The 5th chakra is a spinning vortex of sky blue light at the base of the throat, extending out front and back. This is the center associated with speaking your truth, communication, creative expression, and alignment with Divine will.
Physically it governs the vocal cords, lungs, throat and neck. The glands are the thyroid and parathyroid. A compromised throat chakra may show up as a sore throat, laryngitis, neck tension, colds, or thyroid issues.
It's interesting that there seems to be such a prevalence of thyroid issues right now. If we look at it from a collective point of view, the throat chakra governs mass communication or media, including social media, as well as speaking truth, and taking responsibility for actions. Could many of us be reflecting a compromised collective throat chakra?
On a personal level, you can reflect on whether you feel like you are able to speak your truth, and if your truth is heard. Do you talk too much and not listen enough? Do you feel a free flow of creative expression, whether that is speaking, writing, singing, creating a business, or a work of art?
This is also the place of aligning with Divine will, as opposed to the personal will of the third chakra. Of consciously co-creating with a higher power, and taking responsibility for our choices and words and actions.
We can support a healthy flow in our throat chakra by using our voice with integrity and truth, singing, writing in a journal, poetry or stories, art, anything that allows you to express yourself.
Practicing the principle of right speech is a powerful way to balance the energy in this center - before speaking ask yourself these three questions: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?
Above all, be gentle with yourself as you reflect on what is in need of more balance. Awareness is the first and most important step toward healing.