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Vishuddha Chakra : Communication Centre



An emotional place :

To go to when explaining or expressing (ideas, feeling, reactions etc) and for exploring and finding things out.



Primarily concerned with:



Connects to :



Element :

            Space / ether

Physically :



Emotionally :




Intellectually :

Exploring


Creativity


Experimenting


Information Handling



Activity / doing



Learning



Other Comments



When acting skillfully from this place:



Issues that may occur when acting unskillfully from, or when stuck in this chakra or when it is too dominant :-

Distrust/ Skepticism / Lack of Trust / Doubt / Overly Cautious

Some degree of doubting and questioning of things and ideas protects one from trusting in things that turn out to be untrustworthy. But in the end one needs to trust something at least to some degree, if only on a temporary basis – otherwise one ends up paralyzed by fear and indecision. Working with Muladhara (to develop a sense of things as reliable and stable) may be helpful.

Compulsive Disorders / Compulsive Behaviours

This can relate to the above – one feels a need to check and recheck or clean or re-clean because one does not trust the quality or purity of something (usually something to do with oneself). Another form of compulsion can come from trying to satisfy something that cannot be satisfied – trying to fill the space that cannot be filled. An obvious example of this is trying to fill the emptiness of the throat (or heart) with food – satisfaction (fullness of throat or heart) never comes so one keeps on eating (compulsively). Either way, working with Swadhisthana is likely to be helpful (in the former case, to develop an acceptance of things even when imperfect or impure and, in the latter case, to become aware of one’s real “hungers” and so more accurately satisfy them).

Rejecting / Dismissing / Un-receptive / Unadventurous

This is where the gate-keeper (as opposed to the gateway) side of Vishuddha is so dominant that too much is rejected as inappropriate, accurate, unreliable or “impure” (etc). In terms of food, it would mean there was only a limited range of food one is prepared to eat. In terms of ideas, it would mean only those views that are obviously close to one’s current thinking / understanding get considered as possibly having any validity. This obviously limits ability to absorb new ideas or having paradigm shifts in perception. Working with Swadhisthana (to develop a more accepting attitude) is likely to be helpful.

Restrained / Inhibited / Reserved

This is again where the gate-keeper side of Vishuddha dominates – acting to keep inside those thoughts, feelings, actions and expressions that might be harmful or have harmful consequences. Obviously, it is useful and helpful to filter and edit to some degree one’s impulses to act or express oneself – but, if taken too far, one risks finding oneself inhibited or disinclined to act or express just in case one might do harm. Particularly with regard to feelings and thoughts, one becomes unexpressive both to oneself (internally) and to others – one can become literally or figuratively voiceless. To others this may well seem (incorrectly) as if one is cold, unfeeling, uncaring and so on. Working with Anahata (to develop a greater impulse or motivation to act or express) is likely to be helpful.

Self divided / Restricted connections

The connections or channels between different aspects of oneself can be strong and unblocked but also closed or highly constricted. Usually this happens for a reason as a protective mechanism, but when this sort of state persists it can of itself be highly damaging – both to the connections and the parts / aspects of oneself that have become in effect disconnected. This is to some degree a very common issue for the connections and communications between Ajna and Anahata – very often because the perceptiveness of Ajna is in someway painful or discomforting to Anahata. Another thing that can happen is for Ajna itself to become divided because what one perceives is in some sense too unacceptable to even be thought let alone voiced or given expression. Working with Muladhara (to develop a sense of safety) and Swadhisthana (to develop ability to allow) is likely to be helpful.

Refined / Rarified / Correctness / Precision

Meticulous attention to detail, careful attention to accuracy and courteous politeness are all useful and in some situations essential. But, taken too far, this can distill out of oneself and one’s life a sense of playfulness and joyfulness and eliminate the possibility of spontaneity and serendipity. Where this is an issue, working with Swadhisthana (to develop in relaxed spontaneity and playfulness) and Manipura (to bring a sense of warm expansiveness) is likely to be helpful.


