Chakra Tune-Up: Intro to the Visuddha

Discover the physical and mental signs of blocked energy in the fifth chakra and how you may benefit from aligning it.

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The fifth chakra, called visuddha, is located at the throat. “Visuddha” means very pure or purification.

5th Chakra’s Natural Element: Ether

Visuddha chakra is associated with ether. You can conceptualize it as a spaciousness around your throat and neck through which profound spiritual truths can flow. The purification aspect implies that in order to fully tap into the power of the visuddha chakra you need to have done a certain amount of work in the other energy centers. In other words, have you addressed the issues associated with chakras 1–4 yet? This will increase your understanding and sensitivity, which will in turn gain you deeper access to the gifts of the more subtle upper chakras.

Life Motif of the Throat Chakra

This energy center is associated with your voice. It relates to your ability to speak your truth, express ideas clearly, truthfully, and gracefully, and become harmoniously attuned to both inner and outer vibrations.

Physical Signs of Blocked Visuddha Energy

A misaligned throat chakra can result in a sore throat, thyroid problems, neck and shoulder pain, issues with hearing, jaw pain, or TMJ.

Mental Signs of Blocked Visuddha Energy

When the throat chakra is out of alignment, you may feel like you don’t know how to ask for what you need and feel unable to shape the world you want to create. Poor communication is the result.

Energetic Benefits of Aligning the Throat Chakra

The visuddha chakra bridges the heart and the mind. When that space is clear, it integrates the wisdom of both, allowing profound spiritual truths to flow freely. You will be able to effectively communicate your needs, desires, creative ideas, boundaries, empathy, and love.

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Learn more in A Beginner’s Guide to the Chakras