You’ve got to love a change of season and the deep blue starting to ink across a cloudless sky. The temperature gets crisper, everything becomes clearer, the truth obvious. Until it’s cloudy again.
Autumn down-under signals a change of colours in the leaves on the trees (although not so much in the climate where I live) and a slow deepening into the brilliant blue that we behold in winter, so bright it could burn your eyes. Or it might be overcast and a few sad leaves might make a mess on the ground rather than a creating a blanket of colour, crisp and golden, burnt orange and ruby red.
Regardless of the colours of the landscape, this time of year always seems to promise clarity – a sense of letting go of the unnecessary so that what we really need comes into sharp relief.
The sky blue of the throat chakra illuminates the truth and we find our voice – our 5th chakra centre. (Read about our body’s energy centres and our first (root chakra), second (sexual) chakra, third chakra (our identity centre) and our 4th or heart chakra.
We find our voices when we own our stories
The throat chakra, or vishuddha is the energy centre that governs our speech and creative expression in the world. It is located at the base of the throat, in the V that is formed at the centre of the collarbone.
When our throat chakra is balanced we are open and honest, not scared to say what we think and equally able to listen to others. Those with an over-active throat chakra will be opinionated, gossiping and closed off to the truth, while an under-active 5th chakra will prevent you from finding your voice, creating a feeling of a lump in your throat and an inability to speak up for yourself, to say no to others. People who lie or are evasive have an imbalanced throat chakra.
Feelings of guilt will cause us to feel stuck for words and it’s important that we clear them by speaking our internal truth, by owning our own stories and letting go of the fables we are told that don’t ring true. With a healthy throat chakra we can freely give our desires and identity self-expression, and communicate what is truly in our heart. Our artistic and career expression comes easy and we are good listeners.
As much as I write, and in a large part communicate for a living and for love, I still have a sense of lacking a strong voice and struggle sometimes to feel I have a story worth telling (a bit more authority at work and a bigger social media following might help me feel listened to – so click on the links below if you’d like to follow!).
But I’ve been working on opening and balancing my throat chakra. As I wrote about in my post last week – everything you need now is already inside you – I’ve found strength and expression through yoga postures like camel, plow and wheel (full back bend) that fully stretch and open the throat.
If these postures are a bit challenging, drinking water with lemon or lime can also be good for cleansing this area. And why not sing to really get this chakra open. Or find a more passive expression of throat energy by wearing a lovely necklace (blue coloured gems are particularly associated with the throat chakra).
Physically, throat chakra issues can show up as an under or over active thyroid, bronchitis, hearing problems, sore throats, tonsillitis and mouth ulcers as well as Anorexia Nervosa.
Vishuddha literally means ‘pure’, so focus on a mantra ‘I am truth’.
Questions to ask yourself:
Are you keeping things to yourself?
Are you afraid/worried about speaking out?
Do you feel your opinions can not be voiced?
Do you feel that you are not being true to yourself?
Love to know how you answered the questions above. Also I am almost (finally) finished de-cluttering, all the bigger stuff has gone to charity, and have some items to give away. If anyone is interested in this teal blue/green and silver necklace and earring set, just let me know in the comments below and I’ll send it your way.
Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.