What does it mean when you have real challenges with expressing yourself? Mostly, it means that you’ve got an energetic block in your Throat Chakra. And you might be surprised at some of the ways this can manifest itself in your life!
The Fifth, or Throat Chakra is also known in Sanskrit as Vishuddha, which means “purification.” All of your communications and self-expression are related to this chakra.
The Throat Chakra also governs the thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, throat, tonsils, mouth, teeth and gums, neck and shoulder muscles, ears (hearing and ear infections), and growth as form of expression. The possibility for change, transformation, and healing are also located here.
Location: Hollow base of throat
Musical note: G
Symbol for Vishuddha has sixteen petals which correlate to the vrittis for musical notes, mantras, and nectar of immortality.
Throat Chakra governs:
- Self-expression and communication; speaking your truth
- Mouth, including gums, teeth, tongue, and tonsils
- Ears, including ear infections and hearing
- Neck – muscles as well as cervical vertebrae
- Thyroid gland
- Parathyroid gland
- Honesty and truthfulness
- Heavily linked to creativity and inspiration
- Vocal chords
- Change/transformation and healing
Signs of Throat Chakra imbalance include:
- Habitual lying
- Choking back words
- Choking back sobs
- Difficulty in expressing oneself
- Stuttering/stammering; other speech problems
- Hearing difficulties
- Teeth grinding/clenching
- Writer’s block (inspiration/creativity is there but unable to be expressed)
- “Lump in the throat”
- Dental cavities
- Periodontal disease
- Grave’s disease
- Hashimoto’s disease
- Thyroid cancer
- Sore throat
- Swollen tonsils/tonsillitis
- Chronic sinus problems
- Sore neck
- Sore shoulders
- Spinal problems in the cervical vertebrae/discs, including herniations
- Chronic clearing of throat (ahem)
- Passive aggressive behavior
- Temper tantrums (out of the “blue”)
- Ignorance and/or knowledge used unwisely
- Talking too much
- Does not listen to others; too busy talking
- Feeling unheard in life
- Tone-deaf; singing difficulty
- Timidity/excessive shyness
- Tendency to be quiet when it would be appropriate to speak up
- Always second-guessing what one says, for example, when speaking up, goes back in mind and frets about what one said, “should I have said…”
- Feeling taken for granted, never listened to, never appreciated for what one has to offer and share
- Fear of public speaking
Signs that the Throat Chakra is in balance include:
- Good listening ability
- Speaks with authority and confidence; good speaking skills
- Singing well
- Creative writing, including poetry, stories, music, articles, books, etc.
- Expresses self freely
- Does not second guess what one said
- Great communication skills in all forms
- Healthy thyroid; balanced metabolism
- Healthy mouth: teeth, gums, tongue, tonsils, throat, etc.
- Confidence in opinions without arrogance; willingness to discuss and see others’ points of view; willingness to listen to others without fear of speaking one’s own truth as well
- Open to, allowing and accepting of change and transformation; adjusts well
- Comfortable with body language
- Good hearing
- Relaxed jaw; no clenching; no teeth grinding
- Relaxed neck and shoulders; no spinal or muscular issues
- Speaks up to address issues; no passive aggressive behavior leading to temper fits
- Speaks with passion and compassion; gift of self-expression
- Artistic or musically inclined
- Discerning in communications
Things you can do to help balance your Throat Chakra include:
In just about every case, when you feel that people don’t listen to you, it’s not really the truth – it’s just your belief. As soon as you start speaking, people start listening. And even if they don’t agree with you, just remember – they had to listen to you in the first place to be able to disagree with you. The more you speak up and share, the more opportunities you give others to hear you. The more you listen to others with an open mind and heart, the more you teach them about how to do the same. As you appreciate truth and honesty from others, so do they appreciate the same from you. So don’t be shy now! Open up and let others hear the one unique voice that is yours!
While looking at this image, bring your attention to your throat area in your body. This is located in your neck, where you swallow. Allow yourself to feel your presence there, paying attention to all the sensations.
It is safe for me to speak my Truth from my Heart.
I can say what I feel, and it’s OK.
I am allowed to speak my mind without fear.
I know how to express myself, and I know how it feels to be heard.
I listen to myself. I hear what I say. I acknowledge the thoughts I speak.
I give myself permission to be heard, listened to, and acknowledged.
I speak Truth.
I speak Love.
I speak Forgiveness.
I express myself without doubt.
I AM discernment in all of my communications.
I know how to listen to my Heart.
I know how to listen to others.
What I say is worth listening to. I AM worth being heard.
I know when to speak up, and I know when to be silent.
I speak and listen with discernment and without arrogance.
I listen with compassion and an open mind towards others’ viewpoints.
I allow myself to learn from what others say.
I remember to relax my jaw.
I AM honest in all I think and feel and say and do.
I AM honest with myself.
I allow Source to speak through me.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
Breathe into your throat area. Breathe in these affirmations as you say them out loud. Breathe out all arrogance, bitter anger, and resentment. Breathe in acceptance. Breathe out all rejection and closed-mindedness and all ideas that you are not heard, listened to or appreciated. Breathe in Truth. Breathe out Truth, Love, Forgiveness, Appreciate, Respect and Gratitude, and imagine the circulation of all of that out to all others. As you are permitted to speak your Truth and express yourself freely as your own Divine Right, so are all others. Use your speech to express Love, Gratitude, Truth and Forgiveness to remind others how to do the same.