Above the heart, we find the upper energy centers and the subtler expressions of the psycho-spiritual processes provided by the chakras. On the journey upward along the spine, Vishudda becomes the last chakra to hold an elemental correspondence. The 5th Chakra, located in the throat, is connected to the element of Ether, where we find matter in its most etheric form. Vishuddha's subtle resonance links us to sound, the vibratory current and its creative aspects, and the processes of communication.

When our 5th Chakra is functioning well, we are able to express ourselves and to use our voice to create our life. We are also able to listen to others and to tune into the silent messages of spirit. Issues with speaking and hearing, including tendencies towards shyness, gossip, blunt communication, and subtle deception relate to imbalances of this chakra.

Vishuddha connects to unseen wisdom, the voices of our spirit allies, and can also serve a doorway for less supportive messages from the human and spirit world. Energy healing can help navigate through this territory. We need to know what is helpful to take in (and send out into the world). This is a center of truth. We need discernment. With this there is the ability to experience powerful psychic sensitivity, and to use the creative power of the word with great ability and intention.

Chakra: 5th

Physical location: throat

Corresponding body parts, systems & organs: throat, neck, shoulders, ears, mouth, jaw

Element: Ether

Sense: Hearing

Associated emotions & expressions (imbalanced): choked impulses, trouble speaking and listening, untruthfulness, gossip

Associated qualities & life experiences: speech, expression & communication, receiving guidance, creative command