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What Colour is Thursday?

Hi my friend,

Did you get an answer?

What colour popped into your mind when you read the title of this blog?

Did you even get a colour? (If you did then do let me know in the comments box below this post)

Maybe you thought it was the oddest question.

If you smiled with recognition and got a colour right away, if you get other colours for other words, names, numbers and letters then you may have what is known as ‘Grapheme Synaesthesia’.

Yes it has a name! And no you are not losing your marbles after all.

And you are not alone.

Apparently around 1% of the population have senses that cross over in this way.

 

There are also different kinds of Synaesthesia.

For some people words and letters have a specific taste or smell, for others each musical note or chord has a specific colour or colours, or a taste or smell.

With Grapheme Synaesthesia words, numbers and letters have specific colours.

 

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Up until just a few years ago I thought everyone experienced the world as colour in the way I do so I thought little of it.

Once I realised that it wasn’t really the norm, I started doing some research and discovered that actually there are people out there with this same sensory quirk who might not realise it is unusual. An estimated 1% of the population.

Nothing like a statistic to make you feel special!

I was amazed, once I posted about this on Facebook, many of you told me that you have the same or a similar experience. It was comforting to chat with some of you who share this wonderful oddity.

 

So why do we perceive the world this way?

Is it part of our awakening senses or is it how we are made?

According to research by neuroscientists at Oxford University people with Grapheme Synaesthesia have something quite different about their brains:

 

The researchers stimulated their subjects’ visual cortex using a method called transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Compared with normal subjects, people with the synesthesia required only one-third the stimulation to experience phosphenes, or transient flashes of light.

“We all have different thresholds in the brain, and synesthetes have a lower threshold,” said the study’s lead author, Devin Blair Terhune, a neuroscientist at Oxford.”

“We all associate numbers and colors to some extent. The study provides some interesting insight into how cortical excitability may be related to conscious awareness.”

– From ‘Getting a Handle on Why 4 Equals Green’ By SINDYA N. BHANOO (Published: November 21, 2011 in the New York Times)

 

 

(By the way Synaesthesia can be spelled either with or without the ‘a’ after the ‘n’)

 

So our brains are different!

That’s why we see lights and colours in response to certain stimulation…..fascinating.

I also believe the enhancement of our senses can occur after trauma, as part of our personal awakening and as part of the evolution of human consciousness.

 

Are you one of my fellow ‘colour sensers’?

Do leave a comment below and share your experiences. I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

‘THE COLOURS OF LIFE’

I’ll be sharing a short, fun experiment with you soon to reveal how YOU might experience your world as colour.

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This will be part of my presentation ‘The Colours of Life’ on Saturday 23rd March 6pm EST (10pm GMT) at the free Luminaries Colour Conference which has been taking place throughout the month of March 2013 ONLINE HERE

I’d love you to come along and join in.

(We in the UK spell ‘Colour’ differently to those of you in the US, hence the variations above)

 

 

So how might Grapheme Synaesthesia or ‘colour sensing’ have a practical application?

What can you do with it other than simply enjoy it?

Having senses that cross over can enhance all your creative projects.

Research at the Institute of Psychology in bern, Switzerland in 2010 (Perception, 2010, volume 39, pages 718 – 720) found a higher percentage of Synaesthetes among art students.

Some of the the greatest artists have or had Grapheme Synaesthesia such as Wassily Kandinsky and David Hockney.

K3 Wassily Kandinsky Concentric Circles ‘Concentric Circles’ by Wassily Kandinsky (I had a poster of this painting on my wall at Uni when studying Art History)

 

 

TRY THIS FOR FUN: I have found it fascinating to try to paint the colours of a word or meaningful sentence.

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The above image roughly captures how I see the colours of each of the letters in the word AWAKEN.

Below I turn this into a piece of artwork…

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When I work and create this way, the energy of that meaningful word or sentence is infused into the painting.

The painting then becomes a symbol and transmitter of that meaning and energy.

Give it a go for yourself.

 

 

My choice of colours on my website, on my audio covers, in my artwork and in my newsletter for example are all influenced by my Grapheme Synaesthesia, which is really just a label for a way of perceiving the world beyond the usual way the 5 senses are experienced and where those senses cross over.

This awareness also seems to spill over into other areas of my life and work.

Do you find the same?

Let me know. Leave a comment below.

 

 

For example, emotions all have different colours to me.

ANGER

FEAR

JEALOUSY/INSECURITY

When I pick up on someone’s emotions, I experience them not only as an empath; feeling them as my own but also as colours.

Anger, fear and jealousy for example are clouds of coloured energy that I see moving within people when they are feeling them. These emotional energy colours have a dull, opaque and sludgy quality to them whereas when they are feeling LOVE, the energy of that feeling is luminous, pearlescent and bursting with life.

 

 

I’m sure this quirk in my brain must have something to with my ability to ‘read’ soul essence colours and to perceive what Eckhart Tolle calls the ‘Pain Body’. All of this is jolly helpful to me as a sort of map of understanding when I am scanning someone’s energy, doing an Email Reading or Lightworker Skype Session.

