Darius Dinshah is President of the Dinshah Health Society and author of Let There Be Light: A Practical Manual for Spectro-Chrome Therapy. Mr. Dinshah is the son of the late Dinshah P. Ghadiali (1873-1966), the inventor of the Spectro-Chrome apparatus, renowned scientist, and one of the twentieth century's leading advocates for the use of color and light therapy for healing.
In this interview with JEM, Mr. Dinshah shares some valuable insights into the therapeutic use of color and light using the Spectro-Chrome method.
More information about the Dinshah Society can be obtained through its web site link at www.wj.net/dinshah , or write PO Box 707, Malaga, NJ 08328 .
JEM: Thank you for joining us today. Please describe the work of the Dinshah Health Society.
Darius Dinshah (DD): The Society's work is strictly informational. It provides information about color healing through such books as Let There Be Light and Dr. Babbitt's Color Therapy . There are some legal considerations why that is so. If we sold color projectors, they would be considered medical devices. Although it wasn't banned by the FDA, the Spectro-Chrome machine was prevented from being shipped outside of New Jersey since 1957. Fifty years ago, the machine was branded by the medical establishment (AMA/FDA) as useless, though it had been used with great enthusiasm in a Philadelphia, PA hospital and by hundreds of professionals.
JEM: The fact that it if a device is restricted, such as the Spectro- Chrome was, wouldn't that imply that there was recognition that it worked?
DD: They said it was quackery, that it did nothing except possibly for psychological effect. They are now, slowly realizing that color does make a difference in our lives. The conditions of SAD or neonatal jaundice are examples of conditions which are usually much improved with light therapy.
JEM: How does Spectro-Chrome work?
DD: Depending upon the location of a given condition, exposing the skin to a particular color or colors is expected to cause a change. If a particular organ is deficient in activity, a specific color is recommended. If it is overactive, then we use the opposite color to reduce its activity. There is a color corresponding to each organ's cellular emanation.
JEM: That sounds similar to the acupuncture model which says that if there is a deficiency condition in an energetic system of the body one would "tonify" the system, while in the case of of an excess of energy, a "dispersing" treatment would be used.
DD: There is certainly some similarity. The body normally takes in only the color energy it needs. In time, unbalanced energy sources, such as fluorescent lights, do wear down defenses until something fails and affects the person's weakest link which results in disease. The body has innate defenses against excesses of energy. Were this not so, then a photographic technician working for hours in a dark-room lit solely with a red light would be overwhelmed; however, in time ill-effects may result from this unbalanced illumination.
JEM: Can health or illness be regarded as a frequency issue?
DD: Essentially, yes. We believe that there is a vibrational rate for each cellular part of the body. For instance, the liver has a different function to perform than the pancreas so it has a different vibrational rate. By using a color that is appropriate to that vibration whether it is octaves higher or lower, it resonates with that particular organ. For example, for the liver we would use red to increase its activity or repair it, and for the spleen it is violet, for digestion yellow or orange, and so on; these are ,of course, simplified examples as diseases are often complex and require more than one color. There 78 different attributes listed in Let There Be Light for the twelve colors we use.
JEM: So, if we begin to view our physical ailments in terms of a vibrational frequency imbalance, would that account for why color has such a beneficial effect?
DD: That is correct.
JEM: In Let There Be Light, you use the terms "Tonation" and "Normalate". What do those procedures refer to?
DD: Tonation refers to shining a Spectro-Chrome color on the body or a part of the body. One "tonates" with a color. A tonation is, normally, one color on a given area for one hour. You might call it a "treatment." My father didn't associate the word "cure" when using the Spectro-Chrome. Normalate was his term which means not quite the same thing as cure. It means bringing your body to the best possible state at that time. In other words, bringing your system to its norm. It does not necessarily mean to eliminate a particular condition, rather, it is the best that your body can achieve at that time. Spectro-Chrome will not change the individual's genetic factors that can play an important role in one's general health. However, Spectro-Chrome can minimize some of the negative influences, thus, helping one to become "normalated" to the extent their constitutional abilities are able.
JEM: Many systems of energetic healing interface with what has been called the aura. Is this concept used in Spectro-Chrome therapy?
DD: Undoubtedly, a dozen theories have been advanced to explain how light energy can affect us. We define the aura as the energy field surrounding and extending from the physical body which is generated by the electro-chemical cellular activity within the body. The aggregate of a person's cellular radiant energy is known as the aura. That is one of the auras, the one that we work with. The reason why tonations must be directed on the skin itself is because the energy field or aura diminishes rapidly with increasing distance from the body. Color therapy acts by reinforcement or interference of the aura.
JEM: Do human beings emanate a "sound aura" or vibration, as they do a color aura?
DD: To accept that, I would need to know how it is being generated. In our view, the activity of each cell causes an electro-chemical radiation resulting in an aura well above sound frequencies; to my knowledge there is no mechanism to generate sound.
JEM: What does the term "radiant energy" refer to in Spectro-Chrome therapy?
