Welcome back for the fourth post in my Chakra Series, which has everything to do with the heart chakra! With a recent major opening of my heart chakra, this is the perfect time for me to be writing about it.
As a little side note, if you’ve been keeping up with this Chakra Series, and if you’ve been doing the work to open up your chakras, there is a possibility that you may be experiencing certain physical symptoms that don’t immediately feel “good.” For example, in the past week, my chakras have been opening like nobody’s business. My solar plexus chakra, in particular, has gone through tremendous transformation. Although it feels great to know that all this divine energy is flowing through me, I will admit that I suffered from terrible pains in the area of my solar plexus and my digestive tract as the system was metaphorically expanding to allow me to accommodate the new energy flowing through me. Apparently, this is a thing that can happen sometimes when the solar plexus chakra opens, and the opening of the other chakras come with their own physical symptoms.
In the case of the heart chakra—the focus of this article—it is not unheard of to experience chest pains (and even certain symptoms of heart attacks), as well as breathing problems as the chakra is becoming unblocked. I only say this so that you don’t freak out if you experience something like it while you’re working to open it. However, if you actually feel like you’re having a heart attack, please go to the doctor.
ANYWAY, let’s talk about the heart chakra!
The Heart Chakra
Let’s remember that chakras are essentially swirling centers of energy within our bodies that mark the convergence of the physical and spiritual aspects of our beings, and that each chakra carries its own particular energy and purpose.
The heart chakra (anahata) is the fourth of the seven major chakras of our body, with three below it, and three above it. Located at the center of the chest, it marks the unity of the spiritual and physical aspects of our selves. The heart chakra is closely associated with our hearts and lungs, and it is responsible for our feelings of love, connection, compassion, empathy, acceptance, and forgiveness. The Sanskrit name for this chakra—anahata—actually translates to “unhurt,” which suggests that beneath all physical pain, there is a place of spirituality where the pain does not exist. This place is within our own heart. The color of this chakra is a beautiful emerald green, though pink is sometimes associated with it, as well. When the energy at the heart chakra is flowing, we feel open-hearted, loving, connected, compassionate, accepting of ourselves and others, forgiving, and joyful.
Signs of Imbalance
Like any of the other chakras, the heart chakra runs the risk of becoming imbalanced or even blocked, especially since the heart is such a delicate part of our being. Furthermore, blockages or imbalances in other chakras can result in problems with the heart chakra, as well.
Signs of an imbalanced heart chakra may include:
Defensiveness, lack of connection, fear of intimacy, codependent relationships, feeling like a victim, finding it difficult to forgive, jealousy, lack of empathy, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Thankfully, there are a variety of ways that the heart chakra can be balanced, just as the other chakras can.
Unblocking the Heart Chakra
If you have read my previous articles about the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, or even the more general article I wrote about all the chakras, there is no doubt you know that meditation is one of my favorite ways to balance my chakras. While meditating, I like to envision the bright lights of all the chakras along my spine radiating and enveloping me. It’s an exercise that always leaves me feeling energized yet peaceful, and it most definitely clears the blockages I may have.
To balance the heart chakra during meditation, you will first want to sit or lie down in a comfortable position, with your eyes closed and your palms facing up (having your palms face up symbolizes that you are receptive to the wisdom and healing energy of the Universe). Once comfortable, it may be good to take a few deep, cleansing breaths to clear your mind and settle into a peaceful state. Then, begin to focus on your inhalations and exhalations. Let your breathing be gentle, like the gentleness of mist rising above a lake in the coolness of morning. You do not want your breathing to feel forced. When you are ready, start to envision a bright, absolutely radiant light—green, like an emerald—forming at the center of your chest. Watch as the light grows to fill your whole body with great intensity. Breathe as you envision this light, and know that as you watch it, it is healing you, clearing any blockages that may exist, and making you whole. Do this for as long as you need to, as often as you need to.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—affirmations are an incredibly powerful tool in helping us manifest that which we desire. When we desire to heal certain chakras, affirmations can be used to manifest this, as well.
Here are some affirmations to help heal the heart chakra:
I love myself. I am compassionate. I am connected. I share my love with others. I release all fears about giving and receiving love. I am forgiving. I am balanced. I am fully open to giving and receiving love. Love is my truth. I love myself unconditionally. I choose love and joy. It is safe for me to be in a loving relationship. It is safe for me to experience intimacy.
Use these affirmations as needed, although they can be extremely helpful when recited first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening.
I’ve been reading about crystal healing lately, and I’m very excited to begin using crystals more often to help clear energy blockages at my chakras.
If you enjoy using crystals for healing, look for these ones to help balance the heart chakra:
Green kyanite, rose quartz, malachite, jade, green tourmaline, chrysoprase, peridot, emerald, aventurine, green jasper, and rhodonite.
Essentially, green and pink stones are the ones that will allow for ultimate healing at the heart chakra. Wear them as jewelry, meditate with them, or simply carry them around with you.
Just as the other chakras can be balanced by consuming healthy foods in the colors that resonate with them, so can the heart chakra.
Try to consume more of these foods to heal the heart chakra:
Kale, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, peas, cabbage, green peppers, leeks, zucchini, green apples, kiwi, avocados, celery, pears, and chard.
I have finally put more time and energy toward using aromatherapy. I haven’t exactly gotten around to using pure essential oils yet (although I fully intend to do so), but I have been bathing in an Epsom salt bubble bath that has spearmint and eucalyptus essential oils in it. It certainly leaves me feeling purified and relaxed. Anyway, many people do use aromatherapy faithfully and swear by it.
These essential oils are ideal for opening up the heart chakra:
Jasmine, chamomile, rose, sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, neroli, ylang ylang, rosemary, and marjoram.
Yoga, as I’ve mentioned before, is a wonderful practice for opening the chakras. If you’ve never tried yoga before, I highly recommend it as a means to balance mind, body, and spirit.
Try these poses to unblock the heart chakra:
Camel pose, cobra pose, forward fold pose, and cat pose.
Really, any pose in yoga that opens up the chest will provide healing to the heart chakra. Camel pose is pictured above.
There are a variety of ways to unblock each chakra, and the heart chakra is no different. It’s extremely important to open up the heart chakra, for it is the center of both our physical and spiritual beings. It is the aspect of us that connects us with ourselves and others, and which allows us to experience love, joy, and connection. Opening my heart recently has also led me to open my eyes to all the love that surrounds me, which is a cause for overwhelming gratitude. I encourage you to take some time today to open your heart, and see how much joy comes flooding into your life.
If you haven’t had a chance yet, please do check out my previous articles in this chakra series—about the root chakra, the sacral chakra, and the solar plexus chakra—and stay tuned for information about the throat chakra.