As the first of the higher energy systems, the Throat Chakra governs your speech, communication, and creative expression. Speaking your truth through your Throat Chakra requires purposeful thoughts and speech as well as responsible personal expression.
The Throat Chakra reminds you not to dwell on the past, present, or future, and to own the wisdom you’ve gained from your life experiences. After working through and balancing your lower four chakras first, the Throat Chakra allows you to bring value to your communication and own your deepest wisdom.
Sanskrit Name: Vishuddha (Purification)
Color Associated: Blue
Location: Throat (surprise)
Crystals to Use: Amazonite, Aura Quartz, Celestite, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Sapphire
Goddesses Associated with the Throat Chakra: Aletheia, Veritas
Common Plants to Assist with Throat Chakra Healing: Elderberry, Lemongrass, Blackberry
How to Tell if Your Throat Chakra is Unbalanced
The part of the root of the Throat Chakra’s Sanskrit name is Visha, which means poison. So, if this Chakra is blocked, our body is literally being poisoned. Other signs your Throat Chakra is out of balance may be hormonal imbalances, mouth and ear issues as well as a sore throat.
You may experience guilt and shame over the past, fear the future, feel your personal expression is limited and find it hard to simply be in the present moment. People with blocked Throat Chakras tend to hold back from speaking their feelings, be unreliable, and inconsistent with their views.
If your Throat Chakra is too open you may be overly talkative, narrow-minded, self-righteous, or arrogant.
The Throat Chakra in Balance
When your Throat Chakra is in balance you are open, able to let things go (especially your own past choices or mistakes), can express your views in a healthy way, and are able to learn your lessons and move on. Your speech flows freely, you feel confident in your own voice, are a good communicator, are slow and purposeful in your thoughts and speech, and artistically inspired.
How to Balance Your Throat Chakra
To balance your Throat Chakra you can chant the Throat Seed Mantra “Ham” (pronounced HAH-MMM) or repeat it during your meditations. Singing or gargling saltwater are also great ways to remove stuck energy in your Throat,
To go deeper, a healthy Throat Chakra requires you to truly own your unique voice. This requires the softness of the Heart, the personal power of the Solar Plexus, the vitality and joy of the Sacral, and the groundedness of the Root Chakra. Once you are rooted and confident in all that you are, you may find it easier to speak with more confidence and intention.
Affirmations for The Throat Chakra
I speak my truth.
I always speak from the heart.
I listen to and acknowledge others.
I speak up for myself.
The Throat Chakra in Your Spiritual Path
Speaking our truth in this day and age requires a lot of courage. Sometimes the power of our wisdom and experiences gets lost in the comparison culture and the false urgency we see in the media. It’s easy to believe through the way we’ve been raised that our voice doesn’t matter or saying what we actually feel will be laughed at.
Understanding you have the power to write your own story, speak up about your experience, and own the capability of what your words can do for others, is all governed by the Throat Chakra. All too often we’re too scared to add our voice to the mix in fear of judgment or rejection. But like the word Visha reminds us, to not speak our unique wisdom is poison to our soul.