• Jan Baker

What is the fifth chakra?

The fifth chakra is located at the throat and it is no surprise therefore that it covers expression and communication, both verbal and non-verbal.

As you can see from the picture, the corresponding colour to this chakra is blue. It's Sanskrit name is Visuddha, and it's represented by a lotus of 16 petals. It connects to the lower mental auric body (see next paragraph) and moves in a clockwise direction.

Your auric body is a protective electromagnetic field that surrounds you and is your shield in your present environment. It gives sensitivity to the surrounding environment, and is your first point of contact between two individuals. For example, have you ever just felt good in someone’s presence? Or the opposite, you’ve felt uncomfortable or that something was wrong -hairs on the back of your neck stand up type of thing? This is your auric body communicating to you.

Some mystics believe that the throat chakra is responsible for the telepathic abilities that are often associated with "picking up" on the thoughts of others. I used to do this an awful lot with my mum. I'd think about her and almost immediately, she'd phone me. And I'm sure that you have experienced at least once the feeling that the doorbell is going to go, or you know who's on the phone before they call.

From an energy point of view, this kind of telepathy is possible because every living thing is connected by the energy that flows through the chakras. What Star Wars calls "the force".

It is also connected with the ears and hearing and with the voice, as well as gestures we make with the hands and arms when we use body language to communicate with others, the thyroid gland, teeth and gums, the jaw, hearing, and nasal passages.

When your fifth chakra is in balance, we are considered and thoughtful in our communications. We are aware of how they affect those around us too. And we are able to express our needs and our desires, and maintain our personal integrity with our communications - to "speak our truth" without being hurtful to others.

Out of balance, we are likely to be over-talkative, and "chatter" - to speak about nothing in particular. I used to be particularly good at this as a child apparently. My mum used to call me "chatty Kathy!"

In this state, it is very difficult for us to listen, and those around us are unlikely to spend very long listening to us as adults. When we have depleted energy in this chakra, we are likely to be uncommunicative, or we give unclear messages in our non-verbal communication.

If it's too out of balance, people can also view you as arrogant and/or self righteous, allowing little space for the opinions or views of others.

Of course to be able to communicate effectively, we do need to have empathy; to be able to really listen to what another person is saying and put ourselves in their shoes so to speak; to be able to understand from their viewpoint and perspective.

Counselling is a good example here. We can't counsel anyone if we are filtering what we are listening to through our own prejudices, inadequacies or fears.

Effective communication therefore also involves being able to express ourselves without seeking the approval or agreement of the person we're speaking with - back to speaking our own "truth" -without requiring a particular reaction or response in order to feel accepted. See how it's all connected?

I learnt very early on in my school life for example, that if I wished to be heard, I'd have to talk fast... and I mean fast. The other children would often just talk over me, and ignore me otherwise if I hadn't finished my sentence in the time they decided to allot me to join in. As an adult, I've had to learn to slow down, especially with a Welsh accent in an English school! This is me in action, balancing my throat chakra.

Symbolically, the throat chakra is the link between thought and action. If you think about it, physically, the neck is the bridge between the head and the body. As thought and action are often a mass of contradictions, it's not unusual for there to be a great amount of tension here!

Massage is therefore a wonderful way of balancing this chakra, especially around the neck and jaw area. Applying gentle pressure and glide, whilst working the muscles can bring deep relief. If you can combine them with throat chakra essential oils, such as Frankincense, Geranium and Lavender, then you'll gain a deeper balance.

Alternatively, if you love crystal healing, Turquoise, Aquamarine, lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Jasper and Clear Quartz are wonderful for helping you with expression and with finding your own voice!

Finally, don't be surprised at all if you feel a welling of emotion when working on this chakra. Your emotions are connected to your energy centres every bit as much as your physical body is.

As always, stay safe

Until next time

Jan x

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