The Complete Guide to Opening and Healing the Throat Chakra
Do you feel free to self-express and speak your mind? Can you handle peaceful silence and allow others the time to talk? If you said no in either case, your throat chakra is either blocked or imbalanced.
The throat chakra is an energetic center located in your physical throat. Metaphysically it is associated with the color blue. It is responsible for your ability to communicate, write poetry and songs, sing, chant, and speak your truth into the world.
When the throat chakra is out of balance, not only is everything above more difficult and sometimes impossible to express, it also has an effect on your physical health. For your mind, body, and soul, and your ability to communicate your true self into this world, it is important to keep your chakras open and healthy.
The Power of Your Throat Chakra
The power of a healthy throat chakra to fully communicate has a far reach into every part of your life. Your ability to speak your mind allows you to be free. Being able to communicate your feelings builds more healthy relationships with your partner, family, friends, and coworkers.
It also plays a role in your physical health. Your throat chakra helps you speak mantras and your intentions. Your self-talk whether healthy or not happens through your this chakra. If you wake up and say to yourself, “I am loved; I am free; I am joy”—that voice comes from a healthy throat chakra. If instead you say “I am lonely; life is hard; I am not good at anything”—this too comes from the throat chakra but an unbalanced one. Positive self-talk can heal, negative self-talk can destroy.
Finally, the throat chakra also helps build a bridge of communication between you and the rest of the universe and the Divine. Once you are able to speak your inner truth, which leads to a higher state of consciousness and a stronger connection with the cosmos.
The question is—is your throat chakra open?
Physical Signs Of An Unbalanced Throat Chakra
If your throat chakra is blocked, you will experience many symptoms physically and psychologically. Throat chakra issues are usually connected with the throat, speech, neck, and thyroid. These include:
- Speech impediment
- Sore throat
- Hearing problems
- Jaw problems
- Thyroid disease
- Teeth problems
- Neck pain
- Mouth ulcers
- Sinus infections
Emotions That Indicate An Unbalanced Throat Chakra
At the same time as there are physical ailments, an unbalanced throat chakra can also wreak havoc on your emotional state, causing feelings of:
- Blocked creativity
- Urge to lie
- Compulsive eating
- Manipulative urges
The two most common ways an unbalanced throat chakra is expressed is either being nervous or fearful to speak at all or feeling like you need to create drama, noise, and talking too much in order to be heard. The first is called a deficient throat chakra blockage, the other is excessive throat chakra blockage.
Deficient is passive, quiet, and fearful. Excessive is aggressive, reactive, and agitated.
Miscommunication and misunderstanding is also extremely common.
Healing The Throat Chakra
Healing the throat chakra often needs to come from your whole being— the body, mind, and soul.
To heal your physical body, you always have to start with a healthy diet. You should eliminate processed foods and sugars, and limit/eliminate alcohol and caffeine; instead focus on fresh produce and a plant-based diet. Eating more blueberries, blackberries, currants, plums, and figs, as well as other naturally blue-colored foods can help heal the throat chakra.
If you have an issue with constant sore throats, you can gargle warm salt water before going to bed, and avoid eating dairy.
There are also additional exercises that you can do for your throat and surrounding areas:
- Sing and chant
- Perform head and neck stretches
- Use Yoga Breathing tools such as the Yogic Ujjayi Breath and the Lion’s Breath
- Do Yoga: Bridge and Plow poses
The most important goal to opening up your throat chakra is to be able to speak your inner truth. This goes beyond being honest and being yourself. This means that you are fully authentic and self-expressed and able to share the truth that is in your heart and soul in a loving way with the rest of the world—not just your close family and friends.
To do so, start by being more mindful about everything you say in a given day. Are you stretching the truth anywhere? Are you holding your tongue and not saying what is actually on your mind?
Speaking your truth is similar to a muscle that you have to stretch and build. The more you speak your truth, the easier it gets.
Speaking your truth, however, does not mean saying everything that is on your mind at all times. It is also having the wisdom to know when the time is right, and if what you are about to say is kind, true, and necessary.
For a spiritual healing you can start with a daily affirmation such as:
“I can effortlessly speak my inner truth.”
The throat chakra will also benefit from you singing, chanting, and taking part in sound healing meditations. For more intense healing experiences you can find screaming and laughing exercises.
You can also wear blue crystal pendants such as blue kyanite or aquamarine to help you with communication. You can also use lapis lazuli as it is known as “the stone of truth.”
Finally, writing in a journal can help you work through your emotions and release them in a healthy way.