Throat Chakra – Vishuddha: How to Balance It

by Brittany Chavers
The Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra represents truth, self-expression, listening, and communication. It is located at the base of the throat where each of your collar bones meets. In Sanskrit, Vishuddha is the name used for the fifth chakra. Vishuddha means purification.

The Fifth chakra is responsible for relaying our inner world and truth to those around us. It is important for this chakra to be heard and used without shame and fear. If you have a balanced fifth chakra, you will be connected to your inner world and have no problems expressing it.

The Throat Chakra
Vishuddha Chakra symbol on a blue watercolor. The Throat Chakra

Signs that the Throat Chakra is Off-Balance or Blocked

  • Lack of Willpower
  • Feeling that No One Listens to You
  • Complacency
  • Fear of Public Speaking 
  • Throat Troubles or Frequently Sore Throat
  • Lack of Self-Expression

The fifth chakra supports our basic need to feel as one and to be heard. The fifth chakra not only allows for creative self-expression; it also helps one to listen. A clear and balanced fifth chakra releases the frustration and the fear of speaking up for one’s self but also enables you to honor your truth.

If you feel your fifth chakra needs to be cleared or you want to learn more about this chakra, the rest of this article goes into great detail on how you can open the fifth chakra and what energy resonates with it.

Throat Chakra’s Color

The vibratory color of the Throat Chakra is blue. This color represents trust, communication, peace, patience, forgiveness, and many other things that aid us in the way we communicate with ourselves and others.

Blue is the color associated with the Vishuddha. Incorporating this color into your daily life will assist you in opening your Vishudda Chakra. You can wear jewelry adorned with blue crystals right against the Throat Chakra, take time to look up at the blue sky, or even eat blue foods to benefit from the tranquil and purifying effects of the color blue.

Throat Chakra’s Crystal

Blue Kyanite is used to help align all chakras but works especially well for activating the Throat Chakra and the Third Eye Chakra. It can also evoke loyalty, honesty, and serenity.

Blue Kyanite - Throat Chakra’s Crystal
Blue Kyanite – Throat Chakra’s Crystal

Blue Kyanite works for the Throat Chakra because it eases the mind, so emotions aren’t so overwhelming. It drives away anger and frustration and replaces negative feelings with tranquility. This balancing energy Kyanite produces will assist you in becoming more attuned with yourself, so you can communicate and listen better.

8 Facts About the Throat Chakra

  1. The angel associated with the Throat Chakra is Archangel Micheal.
  2. This chakra is associated with the element Ether.
  3. The mantra for opening the Vishuddha is Ham.
  4. The aroma of eucalyptus, camphor, peppermint, chamomile, and lavender opens up the throat chakra.
  5. The Vishudda is represented by a circle within a crescent in the center of a lotus with sixteen petals.
  6. The Vishuddha is ruled by the planet Mercury.
  7. The ears, jaw, neck, throat, thyroid, mouth, and teeth are associated with the this chakra.
  8. Singing, humming, and even yelling can open up the Throat Chakra.

Opening the Throat Chakra

The Fifth Chakra, also known as the Vishuddha, allows us to communicate internally and externally without fear, shame, or judgment. It also gives us the wisdom to know when to let others be heard and understood.

The Sanskrit word Vishuddha roughly translates to ‘purest form.’ This is relevant to the Throat Chakra because when it is open and clear channeling life force energy, we communicate with honesty and truth in its purest form.

Often we are made to feel shameful, annoying, or obnoxious when we express ourselves. If you find yourself afraid to speak your mind or that you aren’t being heard by those around you then your Throat Chakra probably suffers as a result.

To work with and open up Fifth Chakra, you should journal the thoughts and emotions you feel you can not express. By writing them down, you give them validity because you are acknowledging them. This will also help you express them to others in a confident way when the time comes.

On the other side of this chakra, some people can have issues with listening. If you are one of these people, you may talk over others or frequently have others tell you that you don’t listen to them. To work with your Throat Chakra try listening to others more, they matter as well.

Meditation for Balancing the Throat Chakra

To meditate for the Fifth Chakra, you can use blue Kyanite, visualization, the mantra Ham, or affirmations while you breathe in deeply. Allow your breath to feel your lungs while you listen to the world around you or your own mantra. You can do this anywhere before a meeting, performance, important conversation, or just when you feel like it.

You can also use a Kundalini yoga meditation for the Throat Chakra. In this meditation, you will sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine, dropped shoulders, and locked tucked chin.

You then extend both arms outward and rest them on your knees. Touch your thumbs to your index fingers and straighten your other fingers. Chant “Humee Hum Brahm Hum” using only your breath and lips.

Throat Chakra Affirmations:

  • I am communicating my intentions clearly.
  • I hear those around me and myself.
  • I confidently express myself.
  • I am attuned with my own vibrations.
  • I am living in joy and gratitude.
  • I am capable of speaking my truth.
  • My voice is strong and valuable.
  • My life purpose is a shining light in the world.

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