The Vishuddha Chakra is located in the vicinity of the Larynx – and is therefore also known as the Throat Chakra. It is a centre of physical and spiritual purification. The Vishuddha Chakra is a place of purification and balancing. The breath that flows through the throat, and therefore through this Chakra, plays a big role in this. Through the power of the breath in the Vishuddha Chakra harmful residues are removed from the body on a physical level, and in the mental sphere the thoughts emotions, consciousness and subconscious are purified and harmonised.
The Throat Chakra rules speech, hearing, communication, self-expression, grace and listening to the Higher Self. This Chakra urges us to find our “self”, communicate it through our creativity, and use the creative force of our higher emotions to move our consciousness into the higher dimensions. In the Anāhata Chakra we frequently indulge in beautiful emotions, whereas in the Vishuddha Chakra we begin to become conscious of who we really are. It is here that the real journey towards Self-Realisation and Self-knowledge starts.
It allows us to communicate our thoughts and feelings and is is directly connected to the ability to express inner creativity. Both teaching and learning are affected by the balance of the Throat Chakra. It also governs the immune system, thyroid and parathyroid and all growth and development of the physical body.
A well-balanced Vishuddha Chakra embodies the person with the skills of effective communication and expression of ideas. The person also experiences extreme serenity and devotion. Some of the positive energy influences of this Chakra manifest as faith, protection, courage contentment and obedience.
The unbalanced energy seeks to express as arrogance, a desire to exert control over others, indulge in gossip and loose talk and even cowardice. Unfortunately, many of our throat Chakras are closed because we live in fear of speaking our truth. We don’t want to voice our feelings and we certainly don’t want to verbalize any kind of information that may provide a different perspective or perhaps go against the already ingrained belief systems of the mass consciousness. In previous lifetimes many of us have been burnt, beaten, imprisoned, rejected, ridiculed and even crucified for speaking our truth and trying to empower our brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, these deeply seated fears of speaking up need to be overcome and we need to be willing to express our divinity and truth without preaching. When we truly remember who we are, our self-image will be reestablished and we will be equipped with the courage and discernment to know how to properly express the energies of our voice with words of love and compassion.
Symbol: This Chakra rules creativity and is the first chakra where we can become in touch with higher beings. The Throat Chakra has sixteen petals. In numerology, a number 16 reduces to a 7. Seven is the number of analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness and meditating. The number 7 directs an inner focus that is vital for creativity to germinate and to communicate our deepest, honest self with others and with higher beings. The challenge of the number 7 lies in the difficulties brought on by discomfort with our inner feelings which cannot be expressed. The number 7 urges us to go inside and join our thoughts and emotions to find a creative expression. The number 16 also refers to the sixteen days it takes for the half moon to grow into the full moon as another symbol of the Vishuddha Chakra is the half moon (remember that another symbol of the Heart Chakra is a new moon).
Color: The color for this Chakra is pale blue or a greenish blue. Blue is the first of the three primary colors. It connects you with the Divine and it is the color that we associate with Heaven. Blue energy is pure, soothing, calming, and healing. Imagine yourself lying on the grass on a beautiful sunny day, looking at the blue sky. How do you feel? Peaceful. Serene. Content. Tranquil. That is the power of Throat Chakra color.
Sense: The fifth Chakra rules the sense of hearing. Just as we must learn to hear our inner self, we must also learn to “hear” others.
Element: The five elements are five states of matter. The densest one is the solid state, also called “earth”. The second state is liquid, “water”; the third is “fire”; the fourth is “air”. The fifth state is usually not seen as an element in the West, because it seems to be immaterial. However, it is the subtlest form of matter and is called the ether of space or Akasha. The ether is the element of this Chakra, which is the first to be ruled by our higher senses. Akasha is sometimes translated as “space”, but it is the all-pervading content of space, the eternal existence. Akasha is the origin of the other four elements, their original essence; it is also called the fifth essence, in Latin quinta essentia.
Akasha is also described as the sky. Its hue is the blue background, the source of all kingdoms and the synthesis out of which the individual units of existence come forth. The quality of Akasha is sound. Through sound the manifestation of the other four elements happens which are potentially hidden in it. The sound makes the form descend into the denser states of matter.
Consciousness: The fifth Chakra directs our attention towards the higher third and fourth dimensions. It is still ruled largely by our conscious mind, but has access to the collective consciousness. When this Chakra is balanced, our individual consciousness has progressed beyond personal and group consciousness to “national consciousness”. The Vishuddha Chakra is the gate through which we are able to raise our consciousness to a higher level. It is the border between the physical and astral levels, between consciousness and superconsciousness. When we cross it the ascent to the realm of wisdom and clarity of consciousness opens up before us.
To recapitulate: Our unconscious is located in the Mūlādhāra Chakra; the subconscious lies in the Svādhishthāna Chakra: the consciousness begins to rise from the Manipūra Chakra; it unfolds in the Anāhata Chakra in order to express and manifest itself in the Vishuddha Chakra.
The Throat Chakra is the first step towards acknowledging that we are all Gods and Goddesses in training. Like a small seed dropping from a flower, we come to the third dimension to learn to grow into our own flower. We find many hardships, as often the soil is dry and unfertile. However, it is through facing our inner and outer conflicts that we grow into our higher creative self.
Our personal creativity is not limited to what is socially identified as an art form. Every area of our life demands communication of our creative force. How difficult is it to find a way to lovingly guide a small child or deal with a dogmatic employer? Many people may say, “I am not creative.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Our Throat Chakra holds the force of creative expression that is our birthright. Everyone is creative. If we have lost our connection to our creative SELF, it is one of the greatest losses we can suffer.
But of course, how can we lose our inner self? We cannot! The door to our inner self is ALWAYS accessible. It is only our own unhealed pain and fear that shuts and locks the door. If we cannot open that door, then our first action must be to find someone who can help us to communicate with the SELF that waits within each and every one of us.