An acquaintance approached me the other day in the supermarket to invite me to a talk she is giving soon. This cheery and enthusiastic person is a qualified naturopath originally from the U.K. Her study thesis was on the benefits of raw cacao (chocolate) in the treatment of depression. Not too surprising when so many reach for chocolate as a ‘feel good’ food. While we were conversing, another woman walked over and shared this surprising fact: when she was depressed she couldn’t see rainbows. She couldn’t see the colour. This is fascinating, don’t you think, when one considers that at least from the biblical times of Noah the rainbow has been a symbol of hope. To be depressed is to some extent to lose hope, to forget that the sun is still shining despite the temporary dark clouds around us.imagesZAST5BVI

Our family spent the summer of ’98 in a bach at Whatuwhiwhi. It was a hot, dry summer and we swam and walked virtually every day. I would hang a simple portable rope swing from a pohutukawa branch each time we took the girls to the beach. They would play for hours on the swing, in the sand, swimming . . . .P1010002

The bach suited us perfectly. It was small and low maintenance and so was the garden. But there were no flowers. And by the end of the summer I was craving the colour that flowers bring.

I spent some informal study time decades ago with an amazing elderly colour healer in Canada. She instilled in me the awareness of the importance of colour in our lives. The very simple suggestion she gave was to consider carefully each morning which colour you would like to wear that day. This will be the colour that best harmonizes with you at the time. Each colour has a specific frequency that will, if chosen mindfully, best resonate with our energy field that day. Try it.

spring-colorsNear the end of my years of backpacking in the late 1980s I found myself on a train travelling from Germany to the Netherlands. I was fascinated to see the more gregarious nature of the passengers when I crossed the border near Groningen in the north of the Netherlands. Not only were the people more openly expressive and outwardly happy they were wearing brighter colours than the more soberly attired and less expressive Germans who had been my train-mates to that point.

Consider the importance of colour in your home, in your garden and in the clothes you wear. Choose carefully and create a harmonious environment around you. Shine brightly. Dare to be different. After all, are we not each a flower in God’s garden?

And if you wish to purchase raw cacao beans they can be found at Putiputi Ra Organic Traders in Whangarei or online from (based in Raumati South).

Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See