Sanskrit name - Anahata
Location - Center of the chest
Colour - Green
Element - Air
The fourth chakra is the heart chakra. It controls the unconditional love for yourself and others. The energy from the heart chakra will allow you to have joy, self-acceptance, trust, compassion and openness.
A balanced heart chakra
When your heart chakra is perfectly balanced you will feel open, receptive, forgiving, accepting, generous, kind and connected to both yourself and other people. You will be able to trust life.
A unbalanced heart chakra
Chakras can become unbalanced when they are either blocked (B) or too open (O). This can lead to unwanted feelings and even physical symptoms. If you’ve ever had emotional abuse as a child or grown-up with unhealthy beliefs surrounding love and trust this will certainly cause the heart chakra to become unbalanced.
The emotional feelings of unbalanced heart chakra include:
- Anger (B)
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Fear (B)
- Loneliness (B)
- Resentment (B)
- Bitter (B)
- Social isolation (B)
The physical symptoms of an unbalanced heart chakra are:
- Bronchial infections (B)
- Chest pains (B)
- Heart conditions
- High cholesterol
- Lung or breathing difficulties (B)
- Lymphatic system complaints (water retention, edemas)
- Thoracic Spine
- Weakened immune system (B)
How to balance the heart chakra
Meditation helps the flow of energy and balances the chakras.
- Sit cross-legged on a mat or sit on a chair with both feet on the floor.
- Keep your back straight, arms relaxed and your eyes closed.
- Take two or three deep breaths.
- Now visualize a ball green light coming from the center of your chest. Imagine it radiating energy outwards through the whole body.
- Continue with the deep breathing and visualizations for as long as you are comfortable. 10 to 15 minutes is good to start with.
Try holding a crystal while you meditate or listen to some binaural beats for a stronger session.
Crystals have the power to absorb negative energies that cause chakras to be unbalanced.
Place the crystal over the root chakra for between 5-20 minutes. The longer you can do this for the more effective it will be. You can also carry, wear or meditate with them.
The following crystals are perfect to use for balancing the heart chakra. Generally speaking, use pink or green stones.
- Green Jasper
- Green Quartz
- Green Saphhire
- Green Tourmaline
- Moss Agate
- Pink Tourmaline
- Rose Quartz
Listening to the frequencies in binaural beats can stimulate the brainwaves to balance the root chakra. Binaural Beats are best listened to through headphones. Listening to the sounds while you fall asleep can encourage deep sleep and heal at the same time.
Binaural Beats can be listened to as often as you want. It could be daily during meditation practice when your heart chakra feels out of balance.
NOTE: Do not listen to Binaural Beats whilst operating heavy machinery or driving.
Massage can relieve stress in the mind and body. It is a therapy that stimulates the energy flow and can help open the heart chakra. Massage will bring relief to stress. It can loosen phlegm and assist respiration. It also stimulates circulation.
Scents such as Jasmine, lavender, orris root and marjoram can cleanse the heart chakra. We recommend this heart chakra essential oil. Use oil in a diffuser, a spritzer or in an inhaler.
Yoga poses are a great way to cleanse and balance the chakras. The poses are designed to keep the body aligned which keeps the heart chakra energy flowing.
Wear green clothing and surround yourself with green colours and objects. Plants are a great way to add green to any room.
Food & Drink
Green foods are best for the heart chakra. Try eating things like broccoli, spinach, zucchini (courgette), peas, beas and cabbage. Drink a herbal tea that contains heart chakra cleansing herbs.
Activities that you love to do will help cleanse the heart chakra. Take time out to listen to music, paint, sing or dance. Practising any sort of art form will help release negative energies and get the energy flow through you again.
Avoid negative people and surround yourself with positive ones. Learn to forgive others.
These strong powerful statements can train your brain to think in a different way. Talk directly to the heart chakra to create balance. Try the following affirmations.
- I am wanted and loved
- I open my heart to receive unconditional love
- I love myself
- I forgive myself
- My heart is open to love
- I deeply and completely love myself