Traditionally, the lotus grows in muddy ponds. When the shining flower bud opens above the water, none of the mud adheres to its petals. Lotuses have thus become symbols for purity and virtue. The closed lotus represents our potential for clarity, understanding and open-heartedness. The open lotus represents the blossoming of those qualities in our life. Hence the use of the lotus symbols for the varying chakras ………
Chakra 4 | Heart | Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance
The heart chakra associated with the air element symbolised by a twelve-petal, grass green lotus flower. Situated in the centre of the chest on the sternum, it is linked to the thymus gland, circulatory, lymphatic, and immune systems. The centre of balance between the three lower and three upper chakras, it is the receptor/distributor of Unconditional Love and compassion. It deals with issues of passion, tenderness, inner child, and rejection. It stores information about harmony, love, and forgiveness. Activation stimulates awareness of joys and sorrows of others.
Affirmation: I allow Love to be my Divine Power.
Heart Chakra – Clarity and Purity
HEART Chakra Four:
Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance
This chakra, the heart chakra, is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness.
The Anahatha or Heart Chakra, is located at the heart. Its name means unstuck, fresh, clean, unhurt. It is associated, in the body with the heart, hands, arms and thymus gland, with the element air and the colours green, pink, and rose.
Human Challenge and Gift – to open our hearts to the non-judgmental, detached vibration of universal love.
Soul Desire – to experience unity, devotion, reverence for life, unattached bonding.
Primal Relationship – with higher spiritual power, our own heart and the hearts of others, the pulse that unites us with the universe.
Also known as: Living Love Centre, Anahata, Anahatha
Body Mind Associations:
Location: Centre of the Chest
Colour: Emerald Green (From the highest spiritual level can be seen as a rose colour.)
Parts of the body: This Chakra is associated with the heart and the blood circulatory system, and the cardiac plexus, as well as the lungs and the entire chest area.
Endocrine Gland: Thymus Gland, controlling the immune system.
Sense: Sense of touch, in its aspect of relating to the person inside the body, and distinct from the sensation of the Orange Chakra, which is more about the sensation one feels from their own body. Hugging, therefore, is a Heart Chakra activity. When one hugs, one is aware of what the person inside the other body feels, and they are aware of what you feel inside your body, and there is a sense of relating to the person inside the body. Sensitivity about being touched indicates heart chakra sensitivity.
Consciousness: Perceptions of love, relationships (relating) with people close to your heart, e.g. partner, siblings, parents, children. Difficulty with breathing, or with the lungs, the organs of air, indicates tension in the Heart Chakra. A person’s relationship with air reflects their relationship with love.
|Location||Heart area, centre of chest|
|Colour||Emerald Green (From the highest spiritual level can be seen as a Rose colour.)|
|Attributes||Unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, group consciousness, peace, tolerance, emotion, relations|
|Gems/Minerals||Emerald, Green Aventurine, Rose Quartz, Malachite, Jade, Rhodochrosite, Pink Kunzite, Rhodonite, Pink Opal, Lepidolite (See more further down)|
|Aromatic Chakra Oils||Marjoram, Orange, Rose Otto, Yarrow|
|Foundation||Interrelations and all that is the arena of love|
|When unbalanced you may experience||Anger, heart problems, rigidity, lack of love and compassion, impatience|
The Heart Chakra
Anahata is one of the seven archetypical chakras, that is, one of our levels of consciousness.
(These original Indian chakras are symbolised by a stylised lotus flower with form symbolism and deities on the bottom. You can see it at the top of this Chakra section.)
The Sanskrit name Anahata means ‘unstricken‘.
Anahata is viewed as the fourth chakra (from the bottom).
Several Indian chakra traditions ascribe a sub-chakra called Anandakanda or Kalpavriksha to Anahata. This chakra symbolises our ability to attract what our soul is longing for.
Number of petals – twelve
Mantra – yang
Points out – unconditional love, reconciliation
With the fourth chakra we have left the physical man-aspect and reached the mental. This level is what is called the true realm of human beings, the place where the spiritual and material worlds meet.
Key terms to understand the archetypical aspect of Anahata:
Love unites, heals and liberates; to dare to have deep feelings, touch and be touched, about permission, forgiveness and reconciliation.
We can think about our own experiences of, and our attitude towards, these aspects. We can also seek ways to work with them in an adequate manner.
Chakra visualisation can be a wonderful tool in your development and it can help you to realise what you are and who you are. Just because of that it should be used with respect. Particularly if you’re using some breathing technique at the same time.
Being conscious of a chakra and it’s aspects means that one activates it to a certain degree. Focused good thoughts and positive energy are also activating. Don’t forget that it’s your own consciousness that guides the visualisation.
‘Stone of Successful Love‘ Emerald opens and nurtures the heart. Its soothing energy provides healing to all levels of the being, bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit
Radiating a calming energy, shields the heart
A Soothing, Calming Stone that heals emotional wounds
This powerful healing stone works to heal the heart as well as the body, and is one of the few stones that can be used to clear and activate all Chakras
Jade is a talisman of personal protection and one of the joys of nature. It is a powerful guardian of your loved ones and your physical security
Rhodochrosite is a strong stone to aid emotional healing, encourages you to feel love for yourself and its energy will assist you in meditation, to reach a state of joy and sublime happiness
A Stone of Emotion, opening and connecting the heart to the mind and stimulating a healing communion between the two
The ‘stone of peace‘ for activating love energies, dispelling tension and anxiety and helps one establish inner balance
The fourth centre, the cardiac, at the heart, is of a glowing golden colour, and each of its quadrants is divided into three parts, which gives it twelve undulations, because its primary force makes for its twelve spokes.
