Throat Chakra : Vishuddhi

One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.

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Vishuddhi Chakra: The Fifth Chakra: The Throat Chakra. The Sanksrit words VISHU translates to “impurity” or “poison” and SHUDDHI means “purification.”

VISHUDDI is located at the throat and related to expression and communication. The THROAT Chakra is associated with aqua or teal blue.

Space is the element of VISHUDDI but the THROAT CHAKRA is also related to sound. Space opens the possibility for expansion and distribution and sound is propagated into the air by vibration, both are felt with our whole body.

VISHUDDI is the Chakra of Awakening!

In the THROAT Chakra, we have the ability to purify any and all toxic disturbances from the external world.

VISHUDDI is the activation point where the 7 Chakra system is granted the full potential and wisdom to elevate consciousness as this is where energy from the lower chakras connect with the head.

  • The THROAT Chakra Lotus blossom has 16 petals representing the 16 Siddhis or supernatural powers that one can attain through Yoga.

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  • 16 also refers to the days between half-moon and full moon in the lunar cycle symbolizing the connection and transition from :

The Subconsciousemotionally charged language to                                       The Conscious‘whole’ communication. 

  • The inverted triangle of the THROAT chakra symbol is symbolic of spiritual growth. The downward position is affiliated with the gathering of information from lower chakras to make this evolution possible, while the widening upward signifies enlightenment through purification.gaja

    VISSHUDI’s animal is Gaja, an elephant. Elephants carry past knowledge of earth, herbs and plants. Through this deep history, Gaja is revered as a teacher of patience, memory, self- confidence, and the unity with nature. 

    The transcendence of human consciousness is itself an act of purification. VISHUDDI employs you to practice purification for communication and expression. When words come to the THROAT CHAKRA they are infused with all of our emotional junk of MANIPURA our unconscious and subconscious. If the origin of speech is is fire, it is in the THROAT CHAKRA that the burning finally ceases to reveal pure and whole communication.



    In VISHUDDI, we become conscious and take on the beautiful experience of self- discovery.

  • Practice swadhyaya

  • Do not shy away from the discomfort that accompanies your penetrating questions.

  • Sit with your answers. Question them again. Do not be fooled.

  • Purify your history: challenge the impressions bestowed to you from your heritage, change the perception you hold inside of yourself and the nature of your self-talk.



The THROAT Chakra emphasizes authenticity in expression and the distribution of your creativity into the world according to Satya.

VISHUDDI is associated with the expression of yourself: Your truth, purpose in life, and creativity. In order to understand the spectrum of your creative process, it is critical that your MULADHARA is open. link.

A Balanced VISHUDDI has the greatest gift and that is the Power of Persuasion. When the THROAT Chakra is open and balanced, you are able to express yourself clearly and honestly regardless of the situation or company you’re in.

An imbalance in the THROAT chakra can adversely affect many aspects of your personal and professional life.  Perhaps, you long for realizing your dreams and living with a strong and clear purpose, but seem to not be able to quite get there. You may find you avoid social situations and are more comfortable alone. You may become distrustful of your inner voice, or conversely alienate others with an uncontrollable mouth and venom-like words.

The awakening attributes of the THROAT Chakra give you the power and freedom to recognize the painful damage that language can cause to you and others.

  • Your speech is filled with your history and emotional pain.
  • You can literally swallow negativity and hatred from others.
  • Your consciousness and subconscious comes in direct contact with poison.

VISHUDDI is a purifying machine with an INPUT & OUTPUT.

  •  INPUT (Rendering): all unspoken, unarticulated and uncontrolled thoughts, emotions, desiresperceptions, and words. Meaning you must actively purify the thoughts that birth words BEFORE they arrive to the mouth.

Like any machine, it can can go into overdrive and the likelihood of blockages and/or descending into lower chakras, namely the MANIPURA, the SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra will increase IF you do not do this. Put your perceptions through hell.

  • OUTPUT (Clarity) : energy that flows freely through the throat chakra promotes effective, truthful communication. You are able to find yourself. You are confident, responsible, and easily find words to express your thoughts.

Finding the root cause of the problem :

We undergo our most complex relationship lessons from childhood, and ironically this is the time when we are most unable to express ourselves and/or understand what we are experiencing — but that does not mean we are unaffected.

