Seeing Red – By Michelle Johnson

Maybe it’s Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from the ‘Wizard of Oz’, or perhaps it was my own red ‘go-go’ boots my mom dressed me in when I was four years old that helped me to form the belief that Red Shoes = Confidence.

It’s so interesting to me that my entire wardrobe is pretty much based in neutral colors of browns and grays, black and white, with a token green shirt here and there however, I always have a few pairs of red shoes or boots, a red handbag and even my favorite coral red Buddha necklace to help pop some color in to my life! Throughout the years I have noticed that I gravitate to my red shoes and accessories when I’m nervous about something or just feeling kind of blah. I put on those red shoes with my otherwise neutral colored outfit and voila!!!…an instant transformation in attitude and feelings! I get a similar feeling when I wear my red necklace or carry a red handbag, but not quite as powerful as my red shoes. I cannot recall ever having a bad day while wearing my red shoes! (I’m sure this is just my perception based off my belief of my ‘magic’ red shoes!)

Let’s take a look at the perceived meaning of the color red in the United States.

Functional (F): fulfills a need or solves a problem

Sensory-Social (S): conveys attitudes, status, or social approval

Lust (S)

Negative Issues (F)

Excitement (S)

Love (S)

Here is another perspective on the color red as the Muladhara or root chakra.

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RED governs the BASE chakra situated at the base of the spine.


Related organs: kidneys and bladder, the vertebral column, hips and legs are also areas related to this chakra.

Endocrine gland: adrenal gland.

Associated problems: constipation, diarrhea, piles, colitis, Crohn’s disease, cold fingers and toes, frequency of urination, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, impotence, hip problems, legs and feet. PINK can also be used here when a more gentle energy is required.

Personality Traits: Courageous, confident, humanistic, strong-willed, spontaneous, honest, and extroverted.

Red relates to self awareness. It is the area of survival and stability and your place on this earth.  The colour red provides the power from the earth and gives energy on all levels. It connects us to our physical body. Everything that is to be commenced needs the life vitality of red.

Positive aspects of red

– security
– courage
– strength of will
– pioneering

Negative aspects of red

– insecurity
– self pitying
– aggressive
– fearful

After reading the information here about the color red, I realize that on a subconscious level I reach for my red shoes and accessories to help empower me when I need more of what I am lacking in a given situation. It’s more than just a fashion statement for me and in understanding that, I will pay closer attention to how I’m feeling and why the next time I reach for my red shoes!

Self-discovery can be fun and fascinating, when we pay attention to the little details and nuances of our life. Some people are empowered through music, art, food, etc. What is your ‘power’ trigger? What can you learn about yourself in noticing when you use your trigger? Maybe you have a few! Please share what you’ve observed in your life.