Finding Your Voice | 7 Chakras in 7 Weeks
The hasma hand, also known as the hand of Fatima or the hand of Mary, is used in many religions. It is thought to help ward off dark energies and remind us to use all 5 senses to praise God. It is thought to deflect bad intentions or harmful energy coming our way and in a sense, "return to sender". What is the significance of it in regards to our energy centers or chakras? It is also used as a representation of our chakras and their connection to the elements, which are all connected to our feeling and will energy centers- fire (thumb representing the solar plexus), air (Forefinger representing the heart chakra), ether (middle finger representing the throat chakra), earth (ring finger representing the root chakra), and water (pinkie finger representing the sacral chakra). By using these energies within us, combined together, we can change the flow of energy within our bodies and create healing both physically and psychologically.
Over the past five weeks we have been working to create this harmonious energy flow in the lower five chakras of root, sacral, solar plexus, and heart, which are all part of your feeling and will centers. Today we are going to move upward into our fifth and final feeling/will center, the throat chakra. Located at the front of the throat, as well as the back of the neck, and connecting in the middle. It is associated with taking responsibility for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. As children this center is already functioning. It is within our human nature to suckle our mother’s breast to gain nourishment. We vocalize from the beginning when something is needed in any of these areas with our very first expression, a cry. In a healthy situation this expression progresses more throughout one’s life and our needs begin to rely more fully upon ourselves. If the transformation of needing from the outside world to does not move into producing what's need inside of ourselves, then this chakra is most definitely not functioning properly. We can begin to change that disruption in energy flow to our throat chakra when we stop blaming others for our lacks in life and go out and create what we need and desire. The throat center also is where we assimilates our sense of self within our community or society as well as within our careers and peer groups. This energy center plays a large part in attracting what we want and need.
Some ways of recognizing if the throat chakra is not functioning properly: 1) You have a fear of speaking. This can be one on one or in large groups. If you have been labeled as shy or withdrawn you may want to start asking the questions to get this center flowing more fully. 2) If you are unable to express your feelings well verbally. 3) If you fear being your authentic self. 4) If you have throat issues, or tightness in your neck or jaw. 5) If you have problems with your voice or ears. (I want to mention here that not all ailment comes from choice or lack of. Some trials happen to us because our spirit needs to learn something from the trial, and in that case our ailment will not alleviate until our spirit learns what it is meant to learn. Sometimes that takes time, or even a lifetime.)
6) If you talk too much/gossip/interrupt others.
7) If you are resistant or even very combative at taking what others are trying to give to you. Whether that be material things, emotional support, or advice.
8) You are told or feel like you come across as prideful or snooty, but inside you feel a deep lack of confidence.
These malfunctions may stem from verbal abuse, excessive criticism, authoritarian parents, or even substance abuse. Through the overwhelming negative experience this person has experienced in their life they have learned to expect more negativity, hostility, humiliation, and violence instead of expecting love and compassion from others. Be patient with them if you are close with someone that is struggling with this chakra function. It takes time to heal and change expectations. Often times there is a large feeling of shame, pain, and despair within as well. Reading this article about shame healing can help immensely. In order to change you will need to release the false pride and stand fully within those feelings of shame, despair and pain so you can move through them and then release them.
If this is you, go back into your life timeline and begin asking yourself questions. When did this start happening to me? Can I remember a childhood or other trauma in my life that might have caused me to withdrawal? How can I heal myself from this trauma or negative experience? Many times if you are in touch with your higher self and body you will naturally think of or feel some ways to allow the creation of healing within you. You could also do this through prayer, mediation or speaking to a trusted friend or energy healer. I encourage you to get the help you need to move through and transform that negative into a positive. There are so many out there that only have good intentions and desires to help you to find your voice and a higher fullness of joy.
One way you can help heal and balance this center is by working on grounding yourself (connection to your body and the earth) through being in nature or doing some vigorous exercise. You can also work on having more emotional contact with others. You can begin working on connecting with your will more through meditation, or beginning to write it out daily to help you connect with what you really want. Setting goals and writing a vision or mission statement are other amazingly beneficial ways to connect with will and find your voice. You can even create a vision board which will enliven not only your throat chakra but your solar plexus and sacral as well. There are many ways and people that can help you. Try meeting with an energy coach, doing yoga, finding a life coach, or set an intention to have a deeper connection with "safe" people.
If you have a strong voice, are a good listener and communicator, and/or are super creative, this center is probably assimilating energy well. Also, if you are successful and fully standing within a career that challenges you and is fulfilling, and you are producing your best work within that environment, then this chakra is most likely fully open. The key is to not have it become too open, which creates pride and self-centeredness. Remember, balance is important to keep your vibration high and in turn stay healthy and happy and able to give what you are meant to to the world.
Go ahead, get out there and start creating the life you need and desire. Sometimes all we need is for someone else to give us permission. So I very humbly and graciously give you that permission to be you, find your voice, and create all that your sweet heart and mind desires for you.
About the Author: Becky Jones is an energy worker, reiki practitioner, and the owner of Becky Jones Energy Work out of Southern California. She is also certified in the Five Keystones of Health masters program.