This week, a viewer from my Youtube Channel asked about how to heal an overactive throat chakra, so I created the video above. In it, I explain the true meaning of “overactive” and what it looks like. I also share ways to discover if your throat is balanced — or not. Then I share how you can heal your overactive throat by boosting the neighboring chakras (heart and third eye — which is covered succinctly in this video).
Finally, I share three powerful ways you can directly balance an overactive throat chakra — and two of the ways actually help to balance a weak throat chakra as well!
And at 19:43 on the video, I share a truly simple, yet magical throat chakra balancing meditation. It’s one of my favorites.
And if you’ve been watching my last few videos, you’ve already met my sweet new “man” — my little puppy, Bodhi. Well… he makes another sweet appearance at the end of this one. I feel he’s a great heart chakra booster.
Open Your Throat Chakra with These TPQs (NOT Affirmations!)
Welcome to week five of our series on Transformational Power Questions. In this video, I show you how to open your throat chakra with TPQs so you can experience more authenticity, personal expression, growth, and purpose.
Why Affirmations Can Be Bad for You
If you’ve been following this series, you can skip this section… but if you’re brand new to TPQs, read on…
You may be wondering why I’m suggesting you do TPQs instead of affirmations. Here’s why. Often, affirmations create a backlash in your inner world. They activate your subconscious mind and the voice inside of you that objects to things that aren’t currently accurate.
So one affirmation like “I’m rich” can elicit several subconscious negative responses like “No you’re not” or “have you seen your bank account balance?” and so on. Overall, it’s more negative than positive, since one affirmation creates far more negative responses.
This week, I’m sharing 15 different TPQs that boost your throat chakra. Watch the video above and repeat after me to improve five key throat chakra areas of your life. These are authenticity, integrity, self-expression, purpose, and inspiration.
Pick your favorite TPQ and put it on several sticky notes around your personal space. Read the question every time you see it and watch your powerful subconscious mind work for you, rather than against you. The more you read your TPQ, the more change you’ll see.
Have a purposeful, authentic, and super-expressive week Beautiful Soul!
The #1 Myth That Blocks the Throat Chakra Is This:
If I share my truth, I’ll hurt others.
Take a few relaxed breaths, read that statement, and feel into yourself. How does your body react? Are you aware of a part of you that wants to censor yourself so as not to hurt others?
As a chakra teacher (and student), I’m aware that your essence, my essence — our shared human essence — is love. Because the heart chakra is the balance point in our field, it’s our natural resting place. We are love incarnate.
So it’s natural for us to not want to hurt each other.
The problem with this belief lies not in its sweet intent, but in the assumptions and misunderstandings within it.
So let’s dissect the two words that I italicized above — truth and hurt.
What do these words really mean in regard to the throat chakra?
The Meaning of Throat Truth
First, what is throat chakra “truth?”
Throat chakra truth is the deep, personal truth within each of us — expressed through the “I, me, mine.”
It’s not really my opinions about others. Because I don’t have a firsthand understanding of another’s life — only my own. So anything I express about your life is my outside-looking-in opinion about your life.
Ideally, in a healthy throat chakra world, we only share our opinions about others when they’re invited — or at the very least permitted. By “permitted,” I mean we ask if our viewpoint or opinion is wanted before we share it.
And when we share, we do so from the “I” rather than the “you.” Watch the video above to get a better explanation of this.
Can We “Hurt” Another with Our Personal Truth?
The second thing for us to look at here is what does “hurt” mean in relation to our personal truth?
I strongly believe that when we share only our personal truth about our life and being, it’s impossible for us to hurt another.
Yes, I said IMPOSSIBLE.
I’m not saying nobody ever feels hurt. I’m saying it’s not possible for YOU to hurt another with YOUR personal truth. Because that is YOUR domain, not theirs.
In the video above, I give the example of parents who might feel that their gay adult “child” is wrong or bad for being gay.
In this case, the child is only being his or her Authentic Self.
