The right to speak and hear truth
Inspiration of the Month January
Fifth Chakra – Vissudha
English translation – purification
Element – ether, Sound
Colour – blue
Purpose – communication, creative expression, purification
Location –throat, including mouth, ears etc.
Bij Mantra – HAM
Demon – lies
Associated right: The right to Speak and Be Heard
We have already looked at the first four chakras (Muladhara, Swadisthana, Manipura, Anahata). The further we travel upwards towards the crown of the head, the more obvious it gets that a good interaction of all the chakras is not only important but necessary.
“…the lower chakras must be functioning to give proper support to an open throat chakra. We need a good, solid ground in chakra one; we need to be in touch with our feelings in chakra two; willing to take our power in chakra three; and empathically connected to ourselves and others in relationship in chakra four. If any of these are missing, then it is no surprise that chakra five would be affected.” / Anodea Judith
It is important we look at each chakra closely, one at a time, and do the work necessary with patience as we climb up the Chakras System. Any tendency to rush or bypass some needed work will eventually have to be attended to. There are no shortcuts.
The throat chakra; Vishudha, is all about speaking and hearing truth. Being able to Communicate our truth while being able to listen and hold space for others as they express their perception of Truth.
This is probably one of the hardest things to do as a human being. While many of us still feel confused around the concept of truth, some of has have become so rigid in our beliefs, and hurry to judge and separate ourselves from those who do not share our view and philosophy.
We try to surround ourselves with those who think and speak in a similar way to ours, as it makes us feel more comfortable and safer.
We all know lying is perceived as a “bad” thing, however many of us developed a way of going “around” the truth, telling what is called “white lies”, only so we do not need to say what we truly think or feel.
Speaking our truth should always be done in a non-harmful manner and with much kindness and compassion. Ahimsa, the first concept of Yogic philosophy is the leading concept, and our intention should never be to hurt others as we speak our truth.
For many years when I would be asked a question, I would answer the ‘obvious” answer. The answer I believed the other party wanted to hear. Or the “right” answer according to social norms.
When I learned more about the Chakras and the importance of being honest and authentic, it took me some time to break this habit and find my way around it.
What I have come to do now is that when I am asked a question, and I know my answer is not the answer the other is expecting to hear, I tend to warn them. I let them know they may not like my answer and ask if they still want to hear my thoghts. I empower them with the choice to hear an honest answer or hear nothing at all. While I empower myself to speak