The Healing Power Of Color: Diving Into Color Psychology With Heather Eck

Brave Women at Work | Heather-Eck | Healing Power Of Color

 

Study shows that color is a powerful communication tool used to signal action, influence mood, and influence physiological reactions. The colors yellow, red, and orange sometimes trigger our appetite, which is why fast-food chains use those colors to paint their establishments. But who knew that color could be a healing tool? In this episode, Heather Eck, a Synesthesia Artist and Color Alchemist, talks about the healing power of color and explains the process of how she uses its power to heal. Tune in to further explore the great healing power of color. 

During our chat, we discussed: 

  1. Heather’s journey as an HR Manager to Synesthesia Artist
  2. The Meaning of Synesthesia
  3. From Being Stuck to Intention
  4. How a Spirit Portrait process works
  5. Heather’s gift and the meaning of colors
  6. Jennifer’s color.
  7. Getting a Spirit Portrait!

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The Healing Power Of Color: Diving Into Color Psychology With Heather Eck

How are you doing out there? I have to tell you I am so excited about my guest. I am sure that’ll come through in this episode. My guest’s name is Heather Eck. She is a Synesthesia Artist and Color Alchemist. You might be wondering what all those titles mean, and we will go through them thoroughly during the show. While I love talking about some business things like negotiation, building confidence, leadership and executive presence, and so much more, I also love foraying and diving into the spiritual and non-business topics like chakras, the enneagram, and now color and how they actually impact us, not only professionally, but also personally.

Talking about color, let’s start with the question of who knew that color could be so healing. It could be used as a healing tool. I knew that color could have an impact on our moods. For example, if you wear pink or blue or black or white. Heather and I talk about that. We dive so much deeper into the world of color and how it is a tool that can be used for all types of healing, including environmental healing, world healing, career healing, and personal healing. Looking at color with a much wider lens is what we do on the show.

During my chat with Heather, we discussed her journey from being an HR manager to a synesthesia artist and backing up what synesthesia even means. My understanding of it, as a spoiler here, is that it’s when you see or have senses that mix and combine. Heather’s going to share her gift with synesthesia with us. How does Heather help women go from stuck to intention through her work? What is a spirit portrait, and how does the process work? I get excited once Heather talks about spirit portraits. I was like, “This is so up my alley.”

She talks about her gift and what a certain color means. I’ll ask her, ‘If we wear black, what does that mean? If we wear white, what does that mean?” She was wearing green and she shares what that means, etc. I asked her, “What color do you see for me?” She shares what color she sees around me. I decided to get a spirit portrait. I will definitely be sharing that on social media so you can see Heather’s creation for me once it’s done and in my office.

Here is more about Heather Eck. Synesthesia Artist and Color Alchemist Heather Eck brings extraordinary color insights, perspectives, and wisdom to audiences through her unique approach to perceiving, creating, and healing through her artwork. Her background as an HR manager and Certified Authentic Leadership Coach, ACC, combined with her unique gift of synesthesia, gives her a special skill to communicate in simple terms the hidden dynamics and solutions to everyday challenges through clairsentience, intuition and color reading. As an expert on color, chakras, spirituality, and energy healing, she will share with us all the tips and tools to uplift and inspire your heart and mind.

Heather is a renowned and award-winning artist, intuitive thought leader, spiritual, intuitive healer, passionate coach and facilitator. Her work has been exhibited in more than 25 shows so far, and she offers an inspiring perspective on connecting through color, symbolism and form. Her Instagram channel, which I highly recommend you go check out because it shows all of the artwork she’s creating, is a beautiful page. It has over 4,000 followers and growing.

She mentored hundreds of color lovers and students worldwide in her private Facebook group called the Color Club, which I also joined. Her original art spirit portraits, art retreats and courses are available on her website. Before we get started, if you’re enjoying the show, please make sure to leave a rating and review in Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Here’s a review. “Must listen for all women.” Thank you so much for that. “You’re emphatic, so must listen for all women. Such a great resource for all working women. Jen provides both great solo and guest episodes providing advice, tips, resources, and real-life stories that all women can relate to. A must listen for sure.” Thank you so much. If the show has made an impact on you, please share it with a friend or a colleague. Your ratings and reviews, as you know, help the show continue to gain traction and grow. Thank you again.

Finally, if you haven’t yet downloaded my freebies or my website, check them out at bravewomenatwork.com. I’ve created three for you. 24 Career & Leadership Affirmations, 5 Ways to Managing Your Imposter Syndrome and, most popular, Getting Paid: 10 Negotiation Tips. These are workbook-style guides so you can complete them at your own time. They are free. Go and get them. Let’s welcome Heather to the show.

 

Brave Women at Work | Heather-Eck | Healing Power Of Color

 

Heather, welcome to the show. How are you?

I’m great. Thank you so much for having me. I’m so happy to meet you.

