Know Your Heart Chakra And How To Unlock Its Power

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The Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra

The heart chakra, or Anahata in its original Sanskrit name, colors our life with compassion, love, and beauty. Driven by the principles of transformation and integration, the fourth energy center is said to bridge earthly and spiritual aspirations. Explore what makes the essence of this chakra and how to unravel its powerful energy to enrich your life.

Introducing the heart chakra or Anahata

Chakra key elements

First, we’re going to look at the heart chakra key attributes:

  • Location: In the center of the chest (the energy center is not located where our actual heart organ lies; rather, the heart chakra is in the center of the chest area); it is the 4th chakra counting from the bottom of the spine in the traditional 7 chakra system.
  • Color: Green (higher energy frequencies can turn to pink)
  • Symbol: Two intersecting triangles forming a 6-pointed star in a circle with 12 petals
  • Original name in Sanskrit: Anahata
  • Element: Air

Additional elements used in modern healing practices to balance the heart chakra are crystals or gemstones and aromatherapy. If you’re curious, here’s a list of the most common ones used to activate or balance the fourth chakra:

  • Heart chakra healing stones: Pink quartz, clear quartz, jade, green calcite
  • Essential oils: Rose, geranium, neroli, ylang ylang, jasmine, bergamot

Other key elements associated with the heart chakra are:

  • Glands or bodily functions: Thymus gland, responsible for hormone production and important in the regulation of the immune system.

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Heart Chakra Psychological Meanings

The main meanings or functions associated with the heart chakra are:

  • Love for oneself and others
  • Relating, relationships
  • Compassion, empathy
  • Forgiveness, acceptance
  • Transformation, change
  • Ability to grieve and reach peace
  • Compassionate discernment
  • Center of awareness, integration of insights

When the heart chakra is open, you may feel being deeply connected, the harmonious exchange of energy with all that is around