sanksrit name: Anahata (unstruck)
mantra: be open
symbol: Lotus with 12 green petals. Within it are 2 intersecting triangles, forming a star.
color: primarily green, but pink is also used
location: center of chest behind the sternum
corresponding hormonal gland: thymus
associated anatomy: heart, lungs, immune system, lymph system (circulatory system= cardiovascular system + lymph system)
characteristics: unity, brotherhood/sisterhood, love, peace, purity, innocence
heart chakra life issues: allowing love be the center of your life, following your heart’s desires, learning to love yourself 1st, then others, learning to forgive, being open to receive
affected by: relationships with significant others, family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, & strangers, love, forgiveness or unforgiveness, intuition
physical activities: yoga, dancing, cardiovascular exercise (such as walking, running, hiking, jumping), anything you love
spiritual activities: learning to love yourself 1st, then others, prayer, singing, healing, pursing anything that you’re passionate about, learning forgiveness
musical note: F
Blockages can manifest as immune system or heart problems, or a lack of compassion. Characteristics of a blocked heart chakra include fear of rejection, feeling unworthy of love or loving too much.
If there is blockage in the heart chakra, you may feel unworthy of love and skeptical of anyone who wants to love you (and paranoid that you will wind up hurt, yet again), or your love relationships may be completely co-dependent.
You’ve probably experienced one or more of the following; shaming, authoritarianism, volatile situations, domination of will, physical abuse, dangerous environment, fear of punishment, enmeshment, age inappropriate responsibilities or inherited shame from parent.
If this chakra is imbalanced in some way it means that somewhere along the line, there has been a disruption in your attitude and understanding of love. You may want to give your love with the hopes of gaining control of a person or situation and thus confusing love with manipulation, or you may be giving your love in the hopes of gaining recognition to boost damaged self esteem. You may consequently be a possessive and mistrustful person who lacks much compassion.
If the heart chakra is completely blocked, this tends to manifest itself in the antithesis of what the heart represents: you are literally heart-less and quite icy in how you receive yourself and others. If you are not open to love in your life, it is not possible to feel very happy and joyful about life or yourself and, people with blocked heart chakras most certainly do not.
Look through the characteristics of both excessive and deficient energy flow;
Excessive energy- Spins fast (no harmony)
have last word
attraction to sedatives
arrogant and hyperactive
controlling/need to be right
use money or sex to control
master of conditional love
Deficient energy – Spins slow (no harmony)
can’t reach out
blaming of others
terrified of rejection
feel sorry for yourself
passive and unreliable
attraction to stimulants
need constant reassurance
afraid of letting go
feel unworthy love
upper back problems
Auto-immune system problems
high blood pressure
gall bladder and liver
disorders of stomach
At war with yourself
Feelings of alienation
inability to bond with another