The heart chakra is the 4th chakra in the 7 chakra system and it is located, not in the space where the heart is but in the centre of the chest area.
Our heart chakra helps us to connect to the qualities of compassion and empathy that are vital in the development of healthy relationships. If our heart chakra is balanced we are open and receptive to the emotions of those around us and can accept and integrate our own emotions with grace. An open and balanced heart chakra allows us to recognise and appreciate all of the beauty of life that surrounds us – even in the most simple of tasks. We are better able to live within the flow of life, accepting, adapting and responding to whatever comes our way without the need to change, fix, or control people or situations. We find we are better able to live peacefully and harmoniously and work towards our own growth and encourage growth in those around us. We are forgiving, loving, receptive, adaptable, empathic and devoted.
The elements associated with the Heart Chakra are Air and I personally include Water in heart chakra work. Air to link to the growth, transformative, and adaptable aspects of the heart chakra and Water to link to the emotional, compassionate, forgiving, empathic, accepting, living in the flow aspects of the heart chakra. The heart is the space where we can tap into the life force, the Chi which is akin to our spiritual blood that is within every cell of our being and is always in a state of flow and movement. It is the central point between our lower, more Earthy chakras and the higher more Spiritual chakras. Our heart chakra offers us a place where we can connect to the Unity consciousness/Source energy, it is where we can experience the unconditional love that the universe holds for us and where we can begin to integrate this loving energy into our own personal energies, our lives, our relationships and our experiences. When this energy becomes blocked or out of balance it has a knock on affect to all of the chakras within our system. A blocked heart chakra results in us living outside of the energy of love and within the opposing energy – that of fear.
Symptoms of Heart Chakra Imbalance:
- Inability to let go of past hurts.
- Inability or unwillingness to forgive.
- Feeling as though you are separate from everyone and everything – no sense of connection.
- Being overly critical of yourself or others.
- Feeling like you need to control, fix or change people or circumstances.
- Unable to accept – others differences; things that don’t go your way; things that have hurt you; things that you can’t control; how people feel or behave; this list could go on.
- Lack of compassion for others.
- Lack of empathy for others.
- Difficulty in relationships – jealousy or insecurity, co dependency, being emotionally unavailable or withdrawn, being afraid to commit.
- Lack of compassion for yourself.
- Inability to see yourself as a person who deserves to receive love.
- Unable to set or maintain personal boundaries.
Heart Chakra Healing:
Colour: Green and Pink are the colours that resonate with the heart chakra. Green is the colour to work with to help with the growth, transformative, forgiving, calming and healing aspects of the heart chakra. Pink helps us to connect to the energy of unconditional love and to open and expand our heart chakras. Pink is a very high vibrational colour and connecting to this colour is very healing and can help bring a sense of harmony and tranquillity.
Elemental Healing: Air is the element associated with the heart chakra. Air will give you space to grow, for your heart space to expand and unfurl as you connect to, balance and open up to its energy. I also like to work with the element of water for heart chakra healing work, I feel the feminine energy helps when deep heart chakra healing is needed and can help us to cope with issues of forgiveness, washing away and cleansing old pain. This can help us to begin to connect with and live in the flow of acceptance when there may be resistance, before calling in the element of Air to help disperse this energy and really allow us to surrender into our heart.
Journaling/Inner Child Healing: Our inner child resides within our heart space. This child is the authentic Self, the You that you would have been if life had been constantly perfect and you were able to grow with complete and utter devotion from both parents, never experiencing adversity or difficulty. When we as children experience trauma, abuse, neglect, abandonment, witness stressful or tragic events, live within a family that holds no boundaries (enmeshment), or are lacking in receiving any of the 4 A’s (attention, approval, affection & affirmation), then the inner child (the Self that you were intended to be, your authentic Self) becomes fragmented from your actual Self as you shift your behaviour to fit in to the world around you, live up to the expectations of others and attempt to receive the attention and love that you need. As an adult incorporating heart chakra work with inner child work can have the affect of connecting to the energy of unconditional love while at the same time offering your inner child this love from yourself. You thereby aid in helping your inner child to mend the fragmented parts that were lost as you tried fit in in your world and receive the love and validation that we crave as children. This is called ‘Reparenting’ your inner child as we take responsibility for our own inner child we can once again come closer to knowing and being our authentic Self, free from trauma and negative affects of childhood experiences.
Crystals: Rose quartz, Aventurine, Malachite, Jade, Rhodochrosite, Peridot, Pink Tourmaline, Green Tourmaline, Rhodonite, Emerald, Bloodstone, Amazonite.
Essential Oils: Rose is the best oil to use for heart chakra work. I feel that this oil is the only one you really need but you might like to include any of the following – Sandalwood, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Lavender.
Archangel Healing: Archangel Raphael comes through on the green ray and is the Master Healer, Archangel Chamuel comes through on the Pink ray and can help us develop peaceful relationships and Archangel Jophiel can help us with aspects of self love and care so I feel calling in these 3 Archangels for help with heart chakra work is a powerful healing combination.
Watch my reading for Guidence on my Heart Chakra Healing Meditation here: