Now, we have arrived at the 5th chakra, but I do highly recommend that you, as well, do read about the four previous chakras, so you can understand the whole connection of the complete chakra system.
You can get a good overview of all the 7 chakras by reading this shorter version.
Let’s see what we can find out about the 5th chakra.
What is the Chakra’s full name and where is it located on the Body?
The 5th chakra’s name is called the Throat Chakra. Its Sanskrit name is Vishuddha (pronounced Vee-shoo-ddha). The location on the body is the neck/throat area, see picture below.
With this chakra, we are not only connected to the Thyroid gland, but to the whole voice box and this is important because it does connect us to communicate with the outside world, using words and sound to express the inner part of ourselves, our thoughts and feelings.
Specifics of the 5th Chakra
Self-expression is the keyword for the Throat chakra, it is the “Holy Grail” of the chakra system because it holds vital information of each of the other chakras. For us, the keywords would be, “Surrender your personal Will to the Divine Will”.
The 5th chakra is all about communication, speaking your personal truth, your knowledge, your self-expression, creativity, harmony and following your dreams. This chakra is the center of our capacity of expression, communication, and inspiration. It further represents the link between the lower chakras (Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, and Solar Plexus Chakra) and the Crown Chakra.
Through the energy of the 5th chakra, we do express everything which is alive inside of us like laughter, cries, happiness, sadness, love, anger, anxiety, just every feeling we as a human can have and be able to express. The element “ether” is associated with this chakra, it functions as the medium of sound and the spoken word. It further shows us that our personal power is being shown in our thoughts and attitudes.
Each and every choice we do make, as well each thought and feeling we have, will show us how we can act out with our personal power, and that it will always have consequences social, environmental and personal.
The 5th Chakra and the Emotion of Lying vs. Truth
To speak our truth is important and it allows us to express our individuality. However, to be really truthful towards others and most of all towards ourselves needs the healthy development of the previous four chakras before the 5th
chakra can be truly balanced.
We do need to build the trust in the 1st chakra, we do need the creative expression of the 2nd chakra, we do need the ego and the will of the 3rd chakra and, we do need the self-acceptance as well the love of the 4th chakra. Until these four chakras are not balanced enough, we will keep lying to ourselves. When I speak of lying, this is an act, which we are, most of the time, unaware of we are doing it.
We are, in so many cases, unable to lie to others and if we do so, we mostly will feel awful. However, we certainly are doing it to ourselves.
Note: This is a personal journey, where every reader is on its own path and needs to be aware of it. Only you can find, in time, your own personal truth. I am certainly not here to judge nor will I ever condemn. We are here on this planet to fulfill our personal mission. We also have, each one of us, a personal understanding of the “Truth” as a whole.
Nevertheless, if we are out of the truth, our truth, we are out of sync too, not just with others but also with the universe. Our personal resonance will become interrupted and therefore, the discontinuity will be experienced. This situation can compromise our health and we become completely uncoordinated.
The Strength of the 5th Chakra
Besides speaking our truth or even lying to ourselves and others, the real strength also can be found in our voice and in our listening skills. Our voice is an expression of vibration. This chakra’s sense is sound and it is located at the throat. To have a voice is a healthy expression of the 5th chakra.
If this expression, though, our voice, is inhibited, we might sound whiny, mumbled or whispered. On the other hand, if our voice is expansive we might sound loud, shrill, or like to interrupt and dominate conversations.
A healthy Throat chakra will have a rhythm and resonate voice which can speak its truth clearly and concisely. Every conversation will be balanced between listening and responding. It further is important to our health that we have the freedom to express ourselves truthfully with “our” truth.
Another aspect is our creativity. To fully live “our” truth as an individual we need to live our life creatively too. Every communication is a creative act where we do express everything that is within us.
We do create our world in every moment due to our actions, communications, and expressions.
Creativity is further the expression of the spirit within us.
What are the most Physical Problems?
There is no doubt that we also can have sometimes physical problems with our throat. Who has never had a sore throat or perhaps even had laryngitis? I certainly did and I can tell you it was one of my most awful hours, unable to speak loud and clear or not at all, at least, for a couple of days.
However, beyond these conditions known to the mainstream public, there is still more which is connected with our throat and, of course, the throat chakra. We usually don’t think of it very much. Besides the common cold symptoms, including coughing, there are more conditions to be addressed which are indicating a physical imbalance of the 5th chakra.
- Stuffed or Running Nose
- Throat Tickle and Phlegm
- Thyroid issues like Goiter, Hyper-or Hypo Thyroidism
- Thyroid Cancer
What are the Signs of a Weak or of an Overactive 5th Chakra?