Likewise. Before we got on, we were saying that I am super pumped about this topic. We’ve never talked about color and the use of color for healing on the show. I’m so pumped to dive in. Why don’t you tell us, Heather, about your background story and how you’ve gotten to this moment?

Right now, I’m a visual artist based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Years ago, I left my full-time career as an HR manager for a video game company to do my art full-time. I was telling somebody that I had always wanted to do art when I was a little kid. Art was something that was always part of my vocabulary. It was something that I enjoyed. As you get older, you listen to people who say, “You’re never going to make any money doing that.” I actually remember a conversation with my dad where he said, “You’d be good at human resources. You should check that out.” I guess it burrowed in my brain, and I set about on the path of human resources, which I did for about seventeen years.

I have to say, was art always gnawing in the back, or was it always a side thing? How did it all pop through? I have had HR as a department at one point. I interviewed someone and we talked about HR personnel, but especially now, with so much respect for HR people. It is such a hard job, hard piece of the business that is under glorified. I got to tell you, Heather, like HR to art is a pretty big leap to me. Tell me about what was happening in your mind, body, spirit, and emotions with art while you were in the HR world.

I think that’s so true. HR is a difficult space, especially nowadays. Throughout my career, I’d gone away from HR and done a couple of different things. I’d done banking and consulting. I’d worked at a bank branch in New York at one point. I went back into HR after that. I connected all the dots and said, “I should do HR now,” and lifted everything that I had done in my past and applied it to campus recruiting and leading a management development program.

Along the way, I think I could probably list off twenty certifications I had gotten in these different areas. I had dabbled in all these little creative aspects of redoing rooms in our house, changing the color of our bedroom set, or painting wine glasses to sell on Etsy. You name it, I had done it. I was seeking something. I was looking for something that was going to make me feel spiritually and emotionally fulfilled. It wasn’t coming through the day-to-day work.

We had moved from New Jersey to North Carolina. I met and started working with a spiritual teacher, and she knew I was unhappy with my job. It was like the foundation of my life. It was like, “I’m not happy and this doesn’t make me feel good and I’m so stressed.” It was great money. It had great benefits, great money, but golden handcuffs. Every day, I would have to listen to music on my way in to pump myself up to go in because I felt so depleted.

She and I talked and she said, “What did you like when you were a kid?” She told us a while ago that your gifts show up when you’re young, that when you’re a kid, you have these curiosities and these ideas and a lot of times, that’s our spirit showing us which way to go. Art was always there for me. Art was it. She said, “Your gift is creative expression.” It was like a light bulb went off. Hindsight’s 20/20. You look back and you go, “It was there. I got it.”

Did you have any emotions that popped up or were you frustrated with yourself that you went seventeen years and meandered through or was there a lot of compassion going, “It is what it is and I’m still here now?”

I think I beat myself up a little bit, and I think I was frustrated and angry that I had listened to other people instead of listening to myself. I internalized those ideas of not being able to make money from a creative pursuit or not feeling like I had the support to go into something that I was actually good at and instead went in an entirely different direction.

For a little while, I felt angry about that. As I started to allow art to come in and I started to make time for this creative hobby or this pursuit, then it was like I was letting out steam a little bit at a time and I was feeling a collective relief of being able to accept this creative side of myself and then to move in the direction of trying to figure out what was there for me. It took a little while. It took a couple of years for me to build the space to let that back in.

It’s cool, though, to think about that, allowing that piece of you that you may have abandoned. It was more than wine glasses on Etsy. Anyone who paints wine glasses on Etsy, go with yourself if that’s your thing. For you, it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t that percentage, it needed to be more of the percentage of your life. It needed to be 80% or 90% of your life. It’s interesting. It’s a process to allow that piece of ourselves back in, welcome it, and almost have a relationship with that part of ourselves.

That’s exactly it. It was like reconnecting to an aspect of myself that I had tucked away and it was knocking at the door a little bit at a time. “Have you ever thought about doing all these little creative ideas that I would have?” I’d be like, “No, I don’t have time for that or I’ll do that later.” It was gently knocking the whole time.

We’ve talked about my burnout story. We talk a lot about burnout and that critical moment here at Brave Women at Work. Was there a burnout moment? Was there a bottom? What was that moment where you’re like, “No. I’m leaving HR?” I know that you’re a leadership coach. In my mind, I was making up this story about your trajectory. It was like, you were in HR and then you were like, “I’m going to become a leadership coach.” Was that your path out or was it radical? Tell us about that moment where everything shifted.

It was one of those ideas in my mind where when I got brave enough to say, “I want to leave this,” where I thought I would set the timeline where I’ll go in and tell my boss I’m going to resign and I’ll tell him that I’ll work out the next six months or whatever. I had pursued coaching as a means to get me out of there. It was another thing that I was searching for that wasn’t the right answer. It was part of it. I had got hit that point where my husband was like, “What retreat can we send you to? Where can we send you for a week?”

