There are seven chakras or seven wheels of energy in our bodies. These chakras begin from the head and go down to the spine.
Each of these chakras spins at a particular frequency. So whenever there’s a disbalance of energies, the wheels get blocked and do not spin per their regular cycle.
This disbalance causes stress, negative thoughts, low heart energy, moods, and emotional health troubles.
The heart chakra, or the Anahata chakra, is in the center of the chest area, i.e., right where the heart is. So if there’s ever a blockade here, it affects our well-being and relationships.
In this article, we’ll discuss the role the fourth chakra plays in the chakra system, why it gets blocked and how to maintain your emotional and physical health intact.
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The Fourth Chakra: Anahata Chakra?
The heart chakra is also known as the ‘Anahata chakra.’ Anahata is a Sanskrit word that means ‘unbeaten and unhurt.’
As the fourth chakra, it is the center of love. It is about kindness, unconditional love, empathy, and joy. Moreover, just like the heart, the heart chakra acts in liaison with all the other lower and upper chakras.
When the chakra is balanced, we are full of love and empathy. But once the heart chakra gets blocked, anger, grief, hatred, and jealousy take up all the space.
The heart chakra has the element’ air.’ Air, as you know, is omnipresent within us and all around us. Like that, all the other key elements of the heart, like love, compassion, and unity, are all present within and around us.
So, if you keep your heart open to these components, it keeps the love flowing smoothly. Hence, the mantra of the heart chakra is ‘I love.’
The fourth chakra is associated with the color green. Green is the color of love and transformation. So, those with an open heart and a balanced heart chakra have hearts filled with love and compassion.
Location of the Energy Center: Heart
The heart chakra is the fourth of the seven primary chakras, making it central to all the chakras. In our physical bodies, too, the location of the Anahata, or heart chakra, is at the heart of the spine. Its power revolves around trust, love, empathy, peace, gratitude, fearlessness, and forgiveness.
Since this is the point where our spiritual self and physical self meet, this is where all our energies and emotions come together.
It also connects the three upper and lower chakras. These are the root chakra, solar plexus (third chakra), and sacral chakra.
These chakras connect the throat, third eye, and upper crown chakras. In our bodies, this heart chakra communicates with the heart, lungs, cardiac plexus, and thymus gland.
Symbol: Green Flower
The heart chakra is symbolized as a green six-pointed star (Shaktona). So, twelve petals are placed in a circle (red), making it look like a lotus flower.
What Happens When Anahata Chakra is Balanced?
When the heart chakra is healthy and in complete alignment, you will be happy, compassionate, and in love and joy. In addition, you will feel more connected with the outside world, be open to more love, change and challenge, and enjoy your relationships.
You can better resolve conflicts, empathize with people and love yourself when the heart chakra is balanced. In addition, you are more accepting and understanding of how you are, your physical body, and your surroundings.
Spiritually when the heart chakra is in balance, you will feel more compassionate and gratuitous towards others.
Physically you will have regular blood circulation in the body. In addition, the region’s lungs, heart, and other glands will work flawlessly without causing disease and ailments.
Moreover, the heart chakra controls the sense of touch. Therefore, the health of your skin and hands are also often determined by the chakra balance.
When your heart chakra is unblocked and open, you will feel the following:
- Unconditional love and compassion
- Feel open to receiving love
- Altruistic and empathetic
- You respect others’ boundaries
- You feel peaceful, at ease, and resilient
Signs of a Blocked Heart Chakra
Whenever there’s a blockage or change in the spinning frequency of any of the seven chakras, it affects us. So physically, it can manifest itself in the form of the disease and physical ailments.
An underactive, as well as an overactive heart chakra can affect our health. If the heart chakra is blocked, it can cause blocked energy and hence:
- Diseases or issues with the heart
- Chest, lung, hands, and arms troubles
- Infections of the lung and heart
- Raised or low blood pressure.
Whereas emotionally or mentally, we may feel more:
- Feel Lonely
So when you feel the above symptoms or signs, your heart chakra is likely blocked. If not dealt with at the right time, these emotions can get worse and manifest as manipulative behaviors.
Techniques to Unblock the Fourth Chakra
Suppose your heart chakra becomes blocked; there is no need to panic. It may happen to all of us at some point in our lives. However, it can quickly be brought back to the average pace by making a few changes to your lifestyle.
Positive thoughts work great to reduce stress, trauma, and anxiety. Keep a gratitude journal. Write three things that make you happy and grateful every day.
Be thankful for the little things.
A common way to heal your heart and other chakras are through visualization. It’s also a form of meditation, where you visualize yourself as air. Then imagine powerful green energy centered in your chest, i.e., where the heart chakra is located.
Practicing visualization will help generate soothing energy and heal your emotional wounds.
Repeat Positive Heart Opening Affirmations
Make it a practice to begin your day with daily self-love and heart-opening affirmations.