If the parents feel hurt that their offspring is gay, then they’re the ones who are hurting themselves.
Yes, I’m saying if someone feels pain because of who you are or something you’re doing that is an authentic expression of you in your own personal life, then they (and their resistance to you) are the cause of their pain, not you.
And when you express your personal truth to someone who thinks your truth is wrong, you’re actually giving them a gift. You’re asking them to open themselves to more types of personal truth. You’re giving them a chance to practice tolerance and unconditional love.
Often, in life, we don’t express our truth not out of fear of hurting another, but of losing someone or something. We may fear that being who we really are will cause us to lose something we value like a relationship or job. But anything that would disintegrate because we’re being more true to ourselves is challenging us to be willing to let it go. A job or relationship that we feel we have to lie to be a part of is not honoring who we are. It’s stunting our spiritual growth.
In this New Age of Aquarius, we have a big opportunity. We’re being called to love others in an unconditional way that allows them to be different from us. When we can see differences through the lens of love, they unite — rather than separate — us. And that’s what we need in our world right now.
The truth wants to set us all free, but before it can, we must be brave enough to speak it.
This week your homework (should you choose to accept it) is to notice how often you “adjust” your truth. And if/when you do, why do you do it? Out of fear of “hurting” another? Or for fear of losing something? Or for some other reason?
That’s all you need to do. Nothing more is needed.
Awareness is the first step of any transformational journey.
Hopefully, as we all become more aware of the reasons we censor ourselves we’ll be able to choose whether we want to continue to do so — or not.
Thanks for being on this transformational path with, Beautiful Soul.
In each of the first seven years of our lives, we energetically develop the foundation of each of our chakras. Age 1 – root, age 2 – sacral, age 3 – solar plexus, and so on.
And in each of our first seven years of life, we experience a different, basic human need. When these needs get met, our chakras are typically open and strong. And if one of these chakra needs doesn’t get met, that particular chakra tends to be weaker (more closed down).
In the video above, we’re healing your five-year-old throat chakra, inner child. This is the part of you that needs to express your authentic self.
If for some reason when you were five, your voice was stifled or you were told to tell lies or keep toxic secrets, this healing is for you. In other words, your little one could really use your love and support.
There’s a powerful meditation in the video above that will connect you with your throat chakra inner child (at 11:44). But please don’t skip over the intro because there’s important foundational information.
And there’s a suggestion for a cool, inner child healing exercise after the video as well.
I love doing inner child work. It’s never too late to go within and be the loving caregiver your little one deserves. It literally resets your foundation and gives you a new beginning.
May you explore what it really means to be you this week — and express your truth in open-hearted ways!
We’re on the throat chakra now. It’s blue and the “element” here is sound. Its name is visuddha, which means “purity” in Sanskrit. And it’s related to personal expression, art, words, learning, being authentic, having honor and living your purpose.
The three goddesses I’ve chosen for this all represent different cultures or religions and relate to different aspects of the throat chakra. I don’t believe this list is comprehensive at all, so feel free to share your favorite throat chakra goddess.
3 Goddesses That Boost and Heal Your Throat Chakra
1. Saraswati/Vac or Vaka (Hindu) – WORDS, LEARNING, MUSIC, WISDOM
Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom, and learning. She has lots of creative sacral energy, so I almost included her as a sacral goddess, but decided to put her here instead. Why? Because she embodies a higher, more structured order (like the throat) and she is about music, language and learning.
The myth is she was born from the mouth of Brahma – one of the 3 Gods responsible for all of creation (with Vishnu and Shiva). That’s one of the reasons why I included her here. We communicate with our mouths and it’s a big part of the throat chakra.
Sarawati is honored each year during Vasant Panchami — an Indian festival that celebrates the very first markings of Spring. Vasant Panchami takes place every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Magha – in 2021 that falls on February 16 (a good time to honor her)
Many people connect Saraswati to the Goddess Vac — saying that Vac is the spoken word aspect of Saraswati.
