This is the fifth installment in a seven part series on the chakras. (Read parts 1, 2, 3 and 4). In this series I will be discussing the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological aspects of each chakra, how it interacts with us and our environment as well as how to work with and balance each chakra through diet, exercises and meditations in order to bring lasting health and happiness into our lives.
Chakra 5 – The Throat Chakra – Vishudha (Purification)
Function and Purpose: Communication, Creativity
Balanced Inner States: Powerful voice, attuned listen skills, honest and clear communication, highly creative
Imbalanced Inner States: Excessive or incessant talking, consistent interruption, poor listener
We began in the root chakra – our foundation – and have moved through the sacral chakra (our emotional and sexual center) into the solar plexus (our source of personal power and transformation) and on to the heart chakra (the center of love and compassion, as well as the center of the entire system), and we now enter our fifth chakra, located in the throat.
As we move through the root chakra to the heart, we are based within the physical, material world and as we enter the heart and the remaining upper chakras, we are entering the realm of the ethereal or spirit. This is where we transcend the limitations of the world of form, and begin our ascent into true source and the transformation of finite consciousness toward infinite awareness – and, ultimately, enlightenment. Communication is the vehicle which enables us to move to these higher planes of consciousness.
Our fifth chakra has to do with conscious communication through the vehicle of sound vibrations, creativity and self-expression, individually as well as through any of the arts: acting, writing, painting and dancing, just to name a few.
Without communication, life would cease to exist. This is due to the fact that communication is not limited to self-expression, but is also communication within our bodies, ranging from the synapses and neurotransmitters in our brains which communicates vital information to our organs, glands and enzymes, which ensures our survival, to the management of the information communicated to our millions upon millions of cells.
Without communication we would be unable to share ideas which in turn would stop all forms of invention and, ultimately, our evolution as a species. Everything we have today – from education, medical innovation, technology and spirituality – to every single creature comfort we enjoy and take for granted – started as an idea, was communicated and has become manifest.
What are your favorite ways to tap into and balance the power of the fifth chakra?