John Aguilar, Jr., L.Ac., R.Y.T., M.S.TCM

Licensed AcupuncturistChinese Medical HerbalistYoga and Tai Chi Instructor

The throat cakra could be described as a center of purity and expressiveness. Visuddha allows us to experience both positive and negative events in life and receive them equally, understanding them as both beneficial and part of the larger flow of life. Similarly, it empowers us to be more discriminating in perceiving incoming messages. Is that inner voice sourced in our higher consciousness, or is it just part of the ceaseless muttering of the lower 'monkey mind'?

Anatomically, the throat cakra is located at the spine, directly behind the thyroid gland. It is associated with the surrounding structures and organs, the mouth, throat, tongue, as well as the neck and shoulders. Its corresponding sense is hearing and the ears.

It is at the passage that is the throat that we express our thoughts, feelings, and ideas out into the world, and it is the throat cakra that is reflected in our ability, great or small, to express ourselves appropriately and accurately. Whether you can communicate effectively what is going on inside, whether you 'over-express', dominating conversations or tendencies to speak lies, or whether you have difficulty speaking anything at all is determined by the state and energy of Visuddha.

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