The Sanskrit name for this chakra is anahata, which means “unbound.” It refers to how we become free from the material measures of success. Money, automobiles, fame, and fortune cease being the measures of achievement. Freedom, joyfulness, and an abiding peace become the hallmarks of a person who dwells in his heart center. The fourth chakra, also called the heart chakra, is located at the cardiac plexus, in the center of the chest, and not over the heart itself.
Its properties are
Crystal-Rose QuartzElement: Air
Body Aspects: Circulatory system, lungs, breasts, heart, asthma, immune deficiencies
Psychological Instincts: Love, hope, surrender to another, compassion, intimacy
Seeds: Selfless love, forgiveness
Negative Expressions: Ego aggrandizement, resentment, selfishness, grief, loneliness, abandonment, betrayal
Do you feel you can give and receive love and kindness equally? How much do you love yourself and others?
There are many ways to associate the physical elements and your heart chakra being out of balance. A big one is how much do you love yourself? Did you know that if you can’t accept and love yourself, you may find it hard to truly, fully love someone else?
Or do you have a hard time receiving from others but are always willing to give or vice-versa? I’m sure just looking at that statement you can see the imbalance of it. To have balance you need to be able to give and receive equally. Now, this might not be the case to give and receive all at once. But it eventually levels itself out.
You may also be feeling a lack of love from others, sad, hurt, betrayed or lonely. These are also signs that your heart chakra may be out of balance.
What are some physical signs associated with the heart chakra?
Sometimes when we have physical hurdles they may be associated with an emotional attachment. The heart chakra is associated with your mid-back, lungs, heart and circulatory system and it also influences the whole system and process of energy flow. So when your health presents you with issues that connect to the heart chakra it may be due to an old attachment that you may be holding in your energy field on a subconscious level.
When the heart chakra becomes overactive, we lose our personal boundaries. We might find ourselves always putting the needs of others before our own.
This is when we start to make unhealthy choices…in the name of love. This can manifest physically as a fast heart rate, palpitations, or heart burn. You might also experience interpersonal relationship issues like codependency, manipulative behaviors, feelings of unworthiness, or a lack of trust in yourself or others.
Many people have an underactive fourth chakra. Most of us have experienced a lot of heartbreak on this journey of life, and that can cause our heart chakra to shut down.
When your heart chakra is underactive, you feel like it’s hard to get really close to anyone. You hesitate to let anyone in. Does this sound familiar to you?
In an effort to protect our hearts we close them off from connection; from giving and receiving love. This closes off our ability to be compassionate, empathetic, and kind. It also closes off our ability to forgive.
When your fourth chakra is balanced, you feel surrounded love, compassion, and joy. You feel connected to the world around you ❤️ You are able to feel love for yourself and others in equal amounts.
Even when tough things happen, you can still see the compassion and kindness in others. You are able to forgive easily and freely. Can you think of anything we need more in this political climate?