Wholeness, Harmony & a Vera Wang Dress

Vera Wang, Spring 2013

When I was a little kid, there was a TV show I loved, called “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.” It was a big deal, because few people had color TVs at the time. I watched the show in black and white, but I dreamed it in a rainbow of my imagination. Color is a symbol of wholeness and vibrancy, creativity and full spectrum living. Think “The Wizard of Oz” and “Pleasantville.”

I love color, clothes and weddings, which I enjoy officiating, A beautiful bride I’m working with right now is going to wear a blue dress, which I can’t WAIT to see! Yesterday, I thought, what about red? It’s such a happy color, so romantic. So, I google red wedding dresses, thinking it’s a crazy wild idea, but somebody’s probably doing it, somewhere. And lo and behold, it turns out that the Queen of Wedding Dresses, Vera Wang, is ONLY showing red for her 2013 line!

In China, red is a traditional wedding color. Here’s how Wang expresses her love of the color of love and passion, “Beautiful dream. The symbolism of Red. Boldly romantic, charming, protective, grand, seductive, sexy. From dahlia to scarlet, crimson and vermillion. A celebration of love.”

My relationship with red has blossomed from a flirtation to something more. I saw the hue anew when visiting attending a concert of traveling Tibetan Monks. A year later, the art in a monastery in Woodstock, NY deepened my interest. And finally, after healing some longstanding first chakra issues, boom, red became, like the other colors in my closet and paintbox… a beloved friend, a grand passion, part of life.

When there is something we resist or deny, we diminish our capacity to enjoy full-tilt life. Inner healing can result in reclaiming parts of the color spectrum. May you walk in beauty. May you marry all the parts of yourself together in wholeness and harmony. And may you live your life in glorious color!

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