“Vishuddha,” the fifth main chakra, means “purity” in Sanskrit. Its color is bright blue or turquoise, its elements are space and ether, and it’s the gateway to the three upper “spiritual chakras.” It governs the thyroid and parathyroid glands, and not only the neck and throat as one might expect, but also the tongue, jaws, larynx, ears, and shoulders.
As one might also expect, Vishuddha governs communication of all sorts, including not only speaking from our deepest sense of truth, but also listening, self-expression, creativity, harmony, personal integrity, confidence, purpose, vocation, learning, and sense of timing.
With a balanced fifth chakra, we’re honest, creative, and expressive, we listen with compassion, and we remember that words are more difficult than toothpaste to put back into the tube. An underactive fifth chakra can lead to fears of speaking up, speaking too softly, difficulty knowing our truth, timidity, withdrawal, or secrecy; overactivity can lead to boisterousness, gossip, cruelty, or lies.
Activities to open and balance the fifth chakra include singing, listening to music, humming, chanting, and mantras—the “seed sound” for Vishuddha is “Ham” (rhymes with Mom). Various yoga poses, herbs, gems, essential oils, and creative activities of all sorts can open and balance Vishuddha, and you might also consider an affirmation such as “I am aligned with my truth; I speak with clarity, intention, and resonance.” May it be ever thus.
“Communication allows connection and makes it possible for consciousness to dissolve its boundaries and be shared by many.” ~Anodea Judith
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