Chakra Energy Centers: The Throat Chakra
Meaning and Functions
The throat chakra is the fifth energy center and the first of our higher chakras. It resonates with the color blue. The Sanskrit name is Visuddha which means "purification." The throat chakra is associated with self-expression and communication, sound, hearing, and vibration. This is combined with the responsibility to have purposeful thoughts and use wisely chosen words to bring more value to the conversations we have. Communication is not only through the spoken or written word. We communicate with our creativity through singing, dancing, painting, drawing, designing, building, performing and photography, just to name a few. We communicate with our eyes, sign language, touch, and silence. We communicate through sound therapy, telepathy, and intuitiveness. There is also the vital communication between the brain and the body, the cells and organs and all the intricate bodily functions that make life possible.
Location: throat, base of the skull
Color: blue or turquoise
Element: the ethers or spirit
Glandular connection: thyroid and parathyroid
Age of resonance: 28-35
Sensory: sound, hearing
Musical note: G
Type of music: opera
Essential oils: blue chamomile, gardenia, ylang-ylang
Crystals: turquoise, blue agate, aquamarine, celestite
Angelic presence: Gabriel
The positive archetype is "The Communicator". Communicators are people of integrity. They speak their truth with honesty, purpose, and clarity. They can express their anger, discontentment, and disagreement without diminishing another. Communicators are skillful and compassionate when expressing themselves, stand by their beliefs, choose their words wisely and rarely use vulgar language. They are engaging. They say "yes" when they are able and "no" when it is necessary,
The negative archetype is "The Masked Self" or "The Silent Child" who can be the one laughing and making jokes in order to hide the pain of having his true self-suppressed in childhood. This archetype was made to feel like his thoughts and what he had to say were not valued. In adulthood he continues to believe that he will not be listened to or valued so is unable to express his truth. This archetype will say "Yes" when he wants to say "No", then be filled with anger and resentment that he is unable to express and holds inside.
Physical and Emotional Dysfunctions
The throat chakra is associated with the Thyroid and Parathyroid glands. It is also associated with the trachea, neck vertebrae, esophagus and mouth, teeth and gums.The dysfunction of this chakra can present as one having the inability to articulate their truth and speaking in a monotonous tone that does not capture the interest of their audience. He or she may hold their chin down thereby protecting and blocking the throat chakra. There might be frequent clearing of the throat as they "swallow their truth". Unexpressed emotions, dishonesty, lies we tell ourselves, inability to follow our dreams and speaking badly about others behind their backs can block this chakra. The energy flow can be disrupted by all forms of substance abuse such as smoking, alcohol and the use of recreational drugs. The abuse of substances that alter our consciousness and the ability to connect with our higher selves also disallows us to speak our highest truth.
Throat chakra blockage can manifest in a sore throat, stiff neck, thyroid problems, mouth ulcers, TMJ, scoliosis and swollen glands.
An overactive throat chakra can make us too talkative, self-righteous, opinionated and have an exaggerated sense of our own self-importance.
Balancing and Healing the Throat Chakra
- Sound therapy
- Yoga positions such as the Shoulder stand, the Plough and the Fish pose.Do neck rolls and try the head lift while laying flat on your back and looking at your toes
- Charades with one or more people where you express yourself and communicate with gestures, eye movements, and hand symbols
- Vows of silence to experience communication with higher consciousness
- Voice recording during a normal conversation to see how much you listen and how much you talk, if you interrupt.
- Get creative
- Crystals: turquoise, blue agate, aquamarine, celestite