How to Understand And Balance the Throat Chakra
Perhaps the most unassuming chakra, the throat chakra is also the chakra that many people focus the least on. Here’s what it is, why you should focus on it, and how you can make it work to your advantage.
Have you ever met someone whose intelligence is astounding, or whose performance in a skill is phenomenal, and yet they seem to be cut off from others solely because they don’t want to speak to them, or cannot find the best channels of communication? Perhaps this person is you, even. You’re not shy, by any means; you simply can’t or don’t communicate with others.
This is a prime example of a misaligned or even completely closed Throat Chakra or Visuddha. The throat chakra governs communication and speech, and also governs the sense of truth and lies. While other chakras govern creativity and inspiration and the like, the throat chakra governs the expression of that creativity. People like the poet Emily Dickens were phenomenal in their creativity, having a strong third eye chakra, but hid all their work from others until their deaths.
Throat Chakra Meditation
So what’s the secret to opening this chakra? Well, as it is located in the center of the throat, just below the Adam’s apple for men and an inch or two above the clavicular line for women, the best way to open it is to use your voice! Here’s one possible meditation.
In a single octave, there are twelve tones, counting the sharps and flats, in the chromatic scale. Each note has a specific resonance, and vibrates through a person’s being in a very specific way. While he may not have known it, Igor Stravinsky was creating a perfect Throat chakra meditation when he wrote the famous twelve-tone composition “The Owl and the Pussycat,” which uses a set of rules that utilizes all 12 tones in a row. If you have a piano, sit in front of it.
The sense of sight here is only necessary to identify piano keys, so make the room dark and cool. A couple candles should provide enough light to see by. Mark off one octave of notes on the keyboard with some tape or string. To get a sense of the notes, play each note in the scale, in order, not skipping the black keys. That’s your meditation: Let your eyes relax, and play one of the notes. Let it ring out, and match your voice to that note until the piano’s sound fades out completely. Then choose a different note, and do the same thing.
Go through each of the 12 notes in whatever order you feel like, letting your voice rise and fall like the way the piano’s notes do. Before you know it, your voice will be resonating exactly on the notes, regardless of your singing ability. Repeat the twelve notes in any order as many times as you feel is necessary, until your throat begins to get dry. Stop the meditation there, get something to drink, and do it again tomorrow.
This meditation is wonderful for both opening and realigning the chakra. It will also make the practitioner more confident in their own voice, even if they don’t realize it. The throat chakra governs basically everything between people, and that’s why it’s so important to care for it.