The Throat Chakra

May 12, 2009


The Sanskrit name is Vishuddi, meaning ‘pure’ or ‘purification’, as this chakra is about refining the quality and purity of our communication – plus, as we purify our bodies, we  have an enhanced experience of the subtler aspects of the upper chakras. It is the colour blue – usually of a sky or turquoise hue.

The throat chakra is the first of the ‘higher’ chakras. As we saw yesterday, the heart chakra is the bridge between the lower physical energy centres and the higher metaphysical centres, so the throat chakra is the first one primarily focussed on the spiritual plane. It is also a bridge itself, between our feeling self and our intellectual self –  as the centre for self-expression and creativity, the throat chakra assists us in revealing to the world who we truly are, by bringing together the emotions and instincts of the lower chakra and the vision, thought, knowledge and understanding of those above it.

It is associated with the element of ether, the field of subtle vibrations which ancient Indians believed pervaded the universe. In Sanskrit, the ether is known as ‘akasha’ – the Akashic records are said to detail all of man’s individual and collective experiences – and psychologically, the same phenomenon was named the collective unconscious by Jung. It is also associated with the sense of hearing, as sound frequencies are actually part of the etheric plane – and hearing is connected to listening, speaking, being heard and quality of voice.

It is located in the neck, throat, jaw and mouth and governs the throat, thyroid, trachea, oesophagus, neck vertebrae, mouth, jaw, teeth and ears. This is the area where food, drink, drugs, smoke and other external substances enter your body, so it is very important to make a conscious choice to ingest healthy, wholesome substances instead of those which poison your spirit.

Choice is one of the issues which affects this chakra. We speak our choices with our voices and this chakra helps us find a personal way to convey our voice to the world. It is the centre of our personal expression and the messenger of our soul, which resonates with our inner truth and helps us to receive and assimilate incoming information.

The developmental age is 15-21 years and this is the final chakra to have a developmental age associated with it. During these years, young people have study and exam pressures, and are usually being pushed to make decisions about their future careers. This chakra is very important in terms of career and vocation, as this  is our way of getting our unique message out to the world and expressing the life purpose discovered through our open heart chakra. However, many young people find that they are bulldozed into fulfilling the expectations of others rather than their self – into achieving success by society’s standards, rather than being true to themselves – which results in blocked creativity. As we are all naturally creative, if our creativity is blocked or damaged and unable to be expressed in a healthy way, it will find other outlets of a destructive or negative nature instead – be it from a young age or exploding in a mid-life crisis around the age of 42. Children are also taught that expressing feelings, particularly ‘negative’ ones like anger, is bad, and that their feelings are only worthy of being dismissed, mocked or punished. Many young people also have no voice in the choices made for them and are ridiculed or criticised for the choices they do make, which adds to their fear of self-expression. (The children of today do have more of a voice – but if this is not tempered with parental instruction regarding personal responsibility, this will also result in a damaged and ultimately destructive and negative expression of creativity.)

If a child is exposed to any of the following – lies, secrets and threats if the secret is told, mixed messages, verbal abuse, constant yelling, excessive criticism, authoritarian parents (being unable to talk back), alcoholism or drug abuse, or a dependant family where the underlying message is  ‘don’t feel, don’t trust and don’t talk’ – then they may suffer from recurring throat chakra problems throughout life.

The throat chakra is affected by thoughts and feelings about personal expression, creativity and communication projects, choices, speaking your truth and asking for your needs to be met.

If your throat chakra is balanced and clean, you will live according to your integrity, feel contented and centred, can live in the present, have a good sense of timing and rhythm, are artistic and creative, and a good speaker and listener. You will have a resonant voice and a broad voice range: loud, soft, gentle, assertive, clear, confident and able to say what you feel. You will be less likely to take yourself too seriously, and will be more spontaneous and childlike – but also able to snap back into your power and command attention and leadership in an instant if necessary. You will also have the ability to tune into and sense energy and will be congruent and reliable.  Overall, a healthy throat chakra gives us the courage and responsibility to stand up and say with clarity what we know to be the truth.

However, if this chakra is blocked (underactive), then we may suffer from the following:

Situational problems: abusive relationships due to destructive behavioural patterns – deceit, physical abuse, irrational anger; being a victim; alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders

Psychological/emotional problems: scared, timid, holding self back, quiet, inconsistent, weak; unreliable, devious, manipulative, unable to express your thoughts; limited awareness, isolation; small, weak voice, poor rhythm, tone deaf. You have a fear of speaking and suppress what you are really feeling. You block any input from others by building defensive walls around yourself, resulting in anxiety, secrecy, frustration and anger. Your joyful and creative spirit is damaged and when you do speak, it is in the voice of your wounded inner child, who lashes out and is angry – either at others or at yourself through destructive or addictive behaviours. Learning to speak your mind is difficult – you refrain from expressing your needs or establishing boundaries, as you are afraid of offending others. You may blame others for your diffculties or be stymied by guilt over your own past actions. Sexually, you are unable to relax and may even be afraid of sex.

Physical problems: thyroid problems; immune system problems – repeated colds and flu; neck stiffness, shoulder tension, teeth grinding, jaw disorders such as TMJ; ear, nose and throat disorders – sore throat, swollen glands, laryngitis; mouth ulcers, gum or tooth problems; tension headaches formed at the base of the neck; toxicity.

If the throat chakra is too open (overactive), you will be arrogant, self-righteous and dogmatic. You will talk too much and too recklessly, using non-stop talking as a means of distancing yourself and avoiding intimate connections with others. You are unable to listen to others, to truly hear what others say or to read other people’s non-verbal cues. You may gossip, interrupt, be tactless, speak in a dominating voice or be rude and bombastic. You are also more likely to lie and exaggerate the truth. In relationships, you prefer partners who can be dominated and express your sexual energy in a ‘macho’ way.

Ultimately, a well-balanced throat chakra awakens in you the truth that your life is built upon your words, thoughts, ideas and beliefs, and enables your expression to operate effectively in three distinct ways. The first activates your speaking and listening abilities, governs all forms of creativity and awakens your ability to connect with others. The second establishes mental and telepathic rapport with others, sending and receiving thoughts and feelings, especially from those on the same wavelength as you. And finally, the third tunes into your own inner voice, allowing you to pick up on your intention and to ask for and receive direction from the universe.

throat chakra

Tomorrow – the third eye chakra.


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