As a yoga teacher, I was taught by a scholar who lived in India for many years and revered their Goddesses. He taught me about the little known Goddess, Vaka whom I’ve always equated with Vac.
I find it funny that the Goddess of speech should be little known. It makes me think of the stifling of the feminine voice and our need to hear it more in these challenging, overly-masculine times.
2. SIGE (Gnostic) – SILENCE (of the Void from which all things manifest).
Sige is IMPORTANT because we often forget about the importance of silence in this world of so many sounds. Silence may actually be the most important “sound” of all.
Sige reminds us to dive into the silence of the void and to sit in the place of deep mystery that comes before creation.
In silence we find our true
Words can draw up duality. Silence pours us back into the pool of unity that is our truth. It connects us to the wholeness within ourselves and our authentic, wordless connection with others.
3. Coventina (Celtic) – PURIFICATION AND ABUNDANCE
I chose Coventina because the Sanskrit name of the throat chakra, “visuddha,” means purity.
Also, Coventina is related to abundance and the throat is about the cornucopia of abundance that comes from following your true purpose.
While many believe that the root relates to wealth, that’s not true for unlimited abundance. The root chakra is related to the material world and financial stability as well as familial/old wealth. But when you tap into your true self and authentic purpose, you also tap into a bigger type of abundance that is associated with the throat chakra.
Coventina is a goddess of all forms of water: rain, streams, ponds, lakes, oceans, waterfalls and more.
The sacral is the water element chakra and there is a strong connection between your sacral chakra and your throat chakra. But whereas the sacral chakra is tied to the chaotic creativity of the sacral, the throat chakra is more closely related to mastery and taking that art to a higher more refined level.
There is a spring and a temple dedicated to Coventina at Carrawburgh on the Northumbrian moors near Hadrian’s Wall, dated at around CE 130.
Over 13,000 coins, many items of jewellery, incense burners, carved stones and many other artifacts were found on the site when it was excavated in 1876. This means, Coventina may have been the goddess that inspired humans to use wishing wells.
Paul Sandover of Druidry.org wrote this poem/prayer to Coventina:
LIVING WATERS Ancient Coventina, sweet goddess
of sacred springs and holy wells,
your waters emerge joyfully
from the dream of darkness.
Your pure and sparkling essence
manifests in the light of day.
Lady of the living waters,
I gladly welcome
your wonderful gifts
of refreshment and healing,
and your kind blessings.
Which grace both body and soul.
An offering is reverently placed
upon your flowing altar.
And my open heart
feels your loving magic,
sanctity and gentle inspiration.
May your waters always flow,
blessing the living land
with your abundant beauty.
There are a few goddesses I couldn’t fit into the top three that I still want to mention:
1. Hecate (Greek) – the goddess of witchcraft and magic as well as the gatekeeper between heaven and the underworld.
The throat chakra is the first of the upper, more spiritually-oriented chakras where magic and miracles begin. Hecate represents that power, mystery and possibility.
2. Veritas (Roman) and Aletheia (Greek) – TRUTH
Both goddesses represent truth — Veritas being Roman and Alethia being Greek. But they stand for different types of truth. Veritas represents a more right/willful kind of truth. The kind you will fight for. And Aletheia represents unconcealment/disclosure which is a more feminine type of truth that’s about being open.
I believe this is actually the kind of truth that is more important in our transparent, Divine Feminine times.
Take a moment to feel your truth. Is it more Veritas’s type of truth or Aletheia’s?
Finally, if I missed your favorite throat chakra goddess, please honor her by commenting here on my youtube channel.
And if you like the goddesses I’ve shared here, take some time this week to honor them with a small candle-lighting, incense-burning or water-cleansing ritual. It’s a simple, reverent way to boost your throat chakra.
As you may already know (but just in case you don’t), the throat chakra is blue, its element is sound/vibration and it’s related to your truth, authenticity, purpose and personal expression.
