The throat chakra is an important gateway to our expression and our receiving in the world. It allows for us to receive communication from the outside world and take that into ourselves in a way that can be understood. It also allows us to process information from all of the things that we take in from all the other centers of our being, all the other chakras, and express those out into the world in a healthy manner. It makes it possible for us to be understood and also for things to be released in a useful way.
You can think of the throat chakra as a connector between the head and the heart. It literally sits in between the head and the heart at the base of the throat. The heart and brain are in constant communication with each other. Everything the heart and the head communicate back and forth to each other must pass through the throat chakra. You feel your throat constricting when you are emotional, feel a lump when you repress your tears, and this is where your voices resonates from to express your thoughts or emotions.
Often you will begin to see difficulties develop in the head, shoulders, neck, throat and upper chest when there is a blockage or imbalance in the throat chakra. These can relate to anything in the ears, the jaw, the neck, the throat, the thyroid, the mouth and the teeth, and some issues in the neurological system (especially in the form of headaches). Coughs, hoarseness or tickles in the throat are common physical symptoms of throat chakra issues. Autoimmune conditions can also be triggered by a blockage or imbalance here. Sometimes you can see or sense the tension from the blockage in the shoulders and this may even be seen in the arms and hands as well.
The throat chakra plays an important role in releasing energy from the lower chakras. A balanced throat chakra channels energy from the sacral in the form of creative expression, giving an important release valve to this center which would otherwise become blocked and stagnant. It offers a release for the energy of the solar plexus chakra, which needs many ways to release the active energy that accumulates there. Certain forms of vocalization, especially voicing your feelings, can help bring balance to the solar plexus and the throat chakra at the same time. An out of balance throat chakra may cause problems with many of the lower chakras, including when it causes over or undereating, which clearly effects the stomach/solar plexus and has a direct connection with our survival ability (root chakra). In particular, it will manifest as suppressed emotions, lack of will-power and drive, anxiety, feeling as if you can’t be and express who you are, perhaps using manipulation, gossiping, sarcasm or dishonesty to self-protect.
I have personally found it very interesting to notice the connection between the throat chakra and the other chakras. It is such a vital connecting point, yet it is so often blocked or out of balance. Since it is so critical as a release valve for the other chakras and as a connection point between the heart and the upper chakras, the blockage or imbalance of the throat chakra very quickly leads to more physical and emotional problems because it blocks the functioning of the other chakras. In particular, the heart and the brain are very vital electrical centers, so if the connection between them is not functioning properly, then the signals can’t be received, sent or expressed. Malfunction is bound to happen in a multitude of ways and we are bound to feel poorly.
We can direct energy to the throat area, of course. In particular, try sending energy directly into the area right beneath the hollow of the throat, where the rib cage begins. You can also direct energy (very lightly, do not press!) over the carotid arteries. The back of the neck, the top of the head and the center of the chest are all important for freeing the energy that may be blocked in this area, as well. Work with each of them until you feel the energy begin to move more freely. I have been drawn to treat the bottoms of the feet, especially at the toe joints, for this. For small or focused areas, you can use the ends of the first two fingers to direct energy.
We can also play music that is designed specifically for healing. Though all music can be useful for the throat chakra, certain music will be more useful during an energy healing session, such as crystal bowl music, Tibetan singing bowls, woodwinds, soft drumming, hang drum or other sound healing music. Chant music is very beneficial to listen to or to chant along with, but may not be appropriate for most clients during a healing session as many don’t find it relaxing while receiving treatment. If you are working with your own throat chakra, singing or chanting are very effective, as are practicing speaking and listening truthfully and effectively. Journaling can help a great deal, and for those who have tremendous difficulty speaking their truth or finding where to begin to heal, this is a wonderful place to start.
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Angie Webster is a Reiki Master Teacher and author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She also teaches classes and workshops about Reiki and spiritual growth. She works often with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing: How Energy Medicine Healed my Life and What It Can do for Yours. Reiki and a healthy lifestyle contributed to her healing after a 20-year struggle with neurological and chronic pain issues. She comes out the other side with a new perspective on life and now seeks to empower others, guiding them back to their own innate healing abilities. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.thinkific.com, https://www.facebook.com/HolisticSpirituality, http://www.serenityenergyhealing.com/