Communication is key in all aspects of our life. When we are speaking our truth, we are stepping into our authentic self. Our lives start to become more aligned and connected with those around us. When we are able to communicate openly and clearly, we can inspire others and create stronger relationships built on open communication and respect. One of the best ways to start building this skill is by opening the throat chakra. You maybe wondering, "What's a chakra?"
The chakras were first discovered in India thousands of years ago. The word chakra in Sanskrit essentially means “spinning disc”. Chakras are energy wheels within your body. There are seven main chakras: root chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus charka, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. They are separate yet connected to the physical and energetic body. These spinning discs support and process energy that flow through you.
Each chakra is associated with different aspects of your life and self, they keep us in balance and aligned. When a chakra is blocked and there are many reasons why a chakra can be blocked, these discs are no long spinning at a healthy capacity. Below gives you a better understanding of the throat chakra, what it looks like when it is blocked and how to open it and start speaking your truth.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Colour: Light blue
Symbol: Expression and Communication
Energy Type: Masculine
Animal: White Elephant
The throat chakra is associated with speaking your truth. This chakra represents communication, growth, wisdom and expressing yourself fully. The colour of this chakra is light blue located in the middle of your throat. It is considered to be the root chakra of the higher realms. The animal symbol for the throat chakra is the white elephant symbolizing purity within wisdom.
The symbol of the throat chakra displays a lotus flower with sixteen petals. There is a downward triangle and a circle contained within it. The circle represents the element of ether.
Is your throat chakra in balance?
When your throat chakra is in balance you are able to speak your truth to the world. You are comfortable voicing your opinion without fear of repercussion. You are able to deal with conflict and communicate in a respectful manner while still getting your point across. It allows you to communicate in a way that is engaging to others. Those who have mastered the throat chakra are able to capture people’s attention with their words. They are able to inspire others and communicate in their most authentic self without fear of judgement. You are also open to diverse perspectives.
Do you have an overactive throat chakra?
People who have an overactive throat chakra have a tendency to constantly talk. They talk to fill the space than to have real meaning behind the words they are vocalizing. They have a tendency not to listen to others and to be overbearing in their thoughts and beliefs. Other signs of an overactive throat chakra include the desire for supremacy and manipulation of others to achieve their own personal goals.
Do you have a blocked throat chakra?
Some signs that your throat chakra may be blocked include issues with honest conversations. If you did not receive positive feedback from open conversations when you were younger then you may find it hard to voice your truth now. If you have fears of speaking your truth because you think others will reject or judge you, this will point to a blocked throat chakra. If you have fears of standing out so you conform to others’ points of view, you will start to close your throat chakra. If you feel isolated and separate from others, you may have a blockage.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself about the Throat chakra:
Are you able to articulate your feelings and emotions to others?
Do you inspire others when you speak?
Are you able to speak your mind within a group setting?
Do you tell engaging stories?
Are you passionate when you speak?
Do you speak your truth without fear of judgement?
Are you able to have tough conversations with people in a respectful manner?
Do you speak up during conversations or meetings?
Are you able to voice your opinions even if they may be controversial?
Are you authentic when you speak?
If you answered, “Yes” to most of these questions then you most likely have a healthy throat chakra. If you are unsure and perhaps answered, “No” to the majority of these questions, you may have some work to do on opening your throat chakra.
Isolation: When you feel separate and removed from others this has a tendency to wear on your confidence. You may feel that you do not want to stand out because you are trying to fit in. You may be less inclined to share your truth when you feel isolated because you already feel like an outsider. This is where your throat chakra can become blocked because of isolation and fear of rejection.
Group think: Is a psychological term for when our thoughts and beliefs conform to the group instead of speaking our own truth. It is a phenomenon when a group comes to a consensus without critical reasoning or evaluating alternative options and ideas. There becomes a desire to conform to the group and not wanting to go against the grain or upset the balance of the group. staying quiet we start to close our throat chakra in the process.
What are the physical symptoms?
When your throat chakra is blocked, some of the physical symptoms include a chronic sore throat, loss of voice or hearing impediments. You may also experience neck pain, oral issues, shoulder pain or thyroid issues.
How do you clear a blocked throat chakra?
