We’re in the middle of Eclipse season as I write this post, just having come off a powerful full moon eclipse in Taurus. I’ve been in a sort of strange place where I’m shifting in and out of very beautiful love energy, and more painful, traumatic energy as my wounds have been triggered once again. This time though I feel like I experienced a bit of a breakthrough in that I didn’t feel so fully drawn into the wounding. What I mean is that previously, when my wounding has been rising to the surface, it has sort of “taken over” my psyche, so that I couldn’t see that it wasn’t real, that it was just my wounds that I was feeling. But this time, a part of me managed to stay detached and just observe, and although I could feel the pain, I could also tell that it was my wounds, my hurt self, feeling those things, and not the real me.
I’m still going in and out of love and pain, and in between. It feels a little crazy, but I sense that it’s just because my healing is speeding up more and more, and I’m trying to run with it, and take care of myself the best I can. Both my inner processes and those in the outer seem to be speeding up these days, and staying in your truth and integrity becomes more and more important, I feel. And that is also very relevant for today’s post, as this one is all about the throat chakra, which is our center for expressing our truth, the connection point to your true self, and also your creative expression. So here goes…
The throat chakra is located at the base of the throat, in between the clavicles, and is known as the Vishuddha chakra in Sanskrit, which means “purification”. Physically it governs our throat, vocal cords, esophagus, trachea, neck, jaw, shoulders, cervical vertebrae, the ears and our thyroid and parathyroid glands. It is associated with the element of ether, the sense of hearing and traditionally linked with the color blue, but other colors can also be seen at this center.
This chakra is our connection to our true Self, and speaking our truth and being authentic is important here. As this center is also the home of communication and our self-expression, it is our gateway to creativity and our creative expression. Our inner self, our emotions and experiences can be expressed through any art form, whether it is dance, visual art, music or language. Expressing our own truths in this way can be both empowering and healing, and also give clarity and a deeper connection to our own soul and Divine Source. The functional archetype is the Communicator, and is someone who speaks with heart and mind, fosters trust and backs up promises with action.
When the throat chakra comes out of balance, it can manifest in a myriad of ways. Any physical ailments always start energetically, and so any issues in the aforementioned physical organs, may be connected to an unbalanced throat chakra. An underactive throat chakra may come out as suppressed feelings, fear of expressing yourself, fear of offending others, excessive shyness, a weak voice, poor rhythm and withdrawal from the world. When this chakra is blocked our true voice becomes locked inside, and we are unable to express it. A throat chakra with overactive energy may manifest as excessive talking, an inability to listen, gossiping, a loud or dominant voice and a tendency to interrupt. Again, it becomes difficult to hear and express our inner voice, and we may also have trouble accepting other people’s truth. The Silent Child is the dysfunctional archetype, and doesn’t reveal how it truly feels or will lie to cover up and protect self.
Whenever you are experiencing a sore throat or ear ache, it can be a good idea to pay attention to any areas of your life where you may be holding back your truth, or if there is some truth that is wanting to make itself known. Tension in our neck and shoulder areas are common, and energies of stress often accumulate here. When we can open up the energies and release blocks in our throat center, it also helps the energy to flow up to our higher centers, so that we can more easily connect to them. To purify the throat chakra, any singing and chanting is great, repeating mantras and affirmations, or even periods of verbal silence may help, so that we can better hear our inner voice, and our own inner truth. Throat balancing and thyroid strengthening yoga exercises such as neck rolls, neck turns, shoulder shrugs and nose to knees are also good, as well as working with crystals such as sodalite, lapis lazuli, larimar, blue lace agate, turquoise, amazonite, chrysocolla, azurite and azurite malachite. Essential oils such as blue chamomile and eucalyptus are nice to diffuse or wear on the throat chakra point.
Meditating on the throat chakra, and exploring how you may express yourself more clearly, creatively and authentically, and where you may be twisting the truth, both towards yourself and others in your life, are good ways to clear and heal it, as well as reflecting on how you can embrace your inner communicator. Here is a simple breath exercise utilizing humming breath that you can do to connect with the energy of the throat chakra, and help you be more in tune with your true self:
Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine. Begin by exhaling as much air as possible from your lungs before taking in a deep, slow breath through your nose, refilling your lungs. On your next exhalation, make a soft humming sound like a bee. When you run out of breath, take another deep inhalation, continuing the humming sound as you exhale. Begin with a few minutes practice, working up to 10-15 minutes at a time. When you have finished your humming breath practice, lie down and relax for a few minutes.
I hope this gives you some deeper insights into the throat chakra and how you can activate it and strengthen its vibration. I wish you all the best in exploring your own throat center, and with that I’ll wrap up my post for this week. I hope you have a wonderful day, and as always, I send you much love & light!