The Throat Chakra

This month we are going to look at the Throat Chakra.

The Throat Chakra is the 5th Chakra the communication centre of the body.  Its Sanskrit name is Vishuddha which means ‘Pure or purification’ and sits in the throat area near the spine. It governs the mouth, tongue and neck. It also governs the ability to speak your truth openly and understand your needs and desires and being able to communicate them.  It is the seat of self-expression and can be viewed as a crossroads of the heart and the head serving as a mediator between your emotions. It signifies both verbal and non-verbal communication as well as internal and external communication. The more balanced your throat chakra is, the more freely and effortlessly it is for you to express yourself truthfully. It’s colour is Light Blue but sometimes seen as Turquoise.

Colour: Light Blue, Turquoise

Element: Akasha/Ether

Body Parts associated with the Throat Chakra:

Brachial, Pharyngeal Plexi, Palate, Pharynx, Tongue, Jaws, Mouth, Neck, Shoulders, Thyroid, Immune System

Physical Imbalances:

Thyroid imbalances, Sore throat, Hearing difficulties, Neck pain or stiffness, hoarseness, Mouth ulcers, Jaw pain, Dental disorders, Earache, Hearing issues

Connected with the sense of Hearing

Signs when the Throat Chakra is Underactive:

  • Have restricted vocal expression

  • Have a quiet timid voice

  • Tone deaf

  • Dry scratchy throat

  • Fear of speaking your truth

  • Have a fear of speaking in public or in a large group

  • Unable to speak from the heart

  • Unable to express yourself creatively

Signs when the Throat Chakra is Overactive:

  • Talk in access often a sign of defence

  • Don’t like silence – feels uncomfortable

  • Don’t listen not a very good listener

  • Using the voice to overpower/dominate

  • Often speaks in excess

Signs when this Chakra is balanced:

  • Have a calming yet confident tone of voice

  • Have the ability to say what needs to be said

  • Ability to talk from the heart

  • Use creative expression

  • A good listener

Childhood Trauma that has an impact:

  • Restricted communication in childhood

  • Lies taught to be acceptable

  • Verbal abuse or use of a dominating voice

  • Having to keep secrets

  • No encouragement in expressing yourself creatively

How to Rebalance:

  • Singing/Chanting

  • Story telling/recitals

  • Affirmations/Mantras

  • Silent practice

  • Recording your voice

  • Wear blue – scarves, necklaces

  • Have this colour in your home environment

  • Using crystals: Aquamarine, Angelite, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Kyanite, Blue Apatite

  • Essential oils: Frankincense, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sage, Tea Tree, Peppermint

  • Journaling, drawing, painting, writing poetry, song writing, all are creative expressions

  • Releasing neck and upper shoulder tension

  • Doing shoulder stands in yoga

  • Energy work – Reiki, Indian Head Massage

  • Chanting the seed sound HAM

Speaking your truth isn’t something that comes easily but speaking your truth doesn’t mean you can be hurtful or critical.  Speaking your truth from the heart will come across as kind and compassionate.  Listening is another aspect of the throat chakra and the highest form of listening includes giving the other person your full attention waiting to hear them completely before you respond and not interrupting them as they express themselves. It also means putting away devices or turning them off to give them your undivided attention.

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