DAY FIVE | THROAT CHAKRA

Welcome, dear one.

We’re starting to enter into the higher chakras today, beginning with the throat chakra, or vishuddha (also spelled vissudha) in Sanskrit.

I want to take a moment to share one of the reasons I am so passionate about the chakra system.

I talked a bit the other day about my struggle to find my ground, my roots, and how root chakra work has empowered me. Throughout my studies, my healing and my work with clients, I’ve come to believe that most of us live primarily in our heads, and not in our bodies.

This is especially true of women, whose bodies have been subjected to criticism, shame and abuse for the 6,500 years of the patriarchy's dominance, but it also true for many men, and for anyone who’s ever been abused.

We learn early on that it’s not totally safe to feel, to be in our bodies, to exist as fully present, deeply embodied and powerful beings in the world.

And so, as we move into these upper chakras, I want you to keep an eye out for where you spend most of your time. Do you find doing the work over the next few days easier? Are you feeling more excessive energy in these upper chakras? Pay attention, and see what connections and discoveries you make.

You may, of course, have a totally different experience, living primarily in your lower chakras and avoiding the upper realms of connection, intuition and spirituality. Allow this journey to be your own.

And now, onto the throat chakra.

As you may imagine, the throat governs our speech, speaking our authentic truth. It is closely connected to the sacral chakra, and an outlet for creativity, truth and life force to express.

The throat chakra forms from ages 7-12, and is located where you’d expect, the throat.

Shame and words unspoken can turn into energetic blocks and resistance in the throat chakra, sometimes even leading to the feeling of constriction, or a lump in your throat.

An excessive throat chakra will be constantly interrupting, struggles to listen, is always thinking about what they’ll say next or how to respond when someone is talking to them, uses talking or nervous laughter as a defence mechanism.

Not speaking your mind or your truth, fear of speaking, introversion and shyness reveal a deficient throat chakra.

Excessive Throat Chakra (always talking, uncomfortable with silence, interrupts others, struggles to listen)

  • Download the Insight Timer App, or use your favorite meditation app.

  • Set the timer for 10-20 minutes, with one of the ambient sounds that you like. Alternatively, set your phone timer (with a gentle alarm at the end - nothing too harsh) for 10-20 minutes, and put on some soft, ambient noise in the background. No music, no words. Eventually, do this practice with no sound at all. The idea here is to practice silence.

  • Find a comfortable seated position where you won’t be disturbed. If you have roommates, a partner, pets or children, close the door and take this time for you.

  • Close your eyes, let your hands rest in your lap and begin to breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth. Belly rises and expands as you breathe in, and softens as you breathe out.

  • Visualize a bright blue light at the base of your throat, seeing that energy contained and held in that space.

  • Continue this breath, in silence, until your timer goes off. Gently open your eyes and journal on your experience.

Deficient Throat Chakra (quiet, afraid to speak up, struggles to put feelings/emotions into words, introverted, shy)

  • Create a playlist of your favorite songs - at least 3 to 5 songs.

  • Find a pocket in your day where you can close the door and sing your heart out to that playlist. Maybe in the car, the shower or behind your bedroom door. Set the intention of allowing your beautiful throat chakra energy to return, move and flow.

  • If you ever chant or are open to chanting, picking 1-2 chants or mantras to practice singing daily is a daily practice for bringing balance to a closed throat chakra. Jai-Jagdeesh and Krishna-Das have some beautiful chants available on Spotify.

HOMEWORK:

  • Reflect on your throat chakra, and the indicators described above. Reflect also on your sacral chakra, and any discoveries you made there. Does your throat present as more excessive or deficient? Is it compensating for a deficient or excessive sacral chakra?

  • Based on your reflections, complete the practice(s) above.

  • Spend time with your journal, making note on anything that shifted or occurred during your practice, as well as any revelations you’ve had at this point in your journey.  

  • BONUS: if you feel you have an excessive throat chakra, see if you can start practicing silence during your day. Perhaps in the morning, or for an hour before bed, practice silence as you go through your day.

I would love to hear how this exploration is going for you, and any questions you have.

Loving you from afar.