In Sanskrit, the word vishuddha means pure. It indicates purity in thoughts and actions, without harboring any desire for selfish material gains. The vrittis or tendencies of the throat chakra are much higher (spiritually) than that of the lower chakras, which are mainly based on animalistic nature and survivalist instincts.
When the spiritual energy, or prana reaches the throat chakra, the mind becomes sharp and gets access to dimensions other than the physical. The throat chakra is associated with speech, hearing and listening and has sound as one of it’s main elements.
Opening the vishuddha chakra enables you to grasp the true essence of spiritual life. With blocked throat chakra you will always ask the question “What’s in it for me”. It will be difficult for you to rise beyond your selfish motives and understand the essence of true service to humanity and nature.
As I have mentioned in some of my other articles, energy blockages in the lower chakras can have a significant impact on the states of the higher chakras.
A classic sign of throat chakra blockage is feeling of anxiety. And if you notice carefully, it is mostly felt in the throat area as a choking sensation. This is nothing but surfacing of suppressed emotions on to the conscious mind from the depths of the subconscious.
It is because of this blockage that you’re not able to express yourself, the way you feel. This can can cause a whole lot of physical and mental problems. Therefore, it’s important to balance your throat chakra as it gives you the power to put the right words into your speech.
Some of the benefits associated with balancing of the throat chakra are as follows:
- It gives you the ability and confidence to express yourself freely.
- It keeps you grounded in the present moment.
- You become more spiritually oriented.
- You get rid of selfish thinking and personal motives.
- It makes you more compassionate towards others.
- It gives you the confidence to speak your mind without fear.
- You are able to make high impact using less words while talking.
- It enhances creative thinking.
- You become a good listener.
- You become more confident and emotionally strong.
- Your mind becomes more clear and sharp and that is indicated by the fluency in your speech.
Signs of Blocked Throat Chakra
Some of the physical health symptoms associated with the blocked throat chakra are as follows:
- Feeling of anxiety
- Frequent soreness and infection in the throat region
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Thyroid problems
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Mouth ulcers
- Dental issues
Now that we know about the physical symptoms of blocked throat chakra, let’s explore other reasons as to why your throat chakra may be blocked.
However, it is important to understand that the physical symptoms mentioned above are linked to the psychological reasons we are about to discuss below. The physical symptoms are nothing but manifestations of thoughts we generate in our mind.
You are Unable to Freely Express Yourself
One of the classic signs of blocked (underactive) throat chakra is the inability to express yourself freely. This generally happens when you’re attending a social gathering or an office meeting. You fear being judged by others, and as a result you refrain from expressing your views.
The biggest fear we have is that if we express our views and opinions, we will be mocked or judged by others. We are often so scared that we chose to suppress our true thoughts and feelings.
Inability to express ourselves not only blocks our creative outlets but also makes our mind more restless.
Expressing yourself doesn’t mean that you have to come up with brilliant or ground breaking ideas. It’s simply your ability to effectively communicate your thoughts and feelings about a particular subject.
For example, if you are in a meeting where an idea is being discussed and validated by your team members, you should be able to communicate your true thoughts and feelings about the subject, without feeling conscious or scared.
Yes, they may laugh at you or make fun of your opinions. Let’s face it, most people are like that, and honestly, there’s nothing you can do about it. But that should not stop you from expressing you true feelings.
Let me tell you one important thing. You shouldn’t be fearful in expressing yourself, even if you feel you are wrong, or that you don’t know much about the subject in question. It’s okay to be wrong. How will you learn and progress if you don’t allow yourself to be wrong?
A balanced throat chakra allows you to freely express your thoughts and feeling. It allows you to be more confident in mannerism and the way you present yourself to others. You no longer feel intimidated in presence of other people. You no longer hold yourself back with the fear of being wrong or mocked by others.
Lying and People Pleasing
People-pleasing is an unhealthy behavior that indicates underactive throat chakra. From the psychological perspective people-pleasers constantly seek validation from others because they themselves have low self-esteem and lack confidence in their own abilities.
People pleasers often make commitments to people which they are not able to fulfill. They are scared to say ‘No’ and they’d rather lie than say no to people.
For example, a very common scenario I see in workplaces is that people-pleasers agree to take up challenges much beyond their current capacity in order to create good impression. They very well know that the task they have agreed to take on is much beyond their capacity, but they still agree to do it.
Making a good impression within the team is the first priority for them. They do it even if it’s crushing them inside. What happens is that they eventually feel burn out by the pressure of work and then resort to lying and making excuses in order to justify themselves.
They hate to admit that their decision was not based of rational thinking and logic. As a result, such people cause damage to their own reputation, as well as to that of others. They constantly operate in fear and have serious issues in their lower chakras.
Even while talking to their teammates and coworkers they are very cautious about the words they choose to communicate. I have seen people spending almost an hour to compose a simple email. They’re scared of offending others because they believe that others might hate them for it.
Balancing the throat chakra gives us the ability to develop a high self-esteem and confidence.
Excessive Talking and Inability to Listen
If you find yourself talking excessive without paying much attention to what the other person has to say, you have an overactive throat chakra. The reason why you talk excessively is because you feel you’re not able to express yourself in the manner you want to, or that your words don’t have high impact.
There comes a time when people get tired of listening to such people talk endlessly because their topic of discussion is almost and always centered around them. It’s all about what they did, their achievements, their disappointments, or what they need in life. And if you carefully notice, they keep repeating the same things over and over again.
The problem is that they are not able to channelize the energy properly through their throat chakra. The energy flow within their throat chakra is in access and it’s also impacting the lower chakras.
