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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Chakra basics – The Heart Chakra

Anahata ChakraUnsurprisingly, the heart Chakra is the centre of the Chakra system. It is the middle Chakra and connects the three lower Chakras – physical, emotional and power – with the three upper spiritually focused Chakras. Reflecting the flexible element of air and the empathy that come from the sense of touch, the heart Chakra transforms the words and sounds you hear into feelings. It can also be a source of healing as represented by the colour green.

The heart Chakra ultimately seeks unconditional love which exists for its own sake and cannot be possessed, lost or taken. From this place, there is no separation or negativity – only loving acceptance of all that is.

When the heart Chakra is functioning harmoniously, you will radiate a zest for life, warmth, joy and compassion. Your life will be one where you give for the joy of giving and not expect anything in return. You feel safe and comfortable with what you create and put your heart into everything you do.

From the place of acceptance, you will be explicitly aware of the game of duality / separation that is being played around you. Instead of being drawn into the game and its continual cycles of suffering, you see the truth that you are connected to all beings – sentient and non-sentient – and ultimately to the source of all things – the Divine.

When the heart Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, this could manifest in many different ways. Underlying all of these patterns will be an inability to connect with feelings of love, gratitude, and compassion.

An example is where you are always there for other people and give yourself tirelessly to their causes without feeling any connection to your heart and its needs. You will constantly expected recognition and reassurance from others, and be secretly – or not so secretly – disappointed when you don’t receive the level of recognition you feel is warranted given your ‘sacrifices’. When you do have the opportunity to be genuinely involved, you shut yourself off from the world to avoid your heart being hurt.

Another example is where your heart Chakra is completely closed. Your actions will be cold, indifferent or heartless. You will see your world as being cold and uncaring, and life will seem pointless. You will shut yourself off from the world to such an extent that to actually feel something that seems ‘real’ to you requires strong external stimulation (e.g. physical pain or emotional suffering).

Name: Anahata or Heart Chakra
Location: Between the 4th and 5th thoracic vertebrae
Purpose: Love, compassion, empathy, devotion
Colour: Green (and also pink and gold)
Sound: Yam
Element: Air
Sense: Touch
Symbol: 12-petaled lotus
Associated parts of body: Heart, upper back, lungs

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Chakra basics – The Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura ChakraThe solar plexus Chakra is our powerhouse, which is easy to see from its element of fire and its radiant colour of yellow / gold. In the same way that the digestive system transmutes food into energy, this Chakra extracts and stores prana. This energy is used to create our world – our self image, our image of and interacts with others, and how we create everything in our lives. In effect, this Chakra determines how we operate in the world we have created.

When the solar plexus Chakra is functioning harmoniously, you will allow yourself to shine and experience the life that is all around you. While some days it may be difficult, you will see the joy the exists in all life. Feelings of joy, inner peace, richness of spirit, and harmony will abound in terms of your relationship with yourself, with others and the world around you. You will also see events for how they add to the richness of your life, and your development (rather than acting as ‘the victim’).

When the solar plexus Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, you will want to control and manipulate yourself, as well as everything happening around you. Your inner world will be one where you don’t believe in your own power and abilities so you will seek fulfilment in the material world around you. You also seek acceptance of those around you, which further invalidates your own dreams and desires.

The emotions you are suppressing will bottle up within you, and will occasionally break through your control and overwhelm you. As time passes you find yourself being nervous and anxious about your ability to manage and control your future. You will freeze up when faced with challenging situations. Where possible you shut yourself off from new experiences and doubt whether you are up to the challenge of surviving its this ‘dog-eat-dog’ world.

Name: Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra
Location: Above the navel (approximately two finger spaces)
Purpose: Power, will, self-mastery
Colour: Yellow to gold
Sound: Ram
Element: Fire
Sense: Sight
Symbol: 10-petaled lotus
Associated parts of body: Digestive system, stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder

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Chakra basics – The Sacral Chakra

Swadhisthana ChakraThe sacral Chakra is the key to your identity, creativity and sexuality. Intertwined around these issues is the elusive question ‘who am I?’ It brings forth powerful emotions reflective of the symbol of water (it washes away false assumptions to uncover the truth hidden beneath the surface) and the bright strong colour of orange (the ideas, impulses and desires that spring forth from within).

