The seven chakras are associated with the flow of energy in your body. And the fifth one, more commonly known as the throat chakra, is linked, in the general sense, to your communication.
It’s the energy center through which you express your personal truth and connect to the highest truth. According to Anodea Judith, leading authority in the field of chakras and trainer of Mindvalley’s Chakra Healing Quest, it’s your link to the spiritual plane.
When this link is broken, you can’t communicate freely and clearly, and your self-expression is impaired.
Luckily, you can restore energetic flow to this vital energy center.
What Is the Throat Chakra?
The throat chakra in Sanskrit is called Vishuddha, which stands for “especially pure.” It’s the fifth energy center in the seven core chakras, located in your throat area, governing the mouth, tongue, and neck.
On the physical level, the throat chakra is associated with the thyroid gland, teeth and gums, jaw, hearing, and nasal passages.
Being the communication center of the body, it governs your ability not only to speak your truth openly and purely but also to understand your needs and desires and communicate them.
This chakra is the seat of self-expression and can be viewed as a crossroads of the heart and the head — serving as a mediator between emotions and thoughts.
According to Anodea, all energies come up to the narrow throat, a gate of purification, before ascending to the upper chakras.
“So it’s all about purifying your body from toxins, purifying your life from toxic people and situations, and this is how things become more coherent and pure,” she adds.
The throat chakra meaning is related to self-expression, creativity, and the ability to communicate, hear, listen, and speak our truth clearly, compassionately, and without restraint.
The more balanced your fifth chakra is, the more freely and effortlessly it is for you to express yourself in a truthful and pure way.
Thus, an imbalance of your throat chakra manifests itself in excessive talking, arrogance, dishonesty, gossiping, poor listening, timidity, fear, and manipulative behavior.
What Color Is the Throat Chakra?
This energy center corresponds to the element of ether and the color light blue. This color relates to the three qualities of an open and balanced throat chakra — purity, expression, and wisdom.
Your throat chakra is the link to the spiritual plane.— Anodea Judith, trainer of Mindvalley’s Chakra Healing Quest
The throat chakra symbol
Apart from the color light blue, the Vishuddha symbol consists of the following elements:
- The inner circle: It corresponds to a full moon and represents the lunar phase of resting and letting go.
- The upside-down triangle: In the throat chakra symbol, it represents a channel to your consciousness and soul, with the energy moving upwards to the spiritual realm.
- The 16 petals: These are 16 vowels of the Sanskrit language, representing the effortless quality of communication inherent in a well-balanced throat chakra.
You can learn more about chakra symbols by reading our article “Chakra Symbols & Their Meanings: How to Unlock Your Energy Body“.
What Causes Throat Chakra Blockage?
According to Anodea, the fifth chakra develops between ages seven and ten. It’s the period when we open up to the information outside and learn to communicate and share what we receive.
“It’s the period of learning because, through the realm of communication, all learning takes place, whether it’s communication with yourself or with another,” she explains.
When you don’t communicate to others about your feelings, it inhibits the process of creativity. When you don’t speak your truth, it blocks your throat chakra.
The body is the instrument, and you want it to vibrate freely. And when you keep things inside, you interrupt its natural vibration.— Anodea Judith, trainer of Mindvalley’s Chakra Healing Quest
Here are two main blockages that impact this chakra:
- Lies and mixed messages
- Secrets or things you don’t talk about
Being told lies and having to tell lies to yourself and others gets you to the point when you don’t know yourself. So the challenge of this chakra is dealing with little lies and not accepting the truth of others.
Anodea explains that when you realize that everyone has their truth, you can live honestly. And it will bring you the gift of harmonious and clear communication and creativity.
Excessive and deficient throat chakra
Unbalanced throat chakra implies that this chakra is either excessive or deficient. Here are the symptoms of unbalanced throat chakra:
- Excessive chakra wants to talk too much and dominate the conversation — you might be too loud and boisterous and tend to interrupt others.
- Deficient throat chakra is being shy, quiet, having a quiet voice, and hiding in a corner.
When it’s balanced, you have clear and concise communication.