Let’s heal you so you can come back, feel better, and stop annoying me.

Honestly, it was like that saying, “We make plans and God laughs.” I think I was home with my son, but he was sick or something. I hopped on a conference call with my boss at the time and he said something and it was like the switch flipped. I went, “That’s enough.” I went to my husband. Two weeks before my 39th birthday, I said, “It’s time for me to leave. I’m going to do it.” He was like, “Okay.” It was one of those moments where I thought, “He’s going to ask me to move out. He’s going to be like, ‘What is going on with you?’”

Honestly, at that time, I was like, “If I don’t leave now, I’m not going to survive it.” I didn’t feel like my body, my mind, or my spirit was going to be able to withstand any more of the pressure, the stress or even the anxiety that I was piling onto myself from staying. I went in on Monday morning, sat down, and said, “I’m going to give you my two weeks’ notice.” When I said, “But I plan,” he said, “Okay, then you’re done.” He walked me down the hallway to tell my team that I had resigned. I made the plan to stay through the end of the year and God laughed at that and said, “We think you’re done now.” Two weeks later I was like, “Alright.”

You offered to work for a few months out.

It was a couple of months. From September until the end of the year, I had planned to stay.

That’s unique, too, and must have been meant to be because most bosses, and we don’t need to go down that rabbit hole, it’s very odd or unique that he or she was like, “Okay, today’s the day and let’s do the two weeks.” Most of them were like, “Don’t leave.”

It was one of those moments when I sat back and said, “What did I do?”

Remorse?

Right. I thought, “Here we go.” It felt like a cliff dive. I was like, “I hope the net is down there to catch me,” because I just flung myself off of this cliff. I didn’t have anything planned except for my artwork.

I’m also thinking that there probably were inklings along the way that maybe your boss was doing a gift to you or giving you a gift because he or she probably knew there was something else there. Do you think that’s true?

I do. I think that was a blessing, too. I think had I stayed, I probably never would’ve left. I would’ve gotten talked into staying for a little while longer, finishing out this project, or doing something, and I think I would’ve probably been there.

I have to ask before we move on and dive into your work, which is fascinating. After you made the leap, was there a group of people and your husband, maybe family, or friends that were so on board and supportive? Were there some people that looked at you and go, “Heather, are you crazy?” Maybe a little bit of both.

It was a healthy blend of both. I think my spiritual community we’re all there going, “You did it. Good job. We’re so proud of you.” We always tease each other. You are not standing there with, I think Iyanla Vanzant said, “If you don’t have a little pee running down your leg, then you’re not doing it right.” That’s how I felt. I was like, “I’ve got pee running down my leg. What did I just do?” They were like, “We’ve got you. We keep going.”

There were other people who were like, “Great, so what are you going to do? Where are you going to go now? What HR job are you going to get?” I was like, “I don’t want to do another HR job. I want to stay the course this way. I have to give this a try. I’ve got to put some effort into doing something that my spirit wants to do.” It’s a mix of both and honestly, it still is. I think some people still look at me and go, “Keep going.”

They don’t understand what you’re doing. Let’s start here. As I was reading through your website and doing a deep dive on all of your work, your specialization is in color and its power to heal. Can you explain your work a little bit more?

I am an intuitive painter, which means a lot of times, when I sit down to paint, I don’t have an idea about what it is that it’s going to look like at the end. I allow my conversation with God and my intuition to guide that process. What I discovered is not that I have synesthesia. I knew that there was something different about the way that I saw the world or heard music or smelled something, but it didn’t have the vocabulary for it.

I would say I see color around people, or I see color in spaces, and I’m taking in where that person or space dwells. I associate the color that I see with the chakra system. If I see someone and I’ll say, “The color I see for you is blue,” the shade of blue will tell me where you dwell in your throat chakra because blue is associated with the throat.

When I make a painting for someone specifically, I will say, “You dwell here in your throat and that could mean this.” The painting I’m going to do for you also offers a prescriptive color that will help uplift and inspire you to be intentional about how you want to show up in the world, how you want to be seen, or how you can use this color to heal.

I have a mix of what I’d call a spirit portrait for someone or a blessing portrait, which is to offer them healing through what comes through my intuition or the color that I see. I also have abstract paintings that are largely influenced by spirituality, where I’ll say, “This color is connected to our sense of communion with God, or this color is intended to help make you feel more of the divine feminine.” I’ll create paintings that have a deeper meaning to them than the color that you see or like a representational portrait, if that makes sense.

Synesthesia is the gift of seeing color for people or color for environments. Is that what that means?

Synesthesia basically means crossed senses. There are more than 80 forms of synesthesia and only about 4% of our population have it. It’s like if you were to look and think about the days of the week. Some people see the days of the week as Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Some people see it as color. For me, Monday is red, so I see Monday as the color red or if I smell something I’ll go, “This smells lavender, even.” For instance, I’ll see music as a shape or as colors converging. When somebody has that synesthesia, their brain flips their senses or crosses their senses in the way that they take in information.

