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©2004 by Donna Cunningham, Vibration Editor

Have you tweaked to the scheme behind the theme of this issue of Vibration? Or have you just concluded that we've finally lost it? All these bright colors -- did they perhaps seem just a tad over the top? Well, in the midst of a really, really, but really gray February day, I was "fishing" the internet for a new artist for a project, and was delighted to discover Lesa Motz, our featured artist for this issue. Her colors were so brilliant, I got lost in them for most of that day, finding a delightful boost out of my annual case of SAFB (Seasonal Affective February Blahs). I kept sending Deborah Bier, my co-editor, emails to show her still another page of Lesa's marvels. We decided it might be fun to showcase a single artist for one whole issue. And, after all, such vibrant, primary colors seemed perfect for an issue devoted to children and the Inner Child.

click to read or post to our message board about vibrational/flower essencesAfter another day or two of visiting Lesa's site and building web pages based on her color palate, we realized what was up -- a trip through the color wheel. "Coincidentally," Deborah and I were struggling to verbalize what, exactly, it is that we have been developing over the past couple of years with individual pages of Vibration and other projects. We knew it was a form of healing, a new one for a new millenium. We decided that this issue would also be a place to introduce the healing potential of the world-wide web.

COLOR HEALING

Color was definitely one part of it. I'd studied light work maybe 25 years ago -- not using colored electric lights, but visualizing and mentally directing color to certain areas within the energy body and chakras. Using auric color of various shades remained a much-used tool for my client work and my own daily life. Then, some time ago, I became entranced with the power of color on the computer monitor -- the brilliance of color lit through on the screen seemed far more potent than any color on paper or in textiles. I built hundreds of mandalas for the web based on that perception, and you've seen those mandalas in many of Vibration's past issues.

The colors selected for Vibration's graphic treatments are not random, but are consciously chosen to evoke the healing power of colors that go along with the article's themes. Based on principles taught in the light work school, for instance, I tend to use gold for strength and to lift people's spirits. Blue helps replace fear with clarity.

As we'll learn in our panel on color meanings, no single theory can explain a color's effects. We all respond differently to different colors at different times, and we all have our own special colors that help and uplift us. In reading the series of articles in this issue of Vibration, however, you have experienced the entire color spectrum and gotten a free color balancing and healing to boot. Were some of them like a balm, while others were less comfortable? No doubt both types are relevant to your current challenges.

ATTUNEMENT TO ESSENCE PLANTS

Even in the first issues of Vibration, some six years ago, we were unwittingly tapping into a form of healing each time we used pictures of the flowers whose essences were being discussed. We reveled in the freedom to illustrate the articles with lovely graphics, because in a hard copy magazine, those images would cost the earth to print. Only gradually did it become clear that the pictures were helping us and our readers to open up to those flowers and their healing effects more fully. The images were a strong tool for attunement to the flower spirits (called devas).

Any reader who looks attentively at the photo of a plant can also derive some of the benefits to such attunements. For an even better effect, consider putting a photo of the flower of the essence you are taking up on the desktop of your computer, or using a screen saver with flower photos. To find a good photo, go to Google's Image Search engine, type in the name of the flower, and you'll be presented with thousands of thumbnail images. Windows users can find a large image in high resolution (100k or more) click on it, and when it loads on your screen, do a right click on the mouse and hit the "set as background" option on the menu. (To see pictures of most of the Bach Remedy flowers, click here.)

Besides the obvious pleasure we derive from looking at a gorgeous flower or a spectacular sunset, gazing upon natural beauty is being proved to have healing effects. Research has shown that viewing scenes of nature -- be they out of a window or projected on a screen -- reduces physical indicators of stress and shortens hospital stays.

"METAPHORICAL HEALING"

Continuing over time to explore the web's healing potential, we also began using images differently to illustrate Vibration. The ones chosen for an article needed to vividly evoke the issues and emotions a group of essences were designed to heal. (For examples, in addition to the articles in this issue, see Long-term Use of Rescue Remedy, and Bleeding Heart.)

Finally, we grasped that the images themselves could exert a healing influence by showing the possibilities for change that could occur in the course of healing work. Our term for this subtle and indirect use of images is Metaphorical Healing. Watch for it as you read articles in this and other issues. In the article, Bridge Essences -- Making Transitions Less Traumatic, the repeated images of bridges have a calming effect. The bridge is a symbol, yet a powerful one, reminding the reader on a deep level that we DO eventually get through times of change. In Trial by Fire, the images evoke the devastating fire a reader went through and yet the joy of rebirth afterward. In that same issue, which had a theme of "Our Changing Times," another page made use of cartoon dinosaurs as a metaphor for what happens when you refuse to change.

HEALING THROUGH HUMOR



Humor itself is another tool we dearly love to use. We rely heavily on humor and humorous images, for when readers can identify with the topic of an article and find something to chuckle about, laughter uplifts their spirits and helps put their difficulties in perspective. We're not just talking about pieces with high comic relief like those by Pansy Rosebud Pepperplant and our newest columnist, Dear Tabby. (For Pansy's fans who wonder why we haven't heard from her lately, please know she's now in the Witness Protection Program but misses all three of you.)

We are gifted with any number of funny yet wise writers, like Joyce Mason, Ivory Phoenix, and Deborah Bier. When presented with an article that is humorous in tone, we simply have to cut loose and illustrate it accordingly, as in Ivory Phoenix's Violet Curls -- the Emotional Hangover Remedy and Deborah Bier's Essences for Difficult Relationships.

MORE HEALING TO COME --
AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE QUEST!

Mastering the healing properties of the web and the home computer is the journey of many years, and this article is my way of spurring other web designers, artists, and healers to use these potentialities more consciously. Those who are capable of using Flash will no doubt take the quest even further than I am able. Two exquisite collections of mandalas using Flash can be seen, at the Mandala Gallery, and another at Hologram Communications. Healing like this, I firmly believe, is the wave of the future.

The Career
Path of the Exceptional Soul--An e-book by Donna Cunningham

Meantime, if I might be permitted to trumpet one of my own enterprises, I have recently published my first e-book, and it relies heavily on the healing capabilities of the web and the computer monitor that we've been discussing here, especially the metaphorical uses of images that convey more than words can do. Part of a trilogy of astrological e-books called The Outer Planets and Inner Life, this is Part One, The Career Path of the Exceptional Soul. If you haven't studied astrology, it could be too technical, but stay tuned! My first e-book on flower essences will be out in the next several months as well. If you'd like to download a sample of the astrology book or get on my mailing list to be notified when the essence book comes out, click on the banner ad above and visit Moon Maven Publications.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Donna Cunningham, MSW is co-editor for Vibration Magazine and is also a well-known astrologer and author with over 35 years experience. For more information about her services, including her design services, visit her web page.

Art credits: Background tile from our featured artist, Lesa Motz. Photos from Photos.com. Java script at the opening of the page is from Dynamic Drive.

The World Wide Essence Society does not mean to imply any recommendation of nor give certification to any individuals or companies above. This article is provided purely for informational purposes. We ask consumers to make their own determination as to quality of the services and products offered above. This article is not meant to be advice, and the information is not meant to replace medical or psychological treatment.
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