Vishuddha, the Throat Chakra (5th chakra)

Located at the throat, Vishuddha rules our communication and listening skills.  A balanced throat chakra allows us to communicate effectively while also allowing us to properly process and understand the information that we consume.  

We are constantly bombarded by information.  Whether it’s written, verbal or visual information, it’s hurtled at us from all directions. If we have a blockage of the throat chakra it can be hard to process information and then respond appropriately.

We can get confused about what is helpful and what is harmful. The consequences of not being able to distinguish the two can be dire. 

Only with a balanced 5th chakra are we able to sift through it all and see the truth both of ourselves and of others.  

For example,  the TRUTH is, that there is divine light within us all and we are all worthy of love.  However, who among us has doubted that at some point in their life?  I know I have.  Maybe someone told you you weren’t good enough, maybe you didn’t match up with what society said you should or should not be, or most harmful of all, you told yourself that you weren’t good enough.  

When out of balance we can’t see these falsities for the harmful lies they are.  We fall victim to false beliefs and the damage it does to our self esteem and our psyche can be devastating.
By processing emotions that have blocked the throat chakra we can see clearly and skillfully navigate through the lies and self doubt that may have been holding us back.  

If we know ourselves to be worthy and deserving of love and kindness then our reaction to hateful and harmful information will come from a place of love.  We will recognize and understand the lie, set it aside and move on. 

From this wisdom emerges a powerful freedom and responsibility. The knowledge that only we have the privilege of determining the state of our emotions.

With this knowledge we are no longer the victims of another’s cruel words but an empowered being. Our emotions and therefore our responses to them are entirely within our control. No one can take anything away from us that we do not wish to give. And to allow another to affect us is to give this power away.

Vishuddha is one of the most important energy centers in the body. The part it plays in our ability to communicate effectively and interact with the world is key in carrying out the work we are meant to do during this birth we have taken here on earth. Good, honest communication with everyone, including ourselves, helps build lasting, deep relationships. Conversely blocked energy from unresolved emotions at this chakra may prevent us from living a powerful & authentic life.

Symptoms of an imbalanced throat chakra

  • Lack of self confidence
  • suffering from anxiety
  • difficulty expressing yourself clearly
  • physical maladies such as a recurrent sore throat
  • shoulder pain
  • hearing impairment
  • thyroid issues
  • dental problems
  • mouth ulcers or other ailments of the mouth, throat or neck.

Healing/balancing the throat chakra

  • Incorporate the color blue into your life such as blue clothing or accessories.
  • Wearing or using throat chakra stones like amazonite, turquoise or aquamarine to help balance and unlock the throat chakra
  • Working with the bija mantra to tap into healing currents of energy.
    • You can do this by chanting “ham” out loud.
  • Neck stretches or yoga poses that encourage an opening of the throat
  • Therapy or journaling to help process the unresolved emotions that are causing the blockage.

There are many ways in which to heal the throat chakra. By creating a mindful awareness & resolving past traumas you can discover yourself & find a deeper level of understanding than ever before. Don’t rush things. Appreciate healing for the journey that it is and allow yourself the time and space you need to blossom.

This article is for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor nor do i diagnose, prescribe, or treat any illness. Consult a physician regarding any health concerns you may have or before beginning any kind of regimen or treatment.

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