Colors and Commencements – Orange Means Change

First a comment on the meaning of colors: Why is your town named Orange? The color orange is symbolic of change. It comes from mixing red, a color of passion and feelings, with yellow, the color representing energy. So the color orange can represent a positive potential when used correctly. If I see a treatment drawn as orange I usually interpret it as something that will help the patient.

These choices are made unconsciously because of the feeling these colors create. Stop & Shop, where I go for therapy every week, to mingle with the other wounded souls also made a nice transition. They have their employees wearing purple and yellow.{{more}}

The energy color is on the employees, who are there to help you like the cashiers. While the spiritual color purple is on the managers, so they will radiate a nice feeling should you have a problem. Believe me there is meaning in all things. We began our family life at 251 Sarah Circle in Orange until my wife produced more kids than the house could hold.

Now to get serious: I have been an outside advisor and consultant to the Board of Directors of Heaven for many years. Several years ago I was asked to give my first report. I did a lot of research in order to impress God and at the conclusion of my presentation I said, “The end.” God looked perplexed and responded, “Bernie when you have finished your presentation or report in Heaven you say, “The beginning.” I was a bit taken aback and God could see by my expression that what He said did not make sense to me.

“Bernie when the Fall of their lives arrives the leaves stop trying to please the family tree as green leaves, and not causing a family tree problem, by being different. When they accept that their time on earth is limited they then reveal their true beauty and uniqueness and begin to live their true and authentic lives. Think about this: you finish school and invite people to your graduation. What is your graduation called? Yes, a commencement; not a termination despite the fact that you are done with school but obviously the commencement relates to your education and the beginning of a new phase of your life. And the Bible doesn’t end in a conclusion.

It ends in a revelation. So remember life is a never ending beginning and every time there is a change, be it a gain or a loss, we have to start again and rebirth ourselves by abandoning our past and using our wounds to help us to grow and heal in a healthy way. Thus every change does what hunger forces us to do.

It’s a blessing and not a curse and leads us to nourish ourselves and our lives just as hunger does.”

So don’t forget to finish your next report with; the beginning. Remember a perfect world is not creation it is a magic trick which has no beginnings. We are here to live and learn and to keep learning until we truly graduate. So in life we experience a never ending series of commencements.

And the greatest commencement is when you leave your body and your consciousness continues on unburdened by one’s body and time. Until then remember Thornton Wilder’s words, “In love’s service only the wounded soldier can serve.”

What color would you like Orange to be?

Dr. Bernie is teaching a class at Amity High School titled “Reflections On The Art Of Living And Healing” on May 2 and 9, 7 to 9 p.m. Contact Karen Wade at if interested in attending.

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