In this blog post, we’ll explore the nuances of your fifth chakra, known as your throat chakra.
This chakra is all about your ability to stay true to your personal truth and your ability to interface with the world around you with honesty and integrity.
To put it simply, when your throat chakra is balanced, your actions are aligned with your thoughts and words, you’re comfortable asking for what you need, and you listen patiently and intently.
Effectively communicating who you truly are is both liberating and powerful.
Yet for many of us, doing this right is no easy task.
That’s where healing the throat chakra comes in.
What Is the Throat Chakra?
The Throat Chakra, which is also known as Vishuddha, is our fifth energy hub among the 7 primary chakras in our body.
It is located at the centre of our throat and the colour of this energy hub is blue.
It is element of ether, which is the space in between space.
Located at the centre of our throat, the throat chakra is the gateway to discovering and expressing our highest truth to the universe.
Physically, this chakra controls our neck, jaw, mouth, and face.
On a deeper level, the throat chakra controls everything that has to do with personal expression.
It controls how well we express our personal truth, communicate with others, and handle conflict.
A balanced throat chakra speaks our personal message with compassion and assertion.
It is unafraid of communicating boundaries or expressing an opinion.
When in balance, the Vishuddha Chakra allows you to have a more productive conversation, as well as tune in and listen to the guidance of your intuition.
The Vishuddha Chakra also gives you the opportunity to truly find your inner truth and to communicate and live your truth in daily life.
A balanced and aligned Vishuddha chakra allows you to be honest with yourself and easily communicate with others (I will cover this in detail further on).
Where is the Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) located?
The Vishuddha Chakra is located at the throat, and it is associated and closely connected with the thyroid gland.
You might be familiar with the fact that the thyroid gland affects mental and physical development and regulates metabolism.
The Main Characteristics of the Throat Chakra
As the name itself says, the throat chakra (which, as mentioned earlier, is also called the Visuddha) rules your innate ability to express yourself clearly and openly, without any issues.
The Visuddha Chakra is the life-force of your communication, which means that the throat chakra has an impact on many aspects of your life, both big and small.
Visuddha Chakra directly affects your relationships with yourself and others and your emotional stability.
The throat chakra also determines how well you handle conflict, whether you are living an authentic life, and whether you are aware of your own deep needs, and how to fulfil them.
The energy of the Vishuddha Chakra is going to provide awareness of your personal power.
When aligned, Vishuddha Chakra provides the knowledge that no one outside of yourself has power over the choices you make and your own wellbeing.
An important thing to note is that often you don’t have a moment in your day that is quiet.
The mind is racing and you have a million things on your to-do list.
This is why you often don’t hear your intuition and that inner guidance.
Some other key characteristics are below:
- Sanskrit name: Vishuddha
- Colour: Blue
- Seed mantra: Ham
- Location: Throat
- Element: Space
- Function: Ability of communication, expression
- Associated gemstones: Blue lace agate, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Turquoise.
Open and Balanced Chakra
An open and balanced blue chakra leads to increased creativity and the ability to speak eloquently and communicate effectively.
The importance of effective communication is a determinant of all long-lasting relationships.
Also, the Vishuddha guides some of the most important feelings and factors needed to live a fulfilled life.
The imbalance of the throat chakra could lead to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual problems.
However, the effects that an open and balanced blue chakra has on the body include:
- A resonant voice
- Healthy thyroid gland
- Clear communication
- Listening ability
- Good oral health
- Sensitivity to other people’s feelings
- A sense of purity
- Living in truth
- Increased creativity
Underactive Throat Chakra
An underactive or blocked Vishuddha harms the body’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
A blocked Vishuddha leads to excessive shyness and the inability to communicate or express one’s self adequately.
This, in turn, may lead to the feeling of being misunderstood, loneliness, restlessness, anxiety, and depression.
Also, a blocked Vishuddha could arise from digestive problems like ulcers and eating disorders.
Symptoms of an underactive throat chakra include:
- Extreme shyness
- An introverted nature
- Hearing loss
- Lack of energy
- Fear of speaking
- Lack of creativity
How to Balance the Throat Chakra – Ultimate Guide!
