Vishuddha, the Throat Chakra:
Our fifth chakra is located in the region of the neck and shoulders and is the center of communication and creativity. Its colour is a bright turquoise blue, mixing with the deep indigo of the sixth chakra and the green of the fifth. Its lotus has 16 petals, upon which are inscribed all the vowels of the Sanskrit language. Vowels are generally thought to represent spirit, while consonants give the edges and definitions which define matter. As we enter the throat chakra, we are crossing deeper into the realms of mind and spirit. This lotus is called Visuddha, which means “purification.” To successfully reach and open the fifth chakra, the body must attain a certain level of purification, which helps to achieve the sensitivity needed for the subtler levels of the upper chakra. Classically, the element associated with this level is ether, or akasha, meaning “spirit,” as well as the element of sound. Sound is a rhythmic vibration of air molecules as they are impacted by matter in movement. If someone claps their hands, the sound that reaches you is in the form of the air they have displaced. All sound is a vibration, and all things, living and nonliving, have a unique vibration. At this level, we do not see the world as individual things or their activities, but as complex interwoven net of energies with characteristic vibrational rhythms.
The Hindus believe that the universe itself is made of sound. Mother Kali, the destroyer, is said to have the power to remove the letters of the alphabet from the petals of the chakras when she chooses to destroy the world. WIthout sound and language, there is no form. Sound waves are subject to a principle called resonance, also known as “rhythm entrainment” or “sympathetic vibration.” Resonance is what occurs when sound waves of similar frequency meet - they lock into phase, with their vibrations oscillating at the same time. That which is in phase tends to remain in phase; hence, the interlocking of vibrational waves creates the ongoing harmony and substance that we experience in the world. Our breathing, heart rate, brain waves, and sleeping and eating patterns are all rhythmic activities that “entrain” or connect us with the world around us. When we are feeling harmonious with our surroundings, then our internal rhythms are resonating within ourselves. This resonance will, in turn, call other wave forms into harmony with it, bringing strength and integrity to the organism.
From sound we get communication. Communication is the activity and function of the throat chakra. Here we have language, a complex pattern of sound and rhythm, through which we symbolize the physical world around us. Through symbol, we have a more efficient way of dealing with the world. Someone can describe a car, but cannot bring it into the through with them. You can call someone in New York and speak to them without actually going there. Our minds work with symbols. We think in words, as well as image and sensory memory. The world of the upper chakras is symbolic of the world below. Communication is a rhythmic activity. THe more resonant our own internal rhythms, the more easily and pleasantly we will communicate. Studies have shown that regardless of the content of words used, listeners and speakers enter into a rhythm entrainment as they converse. It is believed that understanding occurs only when entrainment can take place.
The sense of this chakra is hearing, and the note at which it vibrates at is F.
The glands and organs influenced by the fifth chakra include the thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, throat, mouth and teeth. Because of this association, when one keeps this chakra imbalanced for a prolonged period of time, experienced illnesses include communication and/or speech problems, using knowledge unwisely, ignorance, lack of discernment, or thyroid and immune system problems.
When one keeps this chakra well-balanced, they tend to be contented, centered, can live in the present, have a good sense of timing, are a good speaker, artistic, can meditate and experience Divine energy, and they can seek bliss through meditation (their sexual energy).
However, this chakra can be over-active and contain excessive energy, and when it is one will be arrogant, self-righteous, talk too much, dogmatic, addictive, have macho sexual energy, and prefers partners who can be dominated. If this chakra is too open, one will be so busy expressing that they will forget to listen, or their voice is dissonant, and they are unable to enter into resonance with those around them.
If this chakra is neither balanced or over-active, one will have deficient energy in the heart chakra, (or, otherwise, a closed or blocked chakra,) and with that they tend to be scared, timid, hold back, are quiet, inconsistent, unreliable, weak, devious, manipulative, can’t express own thoughts, can’t relax (their sexual energy), feel conflict with your religious upbringing, and may be afraid of sex. Communication involves both listening and speaking. If one’s fifth chakra is closed down, then there is a fear of expressing oneself, fear of speaking one’s truth, or excessive shyness. The voice itself is timid and the words are few.
Gems and minerals associated with the throat chakra that can be used in stone meditation for clearing blockades in the chakra are blue topaz (and sometimes even yellow), sapphire (and sometimes even emerald), quartz, turquoise, gem silica, chrysocolla, aquamarine, chalcedony, and tourmaline.
To balance this chakra, sing, chant, hum. Listen to music that you really like. Take a walk and look at the beautiful blue sky and breathe consciously. Practicing prana (also known as the breath of life) can help with this chakra. Taking turns talking to a friend, and actively listening as well. Ideally, the fifth chakra should be connected to the self - to all the other chakras above and below - to visions of the mind and the feelings from body with equal ease. Chanting is an activity that increases the overall resonance of our being, allowing all our internal systems to enter into a rhythmic harmony. When chanting is practiced as a group activity, it enhances resonance and communication with the group as a whole. From Zen monasteries to rock concerts, this is a powerful tool for enhancing collective consciousness. The fifth chakra is also a center of creativity, another form of symbolic communication. As we open up this center, we open up our creative potential. The greater our resonance within, the greater the power within our creations.
Oils associated with Vishuddha include lavender, chamomile, rosemary, thyme, or sage. These oils can be used in aromatherapy with a diffuser, or in the form of essence. It can also be used in an aromatic bath or during meditation to help with the opening and balancing of this chakra.
Yoga positions associated with this chakra include dhanurasana or (bow pose), simhasana 1 (lion pose), and paschimottanasana (sitting forward bend).
When two people mix the energies from their throat chakras, without the desire for dominating each other, then the most beautiful colour blue appears, and within this colour symbols for strength and solidarity, like e.g. a beautiful sword which protects the two against the dark forces, may appear.
Also humorous figures, like laughing fairies, can be seen, for when there are no dark manifestations of power in the contact with another persons throat chakra, then there is humour.
Humour is one of the most important of God’s qualities; humour can to some degree protect against the kind of darkness, which tries to gain power through the contact with human beings’ throat chakras.
Therefore: a good joke, when the conversation becomes a bit unpleasant, is a very good idea. This is what is meant when we say that humour is disarming.