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The Throat Chakra


Throat chakra

The throat chakra is the fifth chakra and is situated in front of the larynx in the neck. This chakra is associated with the colour of sky or turquoise blue. 

The chakras are reported to look like discs or lotus flowers and the throat chakra is said to spin anti-clockwise in women and clockwise in men.

Each chakra governs some element of the endocrine system and in the case of the throat chakra this is both the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the front of the neck and the parathyroid glands which are embedded in its posterior surface.

The thyroid gland produces thyroxine which is essentially a hormone which governs growth and metabolism and the parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone which governs mineral balance in the body.

Each chakra also governs a plexus of nerves and in the case of the throat chakra this is the cervical and pharyngeal plexuses. The cervical plexus is formed by branches of the first four cervical nerves, and supplies the scalp, base of the skull and structures in the neck and the pharyngeal plexus serves the palate, larynx and pharynx.

The throat chakra also governs the cervical and first thoracic vertebrae of the neck (C1 to C7 and T1).

The organs associated with the throat chakra include:

  • The thyroid gland
  • The parathyroid glands
  • The throat including the oesophagus, trachea and larynx
  • The mouth including the teeth, gums and salivary glands
  • The temperomandibular joint (jaw joint)
  • The lungs 
  • The ear and inner ear (hearing and balance respectively)
  • The special senses of taste and smell

 

Development of the throat chakra 

The chakras open and develop in sequence from base to crown in seven year cycles.

Some people may 'miss out' on development of certain qualities which can only be fully realised during the opening and maturation of the associated chakra. It can be difficult to remedy these deficits once the right time for development of these skills or qualities has passed.

Sometimes too, an individual may become developmentally 'stuck' at a particular stage and there may be many years before any further growth occurs. This is why some people may appear emotionally young for their age.

Conversely, the reverse is also true – with some individuals speeding through specific phases of chakra activation as in the case of a young person who seems mature ‘beyond their years’. 

The throat chakra opens and activates between the ages of 28 and 35 and is characterised by development of the qualities of judgement, mercy and inspiration. During this time individuals may be very outspoken about their political or religious convictions, as they are working through and experiencing life in their throat chakra.

 

Positive and negative aspects of the throat chakra

The positive aspects of this chakra are:

  • Loyalty, honesty and trustworthiness
  • Tactfulness
  • Calmness
  • Communication and expression of individual will
  • Creativity and inspiration
  • Mysticism, faith and surrender to divine will
  • Intention, decision making and purpose and
  • Self-responsibility

 

Some of the negative aspects of this chakra are:

  • Unfaithfulness
  • Untrustworthiness
  • Self-righteousness
  • Being cold, critical of judgemental
  • Addictions 
  • Lack of authority, intention or focus 
  • Laziness 
  • Lack of faith

 

Throat chakra dysfunction

Through its effects on the thyroid gland, a dysfunctional throat chakra can have profound effects on the rest of the body. If the thyroid gland is overactive the metabolism will run too fast with rapid heartbeat and difficulty gaining weight, whereas an underactive thyroid gland will lead to fatigue, weight gain, aches and pains and depression. 

The throat chakra also governs the salivary glands and these are important in producing the enzymes that begin the digestive processes. The stomach has also been shown to have taste receptors that help the body to recognise the incoming nutritional resources and to tag foreign proteins for the immune system. 

The throat chakra literally acts as the gateway between head and body - or heart and mind. Our society also locks us into our minds and negates the wisdom of the body and when enough dissonance is created between heart and mind, something has to give and this is frequently the throat chakra. 

In addition, some individuals who may have experienced significant early life trauma may have unconsciously decided that it is easier and less painful to live in their heads rather than feeling their emotions in their body. Their body and mind may effectively have had a divorce and just be cohabiting the same space, but this inevitably leads to physical or mental problems at some later stage.

The throat chakra is about accepting people and things the way they are and being flexible enough to work with what is. It is also about taking responsibility for your personal needs and recognising that you have the power to change things. 

Problems associated with the throat chakra include:

  • An under- or over-active thyroid gland
  • Lung problems such as asthma, bronchitis and difficulty breathing
  • Hearing problems including tinnitus
  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Problems of the upper digestive tract
  • Mouth ulcers, gum or dental problems
  • Temperomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) and yawning
  • Scoliosis or a stiff neck
  • Swollen glands, laryngitis, tonsillitis, a sore throat, a cough, persistent or recurrent colds and flus 
  • Addictions, bulimia or anorexia nervosa
  • Speech problems - a stammer, hoarseness or inability to find the right words
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Vision problems
  • Sinusitis, allergies and/or a runny nose
  • Pain in the upper arm, tennis elbow, wrist, hand and finger numbness or pain and
  • Chronic fatigue.

 

One or more of these symptoms may manifest in the organs governed by the throat chakra when the individual is going through a personality crisis. We might also talk about feeling blue when this chakra is blocked.