With this whole color thing, this gift, so if someone likes a certain color, does that mean that their color? I’ll tell you a color that I’ve been gravitating towards. I love the color turquoise and teal. Does that mean that my intuition is telling me that’s probably one of my primary colors, or is it not necessarily?

There’s a little bit of a difference between an aura color or the color that I see for someone. When you are drawn to a color, that color is offering you something. It’s ministering to you in a way. If you said you’d been drawn to that color, that color teal or turquoise to me is all about the divine feminine. It is a blend between the heart and the throat colors green and blue. It’s a very nurturing color. It’s a very motherly color.

I would ask you to think about what has been going on in your life over the course of these years that’s made you want to either step into your divine femininity more or to take on more of a nurturing mothering role or to have a bit more of this sense of unconditional love and acceptance for yourself and other people and that colors helping you with that intention, if that makes sense.

What that means is that if someone reading is drawn to pink, magenta or whatever, and there’s so many beautiful colors in the rainbow and beyond, it’s ministering to you. We need to pay attention to our favorite colors or colors we’re drawn to or colors we pick in our homes.

That’s the perfect way to describe it. That color shows up for you because it communicates something to you. It’s awesome that you noticed that’s the color you’re drawn to because sometimes people don’t even pay attention and are like, “Why do I have a closet full of yellow? What does that mean?” That’s great, but it’s telling you something.

Just so I’m clear, if someone’s attracted to black or white, are there any meanings to that? Women can often say, “I wear all black,” or, “I like the color black,” or you’ll see the opposite, like, “I like white.” I know that one is the absence of color. Either one doesn’t have like pigment to it. Tell me about what that might mean if someone’s super attracted to white or black.

Black is not a bad color in any way, shape or form. Black is a color of mystery. It’s a color of sophistication and protection. If you’re someone who’s wearing a lot of black, I would challenge you to look at maybe why, because it could mean that you’re trying to make yourself appear smaller or to blend in, to not stand out in a crowd or there’s some aspect of your energy that you’re protecting and trying to enclose.

When you wear a lot of black, it can make your energy levels feel lower, and it can sometimes put you into different states of feeling low, finding yourself feeling depressed or having a lot of low energy. Black, again, is a color of mystery and sophistication. You can use it in some powerful ways. If you find that you’re wearing it all the time, then I would say you have to look at what’s happening in your life that you’re trying to protect or keep yourself enclosed a bit more.

With white, it’s a color of purity. It’s the color of the connection. That’s the color of our crown chakras, which helps us open up to receive information and connect with the divine or God source energy. It’s a color of spirituality. If you’re wearing all white, it’s probably that you’re trying to find some connection to yourself. You’re looking for something that lifts your spirit and you’re also trying to convey to people that you live in a pure space or that you’re trying to be in a holy space.

You’ve mentioned briefly how you help women, and I think it’s all people, but one of the things I wanted to ask you is it’s on your site. It says, “I can help people go from stuck to intentional.” How do you do that?

For example, I met someone at an art class and she asked me, “What color do you see for me?” I said, “I see blue for you.” She was wearing head-to-toe black. I said, “I see blue for you. That means you might dwell in your throat. That means that you might have trouble communicating or trying to express something that’s happening in your life, and you’re trying to find a way to be more open about who you are. You’re also wearing a lot of black. What that’s telling me is that you’re protecting yourself somehow.” She said, “That’s funny because I’m in a lot of pain. I have a back problem. Also, I had throat surgery a couple of weeks ago.” I was like, “Okay, that’s interesting.”

She said, “What can I do?” I said, “What are you trying to do?” She said, “I want to make more art.” She was at my art class. I said, “Okay, awesome. What I would challenge you to do is to work with the color that supports your creativity. That’s the color orange. You could smell essential oils that are scented like orange or wear more orange. You could surround yourself with that color because that helps you tap into your sense of creativity, how you express yourself, how you connect to people, and how you see yourself in relationships to others. That color is going to be a bit more receptive to you, or that color will help you express yourself a bit more.” I think when we know where we are currently sitting or what we’re protecting ourselves from, we can be intentional about how to use color to cultivate, manifest or invite more of what that color offers into our lives.

I have to ask, what color do you see for me, even though we’re not on video?

When I first looked at you, I saw pink for you. Pink is the color of the heart. It is 1 of the 2 colors of the heart. I’m wearing green. Green is the color of the heart as well. When we wear green or invite green into our lives, it’s because we support our sense of self-love, compassion and acceptance. When I see pink for someone, that shows me that you might be in a space where you’re looking for love from the universe or you’re in this place where you’re looking for a higher love or to feel supported from a higher level of love through abundance, information, compassion, or connecting to people and inviting them to see you with unconditional love in the same way that you want to see them and love them for exactly who they are.