The Heart Chakra is the centre from which feelings of love emanate. It is also associated with other virtuous emotions, such as joy, happiness, honesty, respect, compassion, understanding, and generosity, and with loving oneself in a sincere, non-egotistical way. This is also the chakra through which we connect with others whom we love or have affection towards. Once forged, these links are very hard to break, which is why people suffer so much through the break-up of a relationship or the loss of a loved one.
This chakra is the centre of the positive Yang Chi energy in the body, just as the Door of Life chakra (kidney centre) is the centre of Yin Chi energy. According to Mantak Chia, the left side of the heart chakra is red and positively charged, the right side is dark green and negatively charged, and the core of the heart centre is pure white.
The red would clearly correspond to the rose light of love, while the green signifies the lower or gross emotional body functioning of the heart centre, which is focused on self, security, and accumulation of and attachment to, and pride in physical and emotional possessions. The white of course signifies spiritual purity.
Just as for men (and masculine women) the logos (reason) or head centre is extremely important, so for women (and feminine men) it is the eros (love) or heart centre that is of great significance. According to Mantak Chia, when this chakra is open, its energy connects to the breasts, and it generates the virtues of the heart through the whole body.
The heart chakra is very important in spiritual healing. According to Barbara Brennan, all the energies metabolised through the chakras travel up the central nadi of the body and into the heart chakra, before moving out through the hands or eyes of the healer.
When the heart centre has been fully opened, it becomes the channel for Universal Love; which the Buddhists call Mahakaruna or ‘the Great Compassion‘, and esoteric Christians and Theosophists the ‘Christ Consciousness‘. Once opened, the Higher Self or Immortal Divine Soul is able to work through this centre. This is probably why in so many cultures the heart is said to be the seat of the soul.
Chakra Therapy might include laying the proper gemstone upon the Fourth Chakra for 5-25 minutes. You may find surrounding yourself with the Scents of the Fourth Chakra helpful. Visualise a Green or Pink Vortex of light in the shape of a flower emanating from your chest. If you’ve been hurt in love, visualise the person and imagine ribbons or tendrils connecting you to that person coming from the chest area. Now gently, let the person go, release the tendrils and visualise healing energy to the places in your heart where the tendrils were. Ask for healing and the ability to release the person from your life so that you both may continue on positive paths. Ask that the light release old pains and hurts and fill the place where the hurts were with love for yourself and love for others. Let it expand, growing in power. Then close the petals and keep the power inside to be drawn upon as needed.
“I really like myself. I love myself! I’m my own best friend!”
“I love others and can see their remarkable individuality and special place in the universe. They enrich me with their presence.”
“I cherish my freedom and the freedom of those I love, for I know it allows us both to grow!”
Indicators of Fourth Chakra Imbalances:
* A transitional Chakra, this Chakra is the ‘bridge‘ between our physical humanity and our spirit/divinity.
* If you were traumatised between the ages of 12-16, 42-46 or 72-76, you may have an unbalanced Fourth Chakra.
* The Fourth Chakra is about love and empathy, about acceptance and grief, about bonding and respect for others. It’s about allowing freedom to those we love and understanding that we, too, require freedom to develop as human beings.
* Lower Chakra imbalances, which translate to feelings of insecurity and a need to be validated — combined with a Heart Chakra imbalance, may lead a person to stay in an abusive relationship. The ‘love‘ they profess to feel is really a deep and desperate need for acceptance. They’re unable to see they have choices and that the conditions of their life are due to their own choices. It’s about feeling secure enough to realise they don’t need another person’s approval; it’s about taking back their power and asserting themselves to obtain the sort of life they desire.
* A Fourth Chakra imbalance may manifest as someone who criticises everyone around them. They may be impossible to please, be passive aggressive and judgemental. Love is so frightening, they must control every aspect of their love’s life — for they have a deep fear of losing it. They may have trouble giving the needed freedom and respect to others, and therefore bring about what they so dread — loss of love.
* Physical symptoms of an imbalanced Fourth Chakra may include frequent respiratory ailments and /or problems with the heart, blood, circulatory system and lungs.
Hidden in the centre of the Tree of Life
lies the Alchemist’s Gold
The ‘Spiritual’ Heart
The Centre of Balance and Contentment
Chesed, Gebura and Tifaret
Also the Sefirot of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life represents psychic powers or archetypes. The Tree is a picture of Creation.
Anahata corresponds to three different sefirot in the Tree. The fourth sefirah, called Chesed, the fifth Geburah and the sixth, Tifaret.
Chesed – Splendour, represents love, compassion and grace.
Geburah – Severity, represents the world of morality, judgement and justice.
Tifaret – Beauty, represents mercy and harmony.
Number four (Chesed) — Archangel Tzadkiel
Number five (Geburah) — Archangel Kamael
Number six (Tifaret) — Archangel Rafael
Aspects to work with /meditate on, in Chesed:
The mystery of Grace
Aspects to work with /meditate on, in Geburah:
The forces of Power and Justice
Aspects to work with /meditate on, in Tifaret:
The manifestation of the Soul
Here you can also meditate on the Holy Guardian Angel
Mastery over the chakras enhances health and development of the being. Once a person masters a particular level of chakra they are ready for the next level. Certain gifts are awakened within the individual. These gifts are usable within the frame of power and nature of the harmony instilled by this form of self-development. Those who will abuse it will be cut off and disengaged of their power and gifts. Upon the awareness of these gifts there will be most likely hurdles and stumbling blocks. They are designed to test your worthiness and responsibility of them and for your maximum capacity to use them.
With great power comes great responsibility. Those willing to harbour the responsibility are then accentuated in the power. Those unable to harbour the responsibility will be consumed by the power.
Eventually these gifts and powers within themselves will become stumbling blocks and one must transcend them.
There is a purpose in these but in the long run we will not need them.
Continue to CHAKRA FIVE …..