The Throat Chakra, or Vishuddha, translates to “very pure.” This is considered the fifth chakra, located in the throat. Its color correspondence is blue. The Throat Chakra resonates with self-expression and honest communication. This is the chakra to focus on if you are feeling withdrawn and aren’t able to speak from a place of truth. If you tend to speak too freely and openly, bordering on dictatorial or offensive, or if you tend to be a poor listener, your Throat Chakra may be overactive. This chakra influences the thyroid, neck, jaw, upper lungs, mouth, and throat.
You can carry blue stones to bring balance to the Throat Chakra. You can charge them with your intention simply by holding your crystal or gemstone in your hand, and thinking of a specific area where you need support. Your stones will give off a gentle, healing vibration that will remind you of your intentions. A crystal pendant or necklace is an excellent choice, so it can rest directly on your Throat Chakra, like Evolution Crystal Pendants. Here are a few stones we like to use when balancing the Throat Chakra:
The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin for ‘water of the sea.’ It is said to be the treasure of mermaids and carried as a talisman by sailors to protect against drowning. Aquamarine is probably the most powerful stone for stimulating, activating and cleansing the throat chakra. This allows for heightened courage and honest communication.
Blue Lace Agate is a beautiful light blue stone that harnesses the power of the throat chakra. It neutralizes spoken anger, counteracts feelings caused by being judged and encourages expression of thoughts and feelings. Like many stones for the throat chakra, Blue Lace Agate has a soft soothing energy. It’s often said to be the most powerful blue stone for balancing, activating and healing the Vishuddha chakra.
Coming from the Greek Kyanos, meaning deep blue, Blue Kyanite is the most popular of the Kyanite crystals. This is a brilliant all-round crystal. While it aligns all the seven main chakras, it specifically opens the throat chakra and encourages self-expression. It’s particularly useful when dealing with disagreements or negotiations.
Turquoise stones have been used in jewelry for thousands of years. It is said to harness esoteric powers and has been talismans for kings, warriors and shamans. To this day, some Native American Indians believe it holds spiritual healing powers. The name Turquoise comes from the French Pierre Turquoise meaning Turkish stone (it came via Turkey when being brought to Europe from the Asian mines). It emits a gentle strength that offers protection while restoring confidence to speak, honestly.
The Throat Chakra is closely tied to the Solar Plexus, which is your center for personal power. It takes courage to be honest! You need a balanced Solar Plexus Chakra to have the confidence to let what’s in your heart come out of your mouth. See how the chakras build on one another? So allow yourself to explore healing opportunities in some lower chakras as you work on healing your Throat Chakra. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if your Throat Chakra is open or not:
Am I comfortable expressing myself to others?
Do I speak for myself or allow others to speak for me?
Am I honest?
Can I stand up for myself?
Do I take on behaviors and opinions of people around me in order to fit in?
Are my words a reflection of my beliefs?
Do I listen with interest to other points of view?
Am I a gossiper?
Do I allow others to know the real me?
Signs of an Unbalanced Throat Chakra
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have an imbalance in the Throat Chakra:
Fear of sharing your opinions
Unable to express your feelings
Uncomfortable voicing your needs
Poor listening skills
Tendency toward oral fixations
Inability to take a stand
Dental issues or halitosis
Jaw problems like TMJ
Chronic ear infections
Signs of a Balanced Throat Chakra
When your Throat Chakra is in balance, you will feel:
Comfortable speaking your mind
Creative and expressive
Open to new perspectives
Able to speak for yourself
The right words to say come to you easily
Physical wellness in the body areas ruled by the Throat Chakra
How to Heal, Unblock, & Open Your Throat Chakra
If your Throat Chakra is imbalanced, there are many things you can do today to begin healing. The common theme among all of these practices is strengthening your personal will, so you can live a more authentic life.
Be Honest With Yourself and Others
Sometimes it feels so much easier to let others make decisions for you to avoid rocking the boat. It's a survival instinct to try to conform. If you find yourself. It’s scary to be authentic because it opens you up to judgement and rejection. Instead of masking the real you, start sharing more of yourself to others. The payoff is an incredible sense of freedom.
Your words have power! Your life experiences are a mirror of the beliefs you hold and the stories you tell. So start practicing the art of communication on a regular basis. The best way to get energy moving in your throat chakra is to strengthen it like you would any other muscle. So start using your voice, literally. Here are some ideas to try:
Offer your perspective in conversations
Keep a journal, even if it’s private. Use a blue one as a reminder of your intentions.
Sing in your car or shower
Speak at a volume loud enough to be heard
Say hello to strangers you pass on the street
Deepen Your Spiritual Practice
When you’re on your personal spiritual path, your thoughts and words will reflect it. Spiritual practice brings comfort and clarity. These qualities make it easier for you to express yourself.
Throat Chakra Affirmations
Affirmations are another method of balancing a specific chakra. Repeating affirmations directs healing energy to restore balance to that aspect of your body, and your life. These powerful statements rewrite the patterns in our subconscious minds and direct healing vibrations to the chakra. If your Throat Chakra is out of balance, repeat these affirmations:
"I am free to express myself, honestly."
"I openly share my emotions and ideas."
"My opinions have value."
"I enjoy open and honest communication in my relationships."
"Today I will be authentic."
"I speak my truth with ease."
"My words are divinely guided."
You might end up rubbing some people the wrong way as a result of speaking your truth. And that’s okay! You’re not here to ‘people please’ or make other people comfortable. Your desires, ideas, and opinions have value! So start using that beautiful voice of yours because when you do, everything in your life will begin to change for the better. It’s time to share more of yourself with the world!