The Mighty Vishudha

The 5th chakra is the throat chakra that sits in the region of the neck and shoulders at the base of the throat. Its Sanskrit name is Vishudha which means pure or purification.

It holds an important position in the ‘chakra ladder’ as it is the first chakra of the higher or spiritual chakras also comprising the sixth and seventh chakras.

The representative colour of this chakra is blue, it has the symbol of a lotus flower with 16 petals and its element is sound (or some references suggest ‘ether’). The seed sound of the 5th chakra is ‘Ham’ and its vowel sound is ‘Eee’.

Expressing Your Creative Self

The 5th chakra represents the gift of pure communication, personal expression and honesty. It enhances your originality and authentic voice as well as your confidence in speaking your truth. It is the seat of your creative expression.

The way of the 5th chakra is standing up for what you believe, saying no when necessary and being open and honest in what you say. To live in balance with the throat chakra is means being inspired to seek and share the truth.

The Fifth Chakra & The Body

The areas of the body governed by the 5th chakra are the throat itself and the thyroid gland. When out of balance the symptoms can include sore throat, mouth ulcers, swollen glands, voice problems, trouble with gums or teeth or even thyroid dysfunctions of a more serious nature.

On an emotional level the challenge of this chakra when it is out of balance, due to either too much or too little energy or chi, is dealing with doubt and negative thinking. This can manifest itself as problems with decision-making, fear of speaking, being critical, being unable to express yourself or showing an inability to listen.

In fact a person with an open and balanced 5th chakra is a genuinely good listener and can thus enable others to experience actually being heard – one of the most profound and meaningful of all human needs.


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