What is the Throat Chakra?
The throat chakra (Vishuddha) is the energy center located in the back of the throat which allows you to communicate your thoughts clearly and courageously. It is how you give life to your thoughts, feelings, values, truths, ideas, inspirations and insights and it relates to all forms of self-expression, not just the spoken word.
The throat chakra is associated with a clear blue that reflects the clarity of the sky and the sea. This color is associated truth, purity, cleanliness and tranquility. The Sanskrit word for this chakra is Vishuddha or ‘pure place.’ When the chakra is open, your self-expression is clear, precise, concise and free of fear.
All forms of human creative and artistic expression have their genesis in the Vishuddha chakra. The energy which is produced by the lungs and magnified by the throat is not only required for clarity of voice, but also for more subtle forms of communication such as body language and self-expression through the arts, music, invention or any creation (cooking, building, etc.).
Expression is, however, all about balance and judgment. Expressing your true thoughts and feelings can be hurtful (as in, the question that all husbands dread hearing and have no idea how to answer without causing hurt feelings: “does this dress make me look fat?”). Children are open and honest in their self-expression and communication but as we grow older, that desire to communicate openly is tempered with societal expectations to communicate with compassionate intent to cause no harm. But some people take it too far, and shut down their ‘voice’ – and as a result, never get what they want or deserve.
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What Happens When Your Throat Chakra is Closed?
Do you struggle to communicate your real thoughts and feelings? If you lack the confidence to express your thoughts, ideas and feelings because you fear that you may be judged or that your words may hurt someone, you are only holding yourself back from real happiness. You have a right to express our needs, wants and ideas. If you keep your thoughts to yourself, how will anyone ever know what they are – and how will your needs and wants ever be met or your ideas ever brought to life?
It is important to use words carefully and find the perfect balance of expressing your thoughts and avoid hurting someone. However, repressing thoughts and feelings that genuinely need to be expressed and heard only ends up hurting you.
Holding back from speaking your truth means that you are speaking dishonestly. Perhaps you are unhappy with the way somebody has treated you, and yet you lie about how you feel about them. Maybe you sometimes lie to protect people, or lie to harm them. This can lead to a dangerous downward spiral of lying to avoid facing reality – and ultimately, preventing the solutions you desperately need.
If your throat chakra is closed, you may find yourself feeling frustrated when you want to express what you are feeling in your heart – you may find yourself unable to find the right words at the right time, especially when you fear losing someone or something. You might fear being ridiculed, or you might fear offending someone. The only person holding onto these fears is yourself – you imagine a certain reaction, even though that reaction is not certain.
Ironically, some people with an imbalanced fifth chakra fear silence, and talk incessantly in order to avoid any awkward gaps in conversation. They may hide their real opinions behind white lies, and typically offer endless commentary, praise or criticism of everything under the sun. Many people resort to lying to hide their real feelings and this can cause a further blockage of the throat chakra, with potentially drastic consequences.
Fifth chakra deficiencies can also contribute to physical ailments including thyroid imbalance, bronchitis, ear infections, asthma, bronchitis, tinnitus, tonsillitis, hearing problems, laryngitis, mouth ulcers, and tonsillitis.
Healing the Throat Chakra
Healing the throat chakra involves boosting self-confidence and believing in the validity and importance of your ideas and truths. You do not need to be an overly chatty and outgoing person in order to keep your Vishuddha chakra healthy and open. You simply need to develop a more comfortable relationship with your expressive side: the courage to speak your mind in a compassionate, understanding and proactive way.
Any form of creative expression is a highly positive practice for opening the throat chakra. The enjoyment of the creative process is far more important than the results or end product so don’t worry if you’re not an artist – try your hand at cooking, gardening, inventing, writing, solving problems… take any opportunity you can to be creative. Become comfortable with your own voice in its many forms of expression (not just spoken).
If you are uncomfortable with silence, it is important for you to recognize the imbalance of your Vishuddha chakra. Silence can be a wonderful gift. It cannot harm you and it doesn’t need to be broken. Silence is a time for you to organize your thoughts and allow your needs and desires to come to the forefront of your mind. Practice meditation to become more comfortable with silence.
Singing is a great therapy for opening the throat chakra. Even if you only sing in the car, or in the shower, with no audience, get to know your voice OUT LOUD and fall in love with what your throat can produce!
Healing foods include fruit and herbal teas. Wear blue (especially turquoise), and introduce vibrant blues into your home environment.
And try this powerful breathing meditation to open the throat chakra:
Sit comfortably, close your eyes and become aware of your breath as it enters your nostrils and passes through the back of the throat through to the lungs. Exhale through the mouth, consciously listening to the elongated “hum” sound coming as the air leaves you. As you inhale, the sound is different – “so”. Repeat this ancient Sanskrit chant, each time relishing in the clear, unbroken sound of your own voice as it enters and leaves you.
Opening the throat chakra is not just about having the confidence to say something, it is about being comfortable with your own ideas and opinions. It is also the ability to listen with empathy and interest (not interrupting or half-listening with your mind on your own agenda). People with open fifth chakras can express ideas clearly and honestly and readily absorb the ideas put forth by others. They have the ability to use truth comfortably. And, they are happy with their self-expression and creative output.
The throat chakra reminds us that our words are powerful things. By opening our Vishuddha chakra, we can find the confidence to do so successfully, without fear.