Vicky Wall was the clinically blind seer, apothecary and surgical chiropodist whose Equilibrium living colour formulations comprise the heart of the Aura-Soma Colour-Care-System®. Being the 7th child of a 7th child, her life was full of mystery. Clairvoyant from childhood, she was able to perceive the subtle energies and colours surrounding an individual. As an adult, this clairvoyant ability was amplified as her physical sight diminished and was eventually lost. Her autobiography (Self-Discovery Through Colour) offers a window into her remarkable life and her inspired creation in 1983 of the first dual coloured Equilibrium bottles (originally called
Balance ), as if
guided by unseen hands.
Vicky learned about the medicinal properties of herbs and plants from her Kabbalist father. This knowledge would come into play in her years as a pharmacologist and healer and ultimately in the development of Equilibrium and the complementary products that would follow. As she would famously say after years of observing the link between people’s colour preferences and the colours in their own auras.
You are the colours you choose and these reflect your being’s needs
Vicky’s mission concerned the Human-Divine processes of self-discovery and individuation. She understood that the universal language of colour, which has resonances in all ancient wisdom traditions, holds unique messages for each
hue-man being’s wholeness and fulfilment at every level. The development of the Aura-Soma system was the beginning and the culmination of Vicky’s life work, the continuation of which she would entrust to her beloved collaborators and co-creators, Mike & Claudia Booth upon her passing in 1991.
Vicky mixing colours
During her nightly meditation in early 1983, Vicky Wall found herself enveloped in the most beautiful cascade of colour which receded and advanced like the ebb and flow of the tide, sighing softly as it went. Suddenly, the still small voice within that she had always obeyed instructed her to
go and divide the waters, my child. She was mystified as to what that meant. Blindness had caused Vicky to retire from a lifetime of devoted care for others as a surgical chiropodist. After suffering from a major heart attack during which she had an encounter with an angelic presence, she was given
borrowed time to complete what she had come to do. Almost 70 years old, clinically blind with only 40% of her heart function, she immersed herself in her spiritual practice, meditation and prayer to find out what was being asked of her.
In her meditation the following night, the colours came again more vividly than before and again the words
divide the waters my child. Vicky responded,
What waters? Still she did not know what to do. On the third night the colours came even more strongly. She felt compelled to go into her small laboratory, yielding to the unseen hands which guided hers to create she knew not what with a mixture of essential oils and waters from plants and herbs, the energies of crystals and gems, and water from the Glastonbury Chalice Well. When morning came, Margaret, her devoted companion and partner in their healing practice, questioned her about the beautiful liquids radiating in the sunlight, revealing two distinctly different layers of glittering colours through their clear bottles.
What are they for? Margaret asked.
I don’t know, replied Vicky.
It is something I did in the night..
After breakfast, Vicky revisited the small room where the bottles had been born during the night. As she gazed into their brilliant colours, she felt a serenity and power emanating from them. Instantly she began to feel unusual sensations and a resonance happening within herself, as she described in her autobiography:
Suddenly, I felt energised, happy, the physical tiredness I had been feeling lifted, as if magically. The concept of balance came into my mind, as if it had been whispered – a state of balance that is beyond stasis and which is known as equilibrium. They could be known by no other name. Equilibrium was born and she was beautiful.
Vicky’s life was about to take a turn towards an unexpected new beginning. In the coming months a whirlwind of attention began to gather around the bottles by all who encountered them and Vicky was inspired to create more and more colour variations each with its own distinct vibrations.
Mike Booth met Vicky Wall and Margaret Cockbain in 1984. At the time, Mike was involved in management training while he also pursued his work as an artist, potter and healer. Mike’s wife Claudia had invited Vicky and Margaret to give a workshop at their home. It was after this workshop that Vicky invited Mike to work with her. Answering a strong inner calling to accept her invitation Mike became her constant companion and confidante travelling and teaching with Vicky and Margaret as they took the radiant colours to the world. With her auric sight Vicky saw that people were irresistibly drawn to the vibrant Equilibrium colours that were present in their true aura. Vicky, Margaret. Mike and others began to chronicle the effects of the bottles upon people who used them building a solid body of researched knowledge as to why people chose certain bottles and the changes experienced in the individuals’ life dynamics before and after using the contents of individual bottles. This led to the understanding that Equilibrium was a mirror of the soul—an illuminator of a person’s true colours—and a catalyst for transformation, wholeness and balance.