Many of these traumatic experiences stay with us and become complexes that we carry into adulthood. They are irrational and right there under the surface ready to explode.

Why would we have negativity or hatred in our speech. Here are 3 ways to cope with insults and disappointment from the past, particularly childhood?

  1. Feel deeply connected to every experience as an opportunity for you to grow from.

  2. Have objectivity when you reflect on the past, and empathy for those involved. It is critical that you do not repeat the emotions you had when you were at the center of the experience.

  3. Empower yourself. Rise to the present. Build a mantra that establishes the truth: you are not bound by the past or any of those circumstances that brought you pain and hardship. No one is.



If your THROAT Chakra is blocked:



A blocked VISHUDDI often blinds people from their own mistakes and will give them the false sense that their misfortune and unhappiness is to blame on someone else. You could become stoic, quiet, and fearful. You may feel as though there is something very strong, almost stronger than you, interrupting your ability to communicate. It could be a fear of what others may think of you. The worst detail of a blocked THROAT Chakra is that, the condition of not being able to communicate inevitably increases the insecurity and isolation that hindered your communication in the first place.



Symptoms of a blocked VISHUDDI may include:



  • Not being able to listen to others
  • Shyness: Excessive fear of speaking, secrecy
  • Small, imperceptible voice
  • Confused about how to express needs/desires
  • Unable to keep your word
  • Explosive outbursts of rage/ tears
  • Social anxiety
  • Inhibited creativity
  • Stubbornness
  • Detachment
  • Inconsistency between speech and actions

Physical Symptoms may include:

  • Neck pain
  • Sore throat
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dental issues
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Hoarseness
  • Thyroid problems
  • Temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (commonly known as TMJ)


If your VISHUDDI is over-active:



An overactive THROAT Chakra can seem as though the thread between what is in your mind and what comes out of your mouth is missing. This can significantly impact your relationships and ability to function overall. You may not know when your THROAT Chakra is overactive, as society, particularly in matters of business, often rewards those who are the most vocal. 



Symptoms of an overactive THROAT Chakra may include:



  • Speaking rudely or out of turn
  • Looking down on others you
  • Speaking maliciously
  • Highly critical of details that have no appreciable impact on your life.
  • You are committed to the stories you’ve crafted about others.
  • You may even speak negatively about yourself and others to the point it borders on verbal abuse.
  • Telling lies, unable to keep a secret
  • Lack of connection with a vocation or purpose in life
  • Gossiping
  • Non-stop talking
  • Arrogance
  • Condescension
  • Ear aches


Balancing VISHUDDI:

Before you begin working with the THROAT Chakra: be certain you are ready to look in the mirror. Work with ANAHATA to master Self-Love.



MEDITATE: We gain access to the different levels of consciousness with Self-Inquiry meditation. Meditate on what and how you have projected your perceptions onto situations and people. Video. Some guiding questions:

  1. “What do I want to realize?”
  2. “What obstacles need to be overcome to realize this?”
  3. “What problems are confronting me and how can I resolve them?”
  4. “Do I have a repeating narrative about myself that comes between me saying what I truly feel?”

In this process of self-investigation we lift the veil that blinds us. We accept responsibility and stop blaming others for events.

  • No one is taken advantage of
  • Nothing happens by accident
  • Nothing can plague you that is not already found in your Karma.
  • Nothing “bad” exists except that you have called it that. 
  • It is precisely the qualities we condemn in others that we have in ourselves.

You can also use the sound “HANG” to assist in meditation for the THROAT Chakra.

  • Make an oval shape with the lips and push the sound out using as much breath as possible from the base of the tongue, using all the space up until the palate. 

A few basic steps to clear this chakras include:

In most cases, positive lifestyle changes help immensely.

  1. A healthy diet
  2. Drink enough water: Cleansing the throat
  3. Regular Sleeping Hours
  4. Regular exercise
  5. Asana: see poses below that will help open the THROAT Chakra.
  6. Sound therapy: such as singing or humming, or listening to great singers

Learning to let go: Letting go is difficult, but holding onto things over which you have no control is deadly. You do not have to be your greatest torturer!       Releasing negative emotions can help restore balance in the throat chakra.