That’s part of this show. That’s why we’re here. It’s totally true. Just so I’m clear, when you see shades of pink or green or blue or any of the colors, do you go down to a specific level when you work with people to say, “Light pink, dark green,” so that they’re very specific on what they should be looking for?

Yeah, for sure. I think one of the ways that my gift operates is my friend describes it as like the 64 box of crayons, all the different shades. I categorize through what shade is it and what does that mean. A light pink might be that you’re underusing your heart or that it lacks more of that rich color that that we’re looking for in the heart chakra or we want it to be a bright, vibrant pink. A deeper, almost like a muddier pink, might be that you feel that there’s a lack of love somewhere in your life. I will try to find the specific shade of pink and then figure out what that might mean for you and then how you can use not the opposite color but the complementary color to help support that.

I’m going to jump ahead here with the spirit portrait. You touched on that, and I wanted to go deep in it because that’s what it sounds like you’re doing. You talk to a person, see colors, pull out the mental box of crayons, and see the shade for them. Are you divinely inspired then go, “What would be the healing colors or the compliments to that shade?” Is that how the spirit portrait forms? Tell us more about that.

I’ll ask for a picture of the person so I can look and see what color I see for them. Before I sit down to do the portrait, I’ll pray about it. I’ll ask for divine guidance to come in and help make sure that I’m doing their portrait from the cleanest and clearest energy with the highest and best intention for someone. I’ll put on music. Oftentimes, the music that I hear will give me insight or will offer me something for the person. I keep a little sheet of pink parchment paper next to my work desk to write down any messages, colors, words that come through, or shapes that I see.

When the portrait starts, everything that happens while I’m doing the portrait as part of that spirit portrait session. The way that the ink hits the paper, the shapes that start to take place, I’m noticing and writing down because there’s symbolism in it or there’s a message in whatever comes through on the paper or the canvas for me that then I can interpret. When I do a Zoom session with the client, I say, “Here’s your painting, here’s the color that I saw, and here are the messages that I received for you.”

I call it a coaching session. It does become like this intimate conversation about whether this make sense to you. In what way do you feel like this is supporting you or helping you? What questions do you have for me about it? It ended up being this nice 30-minute conversation with someone where we talked about not the color but the other things that intuitively came to me while I was working.

That’s also fascinating because I thought you did the Zoom first and then you went and did your work. No, you get the photo of the person. This is an anomaly. I’m going to get a spirit portrait because I have empty walls in my office space and it’s happening. I’m excited. I will send a picture of it on social media and report back to everybody because it’s super fun. You don’t talk to the person first. You actually get that photo and take those spiritual messages and vibrations off that photo and then talk to the person for confirmation. This is where your coaching comes in, as well as stuff like that.

I like to only have the photo. As I meditate on their image, I’m meeting them for the first time. A lot of it is based on my first impressions of the person and the colors that instantly drop in because I want to work from the space of intuition, not from a space of already knowing, if that makes sense. I want to make sure that I’m going with my first gut because otherwise if I try to get in there and turn it into something, I’ll mess it up. It has to be like what comes through first without me getting in the way and letting my ego go, “I want it to look this way,” but I try to let it be whatever it is without trying to control it. The instant that I try to control it, it never works out. I end up having to throw it away and start over.

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How do you know if you’ve “messed it up?” It sounds like you’ve had this experience where you’ve let ego or mind or whatever come in, which I think we’re not all intuitive artists like you are, but I think this is a huge lesson for all of us. I’m connecting the dots. We’re talking about artistry, but it could be anything. It could be your work or a project. We’re talking about trusting intuition and not over-engineering it, overworking it, or overthinking it. How do you know? Do you get any sensations in your body or a gut feeling where you’re like, “I’ve overworked this and this is trash. I got to start over?”

There have been instances where I’ll start a painting and I’ll judge it. I’ll go, “This is ugly. I don’t like this.” I’ll set it aside and do another one and then I’ll take a step back. Everything that comes through is intentional. What is this piece about? Sometimes, for someone, I will say, “I did your painting and the first time I did your painting, here’s what came through and I want to show it to you and I’m going to tell you what I’ve received and you tell me if it connects or not.”

Oftentimes, I’ll go, “No, that was exactly right.” I’ll end up giving them too, because I’ll go, “This was first and this is what your actual portrait is, but they’re both part of your story.” I haven’t trust myself honestly, like trust God because if I get in my own head, then I would go, “That’s not right. I’m going to throw this away.” I wouldn’t have had the conversation with someone who ended up being helpful to them. I think sometimes it’s about having enough awareness to know whether you think you’re in charge or whether you’re making way for something bigger than you to be a part of your experience, if that makes sense.

Last question on the spirit, but there are two others. I’m sorry. I’m so pumped about this topic. The first one is, how do you know? I’m an overachiever and a lot of the women reading, we’re overachievers. I write chapters and books. I’m an author, a podcaster and a coach. When I write, I can overdo it. How do you know when you are done with the portrait?

