Heart chakra is also known as green chakra, 4th chakra or Anahata chakra. The heart chakra is located at the center of the spine at heart level. It works as the individual’s center of compassion, empathy, love, joy, and forgiveness.
When your heart chakra is properly active and open, your life energy can bring a positive transformation in your life and in many lives.
In human body there are 114 chakras. The seven chakras are the primary energy centers of the body. The heart chakra is at the center of all the 114 chakras.
You’ve probably heard people talk about “unblocking the heart chakra”, which refers to the idea of the expansion of the heart energy.
In this article, you will learn everything you wanted to know about the heart chakra: the affirmations, meditations, mantras, colors, symbols, stones, elements, symptoms, blockages, healing, and neuropsychology.
The beauty of the heart center is that it motivates people to go out of their comfort zones and do something for the well being of humanity and the other beings.
Heart chakra locations and functions
The location of your heart chakra is around the center of your chest. It is the slightly right side of your physical heart space. The heart chakra is related to love, compassion, attachment/detachment and relationships. The energy of the heart chakra starts in the center and expands throughout the body.
As you know, there are total 114 chakras in human body, and all these chakras are associated with the heart chakra through specific energy channels or nadis. The heart center doesn’t work independently. It works collaboratively with the other 114 chakras and the different brain regions.
Whether, you are following the 7, 12, 112 or 114 chakra system, heart chakra is the center of all chakras. Hence, balancing the heart chakra is very important.
How to open heart chakra
You can open the heart chakra by cultivating love and compassion. Mantra, meditation and affirmations as discussed below are very useful for opening the heart chakra. Some crystals and essential oils are very useful for cultivating the heart chakra.
The color of the heart chakra is green. Hence, green color lights meditations are used for opening the heart chakra. Green is the color of nature and suggests life. Each color has its own frequency vibration. You can use green color frequency vibrations to activate this chakra. You can visualize a large ball of beautiful green light around your heart area to open this chakra.
How to heal the heart chakra
Things like stress, strain, anxiety, tension and emotional pain can block your heart chakra. Sometimes, negative love experiences and unhealthy relationships with the world and the people can block the heart chakra. You can unblock your heart chakra. As our vital life energy flows upward, from the earth, our lower chakras need to be cleared. Usually, it would be best if you overcome the bad memories, old programming, emotions, and overthinking by regular chakra meditations.
The heart chakra is associated with the thymus gland. The thymus gland, an organ in your chest underneath the breastbone, produces white blood cells called lymphocytes, which help your body fight infection. When any other chakra is blocked that affects the heart chakra.
The key to remove the blockages of the heart chakra is the activation of the three key nadis in the body connected with the heart chakra. They are the hita nadi, kurma nadi and the vapini nadi.
Heart chakra mantra
To open the heart chakra, you can use the seed mantra or seed mantra sound, “Yam.” You can chant it aloud or internally. The vibrational energy of the mantra meditation bring back the chakra into alignment. You can visualize the seed syllable, “Yam” as green light. You can pronounce it with the vowel sound as “yawn,” rather than, “yam.”
If you prefer English affirmations, you can embody an affirmation, “I am open to love” or ” I am in harmony with the world”, “All love resides within me.”
Crystals for heart chakra
Rose quartz, emerald, and Rhodochrosite are the three stones, which are very useful for balancing and healing the heart chakra. Rhodochrosite is the crystal for unconditional love. It is the best stone for healing the heart chakra. Rhodochrosite is also very good crystal for keeping the Anahata chakra clean and peaceful. It is one of the powerful crystals for relationships and reconnecting with the long-lost friend or family member. Emerald is another crystal often consider as to be the purest form of green ray energy. Hence, it is often used for healing and opening the heart chakra.
Heart chakra color, fragrance and the element
The heart chakra is related to the color green, fragrance rose and the element of air. The heart chakra is responsible for regulating the energy associated with kindness, self-acceptance, self-love, openness, and unconditional love of others. Aromatherapy helps to manifest the healing energy of the heart chakra. It awakens the capacity to spread love and compassion. To open the heart chakra, you can try burning the essential oils, candles, or incense with scents of rose, lavender, sandalwood, orange, and jasmine.
Heart chakra 12 petals lotus
The 12 petals of the heart chakra represent the 12 top human qualities of the heart: harmony, clarity, joy, peace, patience, love, compassion, purity, understanding, beauty, forgiveness, and bliss. Each of these petals are also different energy channels. Each of them can be activated by suitable mantra or affirmations.
Concentration on the petals of the heart chakra increases Sankalpa Shakti, the power to fulfilling the divine purpose of life without obstacle. Meditation on this chakra increases equanimity, joy, loving-kindness and clarity of mind.
