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Chakra basics – The Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra - Vishuddha ChakraThe throat Chakra role is the communications and expressions hub for all of the Chakras in respect of the outside world – which is vitally important. It is also a hub for creativity in terms of expression and communication, which is an art form in itself. This is different from the creativity of the second Chakra as this relates to expressing our creativity in the external world.

A further aspect of the throat Chakra is that it gives us the power to distinguish between the mental (thoughts), emotional (feelings), and physical (sensations) bodies. This allows our sense of who we are to be distinct from our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.

When the throat Chakra is functioning harmoniously, you can express yourself fully and without fear of what other people with think or say. When you communicate, it is perfectly clear and full of imagination and creativity. You listen to your inner guidance and know that this guidance is true for you. You convey yourself with truth and wisdom reflecting the deep feeling of completeness that arises from within you.

You are standing in your power, and as such stay true to your inner self. For example, difficulties and problems are faced with an understanding that they are part of the process and you continue to create what you want. As well, other people’s advice and opinions are received openly, however only those in alignment with your inner truth are allowed to influence your thoughts or actions.

When the throat Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, it can manifest in many different ways, all of which reflect a breakdown in communication – both internal and external. You may find yourself unable to connect with your feelings and express this through thoughtless actions. You may live in your mind and deny you even have emotions. Alternatively, you only allow yourself to experience those emotions that you deem to be safe (typically reflecting the preferences of those around you like your parents, your partner or close friends).

How you communicate with others will be characterised by a feeling that something is missing – and that something is a deep connection to your essence, your inner self. You won’t be able to relax and be yourself as you are acting from the belief that you are not OK the way you are. You may find yourself using your creative abilities to manipulate others; or that your language is coarse and blunt, or cool and business-like with no heart; or that you speak loudly and are insensitive to those around you. Another possibility is that you are aware of your connection to your essence, however you are deeply afraid of the judgements of others and of the expectation that you will be isolated if you don’t please them (e.g. co-dependent on the validation of others for your self-esteem and self-worth).

Over time, if you don’t develop your throat Chakra, the world you live in – within the protective barriers in your mind – will slowly contract to the point where you cease to dream and accept your external harsh cold world (that you created through your own fears) as the only valid reality.

Name: Throat or Vishuddha Chakra
Location: Throat
Purpose: Communication, creativity, expression
Colour: Bright or sky blue
Sound: Ham
Element: Ether (Akasa)
Sense: Hearing
Symbol: 16-petaled lotus

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