what they want, when they want… hence, the resulting frustration must cut deep… like another form of shackles… only these ones are on the inside.
And probably the same thing happens when Grey parents put their small kids in bright and sunny Orange clothes.
OK… OK… in a prison environment, were the walls are all pale grey… people wearing Orange do tend to stand out more… easy to spot if there is a riot… much easier to tell friend from foe… there is that practical side to it as well.
But I also feel there is some weight to my Orange = Flow argument… and there has been a lot of academic work done around colors and emotions over the last few decades… and I know that some of this work has indeed been used inside Prisons… so I wouldn’t be surprised if Orange prison clothes was also part of that.
So… the Important Question… and how does this also relate to Cubic Crystals?
Well… Cubic crystals help us to find coherence and structure in all these Orange areas.
Because Cubic crystals express an Orange energy… and Orange energy:
It makes sense of the chaotic…
It makes things practical…
Because… Cubic = Practical
And the Dictionary definition of practical is usually something like: Of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas.
So Cubic Crystals are concerned with turning theory into reality… or removing any blocks to the manifestation of that reality.
But primarily… the color of Orange is usually associated with Flow… the state of being in the Flow… where and when life just seems magical and super-interesting…
Why this connection?
Well… Two Reasons…
1) Orange helps to remove blocks which prevent Flow from happening in our energy-field.
2) Once removed, Orange helps to enhance and expand our Flow… so we can re-connect with the natural vitality of our Inner Child.
So… put simply… Orange supports us being in the Flow… and it also grounds our ability to be in the Flow.
Finally… DaBen, the guide of the spiritual teacher Duane Packer, has said that the real magnetic power doesn’t lie in any single emotion… but the ability of our positive emotions to Flow… from one positive emotion, to the next, to the next… to the next…
If this is the case… if this is true… it means that the Law of Attraction people have got it half-right…
It’s not just about being Happy… or Loving… although they are nice… and empowering…
The true and real magic…
Happens when we allow ourselves to be a state of Flow… where we can Flow with any and all positive emotions which arise… in that moment… and the next…
Like those Orange-robed Sanyassins…
Like those happy and smiling kids…
So… the best kind of attraction arises… when we can find our natural state of Emotional Flow… all the good things in life come naturally from that flowing Orange energy space.
(c) Brian Parsons, May 2018