Silence in the throat

Vishuddha, the fifth chakra, is located in the throat. It governs self-expression, independence, fluency of thought, hearing and speaking – communication, in other words. Which is why in the Ecology of the Soul, the power of communication rests here.

Meditation stills the mind, but successful meditation is also dependent on the ability to still the mind. And for that you can find help. Only when the chatter is stopped, or slowed down so much that just the occasional thought swims through the goldfish bowl, can you break through the very thin door into the floating silence of bliss. There is a physical trigger you can use as well as all the mental ones; if you relax and let go of the muscles in your neck and throat, and working inwards, finally let your tongue go so it shrinks, stops making saliva and settles down much smaller in your mouth and throat, your brain stills. Then your mind slows right down and thoughts cease to chase through it on each other’s heels.

When you have silence in your external communication centre, when that is off line, you are opening the direct line to the bliss, peace and power of self awareness, of Soul Consciousness. So shut down your outer speaking and hearing, and turn your inner listening on.

About Aidan

The Ecology of the Soul is the culmination of a lifetime of study and practice of hatha yoga and Raj Yoga. Aidan studied with BKS Iyengar, and was a dedicated member of the Brahma Kumaris, teachers of Raja Yoga, during his 20s. The basic understanding of the Soul and God is pure Raja Yoga, but it is the 'ecology' principle that drives the system's emphasis on balancing our spiritual powers. We return to our natural state of happiness, contentment, peace – and power.
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