This Month in my Radiant Woman Circles our theme was Expression. Here are some Journal prompts for you. Sit down with a cup of tea, your Journal, light a candle and contemplate take time out for you…
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.
On a wonderful Ayurveda Course I attended with Dr. Deepa at Ayurveda Pura London, the Ayurvedic understanding that a very high percentage of Women’s Dis – ease is caused by a lack of expression, plus my own personal experiences, I have been inspired to create these Radiant Women’s Circles.
The tumultuous history of women’s circles…
Humans have basically been gathering in the round since we began walking upright. “Circles with a sacred center are ancient, the oldest form of social interaction,”
“The fire was in the center as the people cooked and ate their food, heard stories, worshiped their Gods and Goddesses, and passed down the traditions and wisdom that kept them alive and healthy.”
Ladies-only circles, too, have been taking place for ages, all around the world. Many were directly tied to menstruation and the moon cycles,“There are menstrual hut and moon lodge traditions all over the world that date back to 800 CE and in some places are still practiced today,” While Menstruation is seen negatively nowadays, there was an empowering side to Menstruation once upon a time.
The red tent and moon lodges grow in popularity as a sacred space for women and girls to affirm their spirituality and sexuality, and to heal from the wounds of patriarchy through connecting with each other.
So what happened between then and now to make Women’s Circles all but disappear from our culture?
“We weren’t allowed to come together because it made people feel uncomfortable, and we were persecuted for it.
This all happened even before the birth of America. “In 1484, the Hammer of Witches publication by two German Dominican monks began the systematic destruction of women’s spiritual practices and health care by torturing and murdering women healers and spiritual leaders,”
This oppression lasted 500 years and was carried with colonialism to every corner of the Earth.” circles faded from popularity—in part because of the Holocaust, which decimated the Jewish population and took many of its written historical records with it.
Of course, that didn’t completely stop women from getting together on their own terms, from sewing and quilting circles to tea dates. “We were still called to gather, but we weren’t allowed to dip into an energy that would offend the power of the masculine,” Paula Mallis
How modern Women’s Circles make you happier…and healthier…
As most women’s circle attendees will tell you, the experience is a lot different from gossiping about other Women, screaming and wailing at the injustice of life, of Men, of each other, or getting naked and dancing around the Circle.
It’s a very different energy.
We talk about community a lot when we’re not actually in community, most events don’t necessarily give is a sense of belonging, and we can still go home feeling alone.
But when we’re in a setting where we’re not going to compete with each other, there’s a hormonal response that we’re safe. And that allows us to look each other in the eye and talk about real shit that’s going on in our lives.”
Part of this is because of the ritualized nature of a women’s circle. Today’s facilitators often bring in ceremonial practices that help encourage everyone to participate in the discussion. In Radiant women’s Circles we have a Rose Quatrz Heart we use as a talking stone.
“In Native American women’s circles, there was a talking stick and storytelling—a lot of sharing and listening,”
And ultimately, I hope that Women’s Circles will have an even bigger impact on healing the world at large. “If we can teach women around the world to be in these real types of communities designed for witnessing each other, we may be able to convince different groups of women in conflict to come together in these circles,”
“So many women are suffering from depression, loneliness, and anxiety, and this is a ritual that is literally designed to combat that.”
Radiant Women’s Circles are a safe space to meet with like minded Women to share inspiration, share life experiences, inspire positive living in a beautiful and supportive environment, a safe space where we can come together to share discussion in a non judgmental and supported way incorporating Shares, Themed Circle chats, Journaling & Intention setting. Yoga or Dance, Relaxation & Meditation, connection and support within a community of like minded Women.
There she is. . . the “too much” woman. The one who loves too hard, feels too deeply, asks too often, desires too much.
There she is taking up too much space, with her laughter, her curves, her honesty, her sexuality. Her presence is as tall as a tree, as wide as a mountain. Her energy occupies every crevice of the room. Too much space she takes.
There she is causing a ruckus with her persistent wanting, too much wanting. She desires a lot, wants everything—too much happiness, too much alone time, too much pleasure. She’ll go through brimstone, murky river, and hellfire to get it. She’ll risk all to quell the longings of her heart and body. This makes her dangerous.
She is dangerous.
And there she goes, that “too much” woman, making people think too much, feel too much, swoon too much. She with her authentic prose and a self-assuredness in the way she carries herself. She with her belly laughs and her insatiable appetite and her proneness to fiery passion. All eyes on her, thinking she’s hot shit.
Oh, that “too much” woman. . . too loud, too vibrant, too honest, too emotional, too smart, too intense, too pretty, too difficult, too sensitive, too wild, too intimidating, too successful, too fat, too strong, too political, too joyous, too needy—too much.
She should simmer down a bit, be taken down a couple notches. Someone should put her back in a more respectable place. Someone should tell her.
Here I am. . . the Too Much Woman, with my too-tender heart and my too-much emotions.
A hedonist, feminist, pleasure seeker, empath. I want a lot—justice, sincerity, spaciousness, ease, intimacy, actualization, respect, to be seen, to be understood, your undivided attention, and all of your promises to be kept.
I’ve been called high maintenance because I want what I want, and intimidating because of the space I occupy. I’ve been called selfish because I am self-loving. I’ve been called a witch because I know how to heal myself.
And still. . . I rise. Still, I want and feel and ask and risk and take up space.
Us Too Much Women have been facing extermination for centuries—we are so afraid of her, terrified of her big presence, of the way she commands respect and wields the truth of her feelings. We’ve been trying to stifle the Too Much Woman for ions—in our sisters, in our wives, in our daughters. And even now, even today, we shame the Too Much Woman for her bigness, for her wanting, for her passionate nature.
And still. . . she thrives.
In my own world and before my very eyes, I am witnessing the reclamation and rising up of the Too Much Woman. That Too Much Woman is also known to some as Wild Woman or the Divine Feminine. In any case, she is me, she is you, and she is loving that she’s finally, finally getting some airtime.
If you’ve ever been called “too much,” or “overly emotional,” or “bitchy,” or “stuck up,” you are likely a Too Much Woman.
And if you are. . . I implore you to embrace all that you are—all of your depth, all of your vastness; to not hold yourself in, and to never abandon yourself, your bigness, your radiance.
Forget everything you’ve heard—your too much-ness is a gift; oh yes, one that can heal, incite, liberate, and cut straight to the heart of things.
Do not be afraid of this gift, and let no one shy you away from it. Your too much-ness is magic, is medicine. It can change the world.
Don’t believe me? Check this: All of your favourite women, the ones who’ve made history, the ones who’ve lent their voices for change and have courageously given themselves permission to be exactly who they are………………….they’re all Too Much Women.
So please, Too Much Woman: Ask. Seek. Desire. Expand. Move. Feel. Be.
Make your waves, fan your flames, give us chills………..Please rise………..We need you.