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Why is the Sky Feng Shui Blue?

Tue May 28 2013 | Author: Carol Olmstead
Feng Shui practitioners love using the color blue because it represents the Water Element that brings the attributes of relaxation and calmness. Blue lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and helps overcome anxiety and lack of self-confidence. But in nature, beyond water and sky, it seems that the appearance of blue is actually quite rare and prized. My colleague Dana Claudat, who writes the great blog The Tao of Dana, turned me on to a New York Times article about the compelling appearance of blue in nature and all its implications. According to the Times article, the color blue in its natural and artificial forms has shaped our notions of mood, social class, truth and divinity. From blueberries to blue cheese, from blue butterflies to peacocks, and including blue jeans and blue popsicles, the color blue seems to fascinate us.

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In Feng Shui, we recommend you surround yourself with blue if you are stressed and need to chill out. It’s the paint color choice to help an author who is struggling with writer’s block, or for anyone aspiring to an IT career, but it’s the color to avoid if you suffer from SAD or the winter blues.

Scientists, too, have lately been bullish on blue as they explore the physics and chemistry of blueness in nature. Some researchers are tracing the history of blue pigments in human culture, and the role those pigments played in shaping our notions of virtue, authority, divinity and social class. “Blue pigments played an outstanding role in human development,” said Heinz Berke, an emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Zurich. For some cultures, he said, blue pigments were as valuable as gold.

The love of blue is global:
• Ask people their favorite color, and in most parts of the world roughly half will say blue, a figure three to four times the support accorded common second-place finishers like purple or green.
• One in six Americans is blue-eyed, but nearly one in two people consider blue the prettiest eye color, which may be why 50 percent of tinted contact lenses are those that make your brown eyes blue.
• Sick children like their caretakers in blue: A recent study at the Cleveland Clinic found that young patients preferred nurses wearing blue uniforms to those in white or yellow.
• In a study that appeared in the journal Perceptual & Motor Skills, researchers at Aichi University in Japan found that subjects who performed a lengthy video game exercise while sitting next to a blue partition reported feeling less fatigued and claustrophobic, and displayed a more regular heart beat pattern, than did people who sat by red or yellow partitions.
• Field studies of color-coded insect traps have shown that mosquitoes are particularly attracted to blue.

According to the Times article, blue light is on the high-energy end of the visible spectrum, and the comparative shortness of its wavelengths explains why the blue portion of the white light from the sun is easily scattered by the nitrogen and oxygen molecules in our atmosphere. And that’s why, when we look up and see a Feng Shui blue sky, it makes us smile.


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