The Fifth Chakra – Vishuddha – The Fifth Chakra
Vishuddha is the chakra of communication, of sound and diplomacy. It is in charge of our vocal chords, which allow us to speak, as well as our ears, which allow us to hear.
Vishuddha connects us to the master archive of universal knowledge. It is said that a person who has maximized Vishuddha is not subject to time and can perceive past, present, and future as if it were all an instant. On the other hand, Vishuddha helps us to have better access to all that information that has been accumulating in our beings, but is not readily accessible.
Vishuddha is the muse chakra, the chakra of the arts, of music, and of classical literature. Vishuddha creativity is much more refined than that of Swadhisthana. It is the chakra which communicates us to space, and that allows us to access all the past, present, and future information.
Vishuddha is located at the throat, between the energy of the heart and that of consciousness. It regulates the organs of the neck and throat, and supplies energy to the lungs, trachea, and esophagus. It is also responsible for the body’s growth and development, since it also supports the thyroid.
Vishuddha in Sanskrit means pure, clean, immaculate. A person in Vishuddha is pure, generous, and relaxed. Her or his expression reflects truth, security, and interior purity. This person also has great fluidity of thought and is very independent.
People who lie, who talk too much, who do not let others speak, who do not dare to express themselves, who like to criticize, make fun of others, or judge, have some imbalance or blockage in Vishuddha. Those individuals may also feel isolated, misunderstood, and have their creativity blocked.
The animal associated with this chakra is the elephant Airavata, king of all herbivores, Indra’s vehicle. Its color is smoky grey.