Research and Development
During the first years of our work, we concentrated on developing a way of making large glass panels which were coloured red and blue by using metal oxides. We decided to start with just two colours in order to eventually be capable of precisely describing how metal colour light therapy acts. At that time, we did not know whether it would be possible to attain these colours in glass by using metals.
After we had produced several metal colour light glass panels, we asked a number of interested individuals to write down their impressions and experiences, physical/physiological and psychological/mental, with the glass panels. The descriptions included different kinds of perceptions,from physical warmth, change in pulse and breathing, relaxation, increased presence to (most impressive) amazement and being profoundly touched. These descriptions became the basis of a guideline for further research.
Since 2003, therapists and doctors at the Filderklinik, Germany, have been both researching and working with metal colour light therapy. The research study on rheumatism, published in our book Metallfarblichttherapie, was carried out there. Dr. Ludger Simon (†2016)accompanied the research. The measurements of heart rate variability and breathing, done by Dr. Jan Vagedes and Angela Steer-Reeh, using gold-red and cobalt-blue glass panels and healthy individuals, took place at the Filderklinik as well. These research projects are also mentioned in our book Metallfarblichttherapie.
We are still researching and developing metal colour light therapy - the experience we gain with each production of glass panels is used in the following glass production, and therapy experience is incorporated both in the production of glass as well as in the development of metal colour light therapy. In our first continuing education metal colour light therapy training (2010-2013) we had the opportunity of extending our insight of metal colour light therapy through the discussions and interactions between the international course participants with their various anthroposophical therapists backgrounds. This has also greatly increased our base of future research concepts.
Friedlinde Meier, curative eurythmist and metal colour light therapist (trained by Marianne Altmaier), has been responsible for the research and development of metal colour light therapy since April, 2014. She is part of a group of ten trained metal colour light therapists who meet twice yearly to exchange their experiences with metal colour light therapy, develop further research questions, continue their education, and organize research work. We began with iron and its therapeutic action as blue and green iron glass, as the basis of yielding a remedy picture. More recently, we have begun carrying out individual work with test persons and different glass panels. We have planned groups that will meet for one year. Since 2015 we have also started offering metal colour light therapy at Lichtblick. In the future, in cooperation with doctors, we will document individual case studies of particular medical conditions. Friedlinde Meier will also coordinate and accompany research done at other institutions.