Light is life and without the sun, we would perish on this planet. We perceive light through colors. As a neurologist and artist, I have come to realize how important colors are in our daily life. In every moment, from birth, to waking up every day, the first thing we see is colors, which influence us in so many ways. Color is a vibration of energy. Everyone can see this vibration of energy in different ways which gives color different meanings.
Knowing how important colors are in our life, I created a field combining art and science, which I call “Neuroart” (mentioned in my medical book of electromyography). Then, using the combination of spirituality, psychology, anatomy, medical illness, neurology, quantum mechanics, physics, environment, physiology and nutrition, I developed two concepts which I call “ENZOLOGY” and “The Pill on the Wall.” ENZOLOGY is a concept to understand how important and crucial “environment” is for everyone. The Pill on the Wall will give you the color that you are lacking. If we are missing a color in us, we have a tendency to love that specific color.
Because home is our main environment, we should be aware of the colors we are surrounded by.
My art on your wall will change your body.
It is very important to understand that the environment will change the chemistry in our body, because it changes the expression of the DNA (which is the body protein factory).
There is a relative new field which is called EPIGENETICS that explains how the environment can change the expression of our own DNA. To understand this concept, I will explain the basis of human cell physiology.
The human body has about 100 trillion cells. Cells are the basic building blocks that contain DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA is a molecule in the shape of a double helix, located inside the cell’s nucleus.
Inside all the DNA, there are over 20,000 genes. THESE GENES ARE THE PROTEIN FACTORY OF OUR BODY AND CARRY OUR GENETIC MATERIAL INFORMATION FROM OUR FAMILY TRAIL (COLORS OF THE EYES OR HAIR). IT IS THE ENVIRONMENT THAT CHANGES THE EXPRESSION OF THE DNA MAKING US HEALTHIER OR SICKER.
Environment could turn the genes on (becoming active) or off (becoming dormant). The environment consists of everything around us, including what we eat, how we exercise, how we live or interact with people, places where we work and live, especially our emotional state, including our thoughts.
That is the reason why stress (environment) or any external unpleasant experience can make us feel ill. The body will release toxic chemicals into the blood stream which can in the long run make you feel sick or even bring cancer.
What I am interested in is how colors affect us in our everyday lives, since we see light through colors that are all around us.
During my residency in neurology, my final thesis was about improving the environment of Alzheimer’s patients.
I visited several nursing homes and discovered that almost all had poor lighting, lack of color and lack of visual cueing with is essential for orientation and living in general. This was a poor environment for this population and did not promote a positive energy which would assist in memory and general quality of life.
Since then, I have never stopped pursuing my dream involving art and medicine.
I even created a formula that explains how light is color and color is love:
LIGHT IS COLOR TO LOVE INFINITY.
These coexist as one since we perceive light through colors and we all need love to make it possible. I mention love because I define love as the creating force of the universe, like gravity or a magnetic field with a powerful attraction force. That is the reason “love” is followed by infinity. We all need some degree of love to be attracted to any material objects, knowing that all external reality has colors.
I believe LOVE has no opposition since it is a natural force.
Evilness or darkness is our own creation.
Another important topic to mention is the ability to BELIEVE. The moment we start believing, our body chemically changes for better or worse, depending on the content of our thoughts. This is the main reason that the placebo effect is so powerful.
From the moment we BELIEVE, changes in the universe occur since thoughts are vibration of energy, comparable to a big antenna sending a constant signal in and out of ourselves.
The most important concept of ENZOLOGY is to realize how color influences us in our everyday lives; how we are able get to know ourselves better through colors and the crucial importance of the environment.
In my book, I explain the history of colors, from the beginning of art thousands of years ago, to the current art movement. In different chapters, I describe how we perceive colors (the anatomy of physiology), the physicist aspect, how spirituality plays a roll, quantum mechanics (study of the subatomic level of things), the important of nutrition, and the psychology of colors.
I will describe how our vision changes as we age and how different medical illnesses change our perception of interpretation of colors. As we age, our vision declines in performance, our pupils become smaller and the eyes can become cloudy, causing them to need three times more light to see. Dementia and stroke are two of the most common illnesses I encounter in my daily practice of neurology. Both can cause abnormalities of the visual pathway and perception of colors. Lack of sunlight in some countries would cause depression, known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder”. The treatment for this type of depression is Light Therapy.
As we know, the sun radiates light. Light is made of three things: wavelength (the distance between two crests of waves), frequencies (the number of crests passing a particular point per second, cycles per second is called Hertz) and energy (photons). Color is the only visible light from the sun that we can see. The sun also has high energy radiation such as ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma rays which are dangerous to our health. It also has low energy radiation consisting of radio waves, microwaves, infrared, and the visible light (colors).
Just to explain the basis of color, primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. With these three colors we can make any other color.
RED has the longest wavelength and decreased frequency (low energy), of the spectrum of colors. It is known as a warm color. Red brings warmth, stimulation, and symbolizes high energy. This color carries a lot of meanings including vitality, courage, passion, sexuality, love, joy, anger, socialism or communism (East Europe or China), self-confidence, and exciting emotions.
The color red of the Chakra (light center of our own body) is located on the base of the spine. This color can be used to increase energy, improve fatigue or poor concentration, stimulate the heart and blood circulation, improve sexual desire, and increase body temperature. It was also found that men perceive women wearing red to be more sexually receptive.
Even our blood is red because we carry an iron-based protein called hemoglobin, which becomes red when combined with oxygen, and is then transported all throughout the body by red blood cells. The color red is in our own main stream.
BLUE is another primary color and falls in the high frequency (high energy) and shorter wavelength of the visible light spectrum. It is known as a cool color. Blue usually represents calm and relaxation. It is associated with peace, trust, integrity, and loyalty. Blue may reduce stress and slow down the metabolism, inspiring high ideals. It has been said that it is the color of the spirit. It is probably the most universally liked color. However, in the food industry, blue may be unappetizing since there are not many natural foods with this color. Having dinner plates with this color may suppress the appetite.
On the Chakra chart, blue sits on the base of the throat and represents self-expression, trust, and communication.
YELLOW is another primary color in the middle of the visible light spectrum and is known as a warm color. It is the brightest color in the spectrum, which is the reason it is used for pedestrian street crossings. It represents creativity, happiness, optimism, and enthusiasm. The color yellow helps us to focus better, recall information, and is the color of communication and networking. It could help us with decision making and to clarify our thoughts, but it can also produce anxiety or agitation.
Yellow is the third chakra, which is located in the solar plexus. It represents self-esteem, personal power, and will.
Like everything else in life, when we have proper knowledge, we have harmony. But when we have ignorance, we end up with chaos. There is no doubt that in a positive environment, we are healthier. Surrounded by the “right colors” we get to know ourselves better. Remember that when we love a specific color, it means that we are lacking that specific color represented in us and need more of it, just like when we are missing specific nutrients in our meals or emotions in our life.
Our main essence is not about dividing ourselves by race, age, ethnicity, politics, language, gender or religion, but to unify ourselves with love through colors.