When there is an insufficient flow of love or emotional nourishment to the heart chakra, the individual may try to compensate by overeating - or if coupled with a negative self-image - bulimia or anorexia nervosa may result. 

One of the lessons of the throat chakra is about recognising your own free will and that of others with love and understanding. An individual with an overactive throat chakra may be very critical or controlling of others or may be excessively egotistical or prejudiced. They may see the world as a hostile place, and expect (and attract) hostility, violence and/or humiliation rather than love and nourishment.

 

The throat chakra and communication

The throat chakra is about our unique voice and how we communicate with others. This Chakra is not about who you are (which is governed by the solar plexus chakra), but about how you communicate who you are and how others see you. If the throat chakra is weak or blocked, you may appear to others to be quite different to who you really are and this may cause constant misunderstandings in your life. 

The challenge of the throat chakra is to express yourself in an open and honest way whilst being tactful and mindful of the sensitivities of others. Falsehoods, half-truths and failing to express our feelings all have a negative effect upon this chakra. Sometimes you can actually feel this happening when you get a 'lump in your throat' when we don't know what to say in a given situation. 

Most people see and hear through heavy filters that colour and distort the intended message. They don't hear what the other is saying, they hear what they think the other person is saying. So another challenge of the throat chakra is to liberate yourself from your learned judgements and to be open and receptive to others and to make a genuine effort to hear what they are trying to express. 

The lesson of the throat chakra is to express what we really feel rather than pretend to be someone that you are not. It is about being 'good in your skin' to use the French expression and about accepting others where they are too.

Someone with an open and balanced throat chakra will have no problems with communication. They may have a lovely singing voice or be a powerful public speaker. However, many of us have learned to be quiet and that expressing ourselves can bring retribution, punishment, disdain and/or ridicule and may hold a lot of tension in the throat chakra.

The throat chakra is also associated with hearing inner voices and with telepathy - hearing in a non-physical way. 

 

Relationships between the chakras

The lower three 'ordinary' chakras are all linked to, and reflected in, the upper three 'non-ordinary' chakras. This means that the throat chakra is linked to the base chakra which governs home, roots and foundations on an emotional level and the adrenals, urinary system, colon, legs and spine on a physical level.  

The throat chakra is associated with the auric layers of the etheric body which interface between the spiritual and physical. It connects the physical body to the astral plane and is associated with 'out of body experiences', dream states, healing and hypnosis. This chakra is said to separate the physical from the astral at death. 

The throat chakra is related to the large intestine (yang) and lung (yin) meridians and with the element of metal.

 

“The throat chakra is the gateway to the spiritual aspect of man. It is the centre of the religious instinct, the devotional and mystical nature. When working in harmony with the solar plexus and base chakras, there is peace and balance in body and mind. It is the home of the causal body - the root cause of your present condition of life.”

S.G.J. Ouseley, The Power of the Rays, The Science of Colour-Healing

 

Strengthening and opening the throat chakra

The throat chakra can be strengthened and opened by means of the following:

  • Learning to speak up and to speak your truth 
  • Breathing, singing or humming exercises 
  • Affirmations such as 'I have the right to be heard', 'I can speak freely', 'What I say has value', 'I can express myself', 'I am secure with what I say' or 'I speak the truth with comfort'
  • Choosing mid-blue, sky-blue or turquoise blue clothing, ties or scarves 
  • Wearing a necklace with a blue stone such as blue opal kyanite, aquamarine, azurite, blue lace agate, blue opal, blue quartz, blue topaz, blue tourmaline, chrysocolla, lapis lazuli, turquoise, sapphire, sodalite or kyanite and/or pearl
  • Using the essential oils lavender, patchouli and clary sage
  • Drinking liquids in general, eating tart or tangy fruits and other tree growing fruits
  • Bach Flower Essences such as Agrimony (for worries and addictions); Centuary (for weak will or tiredness); Holly (for hatred, suspicion and allergies) and Walnut (for stressful life changes)

 

Further resources

You might also be interested in the following: 

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Energy Bodies: An Introduction

Chakras

Endocrine Gland Disorders

Book Review: How to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy

Parathyroid Glands

Back and Neck Pain

The Critical Role of the Atlas Bone

For an explanation of the body as an energy system along with a means of detoxifying mind, body and spirit, please refer to The Natural Recovery Plan book

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Throat chakra: Article summary

This article examines the function of the throat chakra and the signs of dysfunction. The relationship particularly to communication and thyroid issues is examined and suggestions are offered for strengthening the throat chakra. 

 


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The Natural Recovery Plan Ezine March 2011 Issue 16. Copyright Alison Adams 2011. All rights reserved
Dr Alison Adams Dentist, Naturopath, Author and Online Health Coach www.thenaturalrecoveryplan.com

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