Sanskrit name - Vishudda
Location - Base of the neck
Colour - Blue
Element - Aether (the upper sky, it fills up the universe and the vacuum of space)
Planet - Saturn
The fifth chakra is the throat chakra. It is associated with communication. The energy from the throat chakra will allow you to express or communicate your personal truth.
A balanced throat chakra
When your throat chakra is perfectly balanced you will be able to speak your truth openly, understand your needs and desires and be able to communicate them clearly. You will understand when to speak and when to listen.
An unbalanced throat chakra
Chakras can become unbalanced when they are either blocked (B) or too open (O). This can lead to unwanted feelings and even physical symptoms.
The emotional feelings of unbalanced throat chakra include:
- Arrogance (O)
- Creative block
- Dishonesty (O)
- Excessive talking (O)
- Fear (B)
- Gossiping (O)
- Lack of confidence (B)
- Manipulative behaviour (O)
- Poor listening (O)
- Shyness / Timidity (B)
- Verbally aggressive (O)
The physical symptoms of an unbalanced throat chakra are:
- Cold & Flu
- Ear infections
- Hearing problems
- Mouth ulcers
- Nasal passages
- Neck/shoulder stiffness
- Thyroid gland problems
- Throat infections
- Throat pain
How to balance the throat chakra
Meditation helps the flow of energy and balances the chakras.
- Sit cross-legged on a mat or sit on a chair with both feet on the floor.
- Keep your back straight, arms relaxed and your eyes closed.
- Take two or three deep breaths.
- Now visualize a ball blue light coming from the base of your neck. Imagine it radiating energy outwards through the whole body.
- Continue with the deep breathing and visualizations for as long as you are comfortable. 10 to 15 minutes is good to start with.
Try holding a crystal while you meditate or listen to some binaural beats for a stronger session.
Crystals have the power to absorb negative energies that cause chakras to be unbalanced.
Place the crystal over the throat chakra for between 5-20 minutes. The longer you can do this for the more effective it will be. You can also carry, wear or meditate with them.
The following crystals are perfect to use for balancing the throat chakra. Generally speaking, use blue stones.
- Rainbow Fluorite
- Blue Calcite
- Blue Aventurine
- Blue Topaz
Listening to the frequencies in binaural beats can stimulate the brainwaves to balance the throat chakra. Binaural Beats are best listened to through headphones. Listening to the sounds while you fall asleep can encourage deep sleep and heal at the same time.
Binaural Beats can be listened to as often as you want. It could be daily during meditation practice when your throat chakra feels out of balance.
NOTE: Do not listen to Binaural Beats whilst operating heavy machinery or driving.
Food & Drink
Fruit and vegetables that are best for the throat chakra are blue grapes, currants, grapefruit, lemons, blueberries, blackberries, plums, pears, figs, peaches, apricots and kiwifruit. Drink a herbal tea that contains throat chakra cleansing herbs.
Activities such as singing and listening to music help balance the throat chakra. Avoid loud, heavy music as it has a negative feeling. Sing along to the radio in the shower or in the car and do it unashamedly. Spend some quiet time. Allow your inner voice to emerge. On the other hand, laughing or screaming into a pillow will also get rid of stagnant energy.
These strong powerful statements can train your brain to think in a differnet way. Talk directly to the throat chakra to create balance. Try the following affirmations.
- I’m not afraid to speak my mind
- I’m a good listener
- I’m the speaker and seeker of truth
- I’m free of fear and anxiety
- I feel comfortable speaking my mind
- I communicate confidently and with ease