Rainbows: a reflection of how we relate to each other

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Rainbows: a reflection of how we relate to each other

What would happen to the rainbow, and the white light it comes from, if the colours related to each other the way we often do as humans?

Would Red get angry with Violet and try to shut down that lovely purple expression?

Would Green get jealous of Yellow and wish to be more like it, while wishing it ill?

Would Blue distance itself from Indigo because it felt lesser?

Does Orange pick fights because it doesn’t feel loved, included or listened to by its companion colours?


Back in the middle of the 17th century the renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton was experimenting with prisms, trying to figure out how you get the spectrum of 7 colours like the rainbow when you shine rays of sunlight through the glass. He did work it out, and it came down to mathematical relationships of the colours hidden in the ray of white light with the air and glass it was passing through. The colours are not truly separate; they are a continuum of light energy frequencies that blend each into the next as the energy changes. All these relationships – between the air and the light frequencies, between the glass and the light frequencies, and between the frequencies themselves (the colours), are very precise, ordered, consistent, and harmonious. If they were not we would not have the white light, the one ray, and the perfect, consistent spectrum of the rainbow that expresses from it.

The One Ray contains within it all the Rays.

When the One Ray shines through Substance, it can express all the beauty and diversity that is concealed within it.

Now what does all this about rainbows and colours from the one ray of white light have to do with humans and our 'vices' like anger, jealousy, comparison and lovelessness, etc?

Well, just like the colours of the spectrum, each of us is a specific part of One – of one group energy, one humanity, one universe, one God expressing all the beauty and diversity that is contained within Her/Him. In our true essence we all have a place in our spectrum, a role, a set of precise, ordered relationships in harmony with each other and the One that contains us and of which we are each an essential part. But are we being true to our essence? Are we behaving as a one-unified group of different energy expressions making the whole? No – we are like crazy chaotic colours, competing, fighting, envying, clashing, separating and disrupting the beautiful spectrum that we can be.

What if we could change the way we see ourselves and each other – being true to ourselves and our purpose without any comparison with our brothers, appreciating instead of being upset by their differences, knowing they are an integral part of one glorious whole?


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