Welcome back for the fifth piece in my Chakra Series! Since it is the month of Thanksgiving, I feel obliged to say that I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be writing this series of articles, and I feel blessed to be experiencing the opening of my chakras as I write.
Last week, when I sat down to write the Solar Plexus Chakra article, it was during a time when I was returning to being “myself” and claiming my personal power. The burst of energy was indescribably wonderful, despite being physically painful at times.
This past Monday, when I sat down to write the Heart Chakra article, it happened to fall at a time when I was coincidentally feeling that chakra opening, too, which left me full of such a great deal of love.
And now, as I sit here, beginning to write all about the throat chakra, would you believe that this one is opening, too? It’s amazing.
I mentioned in a previous article that some difficult but for-the-best change has been taking place in my life. I’m transitioning into a brand new part of life, which excites me tremendously. However, as the previous phase has been coming to an end, it’s become evident that, for a long time, I was silencing myself in some ways. I was not allowing myself to fully speak and express my truth. Therefore (as I will mention in this article), my throat chakra had become completely blocked! And while it’s been opening gradually over the past couple of weeks or so, I had an interesting experience right before bed last night, in which—as I decided to begin speaking my truth and expressing honesty with those around me—I felt a distinctive burning sensation engulf my throat. It was very strong; it really burned. It may have been concerning had I not understood what was happening. I was committing to speak my truth, which released an abundance of energy in my throat chakra.
So what is this “throat chakra” thing all about? Let’s take a look!
The Throat Chakra
Let’s remember that chakras are essentially swirling centers of energy within our bodies that mark the convergence of the physical and spiritual aspects of our beings, and that each chakra carries its own particular energy and purpose.
The fifth chakra (Vishuddha), which is the first of the chakras of spirit (i.e. having to do with that which cannot be seen), is located in the area of the throat, and it shines with a bright blue light. This is the chakra that is responsible for our ability to speak our highest inner truth. If you ever have the feeling that you are able to confidently, freely, and authentically express your thoughts, opinions, and needs, the energy at your throat chakra is likely flowing. However, this chakra does not only have to do with the act of speaking; it also is responsible for our ability to listen compassionately to what others have to say. The physical body parts associated with the throat chakra are the neck, thyroid, mouth, jaw, tongue, and larynx, which means that if there is an imbalance, it could likely be felt in one of these areas.
Having a balanced fifth chakra is incredibly gratifying; however, it is important to make sure that all the chakras below the throat chakra have also been cleared. Clearing the root chakra and sacral chakra leaves a feeling of safety and lack of fear; clearing the solar plexus chakra gives a sense of confidence and personal power; and clearing the heart chakra helps us understand what our inner truth actually is. So once these are all clear, it sets the stage for us to be able to express ourselves authentically.
Signs of Imbalance
Like any other chakra, the throat chakra runs the risk of becoming imbalanced or even blocked if it’s not given its chance to shine. And believe me—it can be really easy to not give it a chance to shine. Whether in the workplace, in the midst of tense family dynamics, or even in certain (read: unhealthy) romantic relationships, some people have a tendency to make themselves small and quiet. I totally get it—I am a known people-pleaser, as many people are. However, it is so important that we are able to express ourselves, lest our chakras become imbalanced, and before we know it we have no idea who we are anymore.
Signs of an imbalanced throat chakra may include:
Thyroid issues, sore throat, inability to express feelings, disconnect between heart and mind, nervousness, anxiety, lack of control over speech, fear of speaking, inability to keep secrets, lack of connection with a purpose in life, and physical problems in the area of the throat chakra.
If you experience any of these symptoms—as many of us do at some point in our lives—it is possible that there is a blockage in your throat chakra. Thankfully, there are a variety of techniques and practices that can be used to heal.
Unblocking the Throat Chakra
If you have read my previous articles about the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, or even the more general article I wrote about all the chakras, there is no doubt you know that meditation is one of my favorite ways to balance my chakras. While meditating, I like to envision the bright lights of all the chakras along my spine radiating and enveloping me. It’s an exercise that always leaves me feeling energized yet peaceful, and it most definitely clears the blockages I may have.
To balance the throat chakra during meditation, you will first want to sit or lie down in a comfortable position, with your eyes closed and your palms facing up (having your palms face up symbolizes that you are receptive to the wisdom and healing energy of the Universe). Once comfortable, it may be good to take a few deep, cleansing breaths to clear your mind and settle into a peaceful state. Then, begin to focus on your inhalations and exhalations. Let your breathing be gentle, like the gentleness of mist rising above a lake in the coolness of morning. You do not want your breathing to feel forced. When you are ready, start to envision a bright, absolutely radiant light—blue, like the sky—forming in the area of your throat. Watch as the light grows to fill your whole body with great intensity. Breathe as you envision this light, and know that as you watch it, it is healing you, clearing any blockages that may exist, and making you whole. Do this for as long as you need to, as often as you need to.