The sign of a weak 5th chakra can be often very subtle and being seen as “just” a personality trait, therefore, nothing to be worried about. Well, sometimes it isn’t that cotton dry. When a person, who once has spoken freely, suddenly developed a fear of speaking, it certainly shows that the 5th chakra has become imbalanced and the reason has to be found which has caused this change.
Further signs the 5th chakra has weakened are, the individual has a difficulty to put one’s feelings into words, or it has become (more) shy, quiet or withdrawn, it also has become out of touch with its own desires and, perhaps, is not trusting its own intuitive powers anymore.
On the other hand, if the 5th chakra has become overactive and showing too much excess energy you might realize it through the following.
The individual starts talking too much without giving others the opportunity to chime into the conversation, the individual also might develop a more defensive style of talking and shows a very dominating voice, usually to intimidate the other person(s) by shutting them up right at the beginning.
Furthermore, there is an inability to listen as well the language can be coarse and blatant. The individual also likes to be seen, at all cost, as very strong.
How to get to a balanced State with the 5th Chakra?
To balance this chakra is certainly not impossible, but a bit more challenging since it is so out in the open, visible to everyone to see. We can’t hide at all when it comes to having conversations with others, this is an absolute given on a daily basis. Everyone can hear and will see us in how we speak if our voice is strong or shaky, can we be heard loud and clear or do we whisper.
A healthy and balanced throat chakra can be acknowledged when the individual is able to openly express their feelings and thoughts, is living a creative life and has a strong imagination. The individual also has a colorful and clear speech, is trusting its inner guidance and will openly and freely share their knowledge, nothing stays hidden.
What is the Emotional State of the 5th Chakra?
Speaking and spreading the “Truth” is the main part of the 5th chakra this is just its natural state. We already have discovered that lying to others isn’t that all important than actually lying to ourselves.
However, besides the lying there is also the fact of resisting change, being trapped by fixed ideas and showing rigidity and stubbornness. The individual, furthermore, also likes to cling to traditions, likes to constantly surrender to superiors and will be slow to any response.
We all have to, some degree, had at least one of these emotional states experienced, through another person, in our lives which have been quite a challenge. It can’t be easy dealing with such a person on a daily basis might it be a superior manager at work, a coworker or a loved one at home.
One is for certain, we can’t change the other person and their behavior, but we can always change ourselves and how we like to respond to a situation. Digging a bit deeper into our own psyche, our own behavior and decide on how we do react to a situation, can often have a dramatic turnout for the better or worse, it always goes either way.
I always start with the tool of colors to balance a chakra because it is easy and we have most of the wanted colors already at home. Even though you might not like a particular color you still can wear it in the form of some underwear or a bra, no one will ever know.
The color of the 5th chakra is Blue and its complementary color is Orange. The frequency of the color Blue is 606-668 THz (TeraHertz).
If you have an aversion to the color blue try its complementary color orange. However, to have an aversion to any color it only shows, that we are in need to have this color, more than ever, into our lives. Therefore, try to get over the aversion and use the color in any way you can. You can’t lose you only can gain.
Note: If you will experience a sore throat or any other cold symptoms, try to wear a blue scarf around your neck and or wear a necklace/earrings with one of the suggested crystal and gemstones, it always has helped me to overcome the health condition must faster. Try it out, it certainly won’t hurt you.
Crystal & Gemstones
The use of any crystal or gemstone is always one of my top tools when balancing a chakra or just my whole energy field (Aura) as a whole. I always feel energized, refreshed, calm and balanced.
In my practice as a holistic energy practitioner, I had many clients saying to me that they a) don’t know anything about crystals and gemstones nor do they know where to get them, and b) and this came usually from the male gender, they don’t know how to use them because they don’t wear jewelry.
There are always options in how to use these wonderful stones and no one needs to know about it.
First, if you like wearing jewelry, then this is usually not a big problem because there are tons of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces out there, in almost every crystal and gemstone you can imagine; sometimes even in combination with more than one crystal or gemstone.
Amazon has a wide collection, but I also suggest that you will buy them directly from a source. There, you can touch and feel the stone in your hands, or the piece of jewelry. You will know, then, if this stone is the one you like to wear or to use.
For the readers of my article who doesn’t like any form of jewelry to wear, here is a simple suggestion. Get the crystal or gemstone, of your choice, in the form of tumbled stone and, they also don’t need to be that big.
Just big enough so you can slip them easily in the pockets of your pants or jacket, voila, that’s all. The trick is, so to speak, to wear the stone inside of your energy field. That’s why jewelry is so perfect, however, if you don’t like to show it you can still wear it by hiding it.
