The Chakra System
It is known that every living being on this planet, even the planet itself, is comprised of energy. Chakras are associated with specific parts of our body, but they are not “physical entities” per se. They can be described as the crossroads of the material and the immaterial and pertain to the body, mind and spirit altogether.
In the chakra system, there are 7 main chakras locate in select spots on the mid-line of our torso that allows energy to flow. The first chakra starts at the bottom of the torso and the last, the top of the head. The chakras on the lower part of our body represents our intellectual side, while the ones located on the upper part of our body represents our mental side. All in all, they govern our psychological properties.
Each chakra is associated with different elements, colors, foods, mudras, healing stones, essential oils, asanas (poses) and more. Ideally, each one of our chakras would be open and work together harmoniously giving us balance. By working together, they would give a balance of feelings and thinking. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as life throws so many twists at us.
Some chakras are blocked or aren’t open enough (under-active) and can have adverse effects on our mental and even physical state. When this happens, other chakras must compensate for the under-active chakras causing them to be overactive, which can have adverse effects on us too. When this happens, they need to be healed and balanced.
In order, the 7 main chakras are, the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. This article will explain a little more in depth about the throat chakra.
The Throat Chakra “Vishuddah”
Location: In the throat
Element: Sound/ Ether
Animal: White elephant
Representation: The heart chakra gives us the ability to communicate and have self-expression. It represents intuition, integrity, honesty and openness.
Signs of Imbalance
There are different ways to tell if your throat chakra is out of balance. Being out of balance could mean that it is under-active or overactive. These could be both mental issues or physical issues.
Symptoms of Imbalance
When the throat chakra is under-active, we tend to stay quiet, may become introverted or very shy. Not speaking the truth can hinder this chakra. When the throat chakra is overactive, we tend to talk too much and try to domineer people to keep them at a distance. We also become bad listeners for this reason.
Physical issues associated with the throat chakra include thyroid issues, sore throats and ear infections. Emotional issues associated with the throat chakra is fear of no power or no choice. You may have no will power and feel as though you are out of control.
When the throat chakra is balanced, we have free flowing words, expressions and communication. We are honest and truthful, yet firm. We are also good listeners.
Healing and Balancing the Throat Chakra
When you have realized your throat chakra is out of balance, there are measures you can take to balance it back out; open or close an over or under active throat chakra. Here are some things you can do to balance and heal your throat chakra.
Healing Stones or Crystals
Healing stones and healing crystals have been used for centuries. They have been believed to aid in the healing process of the chakras by healing the body, mind and spirit. These stones and crystals can be worn as jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets or can simply be held or placed in a prominent area.
Below is a list of healing stones and crystals that can be used to heal and balance the throat chakra.
• Lapis lazuli
• Blue lace agate
• Blue kyanite
• Blue apatite
Aromatherapy has also been used for centuries. It includes using essential oils for healing properties. These aromas can be inhaled through sprays, candles, incense or wax cubes, ingested through teas or applied topically through massage oils, lotions or body butters. Taking baths with bath salts containing essential oils are also beneficial.
When used, the aromas can have healing properties to fight all different kinds of ailments and mental issues such as depression, stress or anxiety. Essential oils that can be used in balancing or healing your throat chakra include the following.
• Tea tree
Food for the Throat Chakra
Eating blue food such as blueberries and black berries are beneficial in healing the heart chakra. Also, think of food and liquid that soothes the throat, such as coconut water, herbal teas, raw honey and lemon. Fruit that grows on trees such as apples, pears and plums help as well.
Herbs for the Throat Chakra
Herbs have many great benefits associated with them, especially for healing purposes. Herbs such as lemon grass and ginger help aid in balancing and healing the throat chakra.
Meditation is about relaxing and refusing to get caught up in everyday anxieties. Meditation is a practice where you use techniques such as mindfulness or focusing your mind on a particular thought, object or activity. It is used to train attention and awareness and to achieve a mentally clear or emotionally calm and stable state.
When meditating for the throat chakra, picture a spinning ball in a shade of blue. See it sitting at the level of your throat, and imagine it glowing. See the blue sphere growing brighter and brighter with each inhale you take. Focus on a feeling of openness and relaxation in the throat. Allow the energy to disperse through your body for about 3-5 minutes. Open your eyes slowly and sit for a few minutes before continuing on with your day.
Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies. Some mudras can involve the entire body, but most are performed by the hands and fingers. There are hundreds of mudras that are used to help channel your body’s energy flow. Mudras are often used in correlation with meditation.
One simple mudra for the throat chakra is the Ganthita Mudra. To perform this, interlace your fingers then touch the thumb and index fingers together, creating 2 interlocked circles, and hold the hands in front of the base of your throat. Hold this position for a few minutes or while meditating.
Asanas are most commonly known as a seated posture used for meditation. Now, in yoga, the term is used for any physical posture of Hatha yoga. In yoga, it helps to keep the physical body healthy and is important for spiritual development. Asanas can increase discipline and concentration, have a range of emotional and energetic benefits, and ready the mind for meditation.
One asana for the throat chakra are cat-cow stretched. You can do this by getting on all fours. On your inhales, lift your tail, drop your belly and look up. On your exhales, tuck your tail, arch your back and drop your head so that your gaze comes to your navel.
Affirmations refer to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. It allows you to have a positive mental attitude towards daily stresses in our lives and that we will achieve success in anything.
Affirmations can be repeated to ourselves out loud or in our thoughts. Through repetition, our minds take these affirmations and make it part of our identity, positive or negative. It is important to state affirmations in positive and in present time.
Positive affirmations for the throat chakra would include some of the following phrases:
• I can vocalize my emotions, no matter what they are
• My voice is important in this world
• I am an empathetic listener and a clear communicator
• I can find the right words in all situations
• Others hear my voice
• I speak my true thoughts with ease
Listening to music in the note of G or listening to nature sounds such as thunder can be very beneficial to healing and balancing the heart chakra. Other music such as binaural beats and solfeggio frequencies also help for this chakra. There are many resources online that are geared to healing and balancing the throat chakra.
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