The Heart Chakra

There are seven main chakra points in the body. They are the crown, the third eye, the throat, the heart, the solar plexus, the sacrum, and the root. To better illustrate these, here is a chart:

Each one of these plays an important role for a normal person. But what we are going to discuss is one of the most important chakra points for the Empath, the heart chakra. Please note that this isn’t the only important chakra, though. This is just the focus of this thread of discussion.

Here is the lotus blossom associated with this chakra point:

Heart Chakra Information

Sanskrit Name: Anahatra meaning unstruck

Symbol: 12 Petal Lotus

Color: Green, Pink

Location: Center Of Chest

Element: Air

Purpose: This is the center of love, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness both of self and of others.

Associated Body Parts: Heart, breasts, lungs, circulatory system, shoulders, and upper back

Essential Oils:
1. To Balance Love of Self and Others: Rose, Geranium, Palmarosa, Neroli, Elemi, Melissa, Hyssop, Rosewood, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Galbanum, Angelica, Jasmine
2. To Help Respiratory System with Shortness of Breath and/or Tightness: Eucalyptus, Cajuput, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rose, Chamomile, Marjoram, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Hyssop

Gemstones: Rose Quartz, Green Jade, Emerald, Aventurine, Kunzite, Watermelon Tourmaline, Green Calcite, Pink Calcite, Heliotrope, Chrysocolla, Peridote, Malachite, Unakite , Lepidolite, Rhodonite

This chakra sits in the center of the body connecting the lower three chakras of the body with the upper chakras of the spirit.

Unbalanced or Blocked Heart Chakra

When this chakra is out of balance you may feel sorry for yourself, paranoid, indecisive, afraid of letting go, afraid of getting hurt, or unworthy of love. Physical illnesses include heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia, and difficult in breathing.

Balanced Heart Chakra

When this chakra is balanced you may feel compassionate, friendly, empathetic, desire to nurture others and see the good in everyone.

Heart Chakra Affirmations

1. I willingly release all fears, concerns and worries about giving and receiving love.

2. My heart is open and flows freely with love for myself and others. I allow myself to easily give and receive love.

3. My heart chakra now radiates the perfect Love that casts out all fear.

4. I use the power of my heart chakra correctly.

5. My heart chakra is balanced.

6. I release all misqualified energy of my heart chakra into the Violet Transmuting Flame—NOW !

7. My heart chakra is the open door for the expression of Divine Love in its purest form.

8. I deeply and truly love and approve of myself.

9. I am adequate at all times to do that which is required of me.

10. I love who I am.

11. I am willing to love everything about myself.

12. I trust in love.

13. I open my heart to love.

14. I forgive myself

15. I forgive those who need forgiving for not being what I wanted them to be.

17. I acknowledge my own loveliness.

18. I am pure, good, and innocent.

19. Love is the purpose of my life.

20. Love is everywhere.

21. I open myself to the healing powers of love.

22. I follow the path of the heart.

23. I am confident that the healing power of God’s love will heal my mind,heart, and body.

Heart Release Meditation

Taken from this page: http://www.phoenixcentre.com/bodywork/bodywork3-4chakra.htm

Begin by finding a place to lie down. Adjust yourself so that you feel comfortable, secure and safe.

Begin to breathe in and out, softly and gently, being aware of the breath as it moves through your mouth and nose. Feel the breath filling your lungs, fully and deeply.

Now, using your fingers, locate your breastbone.

Slide your fingers outward, toward the place where your ribs meet your breastbone. Move your fingers into the spaces between the ribs, and press inward a bit, feeling for soreness or tenderness.

When you find the spots that seem the most tender, rest your fingers there.

Breathe.

Press the tender spots gently, and then increase the pressure until you are aware of the pain you hold in your chest.

Breathe into the pain.

Allow your mind to float free.

Recall situations in your past where your heart has been hurt.

Perhaps someone abandoned you. Friends, loved ones, may have died. Situations, jobs, careers may have ended or been taken from you.

See what emerges from your mind’s storehouse of memories.

Recognize that you have pushed these memories away. You told yourself that you’d grieved enough, that it was time to move on. Or, you promised yourself that someday, eventually, at the right time, you’d come back to revisit the pain of your loss.

And you never did.

Until now.

The mind stores data. And it replays the data as it seems appropriate. Often, our painful, unresolved memories become the things our dreams are made of.

Our waking moments trigger memories we thought were lost in the recesses of the past.

Breathe. Take in a breath of calm surrender to all of your memories, good and bad.

Continue to apply pressure to the tender area.

Open yourself to the possibility that you cannot think a feeling.

Your heart is designed to be vastly capable of containing all that you feel, all that you hope, all that you dream.

As you let down the walls you have erected to guard yourself from further hurt, you begin to feel just how big your heart is.

Breathe. Acknowledge that, in the past, your pain caused you to tighten up. Your shoulders rolled forward, as you attempted to protect your heart from further hurt.

You became blocked, rigid and unloving – of your self – of others.

Far from protecting yourself, your tightness only isolated you from others.

Breathe. Open to the possibility of letting go. Feel the tender spot beneath your fingers, and be kind with yourself.

Recognize that all of the avoidance did not diminish your pain. All that it did was pushed it deep inside. Your mind seized upon it and obsessed over it. Your mind found people to blame for all of your pain, and when no one was convenient, your mind blamed you.

And you blamed you, and tightened more, and hunched your shoulders and rolled them over your heart, and from there, attempted to live.

No more.

Open yourself, right now, to feel the pain beneath your fingers. Let your sadness and loss be real for you. Open the centre of yourself – open your heart, and let in all of the hurts and sadnesses of your life.

Feel them. Let your heart do what it is best at.

Grieve your losses.

Breathe.

Let go of your need to hold on to your pain, to your stories, to your victim stance. Let it all go.

Let your heart absorb your thoughts and remembrances.

Let your heart begin to feel. Everything.

Notice that, as your heart begins to feel, the pain beneath your fingers is diminishing. Your muscles are relaxing. The pain in your tender spot is easing. You feel your heart opening.

Breathe. Recognize that blocking your heart from your pain means you’ve also blocked yourself from giving and receiving love.

Love is meant to be given with abandon, received with abandon. Love is not doled out with an eyedropper, but rather is released as a flood.

Open yourself to feeling compassion – for yourself and for others.

Breathe compassion out into the Universe, and breathe compassion for yourself into every cell of your being.

Notice that the pain at your tender point is almost gone. A remnant remains, not the result of refusing to feel, but rather because, as humans, we all hurt.

All of us are broken at the heart.

Breathe, and have compassion.

Let your hand fall away from your tender spot.

Breathe in the freedom that comes as you open your heart to your self and to the universe. Notice your relaxing muscles, the ease with which your lungs fill with air, and then release it back.

Breathe. Feel what it means to be human, and let yourself hold your heart fully and widely open.

Let your breath return to normal, and feel yourself sinking deeply into the ground. Relaxing. Letting go.

Stay there until you are ready to carry on with your day.

Heart Chakra Meditations w/Music

Fourth Chakra (Heart) Links:
http://www.kundalini-teacher.com/chakras/empathy.php
http://www.sunnyray.org/Anahata-crystals.htm
http://www.earthchildpendants.co.uk/chakra_information.html
http://www.suzannebovenizer.com/meditations/the-fourth-chakra
http://www.swamij.com/chakra-meditation.htm

Other Heart Chakra Meditations:
http://www.innerself.com/Meditation/heart.htm
http://www.yogabasics.com/meditation/heartMeditation.html

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~ by Misuchi Sakurai on March 24, 2009.

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