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Seeing Colors During Meditation: Purple, Yellow, and More

Am I Visualizing Energy Flow?

I’m writing this article in the hopes that others who experience the same phenomenon will connect to try to make sense of it: Why do I see colors — almost always purple (indigo) and gold-yellow — whenever I’m in a certain meditative state??? What’s the meaning of this purple aura? Let’s go into the details.

Seeing purple color during meditation
The colors I see when in a meditative state are purple and gold.

Seeing Purple Color… When?

What spurs me to see indigo and gold? It happens whenever I’m in a certain relaxed and connected state: sometimes during deep meditation, by the middle of a professional massage, during a very deep conversation, and always during acupuncture or Reiki.

The Colors I See Move in a Specific Way

With my eyes closed, I can watch the purple and gold swirl and play. The direction and type of movement the colors do always reflects what’s happening with my energy.

An Example from Acupuncture Energy Work

The moment I realized that the colors moved with purpose was when I was in my third trimester of pregnancy and went to an acupuncture appointment to ease discomfort. As I lay on the table with the needles doing their work, I closed my eyes and wondered if the colors would come.

Indeed they did: Indigo and greenish gold popped up in blobs, bobbing and weaving. Then they began a distinct downward movement. I watched as the purple and yellow alternated pulsing downward, from my head towards my feet. This is what it looked like:

Seeing colors during meditation
The way the colors move mirrors the energy flow.

At the end of the half hour, my acupuncturist came back into the room and explained that the needles she’d placed were on the specific pressure points to move my energy from my head downwards, in order to prepare the flow for birth.

I was shocked: this confirmed that the flow I’d been distinctly seeing behind my eyes in color form mirrored the exact energy direction my acupuncturist had created — even though she hadn’t told me, or placed the idea in my mind. The colors were saying something and were moving with purpose. Whoa!

Seeing indigo color during meditation
It’s fascinating watching the colors play.

What Does Seeing Colors Mean?

Over the years I’ve been researching what this phenomenon could indicate. We’ve already discussed the direction they move mirroring energy flow, but what about the meanings of these meditation colors? Each hue might have a purpose…

Do Colors Mirror Chakras?

The day I did one of my first Reiki healing touch treatments on someone and suddenly saw the color RED then began seeing orange, I realized that each person must have different energy colors. It was an odd moment seeing this new color — I was so used to always purple and gold, that I though that’s all I’d ever visualize. It got me thinking about the meaning behind each color, and why some people might have more of one than another. The answer might be found in reading about body chakras… especially the purple chakra.

Which is the Purple Chakra?

According to body chakra teaching, purple light correlates with either the 6th (Third Eye) or 7th (Crown) chakra at the top of the head or above the body. Both are about higher consciousness. Perhaps when I’m seeing purple, indigo, or violet, I’m tapping into the purple chakra, and thus the wider universe of human energy?

My guess is the color I’m seeing is more the 6th (purple chakra), because the 7th chakra is both violet and white, and one day when I was doing Reiki on someone, I distinctly saw his white sparkling light, which was very different than my purple. Another time I saw black, which might be connected with the Earth Star Chakra in the 12-Chakra system.

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What Do Yellow, Green, or Gold Light Mean?

Seeing purple light makes sense with chakra theory, but why would I also then also always see yellow-green? That color likely correlates with the 3rd (Solar Plexus) Chakra which has a yellow aura, and maybe slightly with the 4th (Heart) Chakra which has a green aura — both in the center of the body. The third chakra is about strength, confidence, and willpower, and the fourth about love and healing.

It’s interesting to me that my soul would select the colors purple and yellow, and always only these two — unless I’m doing Reiki meditation with someone else. The one time I was able to generate different colors within myself was during my first Kundalini Reiki training years ago, during a group meditation. At that point I distinctly saw green and several other colors I hadn’t seen before, perhaps because of the powerful energy of others present in the room, and the high level of training of the Reiki master teaching us. (If you’re near Massachusetts, I now run my own Boston Reiki practice, so feel free to connect.)

Seeing Colors During Meditation and YOU

I’m thankful to the wonders of digital art that I could finally draw and make tangible and visible what I see behind my eyes on a weekly basis, so perhaps I could find others who resonate with this experience that happens in the liminal space of energy work, so we might make sense of it together.

Do see my NEW article on chakra colors and healing, which grew from your messages from this post! If any of this rings true for you, feel free to reach out in the comments section, or by the social media contacts below.

Other Meditation Colors

See all my articles about seeing colors during meditation, Reiki, acupuncture, massage, and healing. What's the meaning and purpose, and how does it connect with chakras? Learn here.


Saturday 22nd of April 2023

Hi! Great explanation and illustrations. I also see gold and purple lights when meditating and before sleeping. I can see them with open eyes if the room is so dark. Sometimes in the middle of the light circle some 3D images, faces, animals appear. They all are like made out of light, like spirits i guess. Sometimes when I suddenly wake up I see a cat like creature thats watching me. It is not scary but exciting. Does it happen to you too? Do you know what does it mean? Thank you

Lillie Marshall

Monday 24th of April 2023

Thanks for your kind words and for sharing your experiences! Some similar things have happened to me, and I would say to just be open and curious about them. There are a number of ways they could be interpreted, so journaling or discussing the symbolism of the images with others can be helpful. Enjoy!


Wednesday 19th of April 2023

Thank YOU so much for sharing this. I have been meditating for 2 months and today I decided to do a mid day meditation. This was the first time that I experienced visuals this bright. It was exactly like your purple and yellow illustration in the circle! It was amazing. I googled to see what this meant and came across your page. Anyways thank you for sharing!

Lillie Marshall

Friday 21st of April 2023

I'm thrilled that you were able to resonate with my drawings! Keep up your exploration and be in touch.


Sunday 9th of April 2023

I see the same colors! I often wondered why those 2 although sometimes royal blue makes an appearance. Usually for my in meditation it’s a purple background and yellow/ green circling in the middle like a dance like a lava lamp sometimes. Also on a rare occasion my consciousness might feel like it’s spinning, swaying, tilting, like floating and swirling in space although I am still sitting physically. It’s very cool to see that I’m not alone!

Lillie Marshall

Monday 10th of April 2023

You are in very good company! For more about seeing blue, see here:


Tuesday 7th of February 2023

Hey what's fascinating is I recently had an energy healing session and I saw purple and yellow that looked just like your drawing! I tend to see purple, blue or green when I meditate. I once had my root chakra opened up through reiki and I saw vivid red then. Very cool!

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 7th of February 2023

It’s so amazing (and very satisfying) when what we see matches the chakra colors so perfectly! Happy energizing!


Monday 30th of January 2023

I just had an EEG and was seeing purple coming in waves from the outside of my eyes to the center which was gold. I see color behind my eyes when relaxing or falling asleep. I thought everyone did, but I never saw it pulsate or move so rapidly before. When I got home I decided to look it up because I had a friend years ago that was studying Reiki who told me that energy had different colors and meanings. I stumbled across your page and I am fascinated by what I have learned! Thank you for sharing this.

Lillie Marshall

Monday 30th of January 2023

Dawn, So glad you found this article, and thank you for sharing your experience! I've started to become very curious about the intersection of the neuroscience (what the brain is doing) and the spiritual with these colors. Keep us posted if you have any further insights!