Saturday, August 25, 2012

Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra

A chakra is a way in which to give and receive energy to and from the world. Chakras are wheels of light that connect us to God, to each other. These energy portals are directly connected to our physical and emotional bodies. How aware we are of our bodies connects to how open we are to express, interact, and give to the world.  The Throat Chakra, or Vishuddha, is the fifth chakra located directly over your throat, slightly under your chin. The color associated with Vishuddha is light or pale blue and turquoise.
Vishuddha is related to communication and growth through expression. This chakra is connected to the thyroid gland, which is responsible for growth and maturation. Physically, Vishuddha powers communication, emotionally it leads to independence, mentally it releases fluent thought, and spiritually, it gives a sense of security.
Our voice is the primary way to express who we are, connect with others, and interact in the world. Wow, that’s pretty huge when you think about it!  How we express ourselves vocally is also a way in which we gain our independence as we grow into adults. When we claim our adulthood, we have the choice to say, “I am That,” or “I am not That.” When we claim our worth as an adult we become secure with the essence of our Truth.
Sounds easy? It is easy. But, by claiming our worth we must be brave enough to examine our beliefs and choose which ones feel right and let go of the ones that don’t. Letting go can feel scary. I always picture letting go like jumping off a cliff. How do I take the first step? Will I be supported if I let go? How do I know?!!? I’ve learned that it is ok to let go by allowing myself experience it. Every single time I let go of an “old belief” that isn’t serving my highest good and greatest growth I have always been supported for my claim. Every single time.
Since the Throat Chakra is our communication center, we can use tones to allow these unfulfilling core beliefs to surface. Once they surface, we can see them for what they are, understand why they were useful at an earlier point in our lives, and claim that they are no longer needed now. We can also use our voice to declare affirmations or mantras to help us become more in touch with who we truly are. We can be our own support system through our voice!
Take some time to recognize your Vishuddha today. Realize why it’s there and what gifts it can bring to you if you deepen your connection with its energy.  The seed mantra for the Throat Chakra is HAM, pronounced, “harm” (tone with the note “D”). Say it after you OM before meditation, or any other time of the day. Claim your worth through your voice.