The Heart Chakra is a beautiful bridge from the lower earthly chakras below to the higher spiritual chakras above in the body. As the fourth chakra, it sits exactly in the center of the 7 chakras and creates a loving connection between the lower and the upper, symbolically and literally.
The emerald green energy wheel, known as Anahata in Sanskrit, sits right in the center of your chest and connects you to love, compassion, healing and strong bonds with your loved ones. Green may seem an odd color association with love, but actually green is the color associated with love in the Vedic systems. The energy of green is soothing and calming, leading to compassion and onward to love.
Anahata also seems to have a mysterious meaning to its name, “unbeaten” or “unstruck”. What could this have to do with the heart?
Well, one meaning offered is because the heart is the intuitive center of our being and when you are strongly connected to it, the ability to discern a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ about a situation you may be in can come through easily. It is not attached to any outcome, but just signaling what is in your best interest and what is not. In that way, it is ‘unbeaten’ because it is not affected by the outcomes of these decisions, it exists where all is love and we are all connected. It’s a powerful thought to meditate on!
Open to Love
The Anahata Chakra is also connected strongly to sensitivity and its association with the sense of touch beautifully illustrates this. Through the heart we feel and touch life, we learn to truly feel and touch others and be felt and touched by others. The hands are often the gateway to sensations for the heart chakra, which symbolize the ability to touch, to embrace and to give and receive.
When Anahata is open and energy is flowing freely, you are not only loving to others, you are also loving to yourself. You know when you need to say no and when you need care and self-nurturing.
All of the seven chakras are important but the heart chakra certainly plays an important, pivotal role in our lives.
Most of the world’s spiritual traditions recognize love as the unifying force, the energy that is the most fundamental part of the universe and of ourselves. To stay open to love is to stay connected to our true selves.
To keep this beautiful chakra balanced, a powerful tool is one you might not expect! Forgiveness.
Yes, you read that correctly, so let me explain. The Heart chakra stores all memories related to dependency and connectedness that resulted in disappointment. This can mean the death of loved ones, a disappointing romantic love, a conflicted relationship with a parent or a child, and of course the small and major events of so-called betrayal, where we trusted someone and then we were “stabbed” in our heart, so to speak.
These memories can become blockages for us and by looking at those narratives differently, meaning we don’t place ourselves as the victim any longer and can give mercy to the other as on their own journey, we can let go of the hurt and truly forgive. I know that it sounds easier said than done. But the rewards of true forgiveness are incredibly beautiful.
An easy exercise that will only take a few moments is to sit in quietness, close your eyes and place your hands over the center of your chest, breathing deeply and imagining the air going into and out of your heart chakra as you chant YAM. Doing this for just a few moments and imagining the emerald green color of your energy wheel can bring a sense of peace and calm to your Anahata chakra.
I hope these words have inspired you to connect more deeply to your heart chakra. We wish you a strong heart and even stronger heart chakra!
Chakra symbols courtesy of chakra-anatomy.com