Location: Throat and neck
Symbol: A lotus flower with 16 petals with a crescent inside, containing a circle
Organs: Jaw, throat, teeth, ears, mouth
Physical Activities: Expressive theatre and dance, tai chi, qi gong, yoga, Alexander technique
Essential Oils: Ylang-ylang, gardenia, blue chamomile
Our Throat Chakra or VISHUDDHA gives us the power to express ourselves and to honour this gift we ought to speak our truth and celebrate our individuality. Higher spiritual energy is channelled into the body through this chakra.
Many people’s thoughts remain unexpressed because of their fear of standing out from the crowd and being different. We can’t be authentic if we want to please everybody – that would lead to too many suppressed feelings and thoughts.
Most of us were raised to be polite and to never (EVER!) rock that boat!
We’ve been told since our early age to lie about what’s truly inside of us and who we really are just to keep everybody (but ourselves) happy.
Oh, the irony!
Well, we’re grown now, and no one puts it better than Ambika Wauters:
“True adulthood is learning to say what we mean.”
– The Complete Guide to Chakras
Now, this might not be as easy as it sounds. Years of programming make our inauthenticity a tough habit to break. But with a conscious effort to speak exactly what’s on our minds and with a bit of persistence, your Throat Chakra will be eternally grateful to you. 🙂
Being comfortable with your feelings…
… is important, be it sadness, anger, jealousy of other feelings that you’re experiencing. We’re too eager to deny them and refuse to face them.
It’s okay to feel how you feel, simply because we cannot choose what feelings will pop by today, but we can, however, choose to accept them, feel them for a while, and then let them go. And that’s the equation for an emotional balance.
EVERYONE experiences ‘negative’ feelings on a daily basis, but it’s HOW we choose to react to them that determines whether we float through life with ease or make our lives an emotional mess.
And of course, from time to time, allow yourself to be just that. 🙂
It’s all a part of being human, balance is a fusion of yin and yang, of zen moments and trainwreck moments. Allow yourself to feel it ALL and feel ALIVE as a result!
What’s your Inner Truth?
Speaking our inner truth, as difficult as it can be, connects us to our Higher Selves and reinforces our integrity and confidence. The more we practise expressing our inner truth, the more we don’t give a tiny rat’s ass about what others think of us.
We also conserve our vital energy that way – speaking our mind prevents it from leaking into pointless and exhausting tasks like suppressing your emotions or gossiping. Avoiding such activities will result in increased beauty (yes!) and vitality.
And the feeling that follows is one of pure empowerment!
Long live Inner Truth!:)
IMBALANCED THROAT CHAKRA?
How can you tell if you need to work on your truth-telling skills? You might have to heal and balance your Throat Chakra if you notice yourself experiencing some of the symptoms listed below.
UNDER-ACTIVE THROAT CHAKRA:
♦ Regularly experiencing sore throat, earache, thyroid problems.
♦ The inability to express your thoughts effectively (having a ‘lump’ in your throat).
♦ Being unable to express your needs, desires and emotions.
♦ Being very quiet, introverted and shy.
♦ Not being able to stand up for yourself.
♦ Inability to relax, indecisiveness.
♦ Stifled creativity, prone to negative thoughts.
OVER-ACTIVE THROAT CHAKRA:
♦ Talking too fast, too much and too loud.
♦ Prone to hyperactivity, domineering disposition, over-reactions.
♦ Being judgemental, deceitful and dishonest, having negative beliefs.
♦ Lacking in willpower.
♦ Easily overwhelmed and overwhelming.
♦ Prone to gossiping and arrogance.
There are many ways to heal, clear and balance your chakras. If done regularly, it can bring outstanding results and a happier and healthier life. Find out how to give your chakras some well-deserved lovin’ on my Chakra Healing Methods page.
THROAT CHAKRA CRYSTAL HEALING
One of my favourite ways of clearing my chakras is working with crystals. They are by far the strongest aid when it comes to chakra balancing, as they can tap into the energies of a specific chakra and raise its vibration.
AND…They can be worn as jewellery (YAY!) or placed around your living space (great protective ornaments!) to bring out the best in you.
It is essential to start chakra clearing and balancing from your Root Chakra, you can find more information on laying strong chakra healing foundations here.
Ensure you’ve cleansed your crystals before use. There are various ways of doing that effectively, it’s best to try out a few different methods to see which one of them resonates with you and your crystals best.
To match crystals with the colour of Throat chakra appropriately, the best ones come in various shades of blue. There are also crystals of other colours that can aid the healing of your chakra depending on their properties and energy.
Wearing your crystals or keeping them near you will ensure your Throat Chakra stays balanced.
We use these stones and crystals to open up our communication channels and connect with our deepest selves – to say what we think and stand up for ourselves when needed.
Having a balanced Throat Chakra also increases our ability to express ourselves creatively and communicate with our Higher Selves and spirit guides in order to live authentically.
ANGELITE is a very powerful stone for healers and creative souls. It’s known to deepen your connection to angelic guidance and your Higher Self. Be sure to keep it away from water, as it transforms into Gypsum because of its soft mineral properties. It’s perfect for tissue repair in the throat area, which makes it a perfect healing stone for your thyroid. Angelite reinforces one’s faith in the Universe and is known as the re-birth stone. Use it for psychological healing, as it alleviates mental pain and transforms it into peace and forgiveness.
AQUAMARINE has the beauty of the sky and the sea captured inside of it. Use it as a symbol of commitment to express your true feelings to your loved one or even yourself. This is a stone of balanced emotions and the ability to express them effectively. It’s known as the soothing stone and a wonderful aid when letting go of things and emotions that no longer serve you.
BLUE AGATE is your go-to stone for clear communication, as it preserves your precious energy that would usually be leaked in unproductive ways such as taking part in distracting conversations. Perfect boost for your willpower. This stone is best used as an uplifting encouragement and a gentle push in the right direction. Its flowy design stimulates the energy within you to keep on flowing also.
LAPIS LAZULI is the stone of deepened self-awareness. It has the power to connect you to your inner truth and your feelings in order to gain more knowledge of yourself. It also brings inner peace and acts as a release for stress. This has been a very popular stone (especially with the ancient Egyptians), mainly because of its beautiful electric blue colour and its noble properties which have marked this stone as the symbol of wisdom. It’s also known to increase one’s intellect and deepens one’s thirst for knowledge, making it a perfect companion for writers, journalists, judges and other intellectuals. This is a stone of promotions, professional success and recognition.
TURQUOISE is one of the most widely spread crystals, extremely popular in jewellery form and worn for good luck and protection. It’s also used to awaken the imagination and creativity within and deepen your commitment to expressing your personal truth. Many travellers wear Turquoise close to them to keep any accident and robberies at bay. Use it to clear your Throat Chakra of any blockages or release any dwelling suppressed emotions.
Other Throat Chakra healing crystals include Agrellite, Amazonite, Azurite, Atacamite, Blue Apatite, Blue Aragonite, Blue Aventurine, Blue Calcite, Blue Fluorite, Blue Hemimorphite, Blue Howlite, Blue Kyanite, Blue Iolite, Blue Smithsonite, Blue Sodalite, Blue Topaz, Cavansite, Chrysanthemum, Chrysocolla, Dumortierite, Eliat Stone, Labradorite, Larimar, Malachite, Pollucite, Sapphire, Shattuckite, and many others.
Feel free to choose a stone to work with that you’re attracted to most.
Your intuition knows best🙂
You can read about how crystals are used to heal chakras
on this page.
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