DD: Radiant energy means energy that is being radiated either from the body or from a color projector. The radiant color energy is intended to cause an effect using the radiant aura as the conducting medium. It also could be said that each organ is radiating its color energy, the intensity of which will vary according to the state of health of the organ. The intensity also changes with age because our cellular activity tends to lessen as we become older. As we age, the body is not able to respond so well to drugs , homeopathy or any therapeutic modality. At some point, no type of intervention will be effective and we will die.
JEM: Is the use of color more appropriate or effective than another therapeutic intervention?
DD: Not necessarily; there is a time for employing every type of method man can devise. The challenge is to become eclectic so the appropriate therapy is given which would be best for that patient at that time. However, Spectro-Chrome should be one of the first treatments employed in most cases because it does not generate disastrous side-effects. It can, however, cause people to became quiet uncomfortable because of the resulting changes in the body as it heals; some do feel worse before they get better. These are not side effects, but beneficial in the long run. From a medical standpoint, side effects usually means that the liver, for instance, is being poisoned or that the kidneys are failing because of the overload of powerful chemicals being put into the body.
JEM: Would the uncomfortable, yet, positive changes experienced after a Spectro-Chrome treatment be called a "healing crisis?"
DD: You might call it that. It's actually a turning point when the cells move in the direction of more healing, and away from becoming more inflamed, etc.
JEM: You speak about the relationship between color and sound frequencies in the book.
DD: That's right. There is a chapter on equivalent sounds for colors, with a chart displaying sound frequency rates to color frequency rates. Sound or musical notes can be an important adjunct to color healing but sound has a lower energy potential than color and light so the effects would possibly be at a lower level. However, I don't know every thing about energy healing; the world is still so full of surprises. One that comes to mind was instead of shining color on the body, I used an intermediary substance (water.) I always thought that color- charging water was a "weak cousin" compared to applying color directly to the body. But I found out, to my surprise, that drinking color charged water can have an incredible effect (in this instance, stopping a cold overnight, with an additional color treatment.)
JEM: Would that be similar to the process of preparing the "mother stock" of a flower essence?
DD: Possibly. There are modalities which are coming to the fore such as aromatherapy that work with different, yet, similar principles as color healing in that they both work to achieve a better balance in the body.
JEM: What would you say is the main difference between the Spectro-Chrome therapy and other types of healing arts?
DD: Its simplicity in training and application. Many of the healing arts require significant amounts of training, where as the use of color through the Spectro-Chrome system requires relatively little time to learn and apply the principles. In Let There Be Light, there are listed hundreds of different conditions with the corresponding colors to be applied. By simply following the instructions and recommended color combinations, one can achieve some very significant results though, as with all modalities, there can be no guarantee because people do react differently under seemingly similar circumstances. One significant difference between Spectro-Chrome and other forms of healing would be in its safety as mentioned above, and from decades of reports, its capability to ameliorate where others have failed.
JEM: In your book you noted that on your father's first trip to the USA in 1896, he had met with Tesla and Edison. Can you share any insights into what the nature of their discussion was? Did they have an impact on your father's development of Spectro-Chrome?
DD: My father was very current for his day on scientific developments such as x-rays, on which he lectured in New York City. So, they met as fellow scientists. I doubt that they had much of an impact on his work, though. The people who had the greatest influence on the development of Spectro-Chrome were Drs. Babbitt and Pancoast and General Pleasanton. Those three people worked with color long before my father did and they certainly laid the basis for it. My father extracted aspects of their work and simplified it. Dr Babbitt was quite complex in some respects. In the book Dinshah Society recently published, Dr. Babbit's Color Therapy (two chapters excerpted from his 1878 classic, Principles of Light and Color) there are pictures of some of his devices: Chromolume and Thermolume, which he used to project several colors simultaneously. There's also a chapter called "DuoChrome" in Let There Be Light, where I suggest and have used more than one color simultaneously in a manner similar to Dr. Babbitt's method, and the effects without a doubt are not the same as the two involved colors being tonated separately. There is much yet to be learned; the first step would be for the medical/scientific community to become more open-minded.
JEM: In Let There Be Light, you state that you believe that the world has not only the right but the need to have this system added to other therapeutic modalities. What are the major obstacles to integrating Spectro-Chrome into the main stream health care system?
DD: Its simplicity. To many people, it doesn't make much sense to use colors for almost any health problem; they don't believe that a change an occur by projecting light onto the skin. At this time, it still takes a leap of faith to say "I believe you" and then try it. Long before my father died (1966, at age 92), his Spectro-Chrome Institutewas turned into a lay organization as hundreds of his professional graduates bowed to AMA pressure which was applied to its members without any investigation into the merits of Spectro-Chrome. But, there are still people who don't want to try this on their own.... they want a professional to guide them. Those people we cannot help until they are willing to take greater responsibility for their health care. For the moment this will remain a lay organization.
JEM: Thank you for your time and willingness to share some thoughts with JEM. Is there any thing else you would like to add?
DD: Yes. There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come. The time for universal use of Spectro-Chrome has not yet arrived, but it will come eventually. In the words of my father, "Truth may be defeated but never conquered." Spectro-Chrome is too valuable, too useful to be suppressed indefinitely. Thank you for this opportunity to reach this audience.