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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 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 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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Ime

Sunday 1st of May 2022

I just recently started meditating and started seeing deep purple waves. Occasionally I will see what looks like lightning of hot pink or electric blue. I thought it was a function of having my eyes closed. I’m new to this and had never heard of seeing colors. When I googled it, I was very relieved and happy to see that this actually happens and that it wasn’t me doing something wrong. Thank you for this blog Lillie and thank you all for sharing your journeys!

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

My pleasure, Ime! Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience, and keep up your meditation work!

Mary

Monday 21st of March 2022

Like others, when I meditate I see purple, yellow, green, chartreuse, and what seems like faces popping in and out. Today was the first day I listened to binaural beats while meditating and the color experience intensified. What meditation practices, breathing practices, mantra, do you employ when you meditate?

Lillie Marshall

Saturday 26th of March 2022

So interesting -- thanks for sharing! For my daily meditation, I use chanting mantras from Insight Timer, but what really makes me see colors is meditation paired with Reiki, or healing touch. I agree with you that binaural beats really help.

Stefanie

Monday 7th of March 2022

Every time I meditate or do reiki, I see indigo with a white light that swallows the indigo almost like a bullseye. Today the white light morphed into a chartreuse as it reached the center. The deeper I go into this consciousness I am able to see energy vibrations and visions of places and people though I haven’t been able to make sense of all of them.

Thank you for sharing your journey.

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

Beautiful images! Thank you for sharing.

L

Monday 7th of March 2022

I've seen dark purple that was all around then shrinking into the middle with sharp leafy corners in black. Then it became green and the same happened until it was gone. All while connecting to the Akashic records.

Any explanation would be appreciated.

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

So interesting! Dark purple would be either 6th or 7th Chakra (intuition, healing, and connecting to universal energy), while black is the Earth Star Chakra (womb-like creation and growth). Green is the heart chakra, about compassionate love. Might any of these elements connect to you?

Carolinia De Lacey

Thursday 3rd of March 2022

I just found this site looking for info on the colors I see behind my eyes. I never knew others see these. I’m a retired RN and saw the bright green first on a locker in the nurses station with my eyes open. I see colors all the time but since my daughter died a year ago I see bright purple with a yellow bright Centre the colors move and are circular. Sometimes they come when I think of my daughter and sometimes just spontaneously and I feel she is there. Im so glad to read that others see this as none of my friends and family see them or have heard of this and likely think I’m nuts. I’ve thought this a blessing and have See gorgeous galaxies and other patterns and most all colors but didn’t know they were representative of the chakras. Thank you for writing about this!