It’s the first of the upper chakras (consisting of throat, third eye and crown), which are related more to the spiritual than the physical realm. For this reason, the “negative” or “dark” shadow qualities come from a different dynamic than the ones in the lower chakras.
In the lower chakras (root, sacral and solar plexus), the dark shadow qualities come from having too much of the energy of a particular chakra. But it’s the opposite with the upper chakras. The dark shadow qualities in the upper chakras come from having too little of the energy of a particular chakra.
Why? Because growing up, our caregivers and culture teach us that it’s bad to be in our lower chakras and good to be in our upper chakras (or the heart and above) where love and spirituality resides.
This kind of socialization causes us to relegate our strong lower chakra and our weak upper chakra qualities into the shadow realm and pretend that they are not a part of us. And this pretending causes us to lose a lot of our chakra power.
Shadow integration is the realization that all our energy comes from one consciousness (the Divine) and we need it all to be whole. When we don’t integrate the shadow aspects of ourselves, they come out in subconscious (leaky) ways. When we understand that we are everything, we can act more consciously and accept all of ourselves and others. Shadow integration creates true peace both inwardly and outwardly.
Here are the 5 Shadow Qualities of the Throat Chakra
Liar (Gift = Imagination)
Aimless/Lacking Purpose (Gift = Being in the Moment)
Fake/Inauthentic (Gift = the Ability to Play Bigger )
Inexpressive (Gift = Mastery of Listening)
Crooked (Gift = Playful, Powerful, Irreverence)
To Integrate These Qualities, Work with These Five Healing Methods
Find the gift of each chakra quality. What does each shadow quality give you?
Of course both of my lists — the shadow qualities and the integration methods — are not exhaustive. There are more that can be added to each. So please share any you come up with here on my youtube page (it’s the best forum for making comments and asking questions).
Thanks for being on this spiritual journey with me!
In this series on Chakra Personality Types, we are now entering the “upper chakras” – the realm of the spiritual. Do you have a Throat Chakra Personality?
The blue throat chakra resides in the middle of your throat and it’s related to your authenticity, honesty, honor, communications and life purpose. This is where we take things up a notch integrity-wise. The Sankrit name for the throat chakra is “visuddha” which means “purity.”
You can think of the throat as a sort of filter – just look how much more narrow it is than the rest of the body below it! This is where we rise to a higher calling and realize what a huge affect our word has on ourselves and others.
Here are the signs that you have a throat chakra personality:
You’re a great communicator.
You’re an inspirational speaker (and also an inspirational person).
You express yourself in a myriad of different media like speaking, writing, playing an instrument, painting, etc.
You’re spiritual in your own unique way (awareness of the oneness of all reality).
You’re good at keeping your word.
You’re clear on your life purpose and what you’re here to do.
You’re an innovator.
You don’t like to be put in a box. You typically avoid the 9-to-5 type schedule.
You love freedom and autonomy.
You may find it challenging to be faithful in a monogamous relationship (as you prefer freedom in intimacy).
You have the vision and skills needed to create positive change in the world.
You have a strong, pleasing voice.
Who do you think is the iconic throat chakra person?
I have chosen Martin Luther King, Jr., because he fits so perfectly. He was a reverend with a big vision of how he wanted to positively change America (and the world) and he set those changes in motion.
John F. Kennedy Jr. was also a big throat chakra personality too. He had a vision of making us a better country and he inspired Americans to be better.
If you’ve been following my blog (or youtube channel) then you know I’ve been on a kick for the last few weeks where I’ve been posting music videos of my chakra healing songs from the album I created with Jeff Bonilla, “Chakra Love.”
It has been so much fun turning these songs into visual meditations with the help of my editor!
