Understanding the Heart Chakra
The word “chakra” translates to wheel or disk in Sanskrit. It refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. A chakra is a center of organization that receives, assimilates and expresses life force energy. Each chakra operates at a unique, optimum frequency which determines its color and other characteristics. Each chakra works in harmony with the others to bring you to a complete sense of well-being.
There are seven main chakras which start from the coccyx to the crown of the head. If any of the chakras are blocked then energy cannot flow freely which can lead to emotional and physical ailments. When there is a dysfunction or blockage in one part of the system it has an impact on all of the other chakras. A dysfunctional chakra can either be too open or sluggish because of some emotionally based blockage which typically stems from childhood.
It is vital to clear and open these chakras to allow our body to function as it was designed. Your chakras can be blocked by stress, negative thoughts, beliefs, emotions, diet and lack of exercise. You have the ability to unblock your chakras by implementing meaningful change in your life. This will drastically improve your emotional and physical well-being.
The seven chakras are the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and the Crown.
It’s important to understand what each chakra represents and how to keep this energy flowing.
4th Chakra Heart Chakra
Sanskrit name: Anahata Meaning: Unstruck
Location: Center of chest
Motto: I love
Musical note: F
Ruling Planet: Venus
Developmental Stage: 4 to 7 years
Life Lesson: Forgiveness & Compassion
Represents: Our ability to love
What affects it: Love, joy, inner peace and anger
Organs affected: Breast, hands, heart, blood, circulatory system, thymus gland, diaphragm, shoulders and arms, lower lungs, rib cage, skin, upper back
Associated problems: Anorexia, asthma, bronchitis, hearing problems, tinnitus, problems of the upper digestive tract; mouth ulcers, sore throats, tonsillitis
These are the effects on the body from an unbalanced Chakra:
Lack of empathy
Lack of forgiveness
These are the effects on the body from an balanced Chakra:
Desire spiritual experience
Good immune system
These are the emotional ailments on the body:
Love and hatred
Grief and anger
Lack of commitment
These are the physical ailments on the body:
Congestive heart failure
Shortness of breath
Immune system dysfunction
Healing Exercises: Opening up our hearts to others is the best healing exercise.
Healing Foods: Avocado, beans, broccoli, cucumber green peppers, lettuce, okra, olives, pears, spinach, zucchini
Healing Crystals: Watermelon, Tourmaline, Rose Quartz, Emerald, Jade, Kunzite
Healing Fragrances, Incense/oils: Rose, Bergamot, Melissa, Marjoram
I am an open channel for divine love.
I put my heart into everything I do.
I love opening my heart and sharing it with others.
I send love to everyone I know, all hearts are open to receive my love.
I accept that pain is an essential part of my growth and development.
I love myself for who I am and the potential within me.
All past hurt I release into the hands of love.
I am grateful for all the love that is in my life.
Other people deserve my compassion.
The love I feel for myself and others is unconditional.
Love will set me free. Others love the best they can. If someone doesn’t love me “enough”, they may be limited in their expression of love and deserve my compassion.
Reiki, Energy Healing and Chakra/Aura Clearing can assist with this.
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