The throat chakra is located in the throat region and is light blue or turquoise in colour.
Its original name is Vishuddha, which in Sanskrit means "the blood purifier" and symbolizes exactly what it represents.
It is a beautiful 16 petaled lotus with a triangle within it representing energy being transferred upwards towards enlightenment. Its action is directly linked to the power to use the word, to transmit and express ideas and emotions.
It is considered the chakra of communication, creativity and the realization of our projects.
In its physical representation, it controls the thyroid, the vocal cords, the mouth, nose, ear and throat.
Among the 7 chakras, the laryngeal is what makes the bridge between the physical and spiritual world, where what you will express will end up showing your knowledge and positioning towards life and, finally, you will establish the friendships that will surround you at this moment because they will be those who accept or think the same as you.
Therefore, it works as a purifier of everything we absorb from the universe and from other people, controlling in a wise way what we will emit as a response.
When it is balanced, the energy present in the communication flows in a harmonious way, and you become a skilled person - not just in simple speaking and listening - but in the way, your ideas reach the other, and also the way how they are interpreted when they reach you. Some say it may even show as an aptitude for telepathic communication.
When unbalanced, this chakra can generate fear of disapproval and failure in social life, often resulting in aggression towards others. Because it influences our ability to communicate, it can affect speech itself.
Here are tips to balance this important channel:
1- Sing! Release your voice.
When singing, we release energies stuck in our throat chakra - in addition to activating it - because the throat chakra is closely linked to our capacity for personal creation and expression. What’s a more perfect activity for this than singing?
Musical notes have healing power not only in our throat chakra but in our entire energy field. The tuning is not the most important for the purpose of healing, but the release that the sound brings.
2- Honesty in Acting and Speaking
Honesty is part of our relationship with ourselves. It is from the moment that we are aligned with our divine will, that we can be honest with others. Lying is the biggest source of blockage in the throat chakra. So, honesty is the main way to unlock it.
Therefore, reflection must always be from the inside out. Am I expressing my truth? Am I living and leading my life and relationships honestly? Do I follow my heart and my will when making choices in my life? When we become more aware of our truth, we are then able to clearly communicate our desires and wants to the other, in a respectful and loving way. And then we keep our Throat Chakra harmonic, allowing our creativity to flow naturally and constantly expanding.
3- Learn to Listen
If your throat chakra is out of harmony, you can also tend to the other side, that of dominating others through speech. When we have our fifth harmonic chakra, we have no need to subdue the other through what we call our "truth" - which is nothing more than our opinion. Because our Truth - just like the capital V symbolizing our Divine Truth - it doesn't need validation. It is internal.
Of course, it will be the Truth that will give us guidance and guide our actions and choices in our lives. However, they will be choices guided by love and compassion, without judging or diminishing others who might have ‘contradictory’ values. Have you noticed that generally, the people who complain the most or talk too much about other people’s behaviour are often precisely those who have the same behaviour? And what is the best way to harmonize the excess of personal “truth”? It is in listening, it is allowing the other to express their opinions without harsh judgment, without activating their “attack mode”.
If you feel you need to express your opinion all the time, practice listening. This does not imply agreeing or supporting what is being said, it simply means allowing empathetic listening, to balance your own exaggeration in speaking. It is through the observation of the other that we correct our excess, allowing the other to be a mirror for us. Listening is also an art.
4- Express Your Gratitude
Being grateful helps your Heart Chakra. Expressing this Gratitude helps your Throat Chakra. Because feeling is different from expressing. Both are important. Both must be practised.
So, in addition to feeling, express your gratitude.
Tell how grateful you are to the people you really feel grateful to.
Repeat in the morning: I am grateful for this day!
Thank the Universe when you do something, tell others what you've already done. Share your new projects with gratitude.
One tip is to create and maintain a “Gratitude Diary”, a place to post all the things for which you are grateful. Small or large, it doesn't matter, it is important to connect with the energy of gratitude. By filling the diary frequently, you will gradually become more aware of the small miracles you experience on a daily basis, without realizing it.
5- Drink our Be Better Chakra I speak - Throat Chakra
This is a refined exclusive herbal blend, with citrus top notes, containing Lemongrass, Hibiscus & Ginger. The blend is both soothing and energising with the effect of relieving mild irritation of the throat and helping balance your Throat Chakra.
Name in Sanskrit: Vishuddha meaning “especially pure”
Location: The region of the throat, jaw, neck, mouth, and thyroid
Color: Light Blue/ turquoise
Element: Ether (Space)
Positive effects when balanced:
- Good communication;
- Greater self-knowledge;
- Easier perception of the universe, both physical and spiritual;
- Greater awareness of our acts and responsibilities;
- Thyroid balance;
- Purification of our energy.
Negative effects when unbalanced:
- Difficulty in expressing oneself;
- Depressive feelings;
- Anxiety disorders;
- Breathing problems;
- Thyroid problems;
- Lack of self-control.
Karin Mueller is co-owner of Solaris tea and has been working in the field of wellness and health for over 20 years now. She is a Medical Herbalist (BSc Hons), practising Midwife (BSc Hons), Massage and Spa therapist and experienced course facilitator and teacher on a wide range of topics related to mindfulness, meditation and women’s health. She is currently also studying in the ‘Medicine of Light’ school to deepen her spiritual practise.