So far in this series, you’ve learned about your lower three chakras – the root, sacral, and solar chakras and what information they hold for you. Today we will explore the heart chakra, the bridge between the lower three chakras (physical) and higher three chakras (spiritual.)
Your seven energy centers (chakras) are:
- Root Chakra – Instinctual Need for Survival
- Sacral Chakra – Pleasure Seeker
- Solar Chakra – Power Driver
- Heart Chakra – Searching for Love
- Throat Chakra – Expressing Your Truth
- Brow Chakra – Transcending Beyond Ego
- Crown Chakra – Spiritual Awakening
It is from your heart chakra that you trust in the goodness of life. It represents compassion, selfless love, personal love, universal love, your capacity to feel, express yourself emotionally, and to participate in true partnerships where both partners are equally powerful and vulnerable. Your heart chakra is where you process and store emotional experiences. The heart chakra speaks of “we” instead of “me.” You begin to experience the unity of life rather than the separateness. You see joy and kindness everywhere and therefore experience it.
The physical location of your heart chakra is in the center of your chest and its associated body parts are heart, breast, lungs, diaphragm, ribs, chest, thymus, circulatory system, shoulders, arms, and hands. The basic issues of your heart chakra are love, compassion, kindness, relationships, self-acceptance, forgiveness, hope, sympathy, and empathy.
Women are often conditioned to believe that if you are powerful and successful with money and career (second chakra issue) you will not be loved and lose out on intimacy (heart chakra.) Also, women have also been taught that to be loved you must care for others needs, usually at your own expense. When a woman neglects her own needs caring for others, proving self-worth at work and at home, and does things from obligation and guilt, she becomes more susceptible to disease.
Women are loved for the care they provide; and men for the financial support they provide. Clearly, this is no longer the norm, and so men and women at are a historic crossroads as you learn how to renegotiate these inherited partnership and intimacy belief and behaviors. Yet many are suffering from closed heart chakras. For several reasons, many have learned to shut down or close off their hearts to protect themselves, yet in reality this protection costs them so much more.
It is important to examine where you are closing yourself from receiving and giving love fully. Remember that the energy flows up, so as you clear your lower chakras it allows for more openness in your heart chakra. The chakras are related, so you may find issues following each of your chakras from different levels. The more you clear, the more vibrant and healthy you feel. You also will experience a deep and connecting love to others when you forgive and open your heart.
Ask yourself these questions to see if you have any stuck energy in your heart chakra.
1. Are you able to be open and honest about your feelings with another person?
2. How much love do you feel for yourself?
3. Can you be detached enough to let your loved ones be themselves?
4. Can you be true to your feelings in a relationship without sacrificing or losing your sense of self?
5. Are you able to forgive others and yourself?
6. How do you equate power and money with love?
7. Are you able to receive gifts, appreciation, and love from others?
8. Do you have self-respect? Do you have respect for others in your life?