The Throat chakra
The Throat Chakra is the fifth of the seven main chakras and is located in the throat, just above the “Adam’s apple”. Its Sanskrit name is Vishuddha meaning “purification” or “pure place”. The throat chakra is mainly responsible for the energies of communication and creativity; it is activated during the developmental ages of 7 to 12 years old. This chakra is associated with the chalice and crescent shapes, the colour blue and is ruled by both Mercury and Neptune.
The throat chakra is associated with all aspects of the throat, the thyroid, trachea, mouth, teeth, gums, neck vertebrae, oesophagus, ears and parathyroid gland, the vocal cords, upper lungs and respiratory system. In the endocrine system, the thyroid gland controls this chakra. Not surprisingly then this chakra is the voice centre and is associated with self-expression and the search for truth, allowing us to receive and assimilate information; it allows us to communicate our thoughts and feelings. This chakra is associated with listening to one’s intuition, which guides one in an optimal flow, in which one sees one’s goals manifest, and it seems that the Universe provides all their needs with no effort on their part at all. It’s a state of Grace. Abundance, therefore, is associated with this chakra, as is the aspect of unconditional receiving necessary to accept the abundance of the Universe.
How healthy this fifth chakra is, is in relation to how honestly we express our selves; lying violates the body and spirit. We speak our choices with our voices (throats). All choices we make in our lives have consequences on an energetic level, although even choosing to make a choice such as in repressing our anger or unhappiness and ignoring our feelings in a given situation by not saying anything, or by “evasive sweet-talking” may result in laryngitis, or the development of other throat conditions. We have all experienced that “lump in our throats” when we are at a crossroad of not knowing how to speak the right words in any given situation, perhaps even stifling our own emotions. A challenge of the throat chakra is to express ourselves in the most truthful manner. Lies and half-truths energetically pollute the throat chakra. This behaviour violates both our bodies and spirits.
The balanced throat chakra promotes compassion, purifies and harmonizes all opposites (for example, love and hate, kindness and cruelty, goodness and evilness); it is responsible for one’s creativity in all areas of life. When balanced and healthy this chakra allows us to carry the world in light and harmony, be very sociable, easy to interact with the environment and have strong creative abilities. Both teaching and learning are affected by the balance of the throat chakra.
Therefore, someone with a balanced throat chakra has the ability to clearly and openly express himself. He or she is also able to express their weaknesses and strengths honestly. This is why this chakra is characterized with communication, self expression, eloquence, free will and creativity. Anyone who cherishes these characteristics or is in a career where they are stressed should always ensure that they remain balanced in order to enjoy being at peak performance all the time. The physical body organs that are linked to this chakra are healthy and they function well when balanced.
Conversely, an unbalanced throat chakra leads one to tell lies, criticise others, having a fear of speaking, excessive talking in certain instances, difficulty expressing oneself, poor learning ability, habitual lying, fear, doubt, uncertainty and the inability to listen properly. On the physical side an unbalanced throat chakra makes one at risk of suffering with sore throats, ear problems, mouth ulcers, scoliosis, swollen glands, laryngitis, deafness, thyroid dysfunctions, voice problems, swollen glands and neck problems.
Working with the Throat Chakra
Probably the simplest and easiest way to balance this chakra is by gargling with salt water, singing, chanting or even screaming! The yoga style for the throat chakra is the mantra while the suitable poses include the headstand, the lion, the shoulder stand, the headstand the plough, the camel and the fish.
The use of visualisation is another quick and simple method of energising this chakra using the following technique:
- Take a few deep, relaxing breaths and clear your mind of all intentional thoughts
- Imagine a gentle sky blue ocean with its gentle waves lapping onto a quiet sandy beach, see a beautiful clear blue sky and feel the healing energies coming from both filling up your upper chest, your throat and up to your ears. Feel the light and its brilliant sparks of light calming, but at the same time invigorating your throat chakra. Feel it bringing harmony into your life. Every part of your body that this beautiful light touches is instantly healed.
- Place your hands just above your body in the area of the throat chakra and feel the light invigorating and healing as it swirls around; feel the energy as it discards the negative and stagnant energy that has accumulated, feel it opening and promoting a feeling confidence and positivity, releasing you from negative thoughts and emotions.
Music or sound:
The note for this chakra is “G” and the use of tuning forks and signing bowls designed for this note will open and balance the energy flow in and around the chakra.
The mantra is “ham”. Chanting this mantra in the key of “G” whilst focusing the attention of the throat area can enable us to more consciously access the throat chakra. In general, daily singing, chanting, humming, toning and overtone chants will all help to keep this chakra balanced and healthy.
Crystals and meditation:
By placing any of the blue crystals on the chakra and doing a meditation specifically designed to re-energise and balance it will be very beneficial. The meditation should include aspects of nature, especially viewing the ocean and blue sky and will go a long way to help balance this chakra. The gemstones for this chakra include:
Aquamarine, turquoise, blue Kyanite, chalcedony, Chrysocolla, Blue Opal, sapphire, lapis lazuli, blue topaz and Sodalite.
For healing, these stones are said to aid the treatment of any blockage or disease of the throat. It is also helpful when inflammation occurs, since blue is a cooling colour. It is also said to aid with internal bleeding and nervous conditions.
Kyanite is wonderful when used as a shield. It does not retain negative vibes, they bounce off; it is good stone for aligning all the chakras but it is particularly good for the throat chakra. (n.b. although Lapis Lazuli is listed above and is good for the throat chakra it is more often associated with the brow chakra.)
The colour associated with the throat chakra is Blue, so anything blue being placed on or near it would be beneficial to it. Blue is the colour of inspiration, devotion, infinity and religious goals. It produces calm and peace. Deep blue indicates intense power, and light blue (or azures) symbolize high ethical inspiration. Combining blue crystals and cloths with a throat chakra meditation can produce a very effective and significant response
Herbal infusions etc:
Sage, Trumpet vine, larkspur are all considered as being useful for use with the throat chakra.
Sage and eucalyptus are used. Cosmos, Trumpet Vine, Larch Sage, Eucalyptus and Frankincense when used in an incense burner or as aromatherapy oils for those trained in aromatherapy massage.
Chakra Element – sound
Sense – hearing
Throat Chakra Affirmation: My throat is clear and open, my voice utters truthful words.