The fifth chakra is the Throat Chakra. Located in your throat – or that area of the neck. It is the energy center that corresponds to your voice, your words, expressing yourself through your voice and with your words. Also, your ability to “hold your tongue” and knowing when not to speak.
What it governs/controls: Your ability to express yourself with your words. Speaking, talking, giving voice to feelings and emotions. This includes your choice of words that you use when you speak.
When it is not in balance: You feel silenced somehow. You may feel like you aren’t “allowed” to talk or speak your true feelings and thoughts. Shyness, a tendency to passive aggressiveness may also indicate an imbalance in this chakra. Also, not knowing when to not speak. There’s a saying that says, “you don’t have to attend every argument you are invited to.” How true. Sometimes, the most powerful statement you can make is with silence. Often times, discussions around politics, religion, raising children, diet and exercise (this list could go on and on for quite a bit) can elicit strong feelings. Knowing your audience, and realizing that involvement in a discussion of these things wouldn’t really be positive – silence may be your best friend.
Pain or issues with your throat and/or neck. Sore throat, laryngitis, scratchy throat, coughing, issues with swallowing, neck pain can all potentially manifest if this chakra is not in balance.
How to get it in balance: Can you guess what I’m going to suggest? Meditation and grounding techniques. Always, always, always. Also, strangely enough, spending some time in silence can help. It helps you to listen. And you become a better communicator when you become a better listener. This doesn’t necessarily have to be silence during meditation, it can be silence while walking, exercising, cooking, doing household chores, yard work, paying bills. If you normally have music on, or a podcast on or the TV on, try doing these things in silence. Another thing you can do is make a very deliberate effort to listen to people before you respond or add to the conversation.
You can also take a few minutes to look around where you are. Notice what you see, hear, smell. Now use three to five words to describe it. If you had to describe it to somebody, the table you are sitting at, how would you do it? What words would you use? It’s a fun activity that forces you to come up with different ways to describe something. The same activity can be used with feelings or emotions. After seeing a commercial, use three to five words to describe how it makes you feel. Sad? Hopeful? Like you don’t “give” enough to those less fortunate? Angry? Did it make you laugh?
Stones/crystals to carry or use: Blue stones. Sodalite, Turquoise, Kyanite, Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, Amazonite, Larimar. Almost all of these stones can be found and are inexpensive for a single tumbled (or rough) stone. Lapis Lazuli, Kyanite , Larimar, Aquamarine can sometimes be a little expensive depending on the quality of the stone, but will still only cost around $1-5 a single stone. Carry stones with you, in a pocket, in your purse or bag. Jewelry, necklaces and pendants in particular, are ideal for this chakra. Not only the stone, but the placement (worn around the neck). Wearing shades of blue and aqua can also enhance and encourage this chakra to be balanced and open.
Speak my truth, own my power, on this day and in this hour. Help me listen more carefully, to give my words more clarity….