As the Aura-Soma system continued to grow Vicky handed over to Mike the inspirational duties of birthing Equilibrium with bottle 44, entrusting him to carry on the creation of Aura-Soma substances and the unfoldment into the world of the Aura-Soma Colour-Care-System.
When Vicky passed in 1991 Mike assumed the stewardship of ASPL. Mike, Margaret, Claudia and a group of committed co-visionaries set about fulfilling Vicky’s mission to bring the transformative powers of colour to as many people in the world who would want it.
Vicky’s work and legacy have shown us that colour is a universal soul language with deeply individual meaning – offering keys to who we are, why we are here and what we need for our greater wellbeing and expression.
Mike and Vicky Wall
In 1984 Mike met Vicky Wall, founder of the Aura-Soma system, and became her friend and closest companion, travelling and teaching with her for the next seven years. Their mutual recognition was based in part on similar unique spiritual experiences. A sense of shared purpose quickly arose between them. As the Aura-Soma system grew, Vicky ultimately entrusted Mike to carry on the birth of the Aura-Soma substances and to continue the unfoldment into the world of the Aura-Soma Colour-Care System®. When Vicky passed in 1991, Mike and his wife, Claudia Booth, and Vicky’s colleague and companion, Margaret Cockbain, assumed the stewardship of Aura-Soma Products Limited and set about with a group of committed co-visionaries to fulfill Vicky’s mission to bring the transformative powers of colour to
as many people in the world who want it.
Much of Mike’s colourful life before his Aura-Soma journey seems to have well-prepared him for his unique future! His spiritual journey has spanned many influences and traditions, starting with parents. He undertook Druidic studies at a young age, which introduced him to the richness of nature and the importance of co-operation with the Earth. As his inner life continued to develop he became involved with the mystical Kabbalah, the systemology of the Tree of Life and the angelic realms. He later trained in Sufism and then Zen, which he practiced for 10 years, incorporating Zen meditation techniques during his work in management training. All of these, including his experience as a healer and his keen interest in the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner—particularly in the areas of education, biodynamic farming and colour as a language of universal consciousness—would become significant contributions to the development of Aura-Soma philosophies and practices. Shire Farm, which is owned and operated by Aura-Soma Products Ltd, is a notable example of Mike’s commitment to biodynamic farming, reforestation and a
soil to soul approach which links the care and vitality of the earth to personal and planetary wellbeing.
Trained in fine art with a degree in education, Mike’s long-time artistry as a potter, and ultimately a painter of internationally-known mandalas, deepened his spiritual life and further cultivated the receptivity and inspiration that has been so vital to the continuing emergence of the Aura-Soma system in the world. As Chairman of ASPL, Mike oversees all activities of the company and is vitally involved in new product development. Since the creation of bottle 44, he has been responsible for
birthing the Equilibrium formulas and the energies they carry for the needs of our time.
Mike is also the Principal of the Aura-Soma Academy, an independent colour-training academy dedicated to expanding awareness and education on the benefits of colour in relation to consciousness and wellbeing. In Mike’s work with The Academy as an educator and inspirational speaker, he travels throughout the world illuminating the mysteries and meanings of colour, subtle anatomy, complementary traditions, the potential and benefits of using of the Aura-Soma substances as a means of self care and care of the planet. As the demand for Aura-Soma products and training has grown, Mike’s role as an educator has taken him and the Aura-Soma system into the lives of more than 50,000 people all over the world.
Mike is an author of many books on the understanding of colour and the Aura-Soma Colour-Care-System, which have been translated into several languages including German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.
As a vocalist and an instrumentalist on the Australian didgeridoo and the Swiss
hang, Mike has also collaborated on several musical and meditation CDs.