Today, I am revealing the 5th Chakra Healing Music Video (above). This is both my and Jeff’s favorite chakra song. It came out moody, cinematic, and well — true to itself like the throat chakra. It doesn’t follow a verse chorus format like the other songs we created/channeled. And we love it that way. If you want to hear about how we created it — and learn a little more about it, watch this Making Of Video:
Because the Throat Chakra Healing Song is all about sound, singing and self-expression, you’ve really got to sing along. So here are the lyrics:
Listen to the silence, listen to the song (4x)
Om Shree Vaka, jaya Vaka (3x)
Listen to the silence, listen to the song (2x)
I can speak my truth (6x)
I can whisper my truth
Listen to the silence…
Vishuddha is the Sanskrit name of the throat chakra, and it means “purity.
Vaca is the name of a little known (some say secret) Goddess of the Voice.
Ham is the seed sound of the throat chakra.
As you can see, these are powerful words to sing aloud.
If you want to boost your other chakras, I currently have 4 other music videos you can watch (click on the one you want to sing along to):
ROOT(for grounding, appreciation of Mother Earth and prosperity)
SACRAL (for emotional freedom, sexuality, intimacy and creativity)
SOLAR PLEXUS (for confidence, motivation, more energy and mental clarity)
HEART (for love, gratitude, forgiveness and healing)
The 7 Best Ways to Heal Your Throat Chakra for Authentic Self-Expression
As I’ve pointed out before, each of your body’s main energy centers (each chakra) is totally unique and responds better to particular healing modalities. In this video series, I’m sharing which healing techniques work best for each chakra. If you missed the previous video articles, you can access them here and get ALL your chakras boosted and balanced:
Today, we’re looking at the fifth chakra which resides in your throat and governs your personal expression, truth and purpose. It’s color is blue and it’s element is sound. Also, it’s related to your sense of hearing. So it should be no surprise that the best healing method for your throat chakra is any form of sound healing.
You can approach sound healing in many different ways, so I suggest a few variations in this article.
If you suffer from lockjaw (TMJ), it’s likely you have experience trauma in this chakra, probably in early childhood.
While I am saddened that your child-self may not have been heard or didn’t have a save place to express him or herself, I am elated that you are all grown up now, more aware, and reading about these ways to open up your fifth chakra.
You have a unique voice and a special talent to share, and you can only share it when your throat chakra is open, allowing you to be transparent, authentic and fully expressive of your personal truth.
Just as a dog can’t meow, and a cat can’t bark, if you are true to who you really are, the only thing that can come out of you is your authentic voice.
Many people spend a lot of timing worrying about what they should say or express because they are worried about what others will think or how they will react. You can’t control that, and that’s good, because rightly, it’s not your domain.
Others reactions are theirs, while your actions and personal expression are yours and should be true to you. This means you only job is to be utterly, totally YOU. If you focus on that and that alone, only your most authentic voice can come through. Everything you express will have raw power. You will be singing your bird song, just like an unencumbered robin.
With that in mind, here are the 7 best ways to heal your throat chakra:
(1) Work with Crystal Bowls – the sound from a real crystal bowl is so pure and healing, and playing one requires absolutely no musical knowledge. It’s more like stirring than playing. Most healers believe that the musical note G is related to the throat chakra, so get a bowl in the key of G and make some sacred sound!
(2) Sing or say mantras – repeating short, meaningful phrases can be very healing for the throat chakra. Sanskrit, the primary language of yoga, has lots of sacred mantras you can use, the simplest of which is “om,” the primordial sound of everything/the Universe. Also, there is a Sanskrit “bija” or seed sound for each chakra. The one for the throat chakra is “ham.”
(3) Do my YES/NO exercise – your physical life is animated through the pulsation of duality, like the endless in-and-out of your breath. When it comes to our personal expression, saying “yes” and “no” is like breathing in and out. All possibilities of expression fall between those two powerful poles. With clients, I usually find that one side of the duality is harder than another. Are you more of a “yes” person or a “no” person? In either case, this exercise will expand your possibilities. Simple sit in a comfortable position in a private space and yell “Yes!” as you open your arms wide and throw your head back. Then follow that by yelling “No!” as you wrap your arms around yourself, and move inward physically, chin to chest. Repeat many times, making the two words as equally passionate and strong as you can.
