Your fifth chakra – the throat chakra – is the chakra of communication and creativity. Today Swami Saradananda, author of The Essential Guide to Chakras has 10 questions for you to explore in your journal, to help you understand how you can use this chakra’s energy to improve your relationships and express your inner voice.
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What is the Throat Chakra?
The vishuddha (or throat) chakra is the communication centre of your subtle body. It enables you to listen deeply, as well as to speak with conviction. If its energy is out of balance it impedes communication between your heart and mind. It may block the feelings that arise in your heart; you may not think them through properly and may act too impulsively or irrationally. When your throat chakra is open, the ideas, hopes and dreams that come from your ajna chakra can be “taken to heart”.
At your throat chakra the energy is one of language, not emotions. Vishuddha can express blessings and sweet words. But it can also enable you to articulate too much negativity if you are feeling blocked, so it is important to keep its energy pure and open.
The throat (vishuddha) chakra is the communication centre of your subtle body. It enables you to listen deeply, as well as speak with conviction. If its energy is out of balance it impedes communication between your heart and mind. It may block the feelings that arise in your heart; you may not think them through properly and may act too impulsively or irrationally. At your throat chakra the energy is one of language, not emotions. Vishuddha can express blessings and sweet words. But it can also enable you to articulate too much negativity if you are feeling blocked, so it is important to keep its energy pure and open.
What are the benefits of the Throat Chakra?
- Improving your communication and creativity
- Strengthening skills such as public speaking, singing or dancing
- Developing your inner voice
- Making your voice, face and body more expressive
Blockages in your Throat Chakra
When the energy at your throat chakra is balanced and unimpeded, your words are kind, thoughtful, clear and truthful. You use your speech to express yourself in a manner that is alive and pulsating with expression. Your voice is strong and vibrant. You tend to be at ease in writing, speaking and sharing your thoughts and feelings with others. You are able to listen to and express what is in your heart. You are as comfortable with silence as you are with speaking.
What to look for
The strongest indication that the energy of your vishuddha chakra is blocked or out of balance is that you have difficulty in communicating. Even if you are a creative person, you may suffer from writer’s block from time to time.
Physical symptoms often include a raspy throat, hoarse voice, chronic sore throat, mouth ulcers, gum difficulties, laryngitis (loss of voice), swollen glands, thyroid problems, throat cancer, tonsillitis and frequent “lumps” in your throat when you try to speak. Blockages also manifest as eating disorders, addictions or speech impediments.
Working with your Throat Chakra
Working with the energy of your vishuddha chakra can assist you in improving your communication skills and artistic creativity. It can give you an easy command of language and the ability to compose poetry, to be a good listener, to understand dreams and to be a good teacher (especially a spiritual teacher).Communication involves listening as well as speaking. Notice whether you are listening with your ego (ajna), your emotions (anahata) or a balance of the two.
Freeing your throat chakra may involve strengthening your physical communication skills through public speaking, singing, dance or story-telling. It may also involve developing your inner voice through journal-writing or painting. On a physical level, working with your throat chakra gives you a clear, strong, sweet voice. It also makes your face and body more expressive.
Throat chakra journaling: 10 questions to explore
1. In what aspects of myself am I unwilling to hear the truth?
2. Do I live my “truth”?
3. Do my thoughts, words and actions agree?
4. Am I shy about speaking up because I’m afraid to make a scene?
5. Do I tend to dominate conversations?
6. How often do I fail to keep my promises (including being late for appointments)?
7. Do I use my words to hurt others or to try to empower them?
8. How transparent are my motives?
9. Do I often express my thoughts or feelings as being the “Truth”?
10. What unfinished communication might be creating obstacles in my life?
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