Repeat them once or twice during the day:
- I choose kindness over hate.
- I am worthy of love.
- My heart is full of unconditional love for all nature’s beings.
- I forgive myself and others.
- I dont hold grudges and let go of all past hurts.
- I completely love and accept myself.
- My heart is open to love.
- I am wanted and loved.
- I forgive myself.
- I am grateful for…
You may also leave little positive notes for yourself around the mirror, fridge, or other places you are likely to find and read them throughout the day.
Practice different yoga poses. Backbends, for one, have been associated with opening the heart and easing your pain. Here are a few poses that help unblock the heart chakra.
The half camel pose is a great backbend pose that benefits your upper back. It physically and spiritually opens up the heart center. Try this pose with the following easy steps at home:
- First, kneel with your shoulders on your hips and the hips on the knees.
- Place your hands on the top of your glutes.
- Press the hips forward and lean backward.
- Hold your heart with one hand and the heel with the other.
- Slowly withdraw the posture to come back to the original position.
The wheel pose makes your spine flexible and gives you the mobility to go about the day without stressed limbs and hips. You can do this pose at home easily:
- Lie on your back and bend your knees upwards.
- Place your hands by your ears. Your palms should be near the ears, and your fingers towards the shoulders.
- Inhale and push yourself upwards by pressing on your hands.
- Push your chin towards your chest and come down slowly. Your hips should be the last part to touch the ground.
The wheel pose has a more accessible version called the ‘bridge pose.’ It creates flexibility in the spine region and also helps open the heart. You can try the bridge pose at home as well.
The warrior pose is also a backbend pose that brings all energies to the heart region.
- Like a warrior, keep one knee stacked on the ankle and the other foot backward at a 90-degree angle.
- Place your hands on the lower back portion and slowly bring them to your back and leg.
- Lift your chest and move your hips slowly; bring them forward.
You can also try many other poses that open the heart and bring our Anahata chakra in balance. Some of these include:
- Cobra Pose
- Upward-Facing Dog Pose
- Fish Pose
- Wild Thing
- Bow Pose
- Camel Pose
Use the heart-opening crystal like rose quartz. Keep it close to you; wear it like a piece of jewelry. Let its powers soak in.
You can also use these chakra stones to bring balance to your energy center. In addition, these are the best crystals with healing powers. They work along your space to relieve you emotionally and remove all traumas and pains.
These also make you appear more attractive to love, including romantic love and all other forms of love, like friendships, healthy relationships, children, etc.
The rose quartz is the crystal of the Anahata chakra. It works on the heart organ and the heart’s loving energy.
Plus, since the color the fourth chakra is associated with is green, you may also find green crystals healing and soothing. So you may try jade jewels or keep green crystals like:
- Aventurine, etc., close to you or in your space to enjoy their healing powers.
Regular meditation also helps restore the flow of energy through our bodies. So take the time out and practice meditation at a peaceful spot daily.
Wear comfortable clothing and sit in a position without straining your structure and joints.
Incorporate Green Color in Your Life
Since the heart chakra is associated with the green color, find ways to bring it into your life.
Wear green clothes, decorate your workspace with green, and add an indoor plant to your home or office.
Moreover, eat more greens! Work out a diet plan with sufficient greens like broccoli, apples, cucumber, and other leafy greens like kale, spinach, etc. Moreover, you can also include green fruits and green tea.
Allow the food to be digested, and chew it well before swallowing it. At the same time, don’t stray from your primary purpose: to heal yourself.
Drink Heart Beverages
Drink beverages that open up the heart, like rose tea. Cacao and green tea also help get your heart chakra back into a spin.
Music is called the food of the soul for a reason. The heart chakra corresponds to two frequencies:
- 341.4 Hz: Try to look up and listen to music and songs that correspond to this frequency.
- 528 Hz: This is also known as the love frequency. It is, in fact, the most renowned Solfeggio frequency and is present in nature.
You can find this all around you in nature. Chlorophyll and even our DNA have it. So listening to music at this frequency will open your heart and calibrate your DNA.
These bowls have traditionally been associated with healing and meditation. These create sound waves that restore the chakras’ frequencies, restoring peace in our bodies, minds, and souls.
While each chakra resonates with a different bowl frequency, the heart chakra goes with the K key.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils also promote a peaceful atmosphere bringing peace and relaxation to your entire body and mind.
You may use these via diffusers, apply them to your body, get a massage or take a bath with a few drops of these oils to let in the aroma. The soothing accents open your heart chakra and heal your body and soul.
Here are some of the oils that go with the healing of the heart chakra:
- Tangerine, etc.
It is essential to have a healthy heart chakra for our peace and physical health. When your heart chakra is balanced, you are filled with empathy, compassion, and free-flowing love.
Hence, you are more open to receiving love, accepting and embracing life as it is instead of wanting to run away from it.
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