I was listening to a podcast about that, about an artist knowing when they’re done. I think they referenced Da Vinci or something, like the hands on a sculpture, because if you overwork the hands, you’re going to break them because there’s only so far you can go. I was listening to that going, “That’s so interesting to me,” because I think a lot of artists will look at their work and think it’s never done.

I experienced the same thing. I’ll look at a painting and I’ll ask, “Are you done or is there more?” Oftentimes, if I’m asking that, it’s done because if I try to work it anymore, then I end up ruining it or taking something great out of it. There were times when I was working on a painting and I was trying like the devil to get it to look a certain way and it was coming out awful.

I thought, “Is this done or should I stop what’s happening?” I said, “Just do it the way you want to do it. Don’t worry about how you think you want it to look because you want someone else to like it.” It was like something happened and I pivoted and I listened to what my hand intuitively wanted to do or how the brush intuitively wanted to move. I looked back and went, “I love this.” It went from being something off that I was trying to control to something that I looked at and went, “That felt so good.” I got out of the way.

The learning there for everybody is surrender. I am not an expert in this area. I always try to control things. I’m a recovering perfectionist and a people pleaser and all those things. The bottom line for all of those things, and I’m there with you all, is control. We want an element of control. What I’m hearing from you, Heather, is that we have to get out of our own way to allow that greatness or creativity to flow through you.

I could not have said it better. I think that’s exactly right. Definitely a recovering people-pleaser here. There’s this aspect of wanting to make art that I want people to like or accept. There’s this other aspect of trying to make the art that wants to come out and be there. Whether or not it’s liked by anyone, it has to be. There’s a big aspect of surrender in my work where I have to get out of my own way again because if I try to control what it looks like, it never turns out and it doesn’t feel authentic to me. My good friend Amy always says to me, “I can tell when you’re connected, I can tell when you’re plugged in because that work is so good. Other pieces of yours, I’m like, ‘Girl is trying to control it.’”

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That’s interesting that she can even tell when you’re connected to source, when you’re not, or when you’re trying to control it or have a strong arm on it. My last question on the spirit portrait is, do you have to get them redone? If you’re attracted to a new color, is that time to come and see you again? After a big life change, is it like, “I’m going to get a spirit portrait done by you?” Let’s say it’s 2024. Is it a couple of years from there or is it at life change? When is it time to do it again?

I’ve had a couple of people come back and do at least two a year where they’re like, “This is a snapshot of where I am now.” It’s like a moment in time for what I see. Your aura colors don’t change that often, but the color I see around you again shows me where you dwell. If you’re dwelling in your heart right now, you might be dwelling in your sacral chakra, which is like the orangey colors two months from now if you’re working on a creative endeavor. It’s very possible that it can change. I think that it does depend on whether you are noticing colors coming into your life or going, “I painted my whole house blue. What does this mean for me?”

Everything in my house is blue. Everything that is teal or turquoise-like. I got to go talk to Heather about that.

That’s one of the things I like doing for people, too. They’ll say like, “I’m trying to manifest love in my life. What can I do?” I’ll go, “What color is your bedroom?” They’re like, “It’s orange.” I’m like, “We got to get orange out of there. We got to bring pink in. We got to bring the love colors in and try to find different ways to incorporate colors so that you’re being more intentional with it.” It’s fun to help people with that when they start to dabble in color meaning and how to use it in positive ways.

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Healing Power Of Color: Start to dabble in color meaning and how to use it positively.

 

I do have a question on that. With the color, I know we’ve talked a lot about the spirit portrait. When we use this color, you tell us, “Here’s your prescriptive colors. This is the color I’ve seen for you.” I’m not trying to give you other jobs that you may or not have. Interior design, like our fashion and what we wear and all that. There are consultants for this, obviously. They’re interior designers and there are fashion consultants and fashion stylists. Does it go into all of those realms where you’re like, “I’m the box of the artwork?” When you have your coaching sessions, do you also talk about what they’re wearing and what they have in their homes or their offices or how they adorn themselves? Does it go to those areas as well?

It does, absolutely. It is interesting to see when I talk to somebody and they suddenly have that light bulb moment and I’ll say, “This color came in for you and this color means this,” they’ll say, “I used to have whatever this color.” We’ll talk about what color you have in your office or what color you have in your home. I also like to look at trends that are happening in our world. We have shifted away from color in our babies’ nurseries, toys, and clothes. Everything’s become neutral. It’s all about the minimalist, neutral color. I like to watch what’s happening with color from a global perspective because I think that says a lot about our collective consciousness and where we all are. We talk a lot about that in different aspects of people’s lives and how they see color work for them.