The only thing, which doesn’t work, is the fact when you keep the stone in your purse, wallet or overcoat, it is not in reach of your energy field and therefore won’t do much for you.
Now, you have a few options and it is up to you which one you prefer. Here are my suggestions on crystal and gems for the 5th chakra.
- Blue lace Agate
Meditation is one of the easiest things to do, trust me on that. Even when you have never done any form of meditation before, you will be able to follow this one. Try to be consistent by doing it, at least, a couple of times in a week. You will feel the benefit of meditation having a positive impact on your overall health.
Having the time set for 10-15 minutes shouldn’t be very hard and this meditation is also very suitable for beginners since it is guided. Feel free to enjoy!
As I have said before, when writing about the previous chakras, affirmations are not enough when being used on its own. I always do recommend that you have, at least, one more of the other recommended tools with it in use.
Don’t get me wrong when I say that but when using affirmations as an only tool you have to be very consistent on a daily basis saying the affirmation 2-3 times for at least 5-10 minutes either out loud or silently in your head.
I know for a fact, and this includes me too, that in the beginning when we are so enthused about something, we do try hard to build momentum and to be consistent. However, reality can be cruel and when something is entering our daily routine and does interrupt it, we usually, and this happens more than you will imagine, will fall off the wagon. We try though to hop on again and perhaps, after a couple of times, we fall off the third time, which usually will mean the end and we just forget about it altogether.
Nevertheless, using affirmations shouldn’t be that hard to do and therefore, I do recommend, that you keep them written on a piece of paper, only 2 or 3 phrases, in the beginning, and say them out loud, if you can, or repeat them a few times quietly in your head. No one needs to know about it except You.
In time, it will become second nature to you and you will be comfortable in creating new phrases all by yourself. The only thing which is important, keep the momentum going and never give up. You will see that are changes happening, to you and in your environment. Be patient and have faith.
Here are my suggestions on affirmations where you can start from, just choose 2 or 3 phrases which are resonating with you and with your current life situation.
- I do express myself freely
- I can clearly communicate my thoughts
- I can speak up for myself
- I do speak openly my truth
- I am able to hear the truth
- I do listen and do acknowledge the needs of others
- I do love and do trust my creative gifts
- I am able to express my love and creativity in charity
- I express my willpower in order to maintain my clarity
Feed your Body the right Food
To feel healthy on all levels of our Being is essential and to have a good and healthy diet is a huge part of it too. Now, there is much being said what a healthy diet should include and it also depends on what kind of diet you go for it or, in what you believe is a healthy diet.
There are meat eaters, vegetarians and or vegans. Then, there are people who are born with certain food allergies or have developed them in their early childhood which may include gluten intolerance due to celiac disease, or juvenile diabetes.
In my opinion though, whatever you like to prefer to eat make sure you still have a balanced diet which may look different from any other person’s balanced diet. The important thing is that you try to do the right thing by eating healthier.
If you are being honest to yourself, you will know right away if your diet includes enough veggies, fruits, etc. or do you eat too often on the go, buy or eat in a fast food restaurant?
Hey, I am not judging I only want you to make the right decision with a healthy diet which suits your lifestyle and your gusto.
Therefore, if you find yourself in need of balancing your Throat chakra here are some food and herb suggestions to be included in your daily diet, and don’t forget, always do your own due diligence.
- Blessed Thistle
- Irish Moos
Aromatherapy means, using essential oils from good and reliable sources like doTera or Young Living but, there are more companies out there, they may be smaller than those two I just have mentioned, but might have a lower price point. The important part, however, is to make sure they are using organic products (plants and herbs) and not creating synthetic oils in their labs.
You can tell the difference by the price tag. I know, we all like to buy less expensive and I am one of them too. Yet, the process to create high-quality essential oils from real flowers, plants, and herbs is a long and delicate process and, no one can afford to ruin a whole batch when making these precious oils.
You also won’t need much when using them, just a couple of drops put into a diffuser will be enough to give you a wonderful aroma for a couple of hours or more.
However, it is always Your decision don’t take just my word for it, do your own due diligence.
Here are my favorite on essential oils to balance the 5th chakra.
The throat chakra is not an easy one to get back into balance. It is the first of the three “higher” chakras and also has quite the power to exploit us to the outside world in the way we speak and how we like to express ourselves and our truth through the spoken word.
Nevertheless, it is also one of the chakras where we can emphasize our truth due to our creativity by our voice, not only speaking the words but singing them. Here in Northern Canada, the Inuit people have a special way of doing so through their traditional “Throat Singing”.
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Please, stay tuned for the 6th chakra to be discussed coming soon.
Until then I always wish you an outstanding day!