Have you noticed strange colors, visuals, or patterns during your meditation practice?
During deep meditative sessions, you might start to see certain colors even though your eyes are closed. In fact, it’s more common than you might think.
Why you might ask?
The reason you may be seeing certain colors during meditation could be due to closed eye visuals (or phosphenes) being created from increased eye pressure. Another possibility is that you may be getting into deep meditative states where you can begin to view your energetic or chakra system.
Closed Eye Visuals (Phosphenes)
Have you ever rubbed your eyes a little too hard to then be surprised by a colorful burst of light? You may be experiencing a phenomenon known as phosphenes.
These closed eye visuals are simply an illusion created by your brain to interpret the unknown optical nerve signals.
It’s possible that this can happen during meditation if you’re closing your eye lids tightly or rubbing your eyes.
The good news is that this is a perfectly natural phenomenon and is nothing to worry about. Simply relax your eyelids or open your eyes and continue to meditate.
Viewing Your Energetic System
Another likely cause of this color appearance during meditation is that you’re beginning to sense your internal energetic system.
We are energetic beings with a deep and complex chakra system in which energy or prana flows. When you get into deep meditative states you may begin to become aware of this bodily energy system.
This can look like a swirling color in your consciousness or simply be a vague blurry color in your mind.
During particularly deep meditations you can really crank up the dial on your consciousness, sometimes to these point where you can sense these metaphysical aspects of reality.
The color that manifests itself in your minds eye is usually correlated to the most energized and active chakra in your body.
> see my article “Why Are My Ears Ringing During Meditation?”
Meditation Color Meanings
The colors viewed in meditation are most likely tied to a specific spiritual energy. The best way to describe them is with the 7 chakras of the body. Seeing a particular color may signify either an abundance or a lack of that particular energy (though it’s most likely an abundance).
The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The color red in meditation is related to the root chakra which is responsible for our basic human needs, primal instincts, and anchoring self to Earth. If you’re seeing red during meditation, it may mean that you’re grounded to physical reality and you feel safe and secure.
The Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
If you’re seeing the color orange it may mean you have access to a lot of sacral energy. The Sacral chakra and seeing orange during meditation are responsible for sexual function, creative expression, and regulating some emotions.
The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
The color yellow is reflective of accessing an abundance of your solar plexus chakra energy. Seeing yellow could mean you’re accessing the part of yourself that is responsible for your personal power and confidence.
The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Seeing the color green during meditation is reflective of accessing your heart chakra energy. This means you’re sensing and tapping into the part of your energy system responsible for compassion, empathy, and balancing your higher and lower selves.
The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
If you see the color blue during meditation it’s reflective of accessing your throat chakra energy. Seeing blue means your tapping into the part of your energy system responsible for self expression and speaking/ acting out your truth.
The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
Indigo is one of the most commonly reported colors seen when meditating.
The color indigo or a blueish purple color appears when you’re accessing your third eye chakra. The color indigo appearing during meditation is indicative of you accessing your intuition, higher consciousness, and universal wisdom.
The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
Violet or purple can appear in meditation practice when you access your crown chakra. If you see the color violet you may be accessing the part of your energy system responsible for enlightenment and connecting with the spiritual forces outside of you in the universe.
Is This Something to Worry About?
Seeing colors appear in your mind during meditation is nothing to worry about. It’s most likely you accessing parts of you energy system in states of higher consciousness from deep meditation.
This is something very exciting! It means you’re raising your awareness level and accessing previously undiscovered parts of yourself.
If you’re experiencing vision disturbances or prolonged phosphenes after meditation you should go to your doctor or optometrist. Otherwise, it’s most likely a sign of you connecting with your internal spiritual energy system.
> see my article “Struggling To Meditate? 7 Common Issues And Their Solutions”