Truth & Stepping into our Power;
Or everything you wanted to say, but didn’t have the courage!!
Following on from the post on the symbolism of the Heart and heart symptoms, which related in part to C9, let’s take a look at the throat and neck.
Many people of all ages suffer tonsillitis these days, neck problems are common in our days of sitting rigidly in front of screens, and of course thyroid is also a major issue generally.
In the yogic tradition the throat centre or Vishudda chakra is also known as the Purity centre and includes the thyroid gland, the parathyroid and the pharyngeal plexus. The psychological attributes of the throat chakra are empathy, communication and freedom!
As always, let’s start out with some definitions and explanations to get our bearings.
Tonsillitis & the Tonsils
Inna Segal in The Secret Language of Your Body has the following to say about tonsillitis, which is one of the most common symptoms associated with the throat. Some people will immediately resonate with these words partially or in their totality, while some may struggle with putting them into context.
Feeling defensive, controlling, fearful. Believing that what you have to express is not important and that others will not want to hear it. Suppressing your creativity and joy. Underestimating your talents and abilities. Clinginess. Seeking others’ permission and support for what you do.
May need to please others in order to be liked. Feeling like others are angry or judging you, but trying to appease them by going out of your way for them. Blocking the flow of your expression and creativity. Fearing the consequences of expressing your feelings.
One of the main emotions which is often underneath these feelings is anger. This may come out as a need to criticize, blame others and be hurtful. Long term anger can lead to feelings of fatigue, and drains the energy and the life force.
Unresolved anger in addition to tonsillitis may lead to high blood pressure, inflammation and things like PMS and sinusitis. The body always tries to push the damaging effects of negative emotions away from the vital organs and to give you a message that there is a problem. If you ignore the message and try to fix it with a bandaid (ie medication) without exploring the root cause, then suppressing the symptoms can tend to send the symptoms deeper into the system. More inflammation, more pain; a stronger reminder that all is not well in your inner world. Cancer is often the result of unresolved and suppressed emotions or life issues.
The other issue we see in relation to the throat is fear; fear to speak up or speak out or using anger to cover fear. This is something we have seen so much over the last couple of years. Anger over the top of the fear that has been so prominent, with unkind words and actions, division and so on.
The mouth leads to the throat and is one of the main and first sites of the immune system. It’s where the bugs come in and where the system does its work by producing inflammation in an attempt to kill off these bugs. Taking out the tonsils (and frequently the adenoids are removed too) may resolve things, but over time it can lead to issues in other areas of the body if the underlying reason for the tonsillitis is not addressed.
Did you know that the tonsils once removed can grow back and often do? That’s something to think of in terms of how we need to heal!
The first remedy I often think of for tonsillitis is Lachesis, which interestingly also covers menstrual issues in women, another area which can be affected by anger or feelings of powerlessness in relationships. Lachesis often works a treat for throat issues and it’s made from … wait for it … the venom of the bushmaster snake. It isn’t toxic because of the way our remedies our made and one poor snake probably made most of the remedies you buy around the world today, as homeopathic pharmacies often share their base remedies. PS: we do offer a vegan version of Lachesis in the store!
If you think about the snake, this one in particular so I’ve heard will chase its victim to strike. In humans we can imagine that as a picture of striking and spitting in anger or spite, which when used constitutionally (ie to fit the whole person) can be part of the picture of someone who could benefit from Lachesis and who also has throat issues.
It’s not the only remedy for tonsillitis of course, but our job today is not to talk about remedies for treating this condition (there is another blog about this already: Tonsillitis & Sore Throats) but to look at the “why” of these common symptoms.
For me the energy of the throat is about power or powerlessness, an inability to speak your truth, to express what you’re feeling or maybe about feeling unheard and unvalidated when you do express yourself.
The Thyroid Gland
While the thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, which relates to hormone function, it is seated at the top of the chest towards the throat. Again one of the themes of the thyroid is expression. What are you not expressing, what are you holding back? Are you trying to please others by carrying their burdens and their worries.
If we look at under-active thyroid (hypothyroid), this results in fatigue, feeling sluggish or numb and disconnected from life purpose. An over-active thyroid (hyperthyroid) can give a sense of there being never enough time, too much to do, inability to get everything done, to relax, and inability to focus with feelings of foggy head, confusion and so on. People with hyperthyroid often have a tendency to overthink things, rather than tuning into feelings and intuition.
There are a whole world of symptoms related to the thyroid, but you can google these for yourself (and I’ve written posts about this too) as we really want to focus on the symbolism of its role at the throat centre, rather than talk about physicality.