Consulting and trusting your inner voice: Practice MAUNA. This is simply practicing the art of silence, or when silence is not possible, using fewer words than more. With friends it is easy to be pleasant and use beautiful words, but to treat strangers or adversaries with kindness and compassion is a great virtue.

Practicing being open with close friends and family: Make it a point to be open and honest with all you say. It’s perfectly fine to start small, but do not avoid vulnerability. Simply speaking in a heartfelt way can work wonders to strengthen and balance the THROAT chakra.

Prānāyāma: Through the power of the breath, you enhances the purification power of the VISHUDDI Chakra. Your Shakti grows and your consciousness and subconscious are harmonized. You are one step closer to enlightenment.

Aromatherapy: Clearing the air around you in your space can restore balance to the chakras. Consider introducing one or a combination of these scents to heal and activate your THROAT Chakra:

  1. jasmine
  2. rosemary
  3. sandalwood
  4. calendula
  5. ylang ylang

Write down your thoughts: Learning how to freely express yourself without interrupting your stream of consciousness can be helpful in restoring balance to your THROAT chakra. You can let it sit on the page instead of festering in your heart and manifesting in repressed communication. You don’t even need to re-read that which you have written, but it will be there if you wish to do so. 

Work with a professional: Begin psychotherapy and/or seeing an energy healer. 

Asana for VISHUDDI:

You can begin with simple neck movements, such as moving you head from side to side, up and down, forward and back. These movements expose the THROAT, stretch the skin, increase blood flow to the area and can ease tensions blocking the THROAT Chakra.

  • Camel (Ustrasana)
  • Plow (Halasana)
  • Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
  • Fish (Matsyasana)
  • Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)


If your THROAT Chakra balanced:



  • Expression, in particular ability to express your truth, is effortless
  • Communication, verbal or non-verbal, external or internal are unified
  • Mastery of Intuition and Clairvoyance
  • Master the transition of ideas and blueprints into reality
  • Defining and realizing one’s life purpose

When the THROAT CHAKRA is awakened and balanced, the mind and body work collectively. You have the pristine combination of confidence and humility. You learn to communicate about emotional details patiently without “explosions.” When balanced, the throat chakra produces reality from imagination. 

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Heart Chakra : Anahata

One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.

Image result for anahataAnahata: The Fourth Chakra: The Heart Chakra. The Sankskrit word ANAHATA translates to “unstruck sound” which is not only the pulse of the heart but also the very first vibration. This cosmic sound is OM. It is the sound of all things, A name we all answer to.

The HEART Chakra is located in the center of our chest and is associated with green and sometimes pink. ANAHATA’s tattva is air, prana, and the life-giving element of oxygen.

  • The 6-pointed star, hexagram, also known as Shaktona of ANAHATA is formed by two intersecting triangles.The entanglement of these triangles highlight the unity of matter and spirit coming together. The upward triangle represents Shiva, and the downward Shakti. Together, their union symbolizes the opportunity we all have to raise our consciousness.

  • The twelve petals of the lotus in the HEART Chakra represent the essential principles for all relationships:

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  1. Purity
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Kindness
  5. Patience
  6. Understanding
  7. Clarity
  8. Compassion
  9. Forgiveness
  10. Bliss
  11. Harmony
  12. Love

 

anahata with antelopeThe animal associated with ANAHATA is the deer or a black antelope. This animal is extremely sensitive to their surrounding. They gracefully leap through the air with joy and are a symbol of purity.

“Love does not exclude, it embraces. If a person does not love something outside himself, then very simply he does not love himself. Love expands: It not only sees more and enfolds more, it causes its objects to bloom.”     – Hugh Prather

Perceptions from the HEART Chakra are finely tuned and all-encompassing. A balanced ANAHATA embodies:

  • The Source of All Creation: you care for and respect all livings beings.

  • Universal Love: You are filled with infinite compassion and wisdom to see love in everyone. 

ANAHATA is the source of our inner light. Artistic talent is honed in the HEART CHAKRA and it is from this center that we extend beauty, tenderness, and affection to the world, and by the powers of OM, we can communicate directly to the hearts of others.

“There are two ways to spread light:

Be the candle or the mirror that reflects that light everywhere.”

