I'm always struck by how many of us have blockages in our throat chakra. I have so many clients who suffered with sore throats as children followed by thyroid problems as adults.
As Louise Hay points out, thyroid problems are usually caused by humiliation and lack of fulfillment; a feeling of 'when will it be my turn?'
Richard Gerber writes in Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century that the throat chakra is about the right use of will. Not to exert our will over others, but the ability to use our will power for our own good. Self-control and self-discipline are important if we're to achieve what we really want in life and if we're to treat others as we want to be treated ourselves, honestly, openly and without flying off the handle.
Symptoms of Suppression
The throat should also be our instrument of truth which expresses our values, feelings and beliefs. When we hold back from verbalising something important to us for fear of how others may react, we compromise the flow of energy through our throat chakra. This can lead to thyroid problems, sore throats, gum disease, cold sores, jaw problems and recurrent headaches. Other signs of problems with this chakra are issues with alcohol, food or drugs.
Finding the Source of Denial (!)
The key to resolving throat chakra issues is to trace the patterns involved. Where did we learn to suppress our voice; what began the belief that our feelings, needs or opinions weren't going to be heard or weren't important enough to take up space? Where did we step aside for someone else? Where were we shamed for our beliefs? Where did we give our power away?
Sometimes this is a karmic pattern we see clearly when tracing our family tree. One client found the answer two generations back. Her family were in an ethnic minority who had to toe the line of a foreign power and even change their name to be 'acceptable'. Others find it in their own childhoods, living in the shadow of a controlling parent or sibling. Some were brought up in an oppressive family or school environment where it wasn't safe to 'be seen'.
Expressing not Suppressing
The more we speak our truth and make choices based on our true values, the more we're seen by others for who we truly are. This can feel terrifying; we may trigger and need to process memories of past humiliation which led to us playing small, yet this is the path to healing which our throat leads us to take. Alternatives include taking drugs which suppress the problem further or eating and drinking to an unhealthy degree to try and 'gag' ourselves.
The Way Forward
Cultivate self-discipline - it will increase your self-esteem.
Choose a goal and get support from a friend, coach, regular class or personal trainer to help you stick with it.
Use your throat - join a local singing group, drama society or toastmasters.
Volunteer to speak when a cause needs a spokesperson.
Take up kick-boxing or assertiveness classes
Find a therapist who can help you trace and release the source of your issues
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