The energy of this gland is also about lack of power, feeling controlled, particularly by family members, and giving up too easily. There may be fear of failure, a sense of disappointment in self or others and a lack of understanding of how to break free from all these feelings.
The neck is of course at the throat centre as well and has a slightly differently picture. If you have neck problems (and often that would be back of the neck), you might want to ask yourself who is giving you a pain in the neck! Or maybe you feel your commitments are strangling you, are you taking on too much or are you being rigid and inflexible about something in your life.
Issues around relationships can find their seat in the cervical spine (the neck), difficulties making commitments, unresolved issues with parents, children or past partners. There may be a tendency to sweep things under the carpet you don’t want to deal with – again suppression!
Truth & Power
The throat centre is the seat of our truth and our power; whether we feel powerless or powerful and how that is expressed, so both aspects.
We all want to speak our truth and we want to be heard. This has been a big issue through the past couple of years. We were not able to speak our truth for fear of persecution, we could not speak up on behalf of our children or ourselves. We were powerless to make any change, to have a discussion about how what was mandated had affected us, and those who suffered vaccine reactions were definitely unheard!
Much of this has gone against our personal beliefs and our medical choices, bringing a feeling of powerlessness in many who may not have experienced this before. So isn’t it interesting that one of the major areas for C9 to settle in with the ‘O’ virus is the throat; scratchy, dry, painful throat often with fever – that inflammatory process burning and flaming away.
And so many headed for Canberra because they needed to speak their truth and there was safety in numbers and the opportunity to talk, to express, to connect through the heart, as well with like-minded people.
These people had often given up everything – their jobs, their homes, their lives – in order to retain power over their bodies and their lives. Speaking through the throat in many cases had had no impact. No one wanted to know, but as more and more people connected through the energy of the heart and the throat and came together, finding leaders with powerful voices, the groups were able to express themselves and find ways to be heard.
Throat & Heart
There is a strong connection between these two centres and in my experience when you work through the issues of the heart, you are then able to step into your power and express yourself more freely and fully. So much work has happened through the heart in the last two years and as we spoke about in the blog What does our heart tell us? we have connected through this centre with our tribes.
Many others have suffered heartbreak at the hands of family and friends. Harsh words may have emanated from the throat centre, anger and fear expressing what people were feeling.
What we’re seeing now are more people awakening to the narrative (see … throat centre again!) which twisted the truth, drew people in, building their anger and their need to vent on social media and in person. No doubt there will be further anger as they recognise the untruths or twisted truths that came out of the mouths of those they held in high regard.
The energy tends to rise up through the chakras, clearing from the base (our foundation) through the heart, to the throat and on upwards, then bringing the higher energies back down through the system in order to heal, cleanse, balance and open us up to our higher potential.
So what do we get from this?
As with everything there is polarity about what we are saying or what we are unable to say.
Are we using our voice or the energy of the throat to overpower someone else or a group? Are we refusing to listen, dictating our beliefs or allowing our anger to be expressed inappropriately. What underlies this inflammatory process?
Or are we finding ourselves unable to stand up to someone or something which we feel is overpowering us, stifling our expression and creating a sense of being unheard? Are we overcaring, trying to please, or living in fear or anger, which is unexpressed.
It can be really hard to speak up, and sometimes we don’t need to speak up to the other person or group, we actually need to speak to ourselves, to our inner child!
Tonsillitis in a child or adolescent may be the result of something going on in the family or at school which they are uncomfortable with and unable to speak up about, or just feeling powerless generally. In some cases it is an inherited tendency – see below.
Worth considering as well is that if we are looking at a family history of tonsillitis, other throat issues or thyroid problems, this may be ancestral rather than “our stuff”. Sometimes it’s our place to recognise such an issue and to break the cycle for the next generations. We may need to focus on cutting the energetic link which goes back down the line to the first individual or generation who experienced whatever it was that blocked the throat.
And as I’ve said, these are often issues which start in the heart.
Clearing blocked energy in the Throat
If we are working in the higher realms then we would often look at ways to clear the throat centre or balance the energy generally.
Focussing on why we are blocked at the throat is obviously important, but sometimes it’s not possible to identify this and rather than get into a headspace of overthinking, it can be better to look at the bigger picture. The clarity may come later or it may come in increments, insight by insight.
Mantras can be a gentle but very powerful way to remove these blocks if you resonate with them. The power of sound to shift issues through vibrational resonance is rather like giving a homeopathic remedy or an essence. You could also sing or work with singing bowls or drumming, for example, but Dean and I are quite partial to a beautiful mantra from the Hindu tradition.