(4) My 5th Chakra Healing Song – the seed sound for the throat chakra – ham – is featured prominently in the healing song I co-created with Jeff Bonilla for this chakra. Also prominent is a powerful salutation to the little-known voice Goddess, Vaka. It goes like this,”Om shree Vaka, jaya Vaka” and is my favorite part of the song. You can hear a sample of the song here.
(5) Practice shoulder stand – considered the Queen of all yoga poses, because of it’s amazing healing abilities. The throat chakra is regulated by the thyroid and doing shoulder stand regularly is an excellent way to keep your thyroid super healthy. I know of one yogi friend who cured herself of Grave’s disease by doing this pose along with headstand every day for six months.
(6) Wear my throat chakra tattoo – my Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ are designed to be totally specific to each chakra, and I’ve directly experienced the efficacy of my throat chakra tattoo. It cured me of chronic neck pain. The color is aqua-marine, the design includes a sound frequency pattern in the lotus petals, and the symbol is the sanskrit word for the fifth chakra. All these elements specifically bring direct healing to your throat.
(7) Wear a mantra or throat stone pendant – one other healing method I forgot to mention on my video is to wear a necklace with either a throat chakra stone or a sacred symbol. Because a necklace specifically falls in the throat chakra region, it will be particularly healing.
As always, I’d love to hear any other favorite healings you use.
Be well, and happy, and most importantly, be your authentic self!
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to boost any of your chakras is to find someone who genuinely ROCKS a particular chakra (that you want to boost) and just be in their energy field.
This week, I was blown away when I opened my youtube tab and found 10-year old, Danileya Tulyeshova (above) belting out “Stone Cold” on the Voice Kids, Ukraine in a way that gave me shivers — and made me want to cheer and shake my head at the same time. It’s an unbelievable performance! And I’ve watched it numerous times already (and will watch it many times more) to help align my own throat chakra into the next level of possibility.
If you want to boost your throat chakra, or just enjoy an amazing performance, I recommend you watch it too.
In the video above, I share 3 signs you’ll see when someone has a strong voice chakra — all things that aptly Danileya demonstrates. Here they are:
3 Signs Someone Has a Strong Throat Chakra
Huge Range — not just sound range, but energetic, attitudinal range. Since we are all slices of the Divine, we have everything — and everyone — inside us. We are strong and soft, loud and quiet, sweet and harsh, funny and serious and so on. A person with a strong throat chakra allows ALL of their parts to move through. At times in this video, Danileya has the fire of a dragon and others, she has the sweet energy of an angel.
Body and Voice are in Harmony – Sometimes, when someone is lying, we can it. We’re not sure what it is we are detecting, but likely it’s the discordance between what someone is saying and what their body is communicating. When someone is expressing from authenticity, their body becomes an instrument that beautifully plays the melody of what they are communicating. There’s no discordance. They move naturally with the sounds they make and nothing seems awkward or superfluous.
We Feel Them – Now, this one is not full proof, because good actors can make us feel too — and they aren’t necessarily telling “the truth.” And yet they are. Because good actors believe what they’re expressing. That’s what good acting is. They’re caught up in the inner world they’ve created. So, they are at least being authentic at the feeling level. So, if someone can really make us feel, then they are moving from their own authentic emotions and expressing from a strong throat chakra (even if it isn’t the literal truth).
I love the throat chakra. As the first of the Upper Chakras, it is the gateway to our own divinity. In fact, on my healing album, Chakra Love, my favorite song is the throat chakra song. It made me cry as “I” wrote it (more accurately, it channeled through me).
If you want to effortlessly boost your throat chakra by singing along, check out a sample of my Throat Chakra Healing Song here (and grab your free copy of the Heart Healing Song on that same page).
The bottom line is this: nobody in the YOU-niverse has YOUR voice and YOUR unique message, so I hope YOU share what YOU came here to share. The world needs it!