This chakra is called Vishuddha: purity. It represents opening your voice, singing your truth. The emotion is faith and understanding. The verb is "I speak and I am heard." The color is sky blue. The gem is turquoise and the power creativity. The elephant, lion and bull are animals associated with this chakra. This two page spread is not finished and feels kind of bland to me right now.
When I close the page, the heart chakra page partially covers over the throat chakra page, leaving just this edge. I like that.
To me, speaking out and speaking my truth does not mean saying just anything that comes into my mind. My mind is very active and has many thoughts, most of them best left inside my mind so as not to cause harm to myself and others.
Here is a quote I read on Teri's blog today. "Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it true, is it necessary, does it improve on the silence?" Shirdi Sai Baba
So, how do I speak my truth? In the way I live my life, in my "art," in the way I listen to others, by keeping in mind the spiritual truths that may see life and others in a different way than the thinking/emotional truth may. I can speak my truth by understanding that my reaction to someone else's mean words can be put on hold. To let the truth of the situation rise forth. To not feed into the projection.
Recently someone said some very cruel things to me about myself. My reaction was to run away as fast as I could. But if I ran I would be putting a lot of stress on myself. Instead, I prayed, I practiced kind speech alone in my room, I probed into the truth as I saw it. When the time came to speak aloud to this person I spoke what I consider to be gentle words. I am not a saint. The person's earlier words to me hurt still. That this person should see me as they did is so painful. But that is not something I have control over. I only have control over my self and the words I speak.
But the event has set me into the "doldrums," to use Kimmie's word. My heart is wounded, yet again. But then, that is our journey. The journey of the broken-hearted Warrior. This is not unusual, it is human.