In my previous article on The Power of Colour, I showed you how to bring in self-nurturing using coral. This time, I’m going to share with you some colour alchemy wisdom that will help you have more impact in the workplace.
This is an area where nearly all women get it wrong and end up sabotaging themselves without realising it!
Are your colours undermining you at work?
If I asked you to choose which colour would give you the most power, respect and credibility at work, what would you say?
Red perhaps? That forceful, ‘in your face’ power colour of the 1980s?
Or maybe you’d go with a generic black because you believe it’s authoritative and gives you credibility.
What if I were to tell you that wearing these can actually make your work experience worse and even undermine your authority?
Well, it’s true. These colours do undermine women. Why? Because they have a very specific effect on our brains and give clear psychological messages. These messages make us appear less credible, and which increase our own stress!
What do those conventional power colours REALLY say?
Black says “authority”, yes, but it is a very defensive colour. It says, “I don’t want to show my true colours, I’m hiding behind this rigid facade”.
It also has a very weakening effect on the female energy field. What I mean by this is that wearing black actually makes our bodies feel unsafe. This means we’re likely to be more stressed, hold back more, and overall make a less positive impression. That’s assuming people actually see us at all! A woman wearing black is pretty much invisible.
So, what about the opposite extreme? That 1980s red?
Red is powerful and does represent money, but it is also the colour of anger and survival. If you wear red, you’re likely to bring out confrontation in others, and trigger their scarcity fears. If you go into a negotiation wearing red, you’ll end up with a confrontation and a battle. Red makes people believe there isn’t enough and they need to grab everything they can for themselves.
In a nutshell, those are colours from the male paradigm. When a woman wears them, trying to emulate those benchmarks of the status quo, all that happens is a mismatch that subtly undermines us. All it creates is high tension energy that introduces the struggle we want to avoid.
Now, let me introduce you to a much better alternative!
The colour for female authority.
If you are going to harness the power of colour to increase your authority and credibility, you need a female power colour, not a male one.
One of the most effective colours to use is turquoise.
Yes, turquoise. Turquoise naturally inspires heartfelt communication. It is the colour that inspires trust, allows knowledge and wisdom to flow. It is also the colour of the natural teacher. If you want to be taken seriously, be appreciated for your wisdom, and put other people at ease, then turquoise is the way to go.
Not only that, but the colour is deeply de-stressing and relaxing. It works with the frequencies of your brainwaves, gently releasing the patterns associated with anxiety and overwhelm, and brings in calmness and wellbeing.
If you want those around you to see you as the authority, as someone to trust and inspire them, then turquoise will actually create that energy. It’s also aligned with your feminine energy, and so gives out a harmonious empowered message. It makes you feel self-assured, and in control.
Obviously, you don’t have to wear turquoise head to toe, which might be a bit much!
However, key items of your outfit – blouse, jacket or scarf – teamed with a soft neutral (not black) will give a sophisticated, powerful, feminine authority. Your mind and body will feel safer, and more grounded. Your stress will be lower, your confidence higher, and you’ll project a completely different energy to those around you.
Experience the power of turquoise for yourself
To prove just how effective turquoise is for bringing in harmony, use the beautiful photo in the header of the article to get some benefits right now.
Take a few moments to yourself. Focus on your heart for a few moments and take a few deep breaths. Now breathe out and gaze at this turquoise image. Imagine breathing in the beautiful colour. Feel it soaking into your lungs, and sinking into the cells of your body. With each inhale the turquoise works its magic through your system.
After just a couple of minutes, you’ll find yourself more relaxed, more in control and more empowered.
Dr. Anne Whitehouse.
Alchemy. Lifestyle. Mental Wellbeing. Women’s Empowerment.
Photo by Scott Web.