Fifth Chakra

The 5th Chakra
- The Throat Chakra

The 5th chakra, the throat chakra, is located at the base of the throat, in the V that is formed in the center of the collarbone.

All chakras have an original Sanskrit name. Vishudha, meaning purification or pure, is the Sanskrit name for the fifth chakra.

As we have noted in previous discussions, each of the major 7 chakras has an associated color, element and verb.

The throat chakra is represented by the color blue. The mid blue color that this chakra is associated with represents trust, wisdom, loyalty, faith and truth.

The symbol for the 5th chakra is a lotus flower with sixteen petals. In numerology the number sixteen reduces to a number 7 (add the one and the six in the number sixteen together to obtain a single digit). Seven represents knowledge, understanding, awareness and analysis.

The element that the throat chakra relates to is sound (although some references say "ether").

This chakra is also considered the chakra of communication and its corresponding verb is "to speak". It is the seat of our creative expression and of communication.

As you probably know by now from reading the other chakra information on these pages, each of the 7 chakras governs particular parts of the physical body as well as certain emotional aspects of our personalities.

The corresponding gland for this chakra is the thyroid, located quite near the chakra energy center itself.

The thyroid gland secretes hormones that are important for the optimal operation of most organs and cells in our body. These hormones help to regulate the body’s metabolism and the functioning of our organs. Our heart rate, body weight, energy level, skin texture, memory, muscle tone and the regularity of womens' menstrual cycles are regulated to a large extent by the this important gland.

The areas of the physical body that the throat chakra govern include the throat and thyroid gland of course. The parathyroid gland, the vocal cords, esophagus, neck, shoulders and arms, mouth, teeth, trachea and cervical vertebrae of the spine are also impacted by the balance or imbalance of this 5th chakra.

So what happens to us physically when the throat chakra is out of balance?

Physically an unbalanced throat chakra is exhibited in problems like thyroid dysfunctions, voice problems, neck problems, jaw issues (TMJ), laryngitis, a sore throat, swollen glands, problems with gums and teeth, hearing problems, and ear infections.

On an emotional level, the 5th chakra is the chakra of communications and creativity. It governs speech, creativity and self expression, whether that expression is through our spoken word, the written word, or our thoughts.

This particular chakra also relates to our chosen career or vocation. Self knowledge is also an aspect of a balanced throat chakra, as well as truthfulness and faith.

If your Vishudha or 5th chakra is balanced you are independent, experience a sense of security and communicate effectively and honestly. You have learned to take responsibility for your own needs and can express yourself creatively.

If the throat chakra is out of balance, either due to too much energy or chi, or too little, it can manifest in problems with decision making or personal expression, feeling unable to express yourself creatively, fear of speaking or excessive speaking, the inability to listen, being critical, being dishonest or physical addictions.

As with the other of the seven chakras, there are gemstones that are said to help balance the energies of the throat chakra. These include blue stones like lapis and turquoise as well as blue topaz, azurite and kyanite. Any of these gemstones may be worn near the body to enhance the energy of the 5th chakra.

The essential oils that relate to this chakra include frankincense and eucalyptus.

The life lesson or goal for this lifetime relating to the fifth chakra is all about communication - both being heard and being understood. It is about speaking your truth and hearing the truth from others.


Aspects of the Throat Chakra


 Sanskrit Name  Vishudha Chakra
 Color  Blue
 Symbol  A lotus flower with sixteen petals
 Element  Sound
 Verb  To speak
 Location  At the base of the throat
 Gland  Thyroid gland
 Sense  Hearing
 Mantra  Ham
 Physical Body Areas Governed  Thyroid gland, throat, ears, parathyroid gland, trachea, neck and shoulders, esophagus, vocal cords, cervical vertebrae of the spine, mouth, teeth and gums
 Emotions Governed  Self expression, creativity, communication, self knowledge, faith, trustfulness, honesty; connected to our career.
 Gemstones  Lapis, turquoise, azurite, blue topaz
 Essential Oils  Frankincense, eucalyptus
 Lessons to Learn  To speak the truth and to be heard, to hear the truth from others







arrows Go from the Throat Chakra to read about chakra 4, the Heart Chakra.

Read about the 6th chakra, the third eye chakra. arrows



Sources:

Anodea Judith, Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self

Sue Lilly, Simone Lilly, Stella Martin, Josepine de Winter, Gill Hall, Magic Of Crystals, Colour & Chakra - Book Of Healing, Harmony & Wisdom For Body, Spirit & Home..., (One of my favorite books)

Dr. Brenda Davies, The 7 Healing Chakras: Unlocking Your Body's Energy Centers



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