At the risk of sounding repetitive in my articles, affirmations are a powerful tool for healing and clearing energy blockages. As I mentioned in the root chakra article, I’ve done a craft before in which I wrote a variety of affirmations on little slips of paper, put them all into a jar, and pulled them out and read them whenever I needed a little pick-me-up. Amazingly, however, affirmations are not only good for making us feel better about ourselves; they actually have the power to help us balance our chakras!
Here are some powerful affirmations to help heal the throat chakra:
I am able to communicate my needs to others. I am able to speak freely. I feel heard. I feel understood. I am able to vocalize my feelings. I am balanced in listening and speaking. I honor my inner truth. I express myself authentically. My truth is love. I am able to find the right words for what I want to say. I am comfortable with silence. I am able to set boundaries. I am a compassionate and active listener. My speech reflects my thoughts.
Obviously these affirmations can be used whenever you feel it’s necessary, but reciting some or all of them first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening can be particularly effective.
I believe I’ve mentioned that I have some experience with crystals (but not a ton) and that I’m definitely looking to learn more about them. I recently picked up a book about them, although I have yet to actually use any crystals for healing purposes. Anyway, it is generally held that crystals do have wonderful healing properties that are based on vibrational frequencies and their ability to transmit energy. In general, chakras can be balanced by finding crystals that match them in color, and either by wearing the crystals or simply keeping them around.
Look for these crystals to help balance the throat chakra:
Sapphire, lapis lazuli, turquoise, aquamarine, blue topaz, angelite, amazonite, and sodalite.
Food, glorious food! It amazes me how the earth provides us with everything we need to live, heal, and thrive. The food we eat has a huge impact on how our physical and spiritual bodies function. This may seem like common sense, but it doesn’t seem to stop people (including myself) from eating way too much junk food sometimes. If we can actually be mindful of the food we put into our bodies, there is an entire world of healing that can take place, leaving us feeling more energetic and alive than ever before. Even chakras can be balanced or unblocked by eating certain foods.
Try to consume more of these foods if you’re looking to heal your throat chakra:
Blueberries, blackberries, currants, grapes, kombucha, mushrooms, wheatgrass, barley, dragon fruit, herbal teas, and raw honey.
I’m beginning to really enjoy my experience with aromatherapy. Although I have yet to try using pure essential oils, I do have a bubble bath with the essential oils of spearmint and eucalyptus mixed in, and I feel quite relaxed and refreshed every time I use it. During these past few weeks of healing myself, I have taken quite a few bubble baths, and the wonderful aromas have definitely played a role in healing my mind, body, and spirit. If anyone has experience using essential oils, I would actually love to hear more about it, so feel free to talk about it in the comments! How do you use them? What kind? When? Just tell me everything!
Anyway, look for these essential oils to help heal the throat chakra:
Sandalwood, neroli, rose, ylang ylang, jasmine, and frankincense.
Yoga, as I’ve said many times before (and will say a few more times before this chakra series is over) is a wonderful practice for opening up blocked chakras. In my own personal experience, yoga has been one of the practices that leaves me feeling healed (or at least improved) almost instantly. There have been times when I have been on my yoga mat, doing certain poses, and suddenly, I feel a release of energy, almost as if I need to cry. I’m pretty sure this is a semi-common experience that is a sign of energy flowing and chakras being unblocked. If you’ve never done yoga before, I highly recommend finding a high-quality instructor (which is, in my opinion, one with a soothing voice whose class has a certain type of “flow”) and doing it! Or at least trying it. See if it can work for you.
Try these poses to help unblock the throat chakra:
Shoulder stand, plow pose, bridge pose, camel pose, and fish pose.
Through Good, Old-Fashioned Vent Sessions
This is one of the reasons I absolutely love having girlfriends. Of course, communication has no gender, and everybody needs to be able to express themselves. Sometimes, things happen in our lives that either make us feel upset, angry, unheard, or ignored. When we feel this stifling in our throat chakra, one of the very best things we can do is talk to someone who understands and vent about whatever’s upsetting us.
With the particular transitions that are happening in my life currently, there have been some words spoken about me that simply are not true. Some of this is upsetting, especially knowing that the words are not representative of my highest truth. But rather than trying to correct those who have spoken such words, I guarantee that venting to a friend or two will be much more effective. Venting allows us to speak freely, to release and express that which is within us, and to be authentic with people who care about us, in a way that allows us to remember who we are. Nobody should feel like they have to keep their thoughts, opinions, and feelings to themselves. That is no breeding ground for healing—believe me. Take some time, if you need to, to vent with a person you trust. You might be surprised about what wonderful things can come from such sessions.
With that, we wrap up discussion of the throat chakra. As with all the other chakras, there are a variety ways to heal and balance it. If you have not read the other articles from this Chakra Series yet, please do! Especially now, since we are getting into the higher chakras. It’s very important for the lower chakras to be balanced first—starting with the root chakra.
May you always feel the freedom to speak your most authentic truth.