#RRBC The Writer’s Corner: Life Is Like a Rainbow… @KIngallsAuthor

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Author, Karen Ingalls



There may not be a pot of gold in the literal sense, but rainbows symbolize opportunities to be healthier, happier, and more complete. In Native American culture some tribes believe the rainbow is a bridge between the spiritual and human world; Buddhists believe the seven colors represent the seven continents. In Irish culture a rainbow is synonymous with a pot of gold; and in the Polish culture the pots of gold are a gift from angels. Christians believe that the rainbow is a sign from God that the world will not be destroyed by a flood again, and in the book of Revelations, it is a sign of the second coming of Jesus.

I believe there are seven lessons to be learned from a rainbow. My thanks to http://www.colorpsychology .org and Dr. Jennifer Kunst for her article “Seven Strategies To Truly Be Here Now.”

RED is the first color of a rainbow. It has the highest wavelength with each subsequent color decreasing in wavelength. In Christianity, this arc corresponds to Archangel Uriel which represents wisdom and energy. In modern day Buddhism and Hinduism, the red arc
corresponds with the base chakra, which is the first chakra that connects a human to the physical plane.

#1. Turn toward reality. Don’t turn away from life, but towards it. ORANGE represents creativity and the ability to enjoy oneself.  It is the second chakra which is associated with fertility, sexuality, and creativity.

#2. Embrace your life as it is, rather than as you wish it to be.  YELLOW is associated with Archangel Jophiel, which represents the brilliance of wisdom and thoughts. According to the chakra beliefs of Buddhists and Hindus, it is the seat of man’s ego and personal power.

#3. Take your time. Slow, disciplined, incremental growth is the kind of approach that leads to lasting change. GREEN  is the fourth color and represents health, wealth, and love. It is where love is given and received.

#4. Practice gratitude; it is a recipe for emotional health and well-being. BLUE is the fifth color and is associated with Archangel Michael who represents spirituality.  Within the chakra belief system, it is in the throat area and is where the ability to speak with purity resides.

#5. Stay close to your feelings, even the painful ones. We need our feelings to find satisfaction, meaning, and pleasure in life.  INDIGO represents the bridge between the conscious and subconscious. It is called the third eye in Buddhism and Hinduism; the ability to see the unseen on the spiritual level.

#6.  Accept success and failure as part of life’s journey. We are all learning. No one gets it right every time. A more compassionate attitude toward ourselves only helps us grow.  VIOLET  is the final color and has the lowest wavelength. It is a mixture of red and blue and represents mercy. It is the highest chakra point where human consciousness connects with the Divine.

#7. Tend to your loving relationships. These relationships don’t just happen magically; they grow and are sustained through attentive care and sometimes hard work.

                Thank you for visiting this blog today. I welcome your thoughts and comments.




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  1. Reblogged this on MarethMB and commented:
    Thank you so much, Karen Ingalls for your encouraging words. Only those who have faced a storm will understand the truer and deeper meaning of thoughts expressed through the colours of the rainbow. And let’s face it: there are few souls in this world who would be able to say that.
    I reblogged Karen’s thoughts which originally appear in The RRBC PIOELINE this month.


    • Maretha, thank you for posting this on your blog. That is a true honor. Writing about rainbows and their symbolism was helpful to me as I hope it will be for others.

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    • Jan, I appreciate your comment. Writing the blog brought more meaning into my life, which I hope it did for those who read it.


  2. Thank you so much for this wonderful tribute to the blessings one has in life if there’s a loving grandparent to remember the years gone by in such a happy way. I stayed with my grandmother during the week while both my parents were at work and reading your description of her house and how you viewed being there, put a wide grin on my face at 5 am this morning. All the best for a blessed Sunday, Linda🌸🌺🌷

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  3. This piece was beautiful. You are blessed to have been given the opportunity to have such a bond with your grandmother and to have had a grandmother who inspired you. She must have been an incredible woman. 🙂


    • Some might call her gregarious! She never met a stranger. Within minutes, people wanted to take her home and make her their friend. The older I get, the more I realize how special she was. Thanks for commenting, Yvette!

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  4. I believe in God and Providence. At the most unlikely times inspiration will hit or you’ll get that nudge to keep on plowing ahead. It is 3 a.m. in Chicago and I was lying in bed just now unable to sleep and praying for our city. I was eeking guidance for what to write next for the children of violence. I opened my iPad and there was an email from Nonnie directed to me, @boom_lyn. (Don’t we automatically open emails from Nonnie at 3 a.m.?)
    She had sent me a vision of my beloved grandmother. I’ve just revisited a time in my childhood that was rife and pregnant with possibilities. I am awesomely inspired again. Thanks #RRBC Pipeline for featuring me and Mama Dorothy. Thanks Nonnie!

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