Healing the throat chakra enables us to step into our unique self-expression, speak our truth, and connect with others on a deeper level.
Here are 12 things you should do to heal your Vishuddha chakra.
Practice being more present in your conversations
Do you find yourself always trying to prove something, wanting to be heard, interrupting, or not fully listening to other’s response during discussion?
This could be caused by an imbalanced throat chakra.
Opening this energy centre has a lot to do with communicating with kindness.
This doesn’t mean hiding your true feelings, but about connecting deeper and being more compassionate with others as well as yourself.
Speaking and acting from a place of kindness and sincerity will almost always lead to more meaningful and heartfelt conversation.
Practice Deep Belly Breathing
Speaking too quickly and impulsively, or not at all, are both signs that your throat chakra is imbalanced.
In order to ground yourself, practice diaphragmatic or belly breathing.
To practice, breathe deeply into your stomach so that it expands gently.
Then exhale, drawing the belly gently towards the spine.
Do this for 3-5 breaths.
Focusing your awareness on the sensation of your belly rising and falling will help to centre your energy, bringing calm and greater self-confidence.
Affirmations are sayings that you speak to yourself silently or aloud to give you a space to shift away from negative thoughts and feelings.
Affirmations are positive statements that can help us to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts.
When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.
In this process, affirmations allow us to say what we need to hear.
Below are a few examples of affirmations for the Vishuddha Chakra:
- I hear and speak the truth about myself and my beloved.
- I speak with compassion to myself.
- I listen with compassion to my inner voice and the voice of others.
- I speak my truth and wisdom freely to others.
- I express myself with love and truth.
- I can communicate easily.
- I give and receive communication in a balanced way.
- I can find solace in silence.
- I can receive and hear clearly the messages of the Universe.
- “I am a patient listener. I open my heart to hear what others share with me.”
- “I express myself with ease.”
- “My voice matters.”
- “I speak my truth with love and sincerity.”
- “I express my creativity, my emotions, my needs and my desires clearly.”
- “I feel safe speaking my truth.”
- “I practice clear, open and loving communication.”
- “I am a powerful manifestor.”
- “My words and my voice are powerful.”
Practice Creative Self-Expression
The first step to having an empowered throat chakra is to find our creative self-expression.
Whether it is dancing, singing, writing, poetry, painting, drawing, filming, acting, or playing music, spend time in a creative outlet that makes you feel expressive, confident, and heard.
Here are 3 ways to practice creative self-expression.
Have A Dance
Dancing is extremely beneficial for our physical and mental health.
Make time in your week to just dance freely by yourself and practice vulnerable self-expression.
Write about something that matters to your or that you love.
Whatever makes you feel expressive! It could be poetry, blogs, a memoir, a fictional story, anything!
Painting is a great way to practice creative self-expression!
A specific art activity I love to do is emotional expression painting, where you create a colour code, each colour symbolising an emotion, and use the colour code to create a painting that represents how you feel.
Journaling helps you process your feelings.
Writing in your journal is a great way to express your innermost feelings and views without fear of being ridiculed or judged.
It’s also a way to heal and release pent-up emotions.
The best thing about journaling is that you get to be creative in how you do it.
I think this allows you to stretch your creative muscles. You get to pick how, when, and where you journal.
You can do it on your phone in the park during your lunch break or at home, first thing in the morning on your favourite chair with a hardcover notebook.
You can journal at the end of the day on your porch watching the sunset with a cup of tea.
Whatever way you choose to journal is entirely up to you.
Here are 3 throat chakra journal prompts on expression to get you started.
What feeling or frustrations do I have right now that have been bothering me or taking up a lot of space in my head?
Write whatever words comes to mind….
Take all the words that you wrote above, and try form it into a clear sentence expressing how you feel and what it is exactly that is bothering you.
What is something that inspires me? Write about why it is inspiring.
Try writing a poem to express how you feel.
Meditation and mindfulness are great ways of practicing silence.
However, it’s not the only way. Being silent in conversations and listening to can be uncomfortable at first, mainly if you’re usually the one interrupting others.
