The neck is the narrowest part of the torso – narrower even than the head. You could say the throat chakra is the “bottleneck” of the chakra system—the place that physically connects the head to the body. With such a small area doing so much, it is no surprise that we get blocked.
Blockages in the throat chakra show up as frequent sore throats, neck pain, and shoulder pain, as well as thyroid issues, either hyper or hypo, which reflects either an excessively energized throat chakra or one that is deficient. The thyroid has a lot to do with our metabolism, and hence our energy in general, so it is interesting to note that the skill of our communication may affect all of these issues.
If you feel blocked in this area, you are not alone.
This is a vulnerable place, because the throat chakra is where the inside comes out. If we learned it wasn’t safe to share our deep interior self, that we might be ridiculed, misunderstood, ignored, disbelieved, or punished in any way for sharing our truth, then we shut down our throat chakra. It may have been for a good reason at the time, but later we have trouble opening it up again.
Additionally, the lower chakras must be functioning to give proper support to an open throat chakra. We need a good, solid ground in chakra one; we need to be in touch with our feelings in chakra two; willing to take our power in chakra three; and connected emphatically to ourselves and others in relationship in chakra four. If any of these are missing, then it is no surprise that chakra five would be affected.
Anything that has a strong impact on our soul has a vibration. Nature’s balance requires that we vibrate that impact back out again: by talking about it to a trusted friend or therapist, by making sounds, writing in your journal, creating art, or at least some form of expression. When we can’t express what happens to us, we deaden ourselves and become more distant from the flow of life, both inside and out. Our body and etheric field become dense, and we have stagnant feelings, diminished energy, and less connection to self and others.