Ever had the experience of getting in full creative flow? Probably while painting, writing, building something or playing an instrument? A situation that felt more like the creative energy coursed through you rather than come from you?
You experience deep flow and transcendence, the kind that gets you fully connected, through the energy and expression of your Throat Chakra.
Your Throat Chakra (5th Chakra) can be found at the fourth cervical vertebrae in the middle of your neck. This chakra is the center of creativity and expression.
Even people who barely know about chakras must have had a direct Throat Chakra experience when they got ‘choked up’ at some point. During this experience, you’ll feel how powerful the flow of energy in your system can be controlled by this chakra.
Properties of the Throat Chakra
The Throat Chakra physically influences the cervical vertebrae, ears, mouth, jaw, thyroid, larynx, throat and neck.
The Throat Chakra is the center of creativity, communication, will, and self-expression. It enables you to bring out what’s in you to the world, allowing creative ideas, energies, dreams, and visions to manifest and flow.
In other words, it spurs the expression of your ideas, creativity, and emotions. It gives you a voice. Also, this Chakra controls your openness to communication and interaction with others and with non-physical dimensions.
Your Throat Chakra is open when you free yourself. If you restrict and control a part of yourself, this Chakra risks being compromised. Self-censoring, judgment, and self-doubt are acts of control which can shut down your throat energy center.
The chakra works like an energetic switch which is controlling or allowing; negating or respecting and judging – opening or shutting down the flow of energy.
The Throat Chakra is very powerful because it can block or allow energy flow through the whole energy points in your body. When your Throat Chakra is healthy, vital energy will flow, and you’ll feel energized. When the chakra is stressed, your energy will decrease.
Is Your Throat Chakra in Balance?
The chakras are rich, complex, deep and several layered energy systems which hold the history of one’s life experience. They’re constantly impacted by and interacting with the world that surrounds you.
Every experience you go through in life affects your health and energy. A healthy chakra will process and digest these experiences and enable healthy growth.
Every experience such as traumatic events or conflicts which aren’t processed and digested result in imbalances (become under or overactive), dysfunction, damage, and blockages in the affected chakras. Deficient energy in Chakra can lead to neck stiffness, shoulder tension, teeth grinding and tongue biting. And night-time tongue biting can spin your chakra out of balance.
Conflict, trauma, chronic stress and mishandled issues cause chakra imbalances which result in mental, emotional and physical health problems. Therefore, self-care is very vital.
To determine whether your Throat Chakra is in balance and healthy, below are some tips to guide you:
- Healthy self-confidence
- Good overall communication skills
- Free self-expression
- Good listening ability
- Strong, confident speech
- Good dental health
- Healthy thyroid
- Strong creative expression
- Adjust well to change
- Open-minded – ability to listen to other opinions
- Accepting of self as well as others, non-judgmental
- Relaxed jaw, shoulders, and neck
Here are the typical signs of Imbalance in your Throat Chakra:
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Dental health issues
- Thyroid imbalances
- Chronic throat conditions
- Negation of self as well as others
- Habitual lying
- Judgmental of self as well as others
- Controlling behaviors
- Tongue biting
- Unable to give voice to yourself
- Passive aggressive behaviors
- Hearing and/or speech impairments
- Blocked creative flow
- Does not listen to others
- Excessive talking
Tips and Tools for Throat Chakra Balancing
Belief systems, past life circumstances, chronic behavioral patterns, unresolved conflicts, and/or trauma cause blockages, damages, and/or imbalances in the chakras. Unresolved imbalances in your Chakra system will block energy flow over time, resulting in disease, disorder, or illness.
When your physical body is continually stressed, your chakras won’t function effectively. To heal, you will need to address not just the symptoms, but the root cause of this disorder as well. If you’re struggling in a specific area, it is essential to find a specialized healer to help you in the healing process.
Different forms of energy healing like Chakra clearing, Acupressure, and Reiki can help to rebalanced, open, and relax your chakras during a session. They all create an opportunity for your Chakra to repair itself and stimulate the healing process.
Below are some self-care tools and tips for strengthening the Throat Chakra. These are methods that will help in balancing your Throat Chakra:
- Speak your truth
- Rest your throat
- Chanting, humming, singing, and vocalizing
- Allowing yourself to share your ideas, thoughts, and feelings
- Allowing of self as well as others
- Do not judge yourself and other people
- Rest your throat
- Gargling with salt water
- Deep breathing exercises
- Express yourself with creative exercises
- Lie on your back and relax your throat, neck, and jaw
You’re always responding to and interacting with the world that surrounds you. The same goes for your chakras. The listed practices will help to rebalance and strengthen your chakras, even though they aren’t a “done and dusted, one-off” practice.
Just as you don’t expect your body to be clean for life after only one shower, so also the chakras won’t remain clear forever after a single Reiki or meditation session.
Continuous energetic self-care practice is vital for your overall well-being and chakra health. If you feel there is damage or imbalance in one or more chakras, you will need more intensive treatment until the healing is complete.