Yesterday, I wrote about the Heart Chakra and how it serves as a negotiator, of sorts, between our body and our spirit and how understanding it can
Today, I’m writing about the Fifth Chakra – the Throat Chakra, which is located in the lower throat, in the hollow of the collarbone. In essence, this chakra is about surrendering to our higher power, which means different things to different people: God, angels, Universe, inner strength, or a personal higher form of knowing, which comes from our higher selves. This chakra bridges the gap between our heart and our mind.
Caroline Myss says that ALL illness has a connection to the fifth chakra, because choice is involved in every detail of our lives and therefore in every illness. This is HUGE. This chakra relates to the struggles – on both mental and emotional levels – involved with learning about our immense power of choice.
Below is a brief explanation of the Throat Chakra and some ways we might integrate its attributes into our writing.
Lower throat, in the hollow of the collarbone
Faith, self-knowledge, and personal authority.
Having no authority or power of choice or control with tribe, relationships, ourselves, substances, money, power, and another’s emotions
Ability to speak one’s truth with clarity, to believe in love and courage
Fear of death and making fear-based decisions based on attachment to outcomes
Recognizing free will and self-expression in ourselves and others and accepting it with love and compassion
Aspects we might consider for our characters or ourselves
Faith and self-knowledge, ability to speak one’s truth, fears around money, power, and the emotions of others
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Close your eyes and do a short visualization of the Throat Chakra: A blue, pulsating orb in your throat, in the hollow of the collarbone. Imagine it expanding and contracting and spreading out to the sides of your neck and around the back. Sit with this pulsating, benevolent and calm energy for as long as you can, breathing deeply, for 5-10 breaths. Count to ten slowly on both the inhale and the exhale for each one. When you’re ready, let the energy begin to recede and return to its original size. Maintain its presence in your body as you open your eyes and begin the following writing exercise.
Feel free to use the same two characters you’ve been working with, or create two new ones. Assess your characters, then put them in dialogue with each other about a topic that matters to them, or at least to the protagonist. What are their voices like? What do they sound like? How talkative are they? How loud or quiet are they? Is their word choice similar or vastly different? Do either or both of them have a voice in society? Are they people others look up to and/or follow because they speak the truth? Does either of them sing? Do they speak up for themselves, express their feelings? With each other? With other people?
Creative Non-fiction Writers / Memoirists
Think about your voice. Your speaking voice.
What does your voice sound like both within and outside of your tribe? Write about the actual sound of your voice. Be as descriptive as possible.
How do you use your voice, both in life and in your tribe? Write about what kinds of issues and subjects you get vocal about.
What makes you lose control of your voice or willpower within and outside of your tribe?
Sending you mad writing mojo…