The Color Pink

September 19, 2011 5:29 PM

The Color of Self-Love

I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and... I believe in miracles. – Audrey Hepburn

Pink is much more than a variation of red. Pink combines the energies of white and red; white represents the potential for fullness, red helps achieve that potential. While it does not hold its own space on the standard color wheel or in the Prang watercolor set, it is recognized as having great power and influence, in both the Feng Shui and the Chakra traditions. 

These pink water lilies bring a love energy to the pond in my yard, which is in the love section of the property, the far right. I am very fond of pink and have it scattered throughout my yard and home in the form of roses (as pictured below) and pink accents in the bedroom.

Pink, along with green, represent the heart chakra. Pink however, uniquely represents love of self; green representing love of others. Because we must love ourselves before we can love others, pink is a very important color and when used properly, can have a huge impact in our lives. Pink provides feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth and acceptance. It naturally represents purity and innocence of heart. It helps increase our capacity to give to and receive love from others. It reflects the joy of life and tenderness; adding a soft, gentle quality to life. Pink is helpful when dealing with loss and emotional suffering.

Physiologically, diet therapist use pink as an appetite suppressant. This color relaxes muscles, relieves tension, and is soothing – perfect for therapy and waiting rooms. Often prisons use pink to initially calm the otherwise aggressive inmates. However, long-term exposure to pink can make prisoners more agitated once they become accustom to it.

Pink is extremely gender specific, more than any other color. This is helpful when corporations are selling specifically to women and young girls. When you walk down the Barbie isle in a store, pink is nearly the only color you see. Most lotions and soaps are targeted toward women through the use of this feminine color.

There is a natural downside to pink. Studies have shown that large amounts of pink can create physical weakness in people. Also, if you are using pink in your logo or marketing materials you will are limiting the appeal of your product to only women. Which is only good if that is your intention. It may be smarter to choose colors that will not limit the appeal of your product.

How to use pink to affect your life:

Wear pink when you want to present yourself as a peaceful, calm person who is not threatening. This is helpful as a teacher, when on a first date, or when working with others as a healer. Walking into a massage therapy session and being greeted by a person adorned in warm pink sets a stage of relaxation and tenderness from the very first moment.

When deciding what to wear to an interview, choose pink when you want to downplay your power. For instance, my good friend is tall, stunning and has a very powerful, intimidating personality, though is also very kindhearted. She just received her nursing degree and set out to get a job as a psych nurse, where her intimidation skills would serve the facility well. However, those interviewing her were intimidated and she was not getting a job. We decided to experiment with her outfit and she chose a pink cashmere sweater set to wear to the next interview. She got the job and is thriving in the position.

In the Feng Shui tradition, practitioners recommend intentionally placing soft pink objects in the love and marriage section of the home or space. When working with the Bagua, this is the far, right-hand corner; with compass directions, it is the southwest area of the home or space. When the goal is romantic love, always make the sure to represents two people or a pair of objects. While a man will not feel comfortable in an all pink room, pink can be used as a strong accent color to properly stimulate the energy of this love space.

Pink gemstones can be used to promote love, self-worth, order and protection from violence or aggression. Wear on your body or place around your office or home, pink gemstones to stimulate healing, love and beauty. Pink gemstones include rose quartz, opal, tourmaline, and pink sapphire. They are thought to open the heart chakra.

When you wear pink you are saying to the world, “I deeply love and accept myself.” “I am warm, kind and gentle and I am open to receiving.”

For more information on color, please check out the previous posts:

Introduction: Using Color as a Tool for Self Improvement

The Color Red

The Color Yellow

The Color Orange

The Color Green

The Color Blue

The Color Indigo

The Color Purple

The Color Pink

The Color Grey

The Color Black

The Color White

For further reading, check out these sources:
Leatrice Eiseman’s Web site,
Marian Davis, Visual Design in Dress, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Inc., 1980.

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