Again the main issue here is that they are not able to deal effectively with their inner feelings and emotions. They constantly try to justify either how perfect or how miserable their life is. They make extra effort to ensure that the other person has well understood their situation. They lack the ability to sit still and analyze their own thoughts.
It’s important to understand that such people should not be judged for the way they are, because excessive talking is a mechanism they adopt to soothe their worry and anxiety. It’s just that their overactive mind is manifesting itself in the physical as excessive talking. You can think of it as a form of emotional release.
But unfortunately, this kind of emotional release does not help them in any way. They need to balance their energy flow and calm down their overactive mind by practicing deep breathing, meditation and mindfulness.
Engaging in Gossiping and Negative Criticism
This is again a sign of overactive throat chakra. Engaging in gossips and criticism of others is a clear indication of low self-esteem. A very famous quote by a 19th century Irish poet Oscar Wilde says, “Criticism is the only reliable form of autobiography”.
People generally criticize others on shortcomings they themselves have. For example, someone who is conscious about his or her looks will always pass comments on others. People who don’t dress up nice end up critiquing others for their fashion sense.
When you balance your throat chakra you get rid of such negative vrittis (tendencies) and the tones of positive energy reverberate within you.
Sometimes we engage in gossips in garb of passing time or taking a break from work. I remember I used to engage in gossips and criticize my boss during break times. The excuse I gave was that “It’s just casual fun. We don’t mean any harm to anyone”.
But over time I made it into a habit. The very people I used to gossip with started bitching about me behind my back and that negativity came back full circle to haunt me. It’s never casual or fun when it happens to you.
When you give out negative energy you retain some part of it within yourself. Over time this negative energy accumulates and becomes dominant within you affecting your own prana. This dominant energy affects your chakras and gives rise to a host of serious problems in life.
Interrupting Others While Talking
I notice this a lot when I see famous people in talk shows or in corporate board meetings. They ask questions as the host but doesn’t let the guest complete their sentence.
The problem is that they want to accept only that piece of information which falls within the perimeter of their personal beliefs and ideas.
These people have a highly inflated ego and they don’t behave nice when someone contradicts them. This indicates an overactive throat chakra. The excess energy makes them restless and impatient.
They operate mostly under the influence of ego and arrogance, and their desire to dominate plays a big factor in their life. They interrupt because they subconsciously assume that they have understood what the other person is trying to say and that they can do a better job by supplementing additional information with their own facts which they believe to be true.
Such people should also work on healing their heart (anahata) chakra in addition to the throat chakra.
Suppressing Your Thoughts, Feelings and Emotions
People with underactive throat chakra tend to suppress their thoughts and feelings. This generally begins during the early childhood when we are subjected to social and cultural conditioning which inadvertently or otherwise teaches us to behave in a particular manner, so as to keep up with the norms of the society.
A person who does not follow the norms of the society is generally considered an outcast. The fear of being an outcast force us to behave in the manner the society want us to. We are told by our parents, friends, and close relatives that’s it not good to talk about your real emotions.
Just to give you an example, I see a complete stereotyping of roles for both men and women at workplaces. For example, if a woman is the CEO of a company, she is expected to behave in a particular manner. I’m shocked to see women in such roles emulating behaviors of men.
Now I understand that being in the top position requires a person to demonstrate stability and firmness when it comes to talking decisions, but what we must understand is that the way women feel is completely different from the way men feel.
If a woman is feeling overwhelmed or intimidated in an environment, she should have the right to express her feelings and emotions. That does not make her weak or vulnerable. And the same goes for men as well.
But the cultural stigma is strong that we end up labelling such people weak and unworthy.
A person’s ability to express his or her emotions without fear is one of biggest traits of being an effective leader.
Suppressed feelings and emotions can cause of lot of energy blockage in the throat chakra and chakras below it. If not worked on, this can cause serious mental and physical ailments.
Social Anxiety Disorder
The simplest explanation of social anxiety disorder (SAD) that comes to my mind is extreme shyness. However, it is a deep psychological issue roots of which can be traced back to an individual’s childhood.
SAD is different from the normal shyness in the fact that the fear in case of SAD is more intense and can completely disrupt the normal day to day functioning.
People who are not able to express themselves are generally shy and have a weak voice. They even feel shy in calling a server at the restaurant to take their order.
They feel scared that they may be ignored by the server and therefore cannot gather strength to speak with a firm impactful voice. Sometimes all you can hear is a weak mumble.
Let me make it very clear here that having a weak sounding or soft voice is not always an indication of psychological problem or blocked throat chakra. Mahatma Gandhi had a very soft voice but he demonstrated extra ordinary resilience, brilliant ideas and leadership skills.
The problem is only when the weak voice is because of fear and there’s tension involved. SAD is an indication of underactive throat chakra.
Now you very well know about what causes blockages in the throat chakra. If you’re interested on healing your throat chakra, you can refer to the article Ultimate Guide to Healing the Throat Chakra where I talk about meditation, affirmations, yoga, healing crystals, and other ways of healing.
When your vishuddha, or throat chakra is balanced, the focus shifts from ‘Me’ to ‘You’. As I mentioned earlier, you develop empathy and in general become more compassionate towards people.
You don’t think about yourself that much. You develop an abundance mindset and always think about creating value for others.
When I started this blog I never thought “what’s in it for me”. I kept writing even when no one was reading my articles. My main mission in life is to raise human consciousness without expecting much for myself in return.
As of the time of writing this article, I don’t make enough money from this blog, but the happiness I get by spreading joy to others has no parallel.
I have a strong belief that when you help others without expectations, universe starts providing for you sooner or later. I don’t keep expectation of making millions of dollars but I know I will be taken care of.
It’s time for the world to wake up and realize that we are all one. The reason for our existence here is to raise our consciousness and help ourselves to realize who we are and where our true destination is.