The fifth chakra is located at the base of the neck in the throat and is therefore known as the throat chakra. In ancient Sanskrit, it is depicted as the blue Vishuddha mandala which translates as “purity.” Its element is ether and is symbolized by the human being. Its influences include communication, dreaming, artistic expression, self belief, knowledge, discernment, truth, justice, claircognizance, and clairaudience. In the physical body, the throat chakra affects the mouth, teeth, throat, thyroid gland, and the endocrine system.
If the throat chakra is imbalanced, the physical body can come down with chronic throat soreness, ear infections or aches, chronic colds and sinus problems, hypothyroid or hyperthyroid disease, chronic fatigue, and depression. If this energy flowing from this chakra is blocked, our ability to communicate our ideas and/or feelings will be inhibited or distorted. People will misunderstand us or we will embarrass ourselves by speaking too much about subjects we know very little about. We will tend to have “foot in mouth disease,” and be seen as crass, undiplomatic, and rude in the way we communicate to others. People may find us to be overcritical, blunt, and offensive.
When the throat chakra is balanced, however, our communication skills are greatly enhanced and refined. We are seen as erudite, literate, studious and someone who “knows what they’re talking about.” We become self-educated, absorbing every means of information that we can on issues that we speak about, and understand that if we haven’t done our homework about a particular topic, we keep our big mouth’s shut.
When the energy is flowing smoothly, this chakra allows us to meditate very deeply and receive communication (audibly) from the higher planes. We become channels and automatic writers who can receive audible messages from the other side for the benefit of humanity. Claircognizance, the higher sense of intuiting knowledge, is an attribute amongst people who have very healthy throat chakras. They simply “know” things to be true without any prior study of it.
There are many modalities for unblocking and balancing the throat chakra. A spiritual counselor can help. Meditating outside close to nature – at night – as well as practicing yoga or tai chi are excellent ways to open up this chakra. Herbs for healing include Cloves, Eugenia, and Vervain. Crystals for healing are: turquoise, chrysocolla, chalcedony, blue sapphire, celestite, blue topaz, sodalite, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, azurite and kyanite. Incenses to burn are: Frankincense and Benzion.
About the Author:
Jason Lincoln Jeffers is a Wellness Coach and Spiritual Life Coach who founded Sunlighten and co-founded Sunlight Day Spa; two holistic wellness companies dedicated to infrared radiant heat therapy, sound therapy, and massage therapy. His Wellness Coaching and Spiritual Life Coaching practice embraces infrared sauna purification, upper cervical care, and adhering to an alkaline-forming, nutrient-dense, anti-oxidant rich, ketogenic diet.
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