The Throat Chakra – Unleash your creativity and find your true voice.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
The balance of this chakra will determine how honest you are and how well you communicate with others. When your throat chakra is in balance you may find you are more creative and expressive and you will know what you want out of life.
Balance in this chakra will mean you become truly free and what you ask for will start coming to you, with little or no effort on your part!
This chakra is associated with the thyroid gland which is responsible for the release hormones which are important for our metabolism, development and growth in the body. If the chakra is restricted in energy flow you may experience fatigue, jaw pains and headaches.
We are verbal beings. We currently live in a mass culture dominated by the word,
and our current popular culture seems to thrive on gossip, actively encouraging its
citizens to talk about other people. Our word is powerful, and the way in which we
speak our words has great influence and real impact in our lives.
Who has not experienced the feeling of choking up, of being unable to speak? We
struggle at times to ‘find the right words’. We may feel we say the ‘wrong’ thing, and
experience harmful words flying from our mouths before we can stop them. At other
times, we may force ourselves to stay quiet, to avoid trouble, when we truly have
something we want to say.
All of these situations may indicate an imbalance in the throat chakra. This chakra is
the home and source of truthful and meaningful communication. The Sanskrit word
for the throat chakra Vissudha, means purification. When we team this concept of
purification with the purpose of this chakra, we begin to understand that truthful
communication which is clean and wise, impeccable and full of integrity is not only
desirable – it is good for us. When we have a healthy throat chakra, we are mindful
of what we say, and why we are saying it.
One of the most important functions of the throat chakra is the act of listening. This
includes listening to the outer world with our physical ears, as well as listening to our
internal world. When we focus attention internally and listen to what our bodies are
telling us, we begin to hear the truth of our own inner story. Thoughts and fears are
trying to communicate. Body sensations carry meaning and a yearning to be heard.
As we begin to hear our inner story, we experience a deeper resonance with our true
self, further aligning body, mind and spirit.
The throat chakra is also the gateway to our unique creative expression. Creativity,
be it through dance, art, language or music, gives expression to our inner
discoveries. We can develop our creative self through awakening the throat chakra.
As we open and heal the throat chakra, we actively begin to speak in a way that
creates a more harmonious life. We open up to authentic self-expression and we
become more attentive to our own truths, as well as the truths of others.
The throat chakra, more then any other, governs our relationship with vibrations and
resonance. We can resonate with the vibrations of music, people, ideas,
environments or even the universe. When we find this resonance, a sense of
harmony and rhythm is experienced. When not in resonance, one has a feeling of
discord. We may feel that we do not fit in or belong.
Although the energy of the throat chakra is more subtle than say, the base chakra,
it’s still incredibly powerful. Just think of how a singer can break glass with her voice
– the vibrations from this chakra can and do affect matter and therefore us. We all
tune into vibes all the time. Working with the throat chakra increases our awareness
of this energy and its impact.
There are a variety of techniques to aid purification including what the Buddhists call
‘wise speech’, periods of verbal silence and the practice of chanting. When the throat
chakra becomes purified, we awaken to the more subtle communication abilities of
Evaluating your throat chakra
Simply answer YES or NO to each of the statements below. If you score more than
four Nos it may indicate that your throat chakra is imbalanced. If you score four or
more YES answers, wonderful! You are balanced in the throat centre.
Δ I am a good listener.
Δ I try to improve the quality of my diet regularly.
Δ I have a good sense of rhythm.
Δ I have a strong clear voice.
Δ My creative life is important to me.
Δ I am able to express myself clearly and effectively.
Δ I pick up on ‘vibes’ easily.
Balancing your throat chakra:
Throat chakra crystals
Turquoise, aquamarine, sodalite.
These crystals may be placed on the location of the throat chakra (throat cavity) for
clearing, revitalising and healing. You may even choose to carry one of these crystals
with you throughout your day.
Throat chakra oils
Eucalyptus, lavender, chamomile.
These oils can be used in massage treatments, burned in an oil burner or you may
even add a few drops in to your bath.
Find a comfortable position, and softly close your eyes. Bring your palms together
and then slowly pull them apart. Keep playing with your hands, moving them
together and apart until you can feel a ball of energy building between your hands.
This is your etheric field. Play with the ball – let it get bigger and then smaller. Lift
the ball up and move it around your body, or through your body. Play with this ball
of energy. Imagine the ball to be a colour – feel what the ball is like when it is blue,
then try red. Sense the vibrations of colour.
5 Top Tips for balancing your throat chakra:
1. Have the intention of always being open and honest with your
communication. Try to keep communication meaningful, not indulging in
gossip, lies and pointless chit-chat.
2. Be mindful of the Buddhist precept of wise speech: “Is it true, is it kind, is it
necessary, is it the right time?”
3. Acknowledge that ‘listening’ is as much a part of communication as talking,
and practice active listening.
4. Be open to higher levels of communication (telepathy, clairaudience,
5. Explore ways of connecting with your innate authtentic creativity eg. dance,
painting, the way you dress, cooking etc.
Everyday ways to balance your throat chakra
Experiment with wearing the colour sky-blue or bring this colour more into your life.
Open yourself to some new creative projects – it may be as simple as getting
creative with your wardrobe or experimenting with an unexplored medium like
sculpting! Spend a few minutes each day chanting the seed sound of the throat
chakra which is “hum” or find a mantra that works for you. Be sensitive to your
environment and the people around you and try and tune into the “vibes” – what
resonates for you and what doesn’t? Listen to your own inner voice!
Yoga for the Throat Chakra:
In our Yoga practices, one of the main ways i have found to clear the Throat Chakra is through chant. The seed chant for this chakra is Ham. We will be working with this chant in classes this Month.
Postures to balance the Throat Chakra are all that focus on the neck. Shoulderstand, Fish Pose, Bridge Pose & Inversions. Cobra and Cat cow with Lions Breath will all feature in Classes this Month.
May you reclaim the power of your authentic VOICE.
May you learn to listen to the gentle whispers of your hearts voice, guiding you towards the path of your highest destiny.
May you remember your TRUTH matters.
Natalie Southgate Chakradance.