We have previously discussed the three physical chakras, and the central chakra, the Anahata. This time, let’s talk about the spiritual chakras, starting with the very first one, the Vishuddha, the chakra of truth, faith, and understanding.
What is the Vishuddha?
Located in the area of the throat, the fifth chakra is responsible for your ability to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. It is the first of the spiritual chakras, controlling our faith and understanding, and can then be considered as the communication center of our very being. Physically, the Vishuddha controls the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. The Vishuddha’s element is ether, or space, its color is blue, and its sense is hearing.
An open and balanced Vishuddha means that you can express yourself very well, verbally, emotionally, and spiritually, as well as have the ability to properly perceive what other people express outward. You are able to have very truthful verbal expression, regardless of any fears about possibly not being accepted or be judged by what you want to say. In addition, you are able to balance what you wish to say and what needs to be said tactfully and diplomatically, in order to keep relationships intact. Physically, it means your voice is clear, your throat feels smooth, and you have no feeling of roughness when speaking.
On the other hand, a closed or imbalanced fifth chakra can make you lie, be manipulative, arrogant, timid, silent, unable to express yourself verbally, even end up hurting people with your words. You lose the ability to be tactful, simply say what comes out even if that is not what you want to say or worse, not the truth. Physically, it can cause ailments and symptoms like laryngitis, sore throat, and others.
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How to open the Vishuddha
Unlike the first four chakras, the awakening the Vishudda is easier if the first three chakras are aligned and opened first. The feeling of stability and safety from the first and second chakras, the courage and strength from the third chakra, and the love and compassion from the fourth chakra, makes it easier for the fifth chakra, which governs truthfulness, to be opened, as there is no fear of truth and there is the recognition of love in expressing the truth.
As such, the primary way to open the fifth chakra is to determine your highest truths, which can also be your true desires, what it is that are most true, and to be able to express it. Once you start doing this, you will be able to begin the journey to strengthen the Vishuddha.
In addition, practice being able to speak and listen with compassion, wit this three step procedure:
1.) Ask yourself if what you are about to say is true.
2.) Afterwards, ask yourself if what you are about to say is necessary.
3.) And finally, ask yourself if what you are about to say is kind.
This is because even if you need to speak your highest truth, it doesn’t mean you can be harmful or unreasonably critical. The truth from within will be kind and compassionate.
Here are other ways to awaken the fifth chakra:
1.) Sing, chant, hum, speak loud – these actions all engage the throat and the vocal chords, and the mere act of this can begin awakening your fifth chakra.
2.) HUM mantra – use the mantra sound HUM when you meditate, relax, or even just when you’re alone and need a breather.
3.) Yoga – practice the camel pose or Ustrasana, the bridge pose or the Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, the shoulder stand or the Salamba Sarvangasana, and the plow, or the Halasana, as these poses stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands and energize the throat area of the fifth chakra.
4.) Drink water – water is the fluid of life, and is the best way to refresh and nourish the throat.
5.) Wear blue clothes and have blue gems/crystals – wear blue clothes, and have gems like sapphires, blue topaz, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, and turquoise as jewelry or trinkets you can have around your person.
6.) Music – in addition to singing, music aimed at awakening the chakras are recommended as well, like this binaural beats track for chakra activation.
Using carefully plotted binaural beat and isochronic tone frequencies, this all-in-one chakra meditational music track will help and guide you throughout your session. Each music segment will fade out indicating the next chakra point you need to focus on. Close your eyes. Feel the vibrations flow through you, and awaken with a much more relaxed state of being. Be One with yourself and your surroundings.
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