by Sandra Radja
It was in India that I first opened my eyes and experienced Golden Hour. In the travel frustrations and the Bollywood dance tunes and horns, the maddening horns, and the masses of movement of people, I found a gem in the day at first light and before dawn. The atmosphere shifted and softened. The luminescent sarees and fire temples and the haze of pollution became magnificent. And I felt alive.
Gold comprises the elements of fire, water and earth. In chromotherapy it is used to enhance Ojas, in body and mind. It is warming and nourishing to the tissues. It is said to awaken kundalini energy and tranform consciousness and balance all three doshas. Gold strengthens the heart and improves self confidence. Gold is the colour of treasure and silence.
Gold is considered to have the ability to accumulate energy potential, for instance via jewellery passed on from generation to generation. So it is recommended to own old items of gold in a round shape. In ancient times, gold was considered a powerful aid to turn away the evil eye. It was also believed to strengthen the spirit and prolong life. The ancient Egyptians considered it a colour of strength, honour, royalty, worthiness and abundance.
I find it ironic that the term Golden hour can be used for the sweet time of the day that the light lifts everything just so for photographers. It is also a term used in the medical profession for the time period of up to an hour post traumatic injury, to treat life threatening situations. The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center section of the University of Maryland Medical Center's website quotes Cowley as saying, "There is a golden hour between life and death. If you are critically injured you have less than 60 minutes to survive. You might not die right then; it may be three days or two weeks later — but something has happened in your body that is irreparable."
An interesting paradox. A time that is life (ojas) enhancing can also be thought of as the bridge between life and death, the time between night and day - a perfect colour of transition.
Take advantage of this moment each day. It will fill you up and invigorate your heart. You don't need to go to India to feel it, it's right here in your town.
You just need to open your eyes and take notice.