Vishuddha, or Vishuddhi, or throat chakra is the 5th primary chakra according to tantra. The throat chakra is a center of spiritual and physical purification.
Also called the „nectar and poison center,” this chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, an endocrine gland that is also in the throat and which produces thyroid hormone, responsible for maturation and growth.
The corresponding element of the chakra is Akasha (space). We may also find this translated as “Ether”, which suggests this space should be filled with energy.
The color corresponding to the Vishuddhi chakra is blue, and gems to balance the fifth chakra are blue topaz, sapphire, aquamarine, lapis lazuli, and turquoise.
The central symbol of the chakra is a peaceful white elephant. In India, the white elephant represents the symbol for purity, luck, power, wealth, wisdom, and clarity.
Understanding the Vishuddhi chakra
This chakra is known as the purification center (the actual Sanskrit meaning of Vishuddhi translates as ”deep purification”), where the nectar amrita drips down from the Bindu chakra (the fountain of vitality, youth, and health) and is split into a pure form and a poison. In its most abstract form, this chakra is associated with higher discrimination and is linked with self-expression and creativity.
The blockage of the fifth chakra produces feelings of anxiety, restriction, lack of freedom, arthritis in shoulders, sore throat, laryngitis, teeth, ear, thyroid and throat problems.
In addition, individuals whose throat chakra is blocked are usually blind to their own mistakes and try to lay the responsibility and blame for their misfortune and unhappiness on others. Also, there may be physical manifestations such as swallowing problems and speech impediments.
If your Vishuddha chakra is in balance, you will be very helpful, creative, and may be good at offering individuals sound advice when it is asked for. You are truly free when you can speak your truth. You are not afraid to express your weaknesses and people respect you for this. Moreover, you know what you want out of life and you are not afraid to ask for it, and what you ask for always seems to come to you with no, or little effort on your part.
If your Vishuddha chakra is over-active, you may be over-opinionated, perhaps critical of others and how they are performing in life. You won’t allow others to voice their opinions about certain situations, it will be your way or no way.
Chanting bija mantra HAM for the throat (Vishuddha) chakra benefits:
Reciting beej mantra Ham 108 times daily, mentally or aloud, helps the practitioner to cleanse of the toxic substances that are absorbed from the environment, as well as mental impurities. An essential function of the throat chakra is the detoxification and purification of harmful compounds that accumulate in the body and which primarily come from the air we breathe and the food we eat.