Sing | Throat | Vishuddhi | Throat Chakra

This chakra is all about expression, communication and embodying our inner artist

Welcome beautiful one! Here we offer some insights in to how you might better balance Visshudhi the throat chakra and better express, communicate and sing through life with joy!

One if the most profound human needs is to be heard. When this simple need is met, we feel complete and ready to move forwards in life. Vishuddhi is about being heard: self expression, communication and projecting our authentic creativity into the world. The sign of a truly balanced fifth chakra, connected to mind and body, is a resonant rhythmic voice that speaks truthfully, clearly and concisely. Conversation with others is balanced, and we have a true ability to listen and respond.

We have passed the halfway point in our chakra system. In chakra 5, we begin to turn our attention to the abstract: the subtle rhythmic vibrations that move through everything through space and time. The upper chakras represent the symbolic world of the mind: words, images, thoughts, imagination.
Due to its location, Vishuddha is often seen as the “bottleneck” of the movement of energy in the body. It sits just before the upper chakras of the head. In the lower chakras we are concerned with structures of manifested form, movement, activity, relationships. If the lower chakras are in order then authentic self expression is possible. Opening the throat chakra can also help

align your vision with reality and release pressure that may affect the heart chakra that is located just below.
When we are out of our truth, we are living a lie, and this is why lies are the demon of this chakra. As the guardian of secrets and the sister to the sacral chakra (the center of our emotions and creativity), Vishuddhi is where our emotions have the potential to be expressed, and how we allow our inner thoughts, feelings and emotions out into the world. The ego can be a false identity, or mask created to protect ourselves from our perceived imperfections, and censor ourselves out of fear of rejection or to please others. In the 5th chakra, we can find love and express our truest authentic self.

Seed Mantra: HAM
Element: Air (Related to the element of sound. (Its vibration can be felt not just in our ears, but our whole body).
Orisha: Obatala
Position: The throat. (This chakra is multidimensional and is often represented as going out of the front of the throat, and going in the back at a slight upward angle).
Colour: Bright Blue
Shape: A crescent with a circle inside of it, or a circle containing a downward- pointing triangle inscribed with another circle
Petals of the lotus: 16 petals
Position: The heart
Primary Planet:
Identity:
Challenge:
Reclaim to Heal:
Development Stage: 
7-12 yrs
Objective: The 5th Chakra is related to authentic self-expression and communication

Creativity combines will (from the third chakra) and consciousness (the seventh chakra), but communication is the creative expression of all that is within us. We are making our world at each and every moment through our actions, expression and communication.

Shame, guilt and fear (located in the lower chakras) are what block us from expressing our truth and cause us to silence ourselves and others and bottle up our emotions. Secrets and mixed messages are also an important factor in blockages here: many children and adults are burdened with having to keep secrets, and these block flow in the body and of course, the voice passage. Fear for our safety, denying or being out of touch with our feelings and what is going on inside of us: we protect our vulnerable inner world from harm or ridicule from the outside world.
To hide and censor our true selves, we tighten the neck and shoulders, create our shy persona, talk incessantly about anything and everything except our truth, overeat (blocking the passage to prevent our feelings pouring out), hide by keeping ourselves from intimacy, not expressing our selves in our clothing, creative endeavours or speech until we become disconnected from knowing our truth.

The Throat chakra is about enhancing the rhythmic vibrations in us: our cells, to resonate in harmony as one system: with ourselves and the universe. Resonance is a state of synchronisation and harmony among vibrational patterns. Resonance requires a balance of flexibility and tension. Resonance within mind and body is a statement of our health and vitality.

Possible signs your Throat Chakra is blocked:

Feeling insecure, timid, introverted Excessive fear of speaking Holding back for fear of getting it wrong Small, imperceptible voice

Excessive secretiveness or shyness Lack of connection with a vocation or purpose in life Depression Stubborness Hiding yourself/ Invisibility Anxiety Lack of self-
esteem Anger: grudges and unable to forgive Defensiveness

Aggression Arrogance Domineering The filter between the discourse you have in your mind and what comes out of your mouth is not working, or missing
entirely. Gossiping or nonstop talking Being verbally aggressive or mean Not being able to listen to others Not being able to keep secrets or keep your word Telling lies

In balancing our throat chakra we may:

Excellent communication skills whether it’s verbal or non-verbal, external or internal Connection with the etheric realm, the more subtle realms of spirit and intuitive abilities

Propensity to create, projecting ideas and blueprints into reality Realize your vocation, purpose Good sense of timing Great at listening

Trust ourselves without negative mind patterns and thought Let go of judgement of the self and others Have no issues being honest regardless of the situation or company you’re in.

Suggestions To Further Balance Your Throat Chakra
Massage: 
The neck and shoulders
Water: Drink more water throughout the day. Not only does water help keep you hydrated, it also helps to cleanse the throat chakra allowing for healthy energy flow. Sleep: Sleep puts us back in that harmony: the heart, the breath, brainwaves Detoxify: Monitor and purify with what comes in: food, sound, thoughts
Silence: For those in excess, go on a retreat or practise in your home/daily life Healing: Work through and release all negative emotions, including guilt, hurt, shame, fear and resentment: This can work wonders to restore energy balance in the throat chakra. Sometimes a good cry can also help alleviate a blockage of the fifth chakra.

Talk It Out: Talk openly with close friends who will listen. Make it a point to be open and honest with all you say. Simply speaking in a heartfelt way can work wonders to strengthen and balance the throat chakra.

Write It Down: Learning how to express yourself without censoring or editing can be valuable. Practice mindful self-expression by journaling. Get it all out on paper and let it sit, then revisit what you have written at a later time.

Sing: As the chakra of self-expression, singing can help dispel blockages, activate, and balance the fifth chakra. If you are too shy, humming is also an option. Just be sure to get those vocal cords vibrating with sound.

Forgive: Letting go is difficult. Holding on to things over which you have no control can lead to resentment, guilt, and anger — all of which contribute to an imbalance of the throat chakra.

Chant: (In Sanskrit a “seed” is called a Bija. And is used in Vedic traditions as a tool for the expansion and widening of one’s mind through sound vibrations. In its most literal translation it is planting the seed of liberation). Seed Mantra: HAM

Affirm: I celebrate, honour and embrace my voice and my body. I believe and prioritise my expression, and my intuition. I hear and speak the truth. I express myself with clear intent. Creativity flows in and through me. My voice is necessary.

Oils: Jasmine, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Calendula, Ylang ylang

Colour: Incorporating the color blue into your decor at home and work is a nice, subtle way to bring focus to the throat chakra. The calming effect of this color of wisdom and honesty can help open up and heal a blocked fifth chakra. Wearing precious or semi-precious blue stones is a great boost for chakra healing and balance. Meditating on the color blue also helps alleviate throat chakra imbalance

Crystals: (Cleansed and charged healing stones work best when worn as jewelry or placed over the chakra in need of balancing. Restorative effects may be gained with either approach) Amazonite, Lapis lazuli, Turquoise, Turquoise

Meditation: I celebrate, honour and embrace my voice and my body. I believe and prioritise my expression, and my intuition. I hear and speak the truth. I express myself with clear intent. Creativity flows in and through me. My voice is necessary.

Want to know more? Read Ella’s journey of unlearning using chakra healing…

“Reclaim your potent voice, filling in the past silences”
Tererai Trent