The Throat Chakra is the fifth chakra and it is the first of the higher or spiritual chakras on the “chakra ladder”. This chakra is located in the region of neck and shoulders and its color is blue.
The gift of this chakra is accepting your originality, expressing your authentic voice and speaking your truth.
The energy of this chakra allows you to seek knowledge that is true, beyond limitations of time and space, beyond cultural and family conditioning.
The main challenge for the fifth chakra is doubt and negative thinking. When you gain and verify your knowledge through meditation and direct experience, then doubt and negativity are removed.
The “way of the Throat Chakra” is the way of inspired creativity, seeking and sharing of the truth.
It is the way of standing up for what you believe, saying no when you need to, and being open and honest in what you say.
The fifth chakra is linked directly to your personal integrity and a sense of honor.
As a communication center, it not only allows you to express who you are and what you stand for, but also allows you to listen deeply to another.
A person with an open Visuddha chakra is a good listener, they enable another person to have the experience of being heard - one of the most profound human needs.
Throat Chakra at a glance:
Sanskrit name: Visuddha
Petals of the lotus: Sixteen
Seed sound: Ham
Vowel sound: Eee
Rights: To speak
Endocrine gland: Thyroid and Parathyroid gland
Physical association: Throat, ears, mouth, shoulders, and neck
Psychological function: Communication
Identity: Creative identity
Developmental stage: 7 -12 years
Plane: Human plane, where the dark night of soul ends
Deity: Sadasiva, Sakini
Mythological Animal: Elephant, bull, lion
Sephira: Geburah, Chesed
Throat Chakra Affirmations
- I am open, clear, and honest in my communication.
- I have a right to speak my truth.
- I communicate my feelings with ease.
- I express myself creatively through speech, writing, or art.
- I have a strong will that lets me resolve my challenges.
- I nourish my spirit through creativity.
- I live an authentic life.
- I have integrity.
- I love to share my experiences and wisdom.
- I know when it is time to listen.
- I express my gratitude towards life.
- I listen to my body and my feelings to know what my truth is.
- I take good care of my physical body.
- I am at peace.
Here is a brief list of common healing crystals and chakra stones for throat chakra healing. Listed is the name, color, type of stone, and meaning/purpose of each:
- Amazonite — Green and turquoise-green — Semi-precious — Dispels and guards against negativity while restoring emotional balance.
- Lapis lazuli — Blue — Semi-precious — Used to open, stimulate, and balance. This “stone of truth” restores your ability to communicate effectively.
- Turquoise — Blue, green-blue — Semi-precious — Used to stimulate and balance. Dispels negativity and restores confidence to speak and express one’s thoughts effectively.
- Aquamarine — Light green-blue to blue — Semi-precious — Used to cleanse and stimulate. Offers courage and promotes tolerance and compassion while dispelling fear.
The chakra is located at the throat, and is symbolized in colour sky blue. It represents our will power and responsibility. Not being able to express oneself can manifest into cold and sore throat. Learn to always speak the truth.
Feed it with: To keep the throat in mint condition, quench it with liquids like water, fruit juices, and herbal teas.
Signs of Blockage of the 5th Chakra
When the fifth chakra is blocked there are several signs, both
physical and non-physical, that can emerge. Physically speaking, an
unbalanced fifth chakra can cause you to experience consistent fatique,
headaches, and speech impairment. In some cases, it is not uncommon for
even more serious physical effects to include tinnitius, autoimmune
dysfunction, and hypothyroidism.
The effects of imbalanced chakras may also manifest in less physical ways. In the case of the throat chakra, a blockage can initiate behaviors indicative of insecurity and a lack of control, such as:
- anxiety and/or fear
- diminished self-esteem
- compulsive or excessive eating
Associated the the color blue, the throat chakra enables you to discover yourself and speak with wisdom and honesty regardless of the situation or company you are in. When the fifth chakra is in need of healing, there are several simple steps and exercises you can do to strengthen and restore chakra balance.
Using Chakra Colors: Be Blue
Cleanse with Water
Make a conscious effort to drink more water throughout the day. Not only does water help keep you hydrated, it also helps to cleanse the throat chakra allowing for healthy energy flow.
Eat More Fruit
Add apples, peaches, lemons and limes to your diet to cleanse and activate the throat chakra.
Clear the Air
At-home aromatherapy can help dispel negativity and restore balance to the chakras. Consider introducing one or a combination of these scents to heal and activate your fifth energy center:
- ylang ylang
Talk It Out
Talk openly with close friends and family. Make it a point to be open and honest with all you say. Simply speaking in a heartfelt way can work wonders to strengthen and balance the throat chakra.
Write It Down
Learning how to express yourself without
censoring or editing can be valuable. Practice mindful self-expression
by journaling. Get it all out on paper and let it sit, then revisit what
you have written at a later time.
As the chakra of self-expression, singing can help dispel blockages, activate, and balance the fifth chakra. If you are too shy, humming is also an option. Just be sure to get those vocal cords vibrating with sound.
Let It Be
Letting go is difficult. Holding on to things over which you have no control can lead to resentment, guilt, and anger — all of which contribute to an imbalance of the throat chakra.