7 Facts About the Throat Chakra You Should Know
You’ve probably heard people talking about their chakras, or read articles about them online, but just what does it all mean—and where is your throat chakra, anyway? The chakras are energy centers going up your spine from the base of your tailbone to the top of your head.
When they are functioning optimally, you’re balanced and able to handle everything that life throws at you. When they’re out of whack, that’s where you start to feel overwhelmed or out of sorts, or even physically ill. Let’s discuss the throat chakra and how you can tune it.
1) Where Is the Throat Chakra?
The throat chakra is the fifth chakra (going bottom to top.) Its energy is in your throat. It’s found along the cervical curve of your spine, in the region of vertebrae numbered 3 - 5. It resonates with the musical note G.
When the throat chakra is over or underactive, physical ailments often occur in that area of your body. For example, you might get laryngitis or strep throat a lot. Ear and nose infections are also possible. Mouth ulcers, infected taste buds, and toothaches are additional signs that perhaps this chakra needs a tuneup.
While many of these are medical conditions need the care of a doctor, some gentle reiki healing will compliment any treatment that your doctor prescribes in order to help you realign this energy and restore your physical health.
2) What Color is the Throat Chakra?
The throat chakra resonates with the color blue. Most shades of blue apart from the darkest indigo will influence this energy center. Blue stones, blue elixirs, even meditating and flooding your aura with blue will help to bring balance back to the throat chakra.
Blue is soothing and restorative, and known to be a calming and healing color. If you use reiki stones or color therapy, then you’ll want to work with the blue stone. Any blue crystal will do—such as sodalite or lapis lazuli or blue chalcedony. If you don’t have a blue stone, loosely tie a blue scarf around your neck.
This is one of those cases where the intent is more important than the action. If you use a chakra pendulum, then point it at your throat chakra and focus on the blue area of the pendulum. Envision the cool and serene healing of the blue flowing into your throat chakra and bringing it back into alignment.
3) What is the Normal Function of the Throat Chakra?
When it’s functioning properly, the throat chakra helps you to understand when to speak and when to listen. It is the area of your countenance that stimulates your creativity and self-expression.
Even though painting or sculpting or other forms of art may not be verbal, they still convey an idea or provoke a response. They’re still workign within the realm of throat chakra language.
When this area is functioning optimally, you’re aware of who you are. You are confident in sharing your ideas. You know when to speak, and when to listen. You don’t worry that you might be ridiculed or ignored.
You appreciate your value, and you are not apprehensive about being open and communicative with others. If you are at all psychic, this is where you might hear voices or sounds from other dimensions in time and space. The ability to do this is called clairaudience.
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4) What Happens When the Throat Chakra Is Overactive?
When this energy center is too open, it manifests as being too communicative. Maybe you talk too much, or too loud. Perhaps you have a habit of interrupting others or talking over them.
You fear that you won’t be heard, so you overcompensate by being larger than life, aggressive, pushy, or domineering.To bring this into balance, use your blue stone, or focus on the blue of your chakra pendulum, or put a blue cloth around your neck, or meditate on the color blue.
Envision yourself relaxing, speaking your truth quietly, waiting for others to finish what they are saying, and really hear their message. So often people listen only to plan what to say next. Stop doing that, and learn how to hear what others are sharing with you.
Repeat the important parts back to them, so that they know they’ve been understood. This also gives them a chance to correct you if you heard something wrong, or to share more of what’s on their mind. Communication, when it works, is always equal give and take.
5) What Happens When the Throat Chakra Is Underactive
When the throat chakra is underactive, you’ll have trouble getting your thoughts into words. You may be shy, or introverted, or think that no one wants to hear what you have to say. Your creativity may be stifled, or your self-expression hesitant. You question your value. You let others talk over you or take credit for your ideas.
To bring this back into balance, you have to take control of the situation. Don’t overextend yourself. Learn how to say ‘no’ to what doesn’t resonate with you or what is not important. Stop letting people coerce you into situations that make you feel uncomfortable.
Speak your truth quietly, and assess situations as to whether you’re being respected or overlooked. Remove yourself from associations where people take you for granted. Once again, working with the blue reiki stone or any other blue tool will help you to realign this energy.
6) How is my Throat Chakra Related to Energy?
Being the fifth chakra, many believe that the etheric temple layer of the subtle body resonates with the throat chakra. This is the area of your energy field—your aura—where karma is created. It’s easy to see how this corresponds to the throat chakra.
Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, or not expressing yourself concisely and appropriately can cause damage. Conversely, it’s good to be able to express yourself clearly to get the most positive impact from your thoughts and ideas.
We talk about being ‘choked up’ with emotion, or ‘lost for words’ when things take us by surprise. This kind of empowered language is rooted in the etheric temple layer of the subtle body, and manifested through the throat chakra.
Imbalances here might also manifest as physical conditions, too; how many times have you seen public speakers who are uncomfortable or nervous take a sip of water or clear their throat?
7) What Can I do to Heal the Throat Chakra?
Massage is a very old form of medicine! You might think of it as relaxing, but did you know that it’s also therapeutic? A good massage helps you to boost your immune system, relaxes your muscles as well as your mind, gives your body a chance to rest, and helps you to fight off illness.
Massages also work on your energy centers, assisting them back into balance and wholeness again.There are several simple massages for you to do to realign your throat chakra. One of them is to get a drop of essential oil such as chamomile, cypress, or bergamot, and put it into almond or jojoba oil.
Smooth a bit of this onto the palms of your hands, and then, starting at your collarbone, move your hands up your throat toward your chin in smooth and soothing strokes. Do the sides and the back of your neck, too.
Inhale deeply as you massage, in through your nose and out through your mouth, so you can really get the benefit of these soothing oils working from the inside, as well as externally.
The throat chakra has to be kept balanced and healthy in order for you to find your niche in life and communicate your ideas clearly. It’s not difficult to realign it, nor is it hard to determine if it needs some work.
If you find your creativity lacking, your confidence fading, your thoughts staying in your head, or your communication faltering, you probably want to look into giving this area some attention.
Additionally, if you are getting a reputation for being pushy, critical, bombastic, or controlling, you also might want to focus on bringing this chakra back into balance and healing it through the methods detailed here.
You’ll know when it’s working well because your ideas will flow freely, your communication will be eloquent and effective, your creativity will find a way to express itself, and others will want to hear what you have to say. Just don’t forget to listen to their ideas, too—they also have a story to share.
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