– Edith Wharton

The element of the HEART CHAKRA is AIR.

When working with ANAHATA, this CHAKRA forces us to take on the qualities of air, meaning we MUST see ourselves in everyone and everything.

  • Be light on your feet (not fixed/rigid, flexible)

  • Lighten your thoughts and lighten your heart

  • Elevate the spirit of your internal dialogue

  • Enlighten your experience with self-discovery



 If your HEART CHAKRA is blocked:



ANAHATA, like the subconscious, houses unresolved experiences and karmas of the past – all that complicates the way we express love. The worst part is that none of this is on a conscious level.

Spiritual wounds can be worse than physical ones because they have the tendency to reverse our evolution. The heart is meant to love others, as much, if not more than we love ourselves.   

Un-examined and painful wounds of disappointment can dim our light and in such a way that it may go unnoticed. And as a prisoner of our own confusion, we may find that we are literally sitting in the dark and reacting to- A THING – you do not even understand or remember.

None of this is real.

Symptoms may include:

  • Attachment
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Insecurity
  • Emotional Instability
  • Jealousy
  • Resentment

Margot Fonteyn said “The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.” Know the difference.

“If one loves himself he can also abandon himself; he can throw himself on the wind because he is safe.”   -Hugh Prather



If your HEART CHAKRA is over-active:



If and when someone asks you to point to yourself, your index finger goes straight to your HEART Chakra. ANAHATA is so closely connected to emotions of love and lust, the how we want to be close and stay close to others and why it feels good. Symptoms that there may be too much energy in this chakra include: 

  • You love too deeply and smother the object of your affection

This is dangerous as you can be subject to the ill-will of others who wish to control you, or you yourself may become controlling.

  • You may be ruled by your emotions

Do you hold on too tightly to the memory of painful experiences? Do you spend time thinking and feeling unhappiness or sadness brought on by thought?

You may not have a sense of where you stand as an individual and because of this substantiate unhealthy relationships in your life. 

  • Loving too many people and too frequently without any discretion
  • Lack of boundaries in friendships and intimate relationships
  • Losing your sense of identity
  • Giving in to the demands of others
  • Codependency

Physical symptoms of an overactive heart chakra may be:

  • Heart and circulatory problems like high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and heart attack
  • Lung issues


Balancing your HEART Chakra:



The goals in regulating the flow of energy in ANAHATA is to find discernment. Can you love and respect everyone but not take everyone into the sacred space which should be reserved for only the few?

From an easy seated position you can make the sound “YANG” with your tongue suspended and resting in your mouth. The vibrations from the “Y” sound made by the back of the throat will reach down to the heart and begin to open ANAHATA. Continue to meditate, using your breath and envision energy with both  male and female elements flowing from your heart in all directions. Use the color green or the twelve petals of the lotus in this HEART Chakra yantra as a symbol for your actions, that you emanate from a place of love to all with love. Chanting OM can be helpful as that is the sound that begins in the heart but is present everywhere.

  • Pingali-Nādī, a pranayama (breathing exercise) clarifies our consciousness and unites the male with the female elements. Nādī Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) unites our emotions and intellect, but also aids in the circulation of oxygenated blood.

Control over our breath re-calibrates our pranic flow and heart rate simultaneously. Here, we use the physical to tap into the metaphysical. 

  • Recognize every living being as a piece of you

  • Wear & Eat Green colored things
  • Exercise to improve Cardiovascular Health.


If your HEART CHAKRA is Balanced:



Love, at all moments, is the highest expression of freedom not possession. Love is understanding not righteousness. At no point should a commitment to love bring us sadness. Security and satisfaction comes from within, not from another. We are not owed anything in return for giving love, and we shall not succumb to the demands of our loved ones. 

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With an open and balanced ANAHATA, love and light radiate from the inner self and immediately seek and find the love and light in others. Namaste

 

 

Swadhyaya (Niyama #4)

Swadhyaya – स्वाध्याय – Self-Study

Does practicing Swadhyaya tell us to study the self, or to regularly practice studying?  Yes. Both of course.

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“You don’t want to learn, you’re done with school.”

“You don’t think you have the time for it.” Cough Netflix. Cough.                                       These are excuses easily taken care of by TapasyaTapasya (Niyama #3.)

