Take a closer look at our centre for empathy, compassion and connection: the heart chakra

The heart chakra is associated with the colour green and with the air element. The Sanskrit word for the heart chakra is Anahata, which roughly translated means unhurt. It is located right in the centre of your chest, over your heart. It is the centre point between your physical chakras (the lower three) and your spiritual chakras (the higher three). It is the unifier between spirit and body, because of this it is the one to bring you into integration and wholeness. ⁠
The heart is the first organ to manifest physically in the fetus. Love is the central theme of the heart chakra. It is associated with compassion, forgiveness, emotional safety, the absence of fear, gratitude, hope, trust, generosity, joy, kindness and connection. ⁠
It maintains the truth that we are connected to all that is. We will never be alone because we are a part of the web that makes up the entire universe. The heart governs the heart, circulatory system, emotional regulation, the lungs, shoulders, arms and hands, breasts and lymphatic system (beginning with the thymus gland). ⁠
What many don’t know is that our brains are governed by our hearts. It delivers messages to the brain, which are then followed. This is why at the heart of all mental illness there lies emotional wounding. ⁠
Hurt that occurs in conjunction with your relationship to other people is what causes this chakra to move out of aligned. It is hurt that causes it to close and healing that causes it to open. Around your heart there is a membrane of fluid called the pericardium. It allows love to flow in and love to flow out. This liquid carries memory, protects and nurtures your heart. Deep emotional wounding affects this fluid, which takes on the vibration of the emotion it is closely inundated with. ⁠
Oils that vibrate closely with the heart chakra include Rose, Melissa, Neroli, Marjoram, Chamomile, Yarrow and Eucalyptus. Use these oils while placing something warm on your chest – like a hot water bottle. This should stimulate and open your heart chakra. ⁠
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