A guide to your throat chakra

This is the fifth in the series of blog posts focusing on the seven main chakras and in this blog we look at the fifth chakra – the throat chakra.

The throat chakra is the gateway between the lower chakras (root, solar plexus, sacral and heart) and the upper chakras (the brow and the crown). It is the chakra through which we express the creativity we have garnered in our sacral chakra, the identity formed in the solar plexus chakra and the love and truth from our heart chakra.

In the fifth chakra we seek and share the truth. The throat chakra is about communication and self-expression; we find our own voice and express it with truth. We learn to listen to others and in return we are also heard.

Below is a summary of the some of the main attributes of the throat chakra:

Chakra: Throat

Sanskrit name: Visudha (purification)

Location: Centre of the throat

Colour: Sky blue

Element: Ether/akasha

Subtle body: Etheric body

Vowel: Eee

Sense: Sound/hearing

Challenge: Lies

Twinned with: Sacral chakra

Basic rights: To speak and be heard with truth

Physical issues: Throat, Ears, mouth, nose, teeth, gums, shoulders, neck, thyroid and parathyroid glands

Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression, authenticity, honesty, listening and speaking

When the throat chakra is in balance we are easily able to listen to others. We express ourselves, our thoughts, feelings and ideas with ease. When we have a healthy throat chakra we are able to live authentically and with integrity. We are creative, exploring new ways of approaching life and seeing infinite possibilities. Our bodies and minds are connected and in balance, our voices are clear and we have a good sense of timing and rhythm.

An environment of secrets, lies or mixed messages will affect the throat chakra. Those brought up in a family where things ‘should not be discussed’, secrets should be kept and the truth not told may result in a closed throat chakra. Being unable to communicate your truth will result in repressed emotions, blocking this chakra. Children who were told they should be ‘seen and not heard’ or who were surrounded by shouting and yelling or by an alcoholic family or authoritarian parents may well have issues with this chakra. Any kind of verbal abuse or fear of speaking or expression will also cause blocks in the throat.