Vishuddha (throat chakra) is located in at the bottom of the neck. Moving away from material to non material in the upper chakras, we begin to explore a world of vibration and symbols and to understand the symbolic nature of life. To really heal and work with the higher chakras, and Vishudda specifically, we need to come from a place of compassion and heart centered awareness. On some level, we need to have gone through a purification process in order to get to a place where we can consciously develop our throat chakra.
In the heart, we experience the connectedness of all things, we experience the true essence of love. We are able to fill ourselves up with that love and from that place it can flow upward and be expressed outwardly through the throat. If we do not come from a place of self acceptance, if we do not speak our truth in accordance with our heart, we are not using Vishuddha to its fullest capacity. Yes we perceive the world around us through the heart, but it is in the throat that we understand and decipher the meaning behind everything.
Visuddha has a strong connect with Manipura (solar plexus chakra) helping us to become a warrior with our words, standing up for ourselves in the face of opposition. We need to have this connection to pull from and express when needed. A connection representing of creative identity and self expression, how we uniquely create things and ultimately how to communicate our true self. Part of this journey is about finding our voice and learning to speak our truth. We are all unique and wonderfully complex individuals, each with our own voice. No one else has a voice like ours, and our vibration and the way we express that to the world, is so special. If we are balanced and coming from a grounded place, we will not have fear to share who we are.
They say that God is in the word. Sounds can purify and rearrange physical matter. It is important to be conscious of the words we speak because vibration literally makes up and creates the physical space around us. Language and words are tools to help us manifest our ideas, as symbolic systems that mediates between the abstract and physical realm. Once a word leaves our lips, we have put a certain vibration out into the world where it can begin to manifest in a certain way. Words can be truly powerful so it is important to learn to slow down our mind and choose words very carefully before speaking. Lies and repressing words we want to share, can hinder throat chakra development.
There are lies we tell to others and lies we tell to ourselves, both inhibit our ability to connect and fully express our true self. Another aspect of healing is learning to become aware of how we speak to ourselves and how to watch and listen to our inner voice. Meditation is a great way to practice conscious thinking. It allows us to ask ourselves why we are talking that way, why are we thinking this way, following those thoughts down to the root causes or issues. Only then can we change the way we think. If we realize and become aware that we are going down a train of negative thoughts, we can retrain the mind to think otherwise and remain in the present moment.
Cleansing the throat chakra is one of the most fun but also brings the most hesitation for fear of judgement. Singing is a wonderful way to heal Visuddha. Everyone has a voice, therefore everyone is a singer. Not all of us can be opera singers, but that doesn't mean we can't express ourselves through song if we feel called to. In honor of music, self expression, and sharing, here is a song from Nahko and Medicine for the People's new album Hoka. Since music is so healing, do yourself a favor and listen to some beautiful music from a beautiful artist. The whole album is amazing and we highly recommend listening to the whole thing. But don't forget, that to really heal Vishuddha singing along is a must :)
Some poses to help stimulate Vishuddha is the Cobra pose, Plow pose or simply doing some neck rolls throughout the day. Some scents to help the process include Frankincense, Sage, Peppermint, Myrrh and Eucalyptus.
Written by: Inner Mandala Medicine