You can also practice silence without a goal like sitting quietly – no book, no TV, no phone.
Take in the moment and rest in pristine silence.
This one can be difficult for those with worthiness issues.
But practicing silence allows you to expand your awareness and listen to all the ways information is being transmitted and vibrating all around you.
It also serves to let you know that there is nothing that you have to do to be worthy; you are worthy because you exist.
I know, “easy”, right?
If you have been allowing yourself to be pushed around or settle for less than you deserve, now is the time to communicate those scary boundaries that need to be set.
If it helps, I recommend writing them down first and repeating them out loud.
Feel confident in what you are saying.
Use Throat Chakra Healing Crystals
Crystals that can help heal the throat chakra are Lapis Lazuli, Amazonite, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Blue Topaz, Chalcedony, Labradorite, Blue Lace Agate, Chrysoprase, Blue Kyanite, and Blue Jasper.
You can place your chosen crystal at the base of your throat while resting.
If you want to keep the crystals close to your throat chakra, simply wear the healing stones as a necklace.
Neck Stretches and Breathing Exercises
Neck stretching is a great first step to help open the throat chakra.
Simply drop your chin towards your chest.
Then tilt your head towards the left so your ear is as close to your shoulder as possible.
Hold the stretch for 30 to 60 seconds.
Now move your chin back down to your chest and repeat the same stretch on the right side.
You can also use a breathing technique called Lion’s Breath.
It helps ease stress and stimulates the throat chakra. First, inhale while opening your eyes and mouth wide. Then stick out your tongue and “roar” your breath out audibly like a lion’s roar.
Eat Foods For The Throat Chakra
Each chakra has corresponding foods that heal them.
Foods for the throat chakra include ginger, blueberries, and tree fruits.
Interesting fact, the reason tree fruits are considered throat chakra healers is because a fruit won’t fall off the tree until it is ready just as the throat chakra won’t speak until it is ready.
Tune In To Your Inner Wisdom
So how do you actually learn to listen to your inner wisdom? This is actually a very simple thing to learn.
This is a 4-step guide to tuning in to your inner wisdom…
Tuning in to your inner wisdom is actually simpler than it sounds, but it’s not as easy to actually practice.
This is a 4-step guide…
We first have to make space for our inner wisdom to show itself. We do this by regularly finding silence. Sit at the beach, in a quiet room, in nature, and do nothing. Think about what’s bothering you for a moment, something that is on your mind, or a problem you don’t know how to deal with. Bring awareness to it and let it go. Let silence sink in with no distractions.
Now your inner wisdom will start coming out of hiding. All you have to do is listen. What is it telling you? Is it giving you advice? Answers? Is it comforting you? Is it uncovering a truth?
It will be hard at first to hear your inner wisdom but, with repetition, you’ll be able to hear your inner voice with instantaneous ease. Practice sitting in silence and noticing your inner wisdom. See how fast you can hear it.
The final step is speaking your inner wisdom. When the time comes that you need your inner wisdom fast, you’ll be able to act in alignment with it.
Practice A Throat Chakra Meditation
Meditate on opening your throat chakra.
Visualise blue light glowing bigger and bigger at the centre of your throat and filling you with confidence to express your desires, opinion, and communicate with others.
You can also meditate and visualise expressing yourself through something creative or picturing yourself communicating a boundary to someone.
If you’re struggling, below is an excellent guide meditation:
Listen To HZ Frequencies For The Throat Chakra
Music can heal!
The Solfeggio Frequency for the Throat Chakra is 741 HZ, the expression frequency.
It rules free, open communication and also has the physical effect of removing toxins and electromagnetic radiation from our body.
Practice Colour Therapy
Staring at or wearing the colour blue can be a gentle reminder to open your throat chakra.
Where a specific blue bracelet, just a reminder to express yourself.
Practice staring at the sky, the ocean, a lake or waterfall and visualize your throat chakra energy being like the water, flowing.
How to Balance the Throat Chakra – Final thoughts
Once you have opened up your throat chakra you can expect to express yourself clearly, enjoy life in honesty.
Now that you know how to open your throat chakra, it’s time to work on opening it and leading a more positive life.
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