Situated on the neck, at the throat, the throat chakra (Visuddha) is the centre of communication, expression, and speaking your truth. The fifth chakra is represented by a vibrant light blue or turquoise blue. Its symbol is sixteen lotus petals, along with an inverted triangle containing a circle or a crescent containing a circle. This chakra represents our ability to speak, communicate, express, and share our truth. It also represents our identity.
Found at the throat, this chakra encourages us to open ourselves to speaking our truth. Being able to speak freely without holding back or stifling our ability to express ourselves is essential for growth. It helps us stand up for our beliefs and speak out honestly. It also helps us learn to say no and clear negative thinking.
What does the throat chakra represent and how is an imbalance of this chakra experienced?
A Guide to the Throat Chakra
The crown chakra focuses on your higher consciousness and your third eye chakra focuses on your intuition. The throat chakra focuses on your voice – your ability to express your true self. It plays an important role not only in speaking but also in listening. Without this ability, it is hard to be yourself and stand for what you believe.
Signs of a blocked chakra could include any of the following symptoms:
- No control over your speech
- Feeling unable to say what is on your mind
- Talking excessively or inappropriately
- Speaking too much or battling to speak
- Battling to listen to other people
- Being scared to speak up
- Struggling to keep secrets
- Being dishonest or not keeping your word
- Being very shy or secretive
- Feeling like you do not have a purpose in life
Balancing this chakra can be done in a number of ways. Meditation always helps to gently keep this chakra in balance. Journaling is helpful as it encourages you to open up. Affirmations for this chakra include:
I speak and hear the truth clearly.
I am safe to express my needs.
I trust those around me.
I am honest about why I am and what I believe.
I speak authentically.
Essential oils for this chakra include geranium, mint, chamomile, eucalyptus, and clove. Crystals include turquoise, moonstone, blue lace agate, and aquamarine. You can use essential oils in a diffuser during a relaxing meditation. You can massage oils onto your throat area. This yin yoga affirmation sequence for the throat can also be done.
Next in the chakra series, we will be moving downwards to the fourth chakra – the heart chakra. If you have any questions relating to the throat chakra, feel free to leave me a comment below.