Are you able to express yourself openly and confidently?
We are now entering the higher chakras within the seven-chakra column. So far, we have explored the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras. These chakras are the building blocks for a balanced throat chakra. The main aspects of the throat chakra are self-expression, communication, and creativity.
The Throat Chakra
The throat chakra, known as Vishuddha, is the third of seven major chakras, located centrally at the base of the neck. The colour associated with this chakra is light blue. In balance, we can express ourselves comfortably, communicate calmly, clearly and compassionately, meditate more easily and feel creatively inspired. A good communicator is often a good listener.
What can cause your Throat Chakra to be imbalanced?
From the day we are born, we learn what is acceptable and not acceptable from those around us. We develop rules around how we should express ourselves to survive and be loved. Maybe you were surrounded by those who admired extrovert tendencies, or perhaps being an extrovert was frowned upon. Maybe it was good to cry; maybe it wasn’t.
The rules we choose to apply to ourselves, unconsciously or otherwise, depends on the family we are raised in, the culture and society we live in, and other factors such as the influence of teachers and early school friends.
What forms of expression worked for you growing up will tend to stick into adulthood, whether they still work or not. The more rules we have about what we can safely express, the more our throat chakra has the potential to be unbalanced. As a child, wanting to fit in and be loved is essential to survival, but we can lose our true self and voice in the process.
In addition, as is often the case with victims of child abuse, our voices can be silenced. Where any expression is deemed only worthy of emotional or physical assault from a parent or guardian. We look to them for protection and love and find no matter what we do, it’s never enough.
In all cases, we hide behind a mask of what we believed as a child was acceptable to others. As a result, we lose our authentic voice and ability to express ourselves honestly. This is not to say we are dishonest but have buried who we honestly are as part of our survival strategy and desire to be loved.
Signs of imbalance in the Throat Chakra
- Not being able to say no to people
- Your posture hides your throat area
- Clearing your throat before speaking
- Apologising before speaking
- You feel that you are never heard in groups
- Difficulty in articulating your thoughts and feelings
- A lack of enthusiasm in expressing your own ideas
- Being unable to express emotions
- A belief that your opinions are not worthwhile
- Hiding behind laughter and jokes
- An inability to form your own views
- Holding back from self-expression
- Being over-talkative or talking loudly or very fast
- Blocked creativity
- Incapable of stillness
- Difficulty achieving goals
The throat chakra is associated with the Thyroid and Parathyroid glands. An imbalance can show up as sore throats, neckache, thyroid problems, hearing problems, tinnitus, or asthma.
Here’s how we can support our throat chakra
It is common for people to have some rules and limits regarding their self-expression and creativity. However, simple energy-based healing techniques such as Reiki, Crystals, Yoga, and Tai Chi, may help address minor issues regarding the throat chakra.
In the case of more significant issues, which have a noticeable and detrimental effect on your life, then getting therapeutic help is your best option. However, none of the issues described in this blog needs to hold you back from who you are. On the contrary, therapy can help you re-discover your true self and voice and have the confidence to express yourself fully.
Eye Movement Integration (EMI)
EMI is a powerful technique I use for healing trauma and PTSD, including child abuse. Any trauma will need to be resolved before we can begin to re-discover ourselves, let alone have the confidence to express who we are.
Creativity is as much a skill we can learn as a talent. We don’t need to be talented to flex those muscles; we just need a medium for our creativity. This can be any hobby that involves arts or crafts. What’s important is that we do it to explore our creativity. It is very much about the journey and not the result. No one needs to see your work, dance like no one is watching, paint like you believe you are the next Picasso and sing like no one is listening.
Eat plenty of fresh fruit at the beginning of your day or on an empty stomach. Many people avoid fruit because of the idea of fructose (sugar). However, there is so much fibre in most fruits the fructose is slowly released if you eat the whole fruit rather than consuming juices or smoothies. The nutritional benefits far outweigh the quantity of fructose, and if consumed in the morning will help eliminate sugary cravings. Fresh fruit will also increase your hydration levels important for your health and your ability to communicate clearly and comfortably.
Crystals for the Throat Chakra
The light to mid-blue crystals can help balance the throat chakra and support any work you do in this area. The most significant ones are Blue Lace Agate, Turquoise, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Amazonite, Blue Chalcedony, Celestite, Chrysocolla, Larimar, and Ocean Jasper.
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