While meditating or doing bodywork like acupuncture or Reiki, you might suddenly start to see certain colors moving across your vision, even though your eyes are closed. These shades may move or form shapes… and you could start to wonder: “What do these meditation colors mean?” Read on to get insight.
My Experience with Meditation Colors
First, a bit about my qualifications to write this article. I am a trained Reiki healing touch practitioner who has experienced seeing meditation colors, myself, ever since I was young. When I’m in a certain relaxed state, I see purple and greenish-gold moving across the vision of my closed eyes — but I’ve started to see other colors now, too.
As I began my Reiki training several years ago and began using touch to help people, I realized that I see different colors depending on who I’m touching — which implies that these colors have different meanings and associations. As I talked with clients during our sessions, I began to see connections between their color auras and their individual characteristics and life situations.
I thought I was the only who one seeing colors during meditation happened to, until I published the article, “Seeing Colors During Meditation” in 2020 — and had hundreds of people write in that they’d experienced the same thing! (Take a moment to skim that comments section when you have a chance; it’s truly remarkable.)
This outpouring of community led to me to start researching the phenomenon of meditation colors more deeply, both by reading about chakra colors, and by noticing what happened during each individual Reiki session I held. The guide that follows is the results of years of this research, and I will continue to add to it as my experience grows.
What to Remember with Mediation Colors
A pattern I’ve noticed of people writing in after reading my articles about seeing meditation colors is that they’re worried — especially when they see a black aura. Here’s the good news: In every Reiki training I’ve ever done, and every article I’ve read, it turns out that seeing colors is NEVER a bad thing.
Yes, you should pay attention to them in the sense that they can indicate healing and energy shifts, or can give suggestions for future paths to wellness. However, NO, they do NOT indicate anything negative. Meditation colors (or colours, if you’re British) are not something to be scared of; rather, if you cultivate your mindfulness practice (here are some tips on daily meditation), you can learn to expand and benefit greatly from these colors.
What are YOUR Experiences with Meditation Colors?
Now I’m so curious to hear from you! What have been your experiences with seeing meditation colors? What patterns have you noticed? What conditions are best for seeing and expanding this phenomenon? What healing or insights have you felt as a result? Do share!
The author and artist, Lillie Marshall, is a National Board Certified Teacher of English and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. All art on this site is original and hand-drawn by Lillie. She launched DrawingsOf.com Educational Cartoons in 2020, building upon the success of her other two sites, AroundTheWorldL.com (established 2009) and TeachingTraveling.com (founded 2010). Subscribe to Lillie’s monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media to stay connected!