Is your throat chakra excessive, deficient, or well-balanced?
These questions will help you gain total clarity on the state of your fifth chakra:
- Am I talkative?
- Am I manipulative in the words I use?
- Do I gossip?
- Do I listen to others to understand with a genuine interest, or do I listen poorly?
- Am I honest with other people in general?
- Am I honest about my own mistakes, and do I openly admit my mistakes and wrongdoings before others?
- Do I say little lies or unnecessary exaggerations?
- Do I speak with the power?
- Do I speak my truth without fear of being ridiculed?
- Do I easily and freely express my thoughts, feelings, and emotions?
Reflect on these questions in your journal, acknowledge your patterns regarding self-expression and communication with the external world, and write down your intention to heal it.
Why Should You Align Your Throat Chakra?
The fifth chakra is your link to a causal plane or a high spiritual plane of existence. It’s connected to your causal body, the most subtle body. In other words, you align yourself with the divine plan for your life through your throat chakra as it holds the essence of purity devoid of egoic pursuit and aspirations.
Also, the throat chakra is about living in harmony with yourself, your loved ones, and the people around you. The more aligned your chakra is, the more coherent and in sync you become with everything around you. This is why it’s essential to be attuned to the powerful truth you feel.
How to Open the Throat Chakra?
Here are some ways to open your throat chakra:
- Use positive affirmations
- Use mantras
- Practice mindful eating
- Buy some throat chakra essential oils
- Wear the color blue
- Use throat chakra crystals
- Learn how to actively listen
- Learn tools of mindfulness
- Learn to speak in the ‘I’ voice by saying I feel.
- Non-violent model of communication
- Utilize global communication such as the internet and cell phones to tune into what’s happening in the world
Let’s deep dive into nine powerful techniques to align and cleanse your throat chakra:
#1: Meditation for throat chakra
Chakra meditation is a potent way to activate the fifth chakra as it uses a particular seed syllable called “bija.” The syllable corresponding to the throat chakra is HAM. When chanted out loud as a chakra mantra, its vibration opens up this energy center and amplifies your ability to speak your truth.
How to meditate on your throat chakra:
- Sit in a comfortable position, placing your hands on your laps.
- Take a few deep breaths.
- To chant HAM, use your natural tone of voice. As you breathe out, let the sound roll out for the entire exhale duration without forcing it.
- Feel into the vibration of this chakra mantra, visualizing that it’s opening up your throat chakra, clearing any blockages and impurities.
- You can also visualize the color light blue in the area of your throat as you chant.
You can incorporate this chakra mantra meditation into your daily meditation or use it as a stand-alone practice.
#2: Positive affirmations
Affirmations to include in your daily mantras relate to authenticity and open communication. Here are the examples of affirmations to use to break your old patterns and plant new ones:
- “I willingly release all fears and negativity that block me from speaking my truth.”
- “I lovingly speak my truth and allow my Higher Self to speak through me.
- “I use my words to create beauty in this world.”
- “I communicate confidently and with ease.”
- “I feel comfortable speaking my mind.”
- “I am balanced in speaking and listening.”
- “I am an active listener.”
- “I speak my true thoughts with ease.”
- “I set clear boundaries.”
- “I consciously align myself with the divine plan.”
Singing is a fantastic method to clear your throat chakra. On top of that, singing can improve your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, according to science.
This method works physically, clearing and opening up your throat, corresponding to the fifth energy center.
You can start singing in the shower, on your way to work, while doing your daily household chores, or whenever possible. Singing literally helps you voice your truth out into the world!
#4: Singing mantras
Singing mantras clear your throat on a physical plane and heal the fifth chakra. While singing energizes your brain and throat, singing mantras amplifies the effect as they awaken your spirit.
Mantras hold a sacred vibrational frequency that connects you to your essence. Here are the most powerful mantras for your throat chakra:
The Adi Mantra: Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
Pronunciation: Ong Naa Moo G’roo Day Na Mo
Translation: “I bow to the creative energy of the infinite, I bow to the divine channel of wisdom.”
