Other Religions New Age / Metaphysical Learn More About the Throat Chakra Be honest and speak your mind Share Flipboard Email Print Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images New Age / Metaphysical Chakra Balancing Divination Holistic Healing Reiki Crystal Therapy by Phylameana lila Desy Phylameana lila Desy, the author of "The Everything Guide to Reiki," is a freelance writer, holistic healing consultant, intuitive counselor, and an energy medicine practitioner. Updated May 09, 2019 The seven chakras are the centers in your body through which energy flows, according to Hindu, Buddhist and Jain beliefs. The other chakras include the root (base of spine), sacral (lower abdomen), solar plexus (upper abdomen), heart, third eye (between eyes), and crown (top of the head). Take a deeper look at the throat chakra, your fifth chakra, it is also known as your will center and how honestly you express yourself. Being untruthful violates the physical body and the spiritual component of the whole self. Choices and Your Throat Chakra You speak your choices using your voice and your throat. All choices you make can have consequences on an energetic level, either positively or negatively. If you choose avoidance and decide not make a choice, it can also affect the well being of the throat chakra in an adverse way. For example, if you repress your anger and choose to not speak out, it could manifest itself into laryngitis. You probably have experienced a lump in your throat when you feel stymied or find yourself at a crossroads of not knowing how to speak the right words in any given situation, perhaps even dampening your own emotions. Honesty and the Throat Chakra The healthfulness of the throat chakra is signified by how openly and honestly you can express yourself. The biggest challenge affecting the throat chakra is expressing yourself in the most truthful manner. Ask yourself how honest you are in conveying truthfulness, not only to others, but also to yourself. It might seem odd, but a habitual liar will often begin to believe his own deceptions to some degree. When you present yourself outwardly through speech and demeanor in a false way you are infecting the energy intake and outtake flow of your throat chakra. Do not lose your authenticity, it can cause the throat chakra to shut down. The throat chakra is often associated with the thyroid gland in the human endocrine system. This gland is in the neck and produces hormones essential for growth and maturation. Excessive stress, namely fear and fear from speaking out, can affect the throat chakra, and thyroid problems may occur. Singing is a harmless and beneficial way of stimulating the throat chakra, whereas rubbing or hitting the throat area is not and can be harmful. Receptiveness Due to its proximity to the ears. It is also associated with hearing. The throat chakra governs how we receive and assimilate information. Throat Chakra At a Glance Color Sky blue Sanskrit name Vishuddha Physical location Throat, neck region Purposes Learning to take responsibility for one's own needs Spiritual lesson Confession, surrender personal will over to divine will, faith, truthfulness over deceit and dishonesty Physical dysfunctions Laryngitis, voice problems, thyroid condition, gum or tooth issues, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint disorder) Mental/emotional issues Personal expression, creativity, addiction, criticism, faith, decision making (choices), will, lack of authority Attributes Self-knowledge, truth, attitudes, hearing, taste, smell Area of body governed Throat, thyroid, trachea, neck vertebrae, mouth, teeth, gums, esophagus, parathyroid, hypothalamus, ears Crystals/gemstones Chrysocola, lapis, blue opal Flower essences Cosmos, trumpet vine, larch Heal Your Chakras If you feel you have damaged your chakras, you have some self-healing to do. You can reform yourself by making positive choices. There are also ways to exercise your chakras and fuel them properly with the right foods. Sources: Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline MyssFlower Essence Repertory by Patricia Kaminski and Richard KatzHands of Light by Barbara Ann BrennanLove is in the Earth by Melody Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen. Continue Reading Do You Know How Your Sacral Chakra Functions? 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