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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??? 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 color meanings?

Do Colors Mirror Chakras?

The day I did one of my first Reiki healing touch treatments on someone and suddenly saw the color RED, 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 is yellow, and maybe slightly with the 4th (Heart) Chakra which is green — 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 on 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.

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Joe Sunova

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

For what it’s worth …

Almost 40 years ago I had about 5 or 6 sessions with a hypnotist to stop smoking cigarettes.

Each session began with his soft spoken relaxation countdown with me in a comfortable reclining chair with my eyes closed. The countdown took about 10 minutes or so, and as it progressed he intermittently asked what color I was “seeing”. It wasn’t until I answered “purple” that his suggestions began (which mostly had to do with feeling ever more relaxed and visualizing my not smoking and how good I felt about not smoking).

My typical countdown color sequence was red, followed by blue, then finally purple as I went deeper (and in reverse order as I was gradually “awakened” at the end of the session).

At my first session he hat told me that the significance of purple meant that I was in a completely relaxed state and open to suggestions.

As an aside, I am happy to say I haven’t had a cigarette since then.

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

This is fascinating! I'm really starting to agree with you that purple indicates a frequency of brain waves that correlates with relaxation and openness to healing. Congrats on your successful hypnosis and quitting!


Monday 18th of October 2021

Yes, I see all the chakra colors exactly as they are described. Red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple. They come to me, move towards my closed eyes in a spiral motion one after another. It happens mainly when I wake up in the morning and before I fall asleep in the evening. I think this I the awakened kundalini. When I do eft tapping session or matrix reimprinting session they almost always end with that rainbow spiral. Once I started doing eft and mp on a regular basis to clear up my energy blockages I even started seeing the colors of people' s emotions. All it takes to be able to see like that is to free energy. It takes a free flow of energy within the body. Less blocked energy= more seeing. Or, more free energy= more seeing.

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

I agree with you that seeing the colors indicates less blocked, more free energy. I have only just started to get into EFT tapping and this makes me curious to do more. I haven't heard of matrix reimprinting but am headed to look it up now! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your thoughts.


Monday 13th of September 2021

Lillie Can you also explain the meaning of images we see during meditations? I know there is a site that deals with that but can't find it. Images of an eye is supposed to be a sign the third eye is opening....

Lillie Marshall

Monday 13th of September 2021

Good question! That will be the topic of upcoming articles. For now I'm still in the research phase, so feel free to share any insights you have.


Monday 13th of September 2021

Lillie, How can I thank you enough? I teach Extra Ocular Vision ( seeing without eyes) and seeing colours is one way for me to gauge their progress. They do describe colours and movements but I was not able explain what the colours and movements mean. I was searching for interpretations. You have done an amazing job of even showing pictures of the movements

Lillie Marshall

Monday 13th of September 2021

Raymond, Thank you so much for your kind words -- happy to help! -- and for giving a name to this phenomenon. I'd never heard of "Extra Ocular Vision" before, but that term fits this perfectly. I'm curious to hear more about what you teach!


Friday 27th of August 2021

I've been seeing these for the past 12 years and always wondered about it. It feels soothing and calming, healing even. So i assumed that's what it meant. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Lillie Marshall

Saturday 28th of August 2021

I really agree with you that it's calming, soothing, and healing. Yesterday I had a hypnotherapy appointment and WOW did I ever see a ton of purple and yellow-green! The colors were more blotchy than the more even and neat pictures I drew here, and had a shiny and luminous white light to them -- glowing. Indeed, the session was very therapeutic, so these colors are definitely good!

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