What are some of the other ways that you interpret and experience every day life as colour?

I’d love to hear about your experiences and am excited to read your comments below.

 

 

And do stop by for my presentation ‘The Colours of Life’ on Saturday 23rd March 6pm EST (10pm GMT) at the free Luminaries Colour Conference ONLINE HERE

Bye for now.

Lots of love,

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Comments

  1. Thursday is a dark bluish-purple for me. I am 44 years old and have seen days and months in colour as long as I can remember. I didn’t give it a moment’s thought until about a year ago when I watched a video on YouTube by a fellow Resident in the MMORPG Second Life who said she had Synesthesia. I had no idea until then that it was even a condition that not everyone had, even if I had thought about it, as it had never affected my life in any way. It still doesn’t and I’ll never bring the subject up with others around me as they’ll probably think I’m weird or crazy. But it’s very reassuring to know that there are others like me :)

  2. Antony Prince says:

    I instantly think of the colour yellow for Thursday

  3. Thursday is a shade between blue and purple to me. Monday is kind of orange, Tuesday is blue, Wednesday is green, Friday is red, Saturday is white and Sunday is light yellow. I have always subconsciously associated days and months with colors, letters with genders, and stuff. But I don’t actually see it, it’s just on the back of my mind. For example, when I think about Friday, I see red in my head automatically. I don’t think that makes me a synesthete, though I must be a very visual person. :)

    • Kimberley Jones says:

      Thanks for sharing that Danna,
      No it doesn’t always make you a synaesthete to make colour associations with words, people, things etc. Sometimes people have this experience if they are very creative or are an Energy Intuitive. For Synaesthete’s there are specific tests that confirm it.
      K ♥

  4. Green is my colour for Thursday. Numbers also have colours as do words and names. As a teacher, aware of being synaesthetic, I have asked full classes of kids questions which would alert them to seek this enjoyable experience of seeing the world with many senses. I would play music, spread out art materials and ask them to draw whatever they ‘saw’. Very interesting results……

  5. Well I feel special! I’m glad I found this out now, I’m 13, and it might make explaining things a bit easier for me. Thursday is a dark green, with like a bit of lines i guess mixed in. It’s difficult to describe.

    • Kimberley Jones says:

      Hi Erin,
      Dark green. Cool! Thanks for reading my post and for leaving a comment. Welcome to the site! How did you find it btw?
      K ♥

  6. Thursday Is Blue/ Blue Grey, or Blue+Black combo, the tone of Blue / amount of grey mixed in, or black faded into, depends on the Collective Energies I sense for that particular Thursday… :)

  7. Grimacing cynically, Yellow popped into my head associated with Black (and no derivative argument) – however interesting when reading Dianne’s submission (complementary effect?).

  8. Thursday has always been pea green!

  9. Nicole Hurley says:

    Oddly enough the color that popped into my head was actually yellow:) I will have to look into this a bit more.
    Thank you for the wonderful website( I just stumbled across it) and what you are doing for others. It is greatly appreciated!
    Love and light♥

  10. Dianne McCown says:

    Hello Kimberley,
    I will actually tell you the facts of the answer to this question from an authentic perspective. The seven days of the week are named after the Sun the Moon and the five major planets. Monday is moon day, the colors are silver and blue; Tuesday is Mars day, the color is red, Wednesday is Mercury day, the color is yellow; Thursday (Thor) is JUpiter day, the color is purple; Friday is Venus day, the color is black; Saturday is Saturn day, the color is brown, and Sunday is Sun day, the color is gold. And there you have it:) Hugs, Dianne

  11. Thursday sounds like a ruby red to me…

  12. I got green because of the fourth day of the week and the fourth chakra. This is fun!

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Blue! A bright and vibrant blue … :)

  14. Beautiful COLOURS all under my perceptual view

  15. Never really thought about before, but, I went thru the days of the week and tried associating a colour with each. Monday was Red (as people often get fed up that they’re back at work after the weekend), Tuesday was green – (a more healing and reflective colour after all that red), Wednesday was Yellow/Gold – mid-week optimism. Thursday was Orange (for joy and warmth to see you throu the rest of the week), Friday was Cerise Pink (to celebrate loving the last working day of the week) :-)
    Love and Bright Blessings x

  16. Celeste Oliver says:

    I was always aware of associating colors with numbers and to an extent, days. And I was an art major in school.
    one – white, two – grey, three – green, four – yellow, five – red, six – blue, seven – kelly green
    eight – brown, nine – grey, ten – black
    Sunday – white, Mondays – brown,Tuesdays & Thursdays – red, Wednesdays – green, Fridays -green, Saturday – yellow
    I only learned a few months ago there was an actual name for this.
    Thanks for posting!

  17. Thursday definitely has a color: it popped right away as I read your question on FB! And to me it’s a turquoise blue going on a pretty teal. :-)

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