Just out of curiosity, not to get us too far off the path, but what does that mean? Baby stuff, like there’s someone in my team, his wife, and I’m sending him all of the good vibes. His wife’s about to have a baby. It’s coming up my soon. Let’s send all the good positive energy to the mamas that are ready to give birth and any of the pregnant mamas out there. What’s going on with the color, the neutrality? What do you think or interpret that to mean in our collective consciousness, and why are we going to use a more neutral color?

To me, it’s like a removal of color. I think color is intended to help us be the fullest expressions of ourselves. When I look at the removal of color or the neutrality of color, if it’s like a neutral khaki color where brown or red supports our sense of strength and stability and security, we’re feeling less secure if you take that out. We’re feeling less stable. If it’s like a soft baby pink that has been removed and it’s more of a like a neutral pink or like a soft rose pink. I’ll think, then, are we taking out that sense of collective love for each other? What are we stripping away? A couple of years ago, cars started to come out in these flat colors. I don’t know if you remember certain car brands had these flat khaki, flat gray.

A flat gray has been everywhere in my area.

I was like, “That’s so interesting.” We lost the sparkle there. We lost some of the things that made them shine and feel very vibrant. Gray is about lack. We feel a lack of something in our lives, or we’re taking that color out of there. We’re taking the sparkle out of there. Are we languishing? Does that mean that we’re letting, letting go or we’re losing some of the effervescence for life? We’re not feeling as inspired by living anymore.

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Let’s be honest. In the last few years, probably. It’s been hard. It’s been difficult. I think I am full faith that we will get back to a new normal, but it’s been difficult. I think that’s a fair estimation.

It’s funny. It’s been interesting to watch the Pantone color of the year over the last couple of years. I think that has been impacted by what our world has gone through with the pandemic and all kinds of different things. That’s fascinating when you look at it and go, “What does that color mean?” One of our colors of the year was gray. Gray is about a neutral space, but it’s also about a lack. I thought that it was interesting that we were sitting in lack with our color that year.

That was a question I was going to have. What is the color? Beyond gray, are there any other colors you feel or see for the collective? This is big question and if you don’t, we’ll go with gray. Is there a color you’re seeing or feeling for our world or where we are right now beyond gray?

I’ve been working a lot in blue lately. Blue is a color of peace. It’s for a call for peace. I think that blue is offering us an opportunity to express ourselves but to find communication and communion with each other. I also see a darker blue, which is about our intuition and finding stillness to go inside and ask for guidance and to ask for help and support. Blue is also about the vastness of the sky and the ocean. I think it’s about being able to see the big picture about what’s happening in our world and how we can help each other versus being in contention with each other. Trying to find this place of peace and calm is where I think blue is coming through very strongly for me in my work lately.

I like that. I think that’s appropriate as well. Speaking of healing, do you have a healing story from spirit portraits or from your work with a particular woman that strikes you where you’re like, “I’d like to share this healing story?”

I have to go back to this one I’ve told before, but it feels the most powerful to me because it happened at the start from when I started creating these portraits for people. I was working in my garage at the time and I had taken the day off of work to paint and I was letting loose, trying to connect my intuition and work on a piece.

I mentioned earlier that I was like letting out steam a little bit at the time. I was also experiencing these emotional releases because I think that I had been dampening down my gift, my spirituality, my creative essence. I was letting that out a little bit and I was working on a painting and I poured the colors out on the canvas and they were like a light orange, a light blue and a white.

As I painted them for her, I started to cry and I thought, “There’s something in here for her about healing.” The sacral chakra is about our connection to our creativity. It’s about our sexuality. It’s about relationships. The blue is about speaking about it. The white is about spirit. I was playing in this space, and then she pulled up in front of my garage, got out of the car, and said, “I don’t know why, but the whole time I was driving over here, I was crying.” She came into the garage and I said, “This is your painting.” The instant that she looked at it, she started to cry even more. She was like, “I know exactly what that’s about.” We talked a little bit about the colors and what they meant for her.

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Healing Power Of Color: The sacral chakra is about our connection to our creativity. It’s about our sexuality and relationships. The blue is about speaking about it. The white is about spirit.

 

She’s a good friend of mine, but we call her the largest private collector in America because she’s like a big supporter of my work and she’s got a lot of my paintings in her home. I think she felt seen in the painting, and there was permission to talk about where the pain was and then to create space for healing to allow the painting and the conversation to help her heal.

She’s in a much different place now, and it’s fun to watch her colors shift over time, too, and see how she’s changed her whole interior. She’s gone from a home with a lot of red furniture to a home with a lot of light blue and light gold and yellow in it. She’s shifted her whole energy, too, which has been fascinating to watch.

As a result, has she become different as a person or how she leads her life? Has she also had changes internally and how she walks and talks and all that stuff?

For sure. I cannot take 100% credit for that at all because she’s part of my spiritual community. She’s done her own work and has done a lot with our teacher and all of that, too. She was never much of a hugger. She’d always wear a scarf around her throat. She’s protecting herself and not wanting to be open. Now she’s the world’s best hugger, very open, and one of my favorite people. She’s changed a lot.

