The first of the three spiritual chakras. It is located in the area of the throat, it governs the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself clearly, openly and honestly and from a higher form of communication. Remember your ears hear the words you speak, so take care with the language you use when talking about yourself and others.
Faith and understanding combine the essence of the Vishuddha chakra. Chanting, Singing and humming and reading aloud are wonderful ways to open the Fifth Chakra. The element corresponding to the fifth chakra is ether or space, and the sense is hearing.
Don’t hold your tongue, wash your mouth out or eat your words
Authenticity is not something that comes easily to people nowadays. We are conditioned by society to behave and act in a certain way that is “acceptable” and there is a fine balance to be walked between saying what you mean and staying tactful or diplomatic. More often than not we find ourselves saying what we believe someone wants to hear to save their feelings as opposed to speaking our truth. We may also feel that not speaking out or up is the best or safest course of action through fear of not being accepted or judgment from others. This may hinder your truthful verbal expression.
We have already looked at our first 3 chakras and when we work on these to open the flow of prana within these chakras we engage power. Power in overcoming our fears and a new personal power and sense of confidence. Once you have this new inner confidence in yourself, you will find that you also increase in confidence when it comes to expressing yourself. Knowing the truth in thine own heart will enable you to verbalise your beliefs and desires and also to be more truthful with yourself and with others.
We only speak the Truth
If you are more used to saying what others want to hear, or keeping quiet for a “quiet life” or have often felt like you have been cut off mid-flow or that your opinion does not matter, changing your speaking patterns and speaking up for yourself may feel, at first, a little uncomfortable and not “your place to say anything”. A great way to become more comfortable with this change is through talking aloud to yourself (remember only kind, gentle and empowering words) Affirmations are a great way to begin this practice and also a wonderful and loving way to start your day. Take time each morning to look at yourself in the mirror and only speak empowering positive affirmations to yourself:
- I am kind
- I am loving
- I am generous of spirit
- I smile as I walk through my day
- I approve of me
- I forgive
Equally a beautiful way to end your day is to acknowledge and give thanks for things in your life:
- I am thankful that my spouse made me a cup of tea this morning
- I am thankful that I have window where I work so I can see daylight
- I am thankful that all my family is safe happy and healthy.
Another great way to empower your voice is to write things down. If you have a particularly challenging conversation ahead of you, write down the points that you want to get across clearly, look at the points and practice out loud, so that when it comes to having the conversation you feel confident in your voice and the words that you want to say. This also helps to ensure that other people are not putting words in your mouth. If ever anyone asks you to speak on their behalf ask them what words they want to you to use for them. When posed with this question 9/10 the person will no longer ask you to speak for them. If you are to speak out for someone, speak on behalf of someone that truly has no voice and again be sure that you believe and are speaking their truth for them. Remove your ego in all circumstances.
Two ears and one mouth – use them accordingly
There is another great quote that we can all carry with us, and it’s a great leveller to create pause in our life with the actions we make and the words we use:
“If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?”
The truth from your spiritual essence will come across as kind and compassionate. Listening is another aspect of the fifth chakra. The highest form of listening includes giving the other person your full attention. This means putting away electronic devices or turning them off and waiting to hear the other person completely before responding.
*reference and thanks to http://www.chopra.com/