I asked Dean for his thoughts from the hindu/yogic tradition, which has been a part of our life for nearly 30 years. He suggested the Ganesha Seed Mantra, a powerful mantra to remove obstacles and clear blocks, which is the focus of Ganesha, the Elephant God. Like singing or other sound therapy, mantras are dynamic and age-old tools to work with.
Try chanting Om Gum Ganapataaye Namah (Om Guhm Guh-nuh-puh-tuh-yea Nah-mah-hah) – 108 times is traditional – keeping count with a string of mala or prayer beads.
Here’s a link to Deva Premal chanting this beautiful and calming mantra. You could use this as a meditation. Have a listen and feel the energy through the throat centre.
Supporting the Throat
Blue is the traditional color of the throat chakra and wearing blue, meditating on the colour blue at the throat centre or working with blue at the in and out breath are all useful techniques.
There are many beautiful esoteric remedies that can support our ability to step into our power, not all of them blue, but all of them profound and insightful! And yes, you could and probably should seek a homeopath from some indepth work at this level.
Crystals, essences, aura soma and essential oils can also be lovely energies to work with at this time.
Soul Harmonics – tools for transformation
Many of you will already have worked with our Soul Harmonics. The set of 12, which recently birthed Soul Harmonics Resilience – a late bloomer, are powerful tools for transformation.
Heartcrafted from potent vibrational essences to allow you to fly and Wyldwood Essences (grown and created in the garden at Wyldwood in Southern Tasmania) to keep you grounded, they will reach out to you on your soul journey to make you whole.
Soul Harmonics Truth addresses the energy of the throat centre and includes the colour blue as a vibrational remedy, as well as Emerald, which is also for the heart centre and helps to soften anger. Often the emotions and issues of the heart need to be expressed through the throat centre – voiced – to allow us to experience balance.
This Soul Harmonic allows us to express what needs to be expressed, speaking the truth from the depths of our being.
It allows us to connect with the creative energy of the throat, opening us up to a higher spiritual energy.
It helps us develop gentleness in thought and deed, humility, diplomacy, love and truth.
And finally once we’ve done our work, Soul Harmonics Integration is how we fit the new energy we’ve manifested
into our old life, to transform ourselves.
We align ourselves and our energy in a way that allows us to hold that energy and move forwards on our path. Without being aligned nothing works or flows. We struggle with existing as spiritual beings on a physical planet and in a physical body.
Integrating these two seemingly polar energies is now possible and practical, enabling us to experience balance, without feeling we are living between worlds or energies.
Without integration and alignment our intentions manifest whatever is energetically near to us in a random way, but not necessarily what we desire to attract. There is clarity and understanding as we integrate and align.
… from a book I loved in the early 2000s and haven’t looked at for over a decade but couldn’t bear to part with, I opened the page to today’s date – 21 February and it was so appropriate.
In Simple Abundance; a Daybook of Comfort & Joy (Sarah Ban Breathnach) this day and the following (part 1 and part 2) are about Excavating the Real You!
How appropriate is that whichever day we look at or whichever subject of the self we consider.
Maybe being oneself is always an acquired taste; Patricia Hampl
The Secret Language of your Body; Inna Segal
Simple Abundance; a Daybook of Comfort & Joy; Sarah Ban Breathnach
Melanie Creedy calls herself “just a homeopath” because homeopathy is actually her whole world; all day, every day! While she’s dipped her toe into a multitude of modalities, is a Reiki Master, Master Essence Maker, great with a pendulum and has a passion for gardening, quilting and machine embroidery, her first love will always be homeopathy.
Its breadth and depth continues to astound her; covering the emotions, the physical body, mental health and of course the spiritual/life path. The energetic resonance of the remedies, whether made physically in a homeopathic lab or energetically on a vibrational potentiser, touch the core and guide us on our journey of awakening to the life we have created and the life we desire.
Melanie has used homeopathy for over 30 years and has been in practice since 1998. For many years she ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australia, but since her tree change to Tasmania, has a special interest in women’s and children’s health.
Her first love and passion however has always been helping individuals manage their journey on the spiritual path with homeopathy and her range of essences. Melanie works with people using soul talk and soul listening and intuiting esoteric vibrational remedies to remove obstacles on the path. This can relate to physical, mental and emotional issues, which are often part of our ‘soul choices’ for this lifetime. Her approach is simple but deep, grounded, thoughtful and pragmatic. Not too much airy fairy speak going on here, just a drawing together of the strings of life.
Melanie is a Licentiate of the British School of Homeopathy, holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Homeopathy), Diploma of Nutrition, Diploma of Yoga and she has been a Reiki Master since 1998.