Swadhyaya is a path to freedom, as it is the practice of learning or un-learning all of the things that hold you back. Swadhyaya is a 2- Part agreement: first with yourself and secondly with your respect for learning.

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Part 1: Swadhyaya actually means to study the self, or self-analysis.

This agreement is with you and your best friend: also you. As your best friend, you need to know you better than anyone else. You need to listen & talk to you, trust, encourage, and love you.

 

Swadhyaya:

  • forges a deep connection and sustained communication with the higher self. This is miraculous if you think about it! Without any help from Facebook, you can intuitively receive information from everything around you. A breeze, a song, something someone says, a serendipitous run in, etc.
  • If you can see your life as one would read a book, or participate in any activity that cultivates a reflective consciousness you are practicing Swadhyaya.
  • The soul tends to be lured by activities that lead to discovery and illumination. Note: This is not the same as taking a quiz to see what your spirit animal is, but in reality any challenge can become an opportunity to learn about yourself.

Part 2: Don’t go Full Zombie. The moment that you think you know everything or that you know more than everyone else is the moment you die.

It may not have presented itself as “giving up” but that’s what it is.

  • Curiosity is your fuel signal lighting up on the dashboard: You need gas.
  • You have to feed your imagination. Travel. Read. Create.
  • Don’t know how or what? Start asking questions, or just start. You will learn in the process.

How you may have fallen into Full Zombie Mode:

  • It made sense at the time, an admittedly low point in your life… Try asking, “Why am I still here?”
  • Everyone else is doing it, so whatever… Ask yourself, “If someone drives down a one way street the wrong way, am I going to do it? 
  • Perhaps your cynicism is no longer manageable… But ask, “Why am I miserable?” “Why don’t I trust anything, Why don’t I want to know anything, or why don’t I care about my life?”

Whatever the reason: when you disengage from your life, you’re going full Zombie. It’s really f**** hard to come back from Full Zombie. 

Be forewarned, the Swadhyaya classroom is a relentless one.

  • In order to be a self-studier you become teacher and pupil. You are the only person who can design and adhere to the curriculum. You will instantly become aware of all of your negative tendencies, who you have turned into, and how terrible this may make you feel. Welcome and accept your limitations as this is where learning begins.

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In this practice of self-study you must find the source of…

Your anger..

Sadness..

Impatience..

or Self-loathing..  You will also learn how cunning you are and will be tried by your own deception.

Combing through these knots is teaching yourself to accept what you learn about you. This leads to true compassion and transforms your energy with everything around you.

The more we do this, the more we are free.

 

What is Wellness?

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What is Wellness?  Wellness is the sum of all your parts, aka being a better human, the best human

If you are healthy, is it something you have worked for?

Are you consciously cultivating a healthier body and a healthier mind?

Are you actively working within your society, be it the community or an organization you belong to, or perhaps it can begin right there in your kitchen, with the food you buy and prepare for yourself and others?

Are you kind?

Are you compassionate to your husband, children, mother, and father?

Have you had to work through differences with people we are meant to call family?

If so, have you sorted through the confusion that comes from such hard decisions, or do you hold on strongly to your theories placing others into a fixed perspective?

Mental wellness is not easy for anyone, but if and when developed will prove to be the most fruitful aspect of our health and happiness.

Why is wellness necessary?

If you aren’t sure that wellness is important to you, then ask yourself what is important. I can guarantee that there will, at some point, be an answer and the only way to get there is by actively working on who you are.

If we break down our existence into simple forms there are a few things that we just can’t do without.

  • We live through the interconnectedness of all beings and their systems as that provides optimal functioning of our systems.

  • We need to breathe oxygen and to consume and metabolize calories so that physical movement is possible. We need other people so that we can do the things we are born to do, like laugh, dance, communicate, etc.

Yet, I haven’t mentioned the necessity of life:

  • Death. Yes, every single thing has its opposite.

Morbid as it may be, death is the only way we know to define and celebrate the experience we call “alive.” So maybe you can live seventy or eighty years without worrying about something like wellness, or your health, or your connection to others, your perception of the world, or how you creatively express the genius that is in you, but the chances that your time alive doesn’t include these wonderful truths, is not a chance I would wish on anyone.