Healing property: This mantra helps you be more expressive and clear about your pursuits, expanding and healing your throat chakra.
The Jeweled Lotus Flower Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum
Pronunciation: Ohm mah nee pahd may hum
Translation: “OM” purifies ego, “MA” purifies jealousy, “NI” purifies passion, “PAD” purifies ignorance, “ME” purifies greed, and “HUM” purifies hatred.
Healing property: The throat chakra is all about purification. As you purify your ego, jealousy, passion, ignorance, greed, and hatred, you purify your connection with the universal truth.
#5: Mindful eating
The fifth chakra governs your mouth, tongue, and throat. So whatever you consume, or eat, can create a severe blockage, and vice versa; blocked throat chakra affects your relationships with food.
Your inability to express your feelings and emotions manifests as emotional eating. In other words, you binge on unhealthy food or indulge excessively to numb your unexpressed emotions and fears.
Practicing mindful eating will help you break the pattern of emotional eating as the tool to deal with suppressed or underexpressed emotions and feelings. In other words, healing your throat chakra addresses the core of the problem.
#6: Essential oils
Since the throat chakra is associated with the throat, neck, and nasal passages on the physical level, essential oils can do pure magic to help you unblock it. They invigorate your energy center through nasal passages when you inhale the aroma deeply with the intention.
Here are the best essential oils for the throat chakra:
Frankincense is beneficial in cases of underactive thyroid. This essential oil amplifies your spiritual awareness and connection with the divine.
Geranium is used to soothe sore throats, clear oily skin, and move stagnant energy in the body. It helps you connect with your emotions on a deeper level. With this connection, you will grow in your ability to freely express your thoughts, emotions, and feelings.
Jasmine is also known as one of the throat chakra’s essential oils for its effect on the voice. It is used in cases of hoarse voice. It also helps you heal your pain and wounds around relationships and intimacy.
Sage is a master healer. For throat chakra issues, this oil is beneficial for gum disease. On an emotional level, it helps ease negative emotional and mental patterns, opening up channels in the upper body and chest area.
This fragrant and fresh aroma invigorates creativity and self-expression. Because it’s extremely invigorating, it can help promote inner strength to express yourself without restraint.
Warm and spicy clove has traditionally been used for healing mouth, tooth, and gum tissue. It also helps regulate your thyroid gland. It promotes a sense of security around self-expression.
Note: Essential oils can have an adverse reaction on your skin if you apply it straight on. If you’re using the essential oils in a diffuser, 5-7 drops should be enough. As a massage oil, remember to dilute it first in a base like cold-pressed coconut oil – 10 drops to 20ml of base oil.
#7: Think light blue
Light blue is the color of the throat chakra, so visualizing this color can help you heal your throat chakra.
How to do it:
- Inhale when you visualize this light and imagine it filling up your throat area with cleansing and healthy light.
- When you exhale, imagine that you are releasing all your stress and tension.
#8: Start journaling
Expressing yourself on paper is one of the most cathartic things you can do to release your inner truth. As such, journaling is one of the best ways to invite spontaneous insight, understanding, and growth into your life — you can dig deep when it’s just you and your pen and heal deeply.
The last but not least amazing tool that can help you heal your throat chakra are crystals.
You don’t need to place them on your throat to make the healing energy of crystals work. The easiest way to tap into their healing energy daily is to carry them with you. You can also keep a large stone on your desk or place a palm stone under your pillow.
But what crystal should you choose?
Since the fifth chakra is associated with celestial blue, any blue crystal can help balance that area. Here are your best choices:
- Lapiz Lazuli
- Blue Apatite
- Blue Lace Agate
Becoming Consciously Creative
Unlike creativity in the second chakra, the throat chakra’s creativity is more conscious. It’s about your unique self-expression coming from the inside out.
On top of that, when you can speak your truth, it can purify any situation.
It’s through communication that you create your reality.
If you want to create your reality in alignment with your personal truth and divine plan, join Anodea Judith in her free Unlocking the Healing Power of Your Chakras Masterclass.
It will help you see where you stand at the moment to start your chakra healing journey.