I was drawn to Inna’s work because her initiation into healing was similar to my own. Inna Segal describes how she came to a career in healing on her website:
When Inna was a teenager, she suffered from severe back pain, anxiety and a skin disorder. In an incredible twist of fate, Inna, while meditating, discovered an unusual way of communicating with her body. By tuning in to her back and releasing all the pain and negative emotions, she was able to heal herself.
As a teenager I also had severe back pain, and I exhausted a multitude of traditional healing methods before expanding my search to alternative methods. While at a conference, where I was learning about Primal Reflex Release Technique(tm), I met a shaman who offered me a healing session. During that healing session, the shaman taught me how to tap into my intuitive abilities, and launched me on a journey that led to the wellness practices that I offer to my clients today.
Years later, Inna’s Color Cards deck was placed in my hands during a visit to Barjon’s Books. Sue at Barjon’s has a magical way of knowing exactly what you need, even without your asking, and I purchased this deck without hesitation. When I brought it home, I couldn’t believe how many different and practical ways there were to use the deck including chakra clearing, meditating, eating or drinking the color of your card, wearing the color of your card, and painting.
My favorite way to use the cards is to ask what my body needs, pull a card, and then meditate on the color of the card.
When I use this deck with my clients, the messages that come up often include supplementary or tertiary information. As I mentioned in my post about The Archetypes deck, I compare oracle decks to ingredients for cooking. When I’m pulling from the Color Cards deck, I’m using the cards as a subtle spice that is crucial for creating a complex flavor.
The cards often represent influences in my client’s lives, like the way their bodies or physical habits might be impacting them. Sometimes, the essence of a situation is clarified using color. For example, we might pull a card that indicates a specific relationship and then add a color card to help clarify the nature of that relationship. In my “compass” readings–those spreads that I use to help people find direction on their life path–the color cards are the ones that I call the “cross winds.” They are the energies that push a situation this way or that.
If you have considered buying an oracle deck but aren’t sure where to start, I think this one is great for beginners. This deck can be used in a secular way for meditation and visualization, but it’s also quite adaptable. The wisdom and energy in the messages of each card are powerful and give the user the ability to tap into as much or as little as they would like.