The fifth energy center, located at the throat, is primarily associated with creative expression. Its key theme is speaking the truth – expressing who we are, what we feel, and what we believe – whether through verbal or nonverbal communication. Sound comes through the throat and enables expression through spoken words and the songs we sing. The “messengers” of the fifth energy center are voice and choice.
We manifest how we live, what we wear, what we eat, and even what our dreams are by giving them voice. Choice gives voice to our desires and, in turn, our voice expresses our choice.
The ﬁfth chakra is connected to the throat, neck, shoulders, mouth, jaw, and teeth, as well as to the nasal sinuses, vocal chords, trachea and esophagus, cervical vertebrae, and ears. The thyroid, parathyroid, and the hypothalamus, which control the autonomic nervous system, are also located here.
When this area is out of balance, the following conditions can arise:
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder in the jaw
- Swollen glands in the throat, throat cancer
- Neck problems
- Chronic childhood tonsillitis
- Hypo- and hyperthyroidism, thyroiditis, thyroid cancer, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s disease
- Chronic sinus problems
- Any disorders of the throat, voice, mouth, teeth, or gums
Thyroid conditions typically arise after physical or emotional crises. The butterﬂy-shaped thyroid gland that sits in the front of the neck regulates the body’s metabolism. Synthetic thyroid – the primary solution allopathic medicine turns to for thyroid deﬁciency – is among the top three most frequently prescribed drugs in the United States.
But this “Band-Aid” approach fails to address the underlying cause. It is no coincidence, given the cultural suppression of women, that thyroid conditions are more prevalent in women than men by a ratio of ﬁve to one.
The throat is designed to keep itself clear by discharging excess energy through speech or the emission of sound.
When the throat area has distortions, issues can develop. These may include an inability to communicate effectively, an unwillingness to hear or act on guidance, or a sense of having lost the rhythm of life. Other manifestations can include an inability to receive what is given by others, a tendency to blame others for our experiences, or an urge to force things to happen.
People who are out of balance in this area may talk too much or speak in inappropriate ways. They may gossip, stutter, or have difﬁculty being quiet. Sometimes they are too loud. They may ﬁnd it hard to put words together or have a fear of speaking, or they may be secretive, excessively shy, or tone deaf.
Throughout the generations, women have consistently lost their identities and stopped living their truth when they marry. And men and women have both denied the truth for the sake of their careers.
Looking at Rock Hudson’s life, we see that he denied his homosexuality and AIDS until right before his death. The Hollywood star system was a force to be reckoned with at the start of the 1950s, when tall, dark, and handsome Hudson started out. A star of romantic light comedies along with Doris Day, the leading man – a symbol of the charming and glamorous playboy – was virtually a prisoner of a system that could not and would not allow him to acknowledge his real self. But when he sought treatment in Paris, the rumors that he was suffering from AIDS were conﬁrmed.
Photographs showed the once vital man to be gaunt and unrecognizable. His death in 1985 focused world attention on the AIDS virus. He became “the face of AIDS,” helping to bring the hush-hush topic out in the open. Shortly before his death, when the truth was ﬁnally out, Hudson said, “I am not happy I am sick. I am not happy I have AIDS. But if that is helping others, I can at least know my own misfortune has had some positive worth.”
His story is a common one that illustrates the cost of repressing our truth or not asking for what we need, of living in accordance with someone else’s wants – whether real or imagined. What this ultimately costs us is our happiness, our sense of connection with ourselves, our relationships with those we love, our health, and sometimes our very lives.
The fifth chakra is the bridge between the heart, traditionally thought to embody feminine values, and the head, typically believed to express masculine traits. As the center of choice, the fifth chakra is also the bridge between an individual’s inner and outer worlds. This dynamic energy center is also the seat of higher energies and pure creativity.
A healthy and balanced fifth energy system is at one with the concept of divine will. Divine will is a powerful force of spiritual energy from higher dimensions that can awaken new consciousness, bring about profound realizations, and strengthen our personal will. It aligns our personal intentions with the soul to carry out our goals and purposes.
Those with distorted and irregular fifth chakras tend to push against the river, trying to make deals with the universe to have things go their way. Many of us have been there in one way or another. Haven’t we ever wanted it “our way or the highway?” Haven’t we all ignored that still, small voice within that speaks in barely a whisper?
During my years of drinking and promiscuity, of pretense, denial, and illness, I would hear that small voice just before going to sleep or upon awakening. I would hear the voice speak from deep within me, and I would silently answer, “One day I will be free.” This was the way I put myself to sleep every night for years as a child, soothing myself without the comfort of a mother’s kiss or warm embrace.
The long process of unmasking the truth took over 20 years and much work, but I now have a self I know intimately and never want to hide from again. Finding truth is a daily process of meeting that self, checking in and talking with myself, making sure I am speaking my truth in ways that are natural and authentic. This is one way to check if you are in alignment with higher will.
Clients sometimes tell me that they think letting go of what they cannot control is an admission of failure. But for many it is exactly the opposite. Surrendering to a higher power, or simply to the concept that forces larger than ourselves are at work in the universe, is empowering. Letting go, relinquishing our need to have it our way and allowing other options and possibilities to emerge opens us to receiving and achieving success.
Balance between voicing our desires, taking action, and allowing what is meant to happen is key here. Stop pushing . . . relax . . . allow . . . surrender.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I tend to direct and orchestrate excessively?
- What is my underlying fear?
- What would happen in this particular instance if I just relaxed and let go?
Answering these questions truthfully, without pretense, can be part of our healing.
About the author:
Deborah King, J.D., is a speaker, attorney, and author of the national bestselling book, Truth Heals: What You Hide Can Hurt You (Hay House, 2009). She is featured regularly in broadcast (she’s been on over 100 national and regional television and radio shows), online and print media (including W Magazine, USA Today and Woman’s World).
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