Vishuddha Chakra - The Throat Chakra

At a Glance

The Throat Chakra, Vishuddha, is also known as the Center of Purity. Located just above the pit of the throat, it is commonly related to the subtle ether element. Next to qualities like purity and dignity, Vishuddha is said to facilitate communication, true self-expression and a desire for the mysterious, for transpersonal concepts, and high knowledge. The exposure to vast open spaces, to fine arts, science fiction or star gazing balance Vishuddha, which is associated with a refined, superior creativity and a special connection to time and space.

LOCATION
Just above the pit of the throat

ELEMENTS
Gross element: Ether — space within and between matter, source element
Subtle element: Akasha Tatva

SENSES
Sense: Hearing
Action organ: Vocals
Perception organ: Ears

SANSKRIT
Vishuddha
विशुद्ध

PRONUNCIATION
vi-shu-ddha

TRANSLATION
Extremely pure (Vishuddha)
Throat Chakra

Characteristics

ANIMAL
White elephant, rare like an exotic jewel

ARCHETYPE
Selfless gurus, artists like Bach & Shakespeare, pure Virgin Mary

PHYSICAL BODY
Space within matter - between atoms

ETHERIC BODY
Udana Vayu

CAUSAL BODY
Focus on spiritual knowledge, Truth or Satyam, seat of high intuition, exploration of existential questions about the meaning of life; longing for puritanical, hermit-like reclusiveness

Emotions & Mentality

- Purity and refinement, nobility and dignity
- Sense for high aesthetics and refined beauty
- Desire for high knowledge, transpersonal, eternal concepts about reality
- Extreme perfectionists, no tolerance for mediocracy
- Place where art, science, and spirituality meet
- Flavor of the unattainable, mysterious, magic
- Special connection to space and time
- Listening to one’s intuition for optimal flow
- Identification with the eternal, beyond world
- Love is coming from a completely pure place
- Mentality of guru / disciple and mother / child

Imbalance / Shadow Aspects

Imbalances on a certain level of consciousness appear due to an excess or a lack of energy on this level.

- Can't engage with "the rest of the world"
- Can't stand impurity and imperfection
- Overly idealistic
- Inability to express oneself, cannot speak one's truth
- Ignorance of Absolute Reality

BALANCE
Singing and playing refined music, fine arts, science fiction, star gazing, vast open spaces, mountain tops

Tradition

"By contemplating this cakra, one acquires an instant comprehension of the Vedas and all their mysteries."
- Georg Feuerstein - Shambala Encyclopedia of Yoga.

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