Monday, May 21, 2012

Vishuddha - The Throat Chakra

Vishuddha is the Throat Chakra or the 5th Chakra located at the voice box in the throat. It is associated with communication, both speaking and listening. It also influences creative self-expression, inspiration, wisdom, confidence, integrity, truth, freedom and independence. In one word, the Throat Chakra is about communication. The verb attached to Vishuddha is ‘speak’, as in “I Speak.”

Blue is the color vibration related to the Throat Chakra with Aquamarine, Blue Sapphire, Turquoise, Blue Quartz, Angelite, Apatite, Azurite, Lapis Lazuli and Sodalite acting upon the balance of the Chakra. The Throat Chakra is tied to the Ether element and the herbs Sage, Chamomile, Basil and Vervain. Although technically a spice, Cloves are also tied to the Throat Chakra.

Anahata connects to our sense of smell and responds to Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Peppermint, Rosewood and sage. The Mantra connected to the Throat chakra is HUM and is sometimes chanted at the G tone during meditation. It is also vocalized as “eh”. Physically, the Throat Chakra is connected to the thyroid, neck, airway and lungs.

Tomorrow will focus on how to tell if your Vishuddha is out of balance.