Issues that may occur when one inadequately accesses this chakra or when it is weak :-

Excessiveness / Immoderation / Lack of Restraint

When the gate-keeper (as opposed to the gateway) aspect of Vishuddha is weak or ineffective then impulses to act or express are allowed to turn into action or expression without checking the sense or appropriateness of the impulse. For example, one might eat just because the thought of cake seems nice rather than because one feels hungry – which of course, if repeated regularly, is likely to lead to weight problems. This sort of weakness can make one vulnerable to addictive behaviour (e.g. drugs, alcohol, cigarettes etc.). It can also give one social problems if one’s impulses happen to lead to actions or expressions (e.g. tactlessness, rudeness, bombastic or aggressive behaviour) that others dislike or find uncomfortable. Working with Vishuddha (to develop greater self-regulation) is likely to be very helpful. Working with Muladhara (to develop in self-discipline) is also likely to be helpful.

Erratic / Temperamental / Unreliable

This is similar to the above but relates to the regulation of activity (and expression) rather than checking that the activity is desirable. This is likely to relate particularly to regulation of activity or stimulation of Manipura chakra – so that one alternates between being highly active and exuberant and exhaustion and despondency. Erratic or inexplicable moods swings or fluctuations in energy levels are suggestive of this sort of issue. Working with Vishuddha (especially with regard to control and regulation) is likely to help but this may be difficult. Working with Muladhara (to develop in self discipline) and Swadhisthana (to develop greater smoothness in one’s emotions and moods) may also be helpful.

Disordered / Chaotic / Un-coordinated / Fragmented

Poor communication between different aspects of one’s being leads to them acting in conflicting directions – without harmony or fruitful synchronization or sequencing. This tends to lead to a frustrating ineffectiveness of activity. In addition to working with Vishuddha, working with Ajna (to plan and organize one’s activities) is likely to be helpful.

Inarticulate / Incoherent

One feels the impulse to express or communicate but has difficulty distilling and structuring what one desires to express sufficiently for it to be understandable. One might say a lot but somehow not succeed in getting the key message across. Working with Ajna (for pre-planning and pre-organizing one’s expressions) in addition to Vishuddha is likely to be helpful.

Verbosity / Pontification / Tactlessness / Inconsiderate

One has no difficulty with expressing oneself, perhaps very accurately, but fails to apply discrimination in one’s expressions or consider the likely implications or effects of one’s expressions. This tends to cause social problems as one either is offensive or inappropriate or weird. In addition to working with Vishuddha, working with Anahata (to develop in feelings of caring about others) is likely to be helpful.

Naïve / Gullible / Overly Accepting

The gate-keeper side of Vishuddha is weak or ineffective with regard to what one lets into oneself. Basically, one lets any old rubbish into oneself without any consideration to its potential usefulness or dangerousness. With regard to food this would be eating off food as readily as fresh food (and so risking food poisoning). With regard to thoughts and ideas this would be believing (and trusting) whatever one hears or reads without considering the reliability of the source or testing against the knowledge and understanding one already has. In addition to working with Vishuddha, working with Anahata and Ajna may well be helpful.

Unobservant / Unaware / Ignorance

The information gathering and sorting side of Vishuddha is weak or under-developed. This may relate both to what is happening inside oneself and what is happening outside oneself. There is a lack of transfer of information and a lack of relating information. In addition to working with Vishuddha, working with Swadhisthana (to develop a greater awareness of one’s sensations and experiences), Anahata (to develop a greater feel for the significance of things to oneself and one’s concerns) and Ajna (to develop understanding of things within their own context).

Clumsy / Incautious / Prone to Accidents / Sloppy / Error Prone

This relates to not taking due care (as opposed to not caring). Sometime, perhaps most of the time, not taking a lot of care does not lead to problems. But being unable to, or neglecting to be careful and attentive when one needs to be, can lead to a lot of difficulties – and there are times / circumstances when it is actively dangerous. In addition to working with Vishuddha, working with Anahata (to develop a caring attitude) is likely to be helpful.
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