The Transcendental Reality of Color
By Dr. Enrico Vinci of the Central Sperimentale Radiestesia (CESPERA), Rome, Italy. Translated from their Bulletins by Markham House Press, Ltd., 13 King's Road, London SW3, and published in the October 1961 issue of "Pendulum".
The CESPERA group's activity has been both concentrated and regular and has been directed mainly towards the study of the effect of the presence of opaque colors and of surroundings illuminated by colored lights on radiesthesic phenomena.
A substantial difference exists between opaque color, colored light, and reflected light. In fact, according to the current theory of the nature of light, this is nothing other than a magnetic vibration of a particular wavelength which sensitizes the optic nerve and is interpreted by the mind as a particular color, thereby revealing the existence of a transcendental reality on a higher (spiritual) plane. This transforms a quantitative phenomenon (frequency of the light vibrations) into a qualitative (color).
This applies particularly in the case of opaque color. When an object appears to be of a definite color, we have an absorption by the object itself of the different light vibrations and the reflection of one of these only, so that we see only the color reflected. Since color forms a part of the fundamental qualities of different substances, it would be correct to say that the true color is the one absorbed and not that which is reflected! This is important from the angle of the color of the clothes we wear. The color they absorb is the exact complement of that which is seen.
With reflected color the position is reversed, at any rate from the point of view of the subject who is enveloped in it. This is the case with wallpaper colors: it is a fact that the colors reflected from the walls invest the subject who is surrounded by them.
Where colored light is concerned the case is different. The tinted screen represents a simple, but complete, instrument for selecting the light waves corresponding to the various colors. The tinted screens permit of the creation of an environment saturated with light of a well-defined wavelength, of sufficient intensity to induce reactions such as may be studied on the physical and radiesthesic levels.
Contrary, therefore, to reflected light, the tinted screen acts as a filter which retains the color complementary to that which is allowed to pass through. Instead, the instrument which serves to separate the various wavelengths contained in white light (or to subdivide it?) is the prism, and the only person to study it thoroughly in relation to the colors it creates -- termed prismatic by him -- was Goethe; who, besides  enjoying world fame as a poet, was also a scientist of a type closer to our views than to those of so-called official science.
NATURAL SOLENOIDS AND COLOR
The first part of the studies of the Group was devoted to Natural Solenoids in relation to the possibility of the transmission of a colored wave. For this, we availed ourselves of the services not only of radiesthesists but also of excellent sensitives belonging to the CESPERA group.
By "natural solenoids" we mean the horns of animals and in particular those of the ram, used already by the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. We made use of models constructed of steel wire and formed of two solenoids placed at the sides of the head like a crown, with a view to creating a carrier wave on which the cerebral wave could travel. The subject transmitting gazed intently at a sheet of brightly colored paper. The receiver was placed opposite, with the center of his head in the nodal point located by the pendulum, and his reactions were registered. Our research gave positive and uniform results, at least for the following colors: RED -- excitation, heat. BLUE -- calm. VIOLET -- calm.
(The use of the pendulum to locate the critical and all-important Nodal point should be seriously considered by Associates, especially in the attempts to photograph etheric forms and beings. RC)
The two most indicative colors, which allowed of no shadow of doubt were: SKY GREY -- a sense of oppression and of asthma. GREEN -- relaxation, expansion of the chest, deep breathing.
The same study was repeated by placing before the subject a sample of some familiar medicinal substance, such as aspirin, chamomile bark, coffee, etc. The results were not so satisfactory as in the case of the  colors, which shows that on this level color remains the means best adaptable to the purposes of a new therapeutic system.
In addition to the foregoing, other kinds of research have been carried out, again with the assistance of colors, though in this series colored light was used. A group of expert radiesthesists collaborated with a group of sensitives from our psychometry section. The object of the first investigation was to test which color of light best facilitated radiesthesic prospection; at the same time the sensitives were to check the sensations which the same lights aroused in them. In the second inquiry, the aim was to check which light was best adapted for prospection on a map for underground water, which time the sensitives were finding which light gave the best results in psychometric prospection. We give below the results, again positive and uniform, obtained in both cases and with various subjects: RED -- obstacle or negative reaction. GREEN -- increased movement of the pendulum; for the sensitives a feeling of increased contact with the sample.
TESTS FOR LIFE AND DEATH
In the final investigation we were concerned with life and death, again with the help of tinted screens. In this instance these were placed in contact with, and above, the photographs which constituted the subject of the test. Positive and unanimous results indicated that the blue screen was the one best adapted for this purpose, imparting to the pendulum a positive rotation over photos of living persons and negative in the case of those deceased.
The above are the most important of our researches in the field -- which is all our own -- of colors and colored light as they affect prospection and radiesthesic therapeutics. We are happy to feel that we have thus made a by no means negligible contribution to the field of our studies by working seriously and methodically.
Apart from the work of this research group, we have devoted other meetings to discussions of the greatest interest to us. We have gone into the procedure suggested in "Radiesthesie pour Tous" for rejuvenation, with the help of two photographs and a magnet; success was satisfactory. At another meeting we considered a stone struck by lightning. This had already been used by the Etruscans for therapeutic purposes; both radiesthesists and sensitives recognized the force and virtue in it. On another occasion, experiments were made with a new method (likewise advocated in R.p.T.) of prospecting by means of two pendulums, held one in each hand. They rotate in opposite directions in the event of an affirmative reply and in the same direction if negative. One pendulum is held over the sample and the other over the object of the investigation. Our results were positive. At yet another meeting we examined colored geometrical figures (again following R.p.T.) with a view of checking the psychic reaction at the moment of contemplating them (Mandela type). There was agreement between the yellow disc and the violet lozenge. The Yellow Disc gives Vitality, Force, Heat; the Violet Lozenge, on the contrary, gives a calming influence.
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