When the sacral Chakra is functioning harmoniously, you will feel a sense of who you are, and be comfortable in your own skin. This will also flow over into how you relate to others especially the opposite sex. You will find it easy to express your creativity and it will flow like a river through you. You will be participating in your life with joy, awe and enthusiasm for the sheer act of living.

When the sacral Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, you will shy away from any activities that require you to look inside yourself and discover who you are. You will feel like you are missing an intangible ‘something” that you need in order to feel complete and whole. You are likely to be yearning for a fulfilling sexual relationship, and keep looking outside of yourself for the solution. Your creativity will be severely curtailed and may describe yourself as boring or plain. You are unable to see the amazing world around you in all its dazzling colour.

Name: Sacral or Sexual Chakra
Location: Above the genitals
Purpose: Self-image, sexuality, procreation, creativity
Colour: Orange
Sound: Vam
Element: Water
Sense: Taste
Symbol: 6-petaled lotus
Associated parts of body: Reproductive system, circulatory system, bladder

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Chakra basics – The Base Chakra

Muladhara ChakraThe base Chakra is aptly named as it represents our most primitive instincts and drive, as well as connecting us with the physical world.

When the base Chakra is functioning harmoniously, you will feel a deep connection with the world around you. You will feel stable and grounded, and want to participate in shaping life on your earth in harmony with nature. In effect, you will have a deep level of trust in the world to provide and find it easy to achieve your goals in this world.

When the base Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, you will find your thoughts gravitating to worrying about your material possessions and security, or find yourself indulging in food, alcohol, sex, etc. It can manifest as a fixation on your own needs without consideration of others.

In its extreme, anger and aggression are likely when you become upset or irritated, which is triggered by the fear of a loss of something that you believe provides you with security or is crucial to your survival. Ultimately this is only a defensive mechanism, highlighting your lack of trust in the world around you.

The key to realigning your base Chakra is realising that the support you need and the connection you crave is avaialble at all times. It is only when you allow your fears and worries to overwhelm you that the base Chakra moves out of alignment.

Name: Muladhara or Base Chakra
Location: Perineum – between the anus and genitals
Purpose: Survival, groundedness, security, self preservation
Colour: Red
Element: Earth
Sense: Smell
Sound: Lam
Symbol: 4-petaled lotus
Associated parts of body: Bones, teeth, nails, anus, rectum, colon, blood

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Chakras basics – what are they?

The world of chakras is one rich with symbolism of all kinds. It is not a world of literal meaning; rather it is one that opens itself up to the individual on many levels of understanding.

For example, the word ‘Chakra’ comes from the sanskrit word for wheel. On one level, the wheel is a circle that turns by itself. The ‘wheel’ reflects that each of the chakras rotates and turn at its own pace, independently of each other. This is symbolic of the cyclically, ever changing nature of life.

Chakras are referred to as lotuses after the beautiful flower. This water plant (similar to a water lily) is itself symbolic of the chakras. The lotus has its roots deep below the surface in the dark muddy depths, while the flower blooms under the golden light of the sun above the water.

The chakras are found in within each of us and are the bridge from the subtle body. Within the subtle body, they are the hubs between the nadis (or energy vessels). The role chakras play is one of receiving, transforming and distributing prana to the various areas of the subtle and physical body – sustaining and developing us as human beings.

These chakras are located along a central vertical axis at the front of the body. When they are aligned and open, there is a higher ability to create a balanced relationship between the human body, mind, and soul.

Traditional writing mentions around 88,000 chakras. There are, however, seven primary chakras – each significantly related to a core human need. The seven chakras and their corresponding location in the subtle body can be visualised from the top of the head down.

Click on any of the chakra images below to find out more.

Muladhara Chakra Swadhisthana Chakra Manipura Chakra Anahata Chakra
The Base Chakra (Muladhara Chakra) The Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana Chakra) The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra) The Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra)
Vishuddha Chakra Ajna Chakra Sahasrara Chakra The Eighth Chakra: The Aura
The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra) Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra) The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra) The Aura

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