I have recently found my voice and begun to speak my truth. A funny story, I have two employers and since developing my throat chakra my communication with one of them has greatly improved. The other, however, does not like it one little bit! He preferred it when I would bite my tongue and quietly walk away. He recently told me that he had “never seen me this way”. He meant it as a bad thing; I took it as a compliment.
That is what the throat chakra is about – finding your voice and speaking your truth, improving your communication and self-expression. The endocrine glands associated with the throat chakra are the Thyroid and Parathyroid glands. The ears, nose, teeth, mouth and neck are also connected to the throat chakra.
Physical complaints that may manifest as a result of imbalance in the throat chakra are a sore throat, neck ache, thyroid problems, tinnitus and asthma. On an emotional level imbalance manifests as perfectionism, inability to properly express emotions and blocked creativity. You need to clear the energy in the throat chakra in order to channel the intuitive wisdom from the third-eye and crown chakras and also to receive the loving compassion from the heart chakra.
If your throat chakra is open too wide you may be over-talkative, dogmatic, self-righteous or arrogant. If it is blocked, you may hold back from self-expression or be unreliable.
Developing the throat chakra means bringing value to communication with purposeful thought and speech. People with balanced throat chakras are good communicators, are content, find it easy to meditate and are artistically inspired.
The colour blue, in its lighter shades, is connected to the throat chakra. The colour blue relates to self-expression, speech, creative communication and the ability to communicate our needs and requirements. It is calming, relaxing and healing. It reduces nervous excitement and relaxes the mind. Blue is the colour for negotiations, allowing you to see and communicate both sides of an issue. Blue imparts integrity and authority. It is the colour of truth, devotion, calmness and sincerity. It is very quieting to our energy system. Problems to be addressed with the color blue are aloofness, moodiness, depression and isolation. When we are sad, we are said to have “the Blues”.
I subscribe to Notes from the Universe from Mike Dooley. Recently, I received this one which seemed fitting for today’s topic:
“Anger is almost always a sign, Carol, that you’ve been quiet for too long. Speak up, buttercup – The Universe.”
If you feel you simply cannot communicate your emotions, it would be a good idea to start a journal and express your thoughts and feelings in that manner. It’s important to express your feelings in a healthy way or they will get bottled up inside and either explode out in an unhealthy (and often embarrassing) way, or they manifest in your body as disease and other physical ailments. We often feel it’s not okay to have a negative emotion so we try to bury it and pretend it doesn’t exist. Sometimes others do things that hurt or annoy us and it is okay to be sad or angry. The important thing is to truthfully acknowledge how you are feeling and if you can, use an energy-clearing technique to remove or alleviate the negative feeling from your energy system. I have said it before, and I will keep on saying it, EFT is one of the best ways I have found for clearing unwanted feelings and emotions. Aromatherapy is another. If you clear them immediately, before they have a chance to manifest into something ugly, you are doing something wonderful for yourself that will seem nothing short of miraculous.
Essential oils to be used for the throat chakra are:
- Believe is an uplifting blend of essential oils that have a balancing effect on emotions, helping to overcome feelings of despair.
- Lavender is wonderful to help with learning, listening and self-expression.
- Bergamot helps to calmly express truths that arise as your heart chakra opens.
- Chamomile allows you to voice the truth without anger or resentment.
- Eucalyptus helps to clear frozen, “stuck” feelings to aid in expression.
- Sandalwood motivates the creative energies at the throat chakra, assisting in finding solutions.
A good exercise for the throat chakra is the shoulder stand as it helps to increase the energetic flow connecting the mind and body. Shoulder stand also stimulates the thyroid gland. If you are not comfortable doing shoulder stand, use a wall to rest your legs against and work up to full shoulder stand in time. Cobra pose is another great pose for the throat chakra, as it opens the throat, heart and lungs and is beneficial for asthma. The third Rite in the 5 Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation, the Kneeling Back Bend, is wonderful as well. Backbends are known as expansive movements that may elicit powerful emotional changes in the body and mind. This Rite influences the entire chakra system.
Some good affirmations to clear the throat chakra are:
- I speak up for myself.
- What I have to say is worthy of being heard.
- I listen to and acknowledge the needs and wants of others.
- I always speak from the heart.
- My voice is becoming stronger and more compelling.
Sing it sister (or brother)! Speaking of singing, singing is a great way to strengthen your voice and your throat chakra. Belt out a favourite tune and don’t worry about how you sound. There is something really awesome about a happy person singing out of tune at the top of their lungs!