Throat Chakra
 
 

This is the fifth chapter in our seven week journey into the realm of chakras (energy centers) and what we can do to balance them and their corresponding emotional issues.

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha, 5th Chakra)

  • Sanskrit Derivation: Visuddha (purification)
  • Color: Blue
  • Physical Location: Throat, mouth, ears
  • Element: Spirit
  • Emotion: Communication, self-expression, truth

Throat Chakra Opportunities and Obstacles

  • Speaks clearly and accurately (Opportunity) / Expresses self poorly, blocked (Obstacle)
  • Speaks truth or not at all (Opportunity) / Deceives or mystifies (Obstacle)
  • Communicates in depth (Opportunity) / Communicates at surface level (Obstacle)
  • Engages through dialogue and mutuality (Opportunity) / Dominates conversations (Obstacle)
  • Listens well, hears others (Opportunity) / Listens poorly, impervious to others (Obstacle)

The throat chakra is where we speak our truth through communication and self-expression. This energy can be stymied if we were often told to not talk so loudly or too much. It can even go in the opposite direction where someone talks over everyone and doesn’t seem to listen. Communication is vitally important as it helps us to meet our needs, express ourselves and engage with others in a healthy manner.

Balancing Ideas
Spirit is the fifth element associated with this chakra and it is our individual essence that inhabits our bodies and the throat is what allows us to communicate. We can balance the ability of self-expression by practicing a bija/beej (seed) mantra (man – ‘to think’, tra – ‘liberate’). There are mantras specific to each chakra and ‘ham’ is the one for the throat. While we don’t think twice to sing along to a favorite song, it may be a bit awkward to sit and intentionally ‘chant’ at first.

For this exercise all you will need is a quite place to sit and as you settle in, ground your mind for the work. Take long, calming breaths that reach down to your belly; inhale through the nose and then exhale through the mouth. Do this at a slow and moderate pace as you don’t want to become lightheaded or feel like you will hyperventilate. When you are ready, exhale on the word ‘ham’; you will sound out the word in a long manner; think of what it sounds like to hear someone chant ‘om’. Elongate the word and once you reach the ‘m’ your mouth will close and it will turn in to an extended hum. Repeat the mantra several times until you are at ease with making the sound confidently and revisit this exercise as often as needed.

Self-expression can take many forms from singing, dancing, playing an instrument, journaling to so much more. One in particular that seems limitless is art. You don’t have to be an accomplished artist to do this; the point is to have fun while you express yourself or your feelings. With the internet being available on so many platforms it can alleviate the need to have magazines or newspaper subscriptions. Jan Shultis has an awesome idea of creating a digital collage. Decide on a topic or feeling you’d like to document and search the internet for images, words or phrases that best capture it. Use the screen print option on your keyboard or take a photo of the screen on your tablet or cell phone and paste the image into the document you are using. Crop images, layer the pictures or add conversation bubbles to enhance your piece. Once you’re done you can either print the collage to hang up or put in a file or save it to your computer so you can look back on it.

You can use this exercise to work through something you don’t feel comfortable talking about. It helps to release it from our minds and bodies, giving you the time to distance yourself from it and analyze it. There’s no right or wrong way to express you; the point is simply to do so.

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” - Ansel Adams

Until next time, stay tuned for the next chapter in our Chakra journey.

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