When we are able to communicate your truth, we access a higher power. It allows you to be in integrity with yourself and resolve conflicts around you. There are several effective ways to open your throat chakra and start speaking your truth to the world.
Authenticity: Being authentic is one of the most influential ways to gain people’s ear and attention. To be authentic you need to be honest, open and vulnerable. When we are able to be vulnerable and speak up about our struggles, this builds trust because it creates a space where others can share as well. It creates a platform where our struggles become our strengths. Not everyone is going to like what you have to say but when you have the courage to share it, chances are others have gone through something similar. When you are able to go first and be vulnerable, it then opens up the space for others to share and be vulnerable with you. When this happens, you are able to build stronger relationships and bonds built on honesty and mutual respect.
Speaking your truth: It can be hard to share our ideas and opinions because we fear that we will be ostracized or rejected by others. However, when we are able to accept ourselves with love this gives us the courage to speak our truth. It is through our greatest struggles that we find our greatest strengths. Talking about things that we have buried for so many years are the things that the world wants to hear about. The world is tired of seeing our society constantly smiling with no problems and breezing through life with no adversity to overcome. That is not what the average person has gone through and we are not blind. We can see that it is nothing more than a fake reality. When we speak up and become vulnerable, we are able to build deeper connections with others. When we are honest, we can start to share something special that can help and support other people.
Storytelling: One of the ways to open your throat chakra is to tell stories. When you are able to tell engaging and interesting stories, you are able to teleport people to another world through your words. The ability to use adjectives to describe a scene with all of your senses draws in the audience. When you are a good storyteller, people want to hear from you and you start to find your voice within.
Journaling: Journaling helps you to express your thoughts and gives yourself a creative outlet to be heard on paper. By writing down your ideas and thoughts, it can help to create a world of expression. There are a host of benefits from journaling. Some of them include increased confidence, stronger immune system, higher IQ, and studies even suggest healing wounds faster. Your inner dialogue creates the beliefs, which governs your life. You can use journaling to create more awareness in yourself, expressing your thoughts and ideas that can have profound effects on opening your chakra.
Yoga for Throat Chakra
Yoga can play an important role in helping to strengthen chakras. As with meditating, yoga helps to calm your mind and open up your body through breathing. The following yoga poses focus on opening the chest and expanding the throat chakra:
Salamba Matsyasana (Fish pose)
Bhugangasana (Cobra pose)
Singhasana) (Lion pose)
Ustrasana (Camel pose)
Marjariasana (Cat pose)
The energetic life force of crystals can be your ally in assisting with opening chakras. Crystals associated with the throat chakra help you to feel confident to speak your truth, allow you to be authentic and express yourself. The crystals below are associated with the throat chakra and can assist in removing blockages.
Aquamarine: Helps to reduce stress and anxiety. This crystal inspires truth, the ability to trust and also let go of old emotional baggage. It embodies a calming energy.
Lapis Lazuli: Increases the desire for knowledge and wisdom as well as assisting in enhancing memory. It helps for you to speak your truth. This crystal creates calm and loving energy through communication.
Sodalite: Brings emotional balance to the beholder. This crystal supports rational thinking, objectivity and clarity of thought. It can also help to relieve insomnia.
In my experience, breathwork has been very beneficial for healing the chakras. Conscious connected breath is an active breathing technique. It over oxygenates the body to start releasing stagnant energy that could be in your body for years lying dormant. It helps energy to flow throughout the body. It has been used to help with ailments within the body. By setting your intention to open your throat chakra and focus on visualization can assist with opening up and releasing blockages.
Combining meditation with visualization is a powerful way to open your chakras. The more your imagination can use its creative imagery to paint a world of possibilities, the more you become fully immersed in the meditation. Listen to the free guided audio meditation to assist in opening your throat chakra.
“I always speak my truth”
“I love myself and therefore can speak freely.”
“I express myself authentically”
“I share my truth with others.”
“My voice empowers me to help others.”
“I have the courage to express myself fully in all ways.”
“My voice can help me manifest what I desire.”
“I speak my truth and therefore I live my truth.”
“My voice empowers me!”
“I authentically communicate my truth.”
There are varying symptoms and sensations associated with the chakras. Some of the common ones I have experienced and investigated are the following including flu like symptoms called, “Ascension flu”. Other symptoms include feeling like there is a vortex within your throat.