Neuropsychology of the heart chakra
The heart center is deeply connected with the insula, cortex, hypothalamus, and the cingulate areas of the brain. Physically the heart chakra is associated with the heart, lungs, chest, arms, and hands. Proper heart chakra breathing and meditation bring immediate balance and harmony between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system actions. The brain is continually handling information in a region called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus, through the ANS, directs signals to the rest of the body either to stimulate or to relax different functions. Heart chakra activation, healing and balancing can counterbalance any over-stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system.
Heart Chakra and Heart Rate Variability
Awaking of the heart center is spiritually linked to compassion and kindness. And physically, it is connected to the reduction in inflammation and better prognosis in people suffering from chronic illness, anxiety, or depression. Heart Rate Variability or HRV is simply a measure of the variation in time between each heartbeat. People with higher HRV may have more excellent cardiovascular fitness and be more resilient to stress and have better stability to all types of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.
Heart chakra affirmations
I am giving below the 15 powerful heart chakra affirmations for the activation of the heart center. They bring positive energies in life. Here, with the positive chakra affirmations focus your attention and emotions on positivity, and you will manifest more positivity in your own life and the world. Try to feel the meaning of these affirmations as you use them.
- I attract pure love
- I radiate a powerful green light of love from my heart
- I am fully open to give and receive love
- I love myself unconditionally
- I direct love, peace and light towards myself and others
- I live in harmony with the world and all beings
- I release and let go of all bitterness
- I forgive myself for my mistakes, and I learn and grow from them
- There is an infinite supply of love to and from my heart chakra
- Every day, I choose love to grow
- Love is my guiding force, truth and I follow it
- I am safe to love the world and be loved
- I live in balance, in a state of dignity and gratitude
- There is an infinite source of love in me
- My heart chakra is in perfect harmony with my other 114 chakras
Heart chakra opening symptoms
Opening the heart chakra denotes to relaxing into space where love and acceptance increase from individual concern into a greater experience of love. By opening your heart chakra and attaching yourself in its energy, you are going beyond the obsessions typically linked with the lower three chakras. Concerns over safety, security and survival, and emotions, may not distract you any more. When the heart has been opened, you become naturally virtuous to others and oneself.
Excessive opening or imbalance of the heart chakra can be linked with symptoms such as chest discomfort and stiffness, anxiety, upper back uneasiness along with increased sensitivity to both positive and negative emotions. Camel pose, dog pose, bridge pose are the key yoga exercises and poses to bring perfect balance and opening in the heart chakra.
Heart chakra meditation
The finest way to receive the divine healing energy of heart chakra energy through meditation is to invite as much appreciation into your daily life as possible. The heart chakra is considered as the gateway to the higher chakras, meaning that a closed Anahata chakra prevents total balance and spiritual awakening. Meditation can help you to cultivate the divine energy flow to the heart chakra. Loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity are the four virtues of life are connected with the heart chakra. When we meditate on the heart chakra, we cultivate these four virtues.
Technically, heart chakra meditation is activating the three subtle energy channels (nadis) in the body: vapini nadi, kurma nadi and the hita nadi in chronological order. Vapini nadi activation brings balances in between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and brings peace and tranquility. Kurma nadi and the hita nadi are activated more subtly.
In general, you can do you heart chakra meditation like this. Pay attention to the natural rise and fall of your diaphragm and lower chest as you take an ordinarily slow and deep breath in and out. For a few minutes, build a sweet sense of rhythm with your breath. Fill your heart area with radiant, happy energy.
Imagine your heart as a big green beautiful flower of love. Send happy energy to every part of the body. Send you filled with loving-kindness, in every direction, so above, below and around. Pervade the entire world everywhere and equally with his heart filled with loving-kindness, abundant of love, free from hostility and free from distress. When meditation is complete, remember your physical and mental strength and happiness of the world.
When your heart chakra is out of steadiness, you feel lonely and isolated. At the physical level, heart chakra blockages create lung problems, heart problems, and upper back problems.
Using heart chakra affirmations and meditations can help you to be more loving, energetic, confident and caring. You will be more welcoming to others and accept life more positively with more happiness and energy. You will feel more empathy, wisdom, feelings of interconnectedness, friendliness, and have more emotional balance.
Here, we discussed everything you wanted to know about the heart chakra: the affirmations, mantra, color, stones, elements, symptoms, blockages, neuropsychology, and meditations.
You need to choose the correct chakra balancing, healing and meditation techniques to align with your own requirements and with the other micro chakras in your body as closely as possible. You have to take into account your emotional and spiritual blockages. Only then you can get the true benefits and advantages of heart chakra opening and balancing optimally.