Exploring the 7 Chakras Part Five: Throat (Vish
The Throat Chakra
The Throat Chakra is also known as Vishuddha, from the Sanskrit word for "pure" It is located near the larynx on our throat. Its color is sky blue reminiscent of the heavens. The Throat Chakra symbol is a 16 petal lotus with a circle. The circle represents a state of emptiness and only those who manage to penetrate the circle will gain a deeper understanding of what's inside. It is the center of sound responsible for communication and speech. The desire to speak our truth and express ourselves verbally are dictated by our Throat Chakra. It has an intermediary role of connecting our Heart Chakra to our Third Eye Chakra, thus balancing our feelings and thoughts. We communicate feelings and thoughts through sound. The words we express to others and most importantly, the words we say to and about ourselves have great influence over our mind as well as our general feelings about our lives. The verbal expression of feelings through sound is seen in talented orators, actors, as well as musicians. Hearing a sound can trigger every emotion from pure panic and terror we feel after hearing a loud explosion, to pure joy felt when our favorite song is blasted on the radio. What we hear can change our mood in an instant.
The Throat Chakra is symbolized by the 16 petal lotus with a circle. The circle symbolizes a place of emptiness and only those that can penetrate the circle will acquire a deeper understanding.The image to the right also includes the Sanskrit symbol for the Mantra of the Throat Chakra: HAM.
Qualities, Correspondences and Tools
Below is a Throat Chakra reference guide. Once we understand the qualities and correspondences of this Chakra, we can better assess the health of our own Throat Chakra. If you become aware of imbalances in your Throat Chakra, there are many ways to balance and harmonize this area in the third section listed below.
Throat Chakra Reference Guide
Throat Chakra Qualities
Central Theme: Communication, Truth, Inspiration
Position on the Body: Larynx
Bodily Function: Throat, Neck, Esophagus, Shoulders, Jaw
Mental Level: Communication
Spiritual Level: Truth
Developmental Stage: Unfolding 29-35
Strengths: Discernment, Multi-faceted Interests, Music
Weaknesses: Need for Admiration, Intolerance
Physical Disorders: Thyroid Ailments, Neck Pain, Speech Mental Disorders: Shyness, Inability to Express Oneself
Throat Chakra Correspondence
Color: Light Blue, Sky Blue
Sensory Function: Hearing
Phase of the Moon: Waning Moon
Ways to Cleanse/Align
Musical Instrument: Voice
Affirmation: I open myself to the power of truth
Essential Oil: Eucalyptus, Camphor, Peppermint
Precious Stones: Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli
Herb: Peppermint, Sage, Coltsfoot
Spice: Star Anise, Clove
Bach Flowers: Agrimony, Cerato, Mimulus
In addition to the above, there are many different healing crystals that work with our Throat Chakra. Feel free to click on each crystal listed below to learn more about it in our Metaphysical Directory. Any imbalances in this Chakra can be remedied by using the tools referenced above or by wearing sky blue or other Throat Chakra colors and symbols in jewelry. Use whichever method speaks to you so that you can learn to speak your own truth and express what is in your heart and your mind as pure as the sky on a cloudless day.
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This concludes Part Five of our Seven Part Series, Exploring the 7 Chakras. Next week we will explore where our intuition arises from as we look at the Third Eye Chakra. We hope you are enjoying this series and are finding the information helpful in understanding the different Chakras. However, if you have any questions or something isn't clear feel free to post in the comment section or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Govinda, K. (2004). A handbook of chakra healing: spiritual practice for health, harmony, and inner peace. Old Saybrook, CT: Konecky & Konecky.