THE THROAT CHAKRA

Communication & Self Expression

Sanskrit Name: Vishuddha (vee-SHOO-duh)

Location: Neck (in the V)

Color: Blue

Secondary Colors: Silver, Turquoise

Right: To Express/Speak

Planets: Mercury

Element: Ether or Akasha

Sense: Hearing

Note/Sound: G Note/Ham

Shape/Number: Dodecahedron/16

Body: Throat, thyroid, neck, mouth, teeth, tongue, jaw, ears

Endocrine Glands: Thyroid-releases calcitonin when calcium ion levels in the blood rise. Reduces amount of calcium in the blood. Releases hormones to regulate metabolic rate. Parathyroid-releases PTH hormone when calcium levels drop in the blood and also triggers the kidneys to return filtered calcium in the blood to be conserved.

Balanced/Open Chakra: When the throat chakra is balanced you are honest and not afraid to speak your personal truth. You express yourself creatively and assertively. You can say what you mean and remain tactful with your words. You are excellent at offering good sound advice to those that need it, even to yourself. You are usually upfront and not afraid to ask for what you want. You have no problems with voicing your weaknesses with the understanding of teaching others to grow and you are highly respected for it. You are able to transform negative experiences into wisdom and learning.

Underactive: When the throat chakra is underactive or closed it is difficult for you to express yourself. You feel misunderstood or misinterpreted which leaves you feeling isolated around others. You are afraid to speak your personal truth and formulate your words to please others by telling them what they want to hear. You may come across as being unreliable or "wishy-washy". Your life may be stagnant and you may find yourself not getting what you want or situations not going your way. You may carry a lot of guilt.

Overactive: When the throat chakra is overactive, you tent to be over-opinionated and critical of others. You can be verbally abusive and yell excessively and unnecessarily. You may have very little tolerance for people's opinions. You don't allow others to talk back, it's your way or no way. You are judgemental for how people perform in life. You can be an excessive liar and/or a bad listener.

Physical Symptoms: Asthma, neck stiffness/pain, sore throat, problems with vocal cords, earaches, sinus infections, tonsilitis, laryngitis, thyroid cancer, hyperactive thyroid, teeth problems.

     The Throat Chakra represents the valve for which all the chakras are expressed through. This is especially true for the first lower 5 chakras. The root and the sacral chakras dealing with overcoming fear and being secure, the solar plexus chakra being our seat of power and confidence, the heart chakra connecting to love and compassion, connect to help one express themselves in their light of truth. The imbalance of this chakra may be cause by events in a person's childhood. They may have grown up in an environment where they were not allowed to express themselves verbally, could have been constantly told to be quiet, judged for things that they said, and shut down for speaking their feelings. The process of communication between adult and child were highly unbalanced. Some children are even taught to lie for the sake of the parent. Another senario is that a person could be in a relationship, or friendships, and may be afraid to speak out for themselves and find themselves "going along just to get along", supressing communication and their expression of truth. It can come from fear (root chakra), attachment (sacral chakra), lack of confidence (solar plexus chakra), and/or fear on not being loved or losing love (heart chakra). Guilt is another major reason this chakra becomes blocked.

It is important that we find our own truths and not be afraid to speak what we feel. There is a delicate balance to learn how to express oneself creatively, effectively, and tactfully. When this chakra is balanced, it allows us to seek knowledge beyond what we were taught to believe. It unblocks doubt and negative thinking and moves us into higher knowledge, thus accepting our own truth.

How to Balance

To balance your throat chakra you can meditate on blue light and visualize a blue lotus flower spinning and opening in the "V" area of your neck. You can also chant the seed sound HAM in the note of G. Light blue candles. Singing a song out loud is also a good way to open your throat chakra. Try to practice speaking aloud to yourself. Talking to yourself is a way to be your own sounding board. You may uncover things about yourself that someone might otherwise judge. So be your own good listener. Be a good listener to others. In nutrition, you can eat foods that connect to this chakra such as lemons, grapefruit, lime, kiwi, apples, plums, pears, apricots, and peaches. You can also drink lots of water and herbal teas such as chammomile, peppermint, and echinacea to name a few.

Affirmations for the Throat Chakra:

  • I speak with confidence
  • I am open, clear, and honest in communication
  • I am open to expressing my feelings creatively
  • I speak tactfully
  • I have a right to speak my truth
  • I am strong willed and can resolve my challenges
  • I let go of any guilt
  • I will not judge myself
  • I am open to my truth
  • I stand firm in my truth

Listening to sounds that resonate with the throat chakra can assist with bringing it back into balance. These sounds can also balance and cleanse crystals associated with the throat chakra. For crystals that help to balance the throat chakra, refer back to the crystal guide.