About the Heart Chakra - Anahata
The Heart Chakra is located in the center of the chest, its element is Air, and it rules the heart and lungs. The Heart Chakra is where we integrate our masculine and feminine energy as well as our human self and True Self. Within our Heart Chakra, we can raise our consciousness through the power of love or lower our consciousness through the power of fear. Many cultures think of our Heart Chakra as the Seat of our Soul. We have a lower Heart Chakra, whose color is green, and a higher Heart Chakra, whose color is pink. The Higher Heart Chakra rules unconditional love for all, and the Lower Heart Chakra rules human love. Therefore, the Heart Chakra rules all of our relationships, our perception of love, and our ability to give and receive it, with others and with ourselves and with our Higher Self. Ultimately, the primary focus of the Heart Chakra is to balance Wisdom, Power, and Love, in our relationships and in our actions.
When the Heart chakra is clear and in balance, we have compassion for all life, we are empathic, and we can see the Divine in other people. We are humanitarian and nurturing, and we can express and receive abundant love. We are happy and fulfilled because we are fulfilling our Divine Purpose in service to humanity. Our sense of self is not limited to the ego, our consciousness is expanded, and we realize that to love others is to love ourselves, because we are all one.
When the Heart Chakra is unbalanced with excessive energy, we may feel critical and judgmental of others. We may be demanding, moody, possessive, melodramatic, and manipulative. If the Heart Chakra is blocked, we may feel joyless and bitter with life, closed emotionally, unable to express love or to receive it from ourselves or others. We may feel isolated, unfulfilled, and uncertain of our role in this world, because we are cut off from the Wisdom, Love, and Power of our Higher Self. We may act from a place of fear, and not from love.
In addition to the chakra clearing and balancing meditation, there are several ways that you can focus your energy and intention on balancing and clearing the Heart Chakra. Utilize the mineral wisdom of emerald, green and pink tourmaline, jade, malachite, green adventurine, and rose quartz. Since the Heart Chakra rules the sense of touch, indulge in a massage, give yourself or someone else a hug, hold someone’s hand. Meditate on a loving pink light entering your heart, bathing it in love, and then radiating back out to spread throughout the world. Practice pranayama. Find a way to give freely of yourself in service to others by doing some volunteer work. Write down ten things that you are grateful for right now.
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