What we say sets our intentions. The language we use holds power, and the words we say strengthen our minds to discover completion within or weaponise us against possibility and growth. What we think and speak creates both our inner and outer experiences. How we learn to communicate our truth comes directly from the regulation and health of our energetic systems. Learn how you can speak your truth by unblocking our fifth chakra and the pathway to the heart and mind connection; the throat chakra.
‘Every thought you think and every word you say forms a blueprint and your mind must work to make that blueprint real.’-Marisa Peer
STOP TRYING AND WISHING
Yoda famously said, “Try not, do or do not. There is no try.” He couldn’t have been more accurate. How many times do we say, “I’ll try to exercise more”, or “I’ll try to get more ______ done”, or “Someday, I’ll have to try that.”
What we say – our words – matters. When we say “I’ll try”, we’re saying that if it’s painless, convenient, or without significant risk, I’m willing to commit. Risk is scary, volatile, and potentially harmful when what we ‘try’ is attempted without belief, support, and determination. An empty sentiment or promise made to nobody is just that; empty.
The same can be said about ‘if’ statements. “If I get the job.” or “If I ever have the time.” Choosing the word ‘if’ gives the universe a chance to see throughout the facade. We are using a ‘when’ statement that creates the intention to prepare for inevitable success and growth, whereas using an ‘if’ statement changes an intention to a wish. Wishes are intentions often made without belief. We must believe in what we want and, more importantly, believe it is our birthright to have whatever we desire.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A BLOCKED THROAT CHAKRA
If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.Seamus Heaney
In Sanskrit, the throat chakra is called the Vishuddha chakra, which connects as a superhighway that joins the physical connections between the ears, mouth, throat, and shoulders. The throat chakra impacts internal and external communication; hence when it remains unbalanced, so does our ability to speak, own, and live our truth. A blocked throat chakra can also lead to unnecessary anxiety and physical tension resulting from not saying what we mean and what we say.
HOW DO WE KNOW OUR THROAT CHAKRA IS BLOCKED?
As stated before, a blocked throat chakra will stifle communication. In addition to suppressing what and how we communicate with others, a blocked throat chakra bars our ability to express our true feelings and ideas.
A blocked throat chakra can create inner fears such as a fear of rejection or exposure or our perceived weaknesses to the world. Many of us have a blocked throat chakra because somewhere in our lives, somebody told us that what we had to say or thought didn’t matter. For many of us, this suppression begins in childhood and exists throughout our lifetime.
When we give away our power and confine ourselves to others’ opinions and beliefs, we reduce our ability to communicate our truth effectively. Caring about what other people think of what we have to offer or our inherent gifts limits us more than creating silence. It shuts us off from our power supply, which directly impacts our mental and physical health.
WHAT IS AN IMBALANCED THROAT CHAKRA?
Sometimes we face the opposite of a blocked throat chakra, an imbalanced (overly extended) throat chakra. An imbalanced throat chakra can manifest as oversharing, speaking over people, or sharing too much. We’ve all met those types before (and some of us are those types) – there is nothing inherently wrong with a person who talks a lot or frequently overshares information.
Is our communication creating a two-way street or a dead-end road?
As we resonate witH traits of imbalance, our throat chakra may need some attention.
WHAT ARE SOME PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES OF A BLOCKED THROAT CHAKRA?
One of the most surefire ways to know if the throat chakra is blocked is if a person struggles with expressing their feelings and beliefs. An inability to talk about our authentic ideas, needs, and feelings is a primary symptom of living from fear-based energy. We all know how this feels, to feel in the heart.
Fear keeps all of the chakra systems from functioning correctly. Fear is the key element to living an imbalanced and splintered existence. When the throat chakra is blocked, we are unable to:
- Share authentic feelings and thoughts
- Fear the repercussions of sharing feelings and thoughts
- Fear of sharing our inner gifts (likely caused by a negative opinion from outside the self)
- Limiting beliefs around our assumed perception of others
- Weak physical voice (timid sounding, soft-spoken (even inaudible at times) voice, etc.)
WAYS TO UNBLOCK THE THROAT CHAKRA
“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”Ernest Hemingway
One of the best and most effective ways to unblock the throat chakra is to develop a regular journaling practice. Journaling is a proven way to release stress and improve a person’s physical, emotional, and mental health. Through journaling, people have been able to conquer phobias, face traumatic events, and recover from the setbacks of limiting beliefs. While journaling, ask questions that will enable the release of inner feelings and truths, such as:
- What do I want right now?
- How do I feel about life and the world around me?
- If tomorrow never comes, would I be satisfied with how I lived today?
In addition to journaling, finding a way to express feelings and thoughts creatively, such as starting a blog or podcast where ideas, opinions, and emotions can be shared. New viewpoints and perceptions are always refreshing (whether others agree with them or not) and therefore pave the way for a broad perspective on all kinds of fresh ideas and concepts.
Automatic writing – or psychography – is a great way to release thoughts and feelings from our subconscious by bringing them to the forefront of our consciousness. As with journaling, blogging, and podcasting, automatic writing creates an outlet for personal expression and sharing ideas. However, automatic writing is a practice based on clearing the mind and allowing the free expression of the thoughts, feelings, and ideas we suppress on the deep-down, subconscious level, the foundation of our fears and limiting beliefs.
Various yoga positions such as Sarvangasana – a supported shoulder stand pose that helps balance the thyroid gland while increasing oxygen and blood flow to the lungs. The plough pose – Halasana – calms the nervous system and stimulates the digestive system and thyroid gland. Incorporating such moves into a daily routine can unblock the physical effects of a blocked, imbalanced, or over-active throat chakra.How to speak your truth | Unblocking the throat chakra #holistictherapy #growthmindset #healing Click To Tweet
FINAL THOUGHTS ON UNBLOCKING THE THROAT CHAKRA
Starting with journaling or automatic writing can be a great way to gain confidence in self-expression and ideas and perspectives that could serve others well in the form of a public forum such as a published blog or podcast. It is imperative to allow for the free flow of thoughts regardless of the medium – it is not our job to be liked or appreciated, and not everybody will agree with what we say or feel. But it is the fear of objection and rejection that have been keeping us silent and unhappy for so long, not the act of physically sharing our inner worlds. Releasing communication from a place of love and participating in more profound, more widespread conversations is what will ultimately unblock our energetic home of healthy communication – the throat chakra.
What are some deeper thoughts on unblocking the throat chakra for more effective and open communication?