You have something called the Color Club. What is it and what do you do in this group?

The Color Club is a group that I have on Facebook. It’s a free community, and it’s a place where I wanted people to be able to come and see my work and talk about it. One of the things that I like to do with the Color Club is ask them each week what their one-word intention is for the week ahead. They’ll share with me, “My word is gratitude,” or, “My word is compassion,” or, “My word is productivity,” or what have you.

I will comment on their posts to tell them what color will be the most supportive for them that week so that they can use it in their clothes or in their food or whatever it is that they want to do to invite that color in to help them achieve whatever intention they have. I like to share tidbits with them about different things that are happening in the world and all-around color.

It’s on Facebook and they can look up the Color Club and then they can join.

I’m happy to have them.

Wrapping us up here, . We talked about interviewing and negotiation and all these heavy topics, and now we’re talking about color. If you had to say to women that might be wondering like, “Why is this important for my career? Why is this important for my life,” what would be that summary statement you would tell women around the work you do?

I think we are drawn to color intuitively without always knowing what it means for us. There are times where we can use color to help us feel more confident or more courageous or even to invite different aspects of whatever that energy is that you’re trying to convey. If you find yourself needing to have a difficult conversation with somebody, you may want to wear blue that day.

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Blue is going to help support your throat and it’s also going to communicate to the person that you’re somebody that they can trust and that you are supportive of them and that they’re able to be themselves with you. Color has psychological, emotional and spiritual components to it. If you can tune into what it means for you, you can start to work with it in powerful ways in your branding, in your outfits, in what you put in office, and everywhere you go.

What do you believe are 1 to 2 ways that women can be braver at work?

I love this quote and can’t remember who said it, but it was something like, “If every woman told the truth about their lives, the world would split open.” I think about that a lot because I think that when I worked in HR, I let my representative go to work for me every day. I put on a face. That’s a Glennon Doyle reference.

She’s written some wonderful books, and one of the references she has is sending your representative in for you, which is when you’re not actually being yourself. You’re putting on a mask and sending that person out to show up for you. I think if we can try to be more authentic and let the boundaries of our lives filter in and let people know a little bit more about who we are, then they have more context about us. I think it makes for a more authentic and open dialogue with people to try to find ways to be more honest, vulnerable and courageous.

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I’m going to have to go back to Glennon Doyle. We have not referenced her in the show, but she’s got amazing books. What is the last one she wrote? That was awesome.

Untamed.

Some people love it, and some people don’t love it. It’s got an absolutely beautiful, colorful cover. I’m sure, Heather, you love that cover.

I do.

I was going to say. I was like, “You must love that cover.” It’s a great book and it’s helped so many women crack their lives open and be more honest. I think it goes right in line with what you’re talking about. How can women find you and your work online if they’re interested in getting a spirit portrait or diving into the Color Club?

They can find me at HeatherEck.com/thankyou. I have a special code on there for readers of your show to save 25% off a spirit portrait if they’re interested in that. I’ve got some freebies on there. Every month, I send out a free digital calendar of a new print that I’ve done. The Color Club is on there, and then a free color and chakra guide is available at HeatherEck.com/thankyou. You can find me on Instagram at @HeatherEckArtist.

Heather, this has been so fun. I am so pumped, and I hope that we stay connected because I’m going to keep following you because I know you will continue to do great things in the world and heal us with color. Thank you again for being on the show.

Thank you so much for having me. It’s been an honor to connect with you.

That’s a wrap on my discussion with Heather. I hope you found our conversation both valuable and inspiring. As a reminder, please rate review and subscribe to the show in Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show is also available on any other platform you enjoy. Until next time, show up, heal with color, and be brave.

 

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Brave Women at Work | Heather-Eck | Healing Power Of ColorSynesthesia Artist & Color Alchemist, Heather Eck brings extraordinary color insights, perspectives, and wisdom to your audiences through her unique approach to perceiving, creating, and healing through her artwork. Her background as an HR Manager and Certified Authentic Leadership Coach, ACC, combined with her unique gift of synesthesia, gives her a special skill to communicate, in simple terms, the hidden dynamics and solutions to everyday challenges through clairsentience, intuition, and color reading. As an expert on color, chakras, spirituality, and energy healing, your audience will gain tips and new tools to uplift and inspire their hearts and minds.

Heather is a renowned and award-winning artist, intuitive, thought leader, spiritual intuitive healer, passionate coach, and facilitator. Her work has been exhibited in more than 25 shows, and she offers an inspiring perspective on connecting healing through color, symbolism, and form. Her Instagram channel has over 4k followers, and she mentors hundreds of color lovers and students worldwide in her private Facebook group, The Color Club. Her original art, spirit portraits, art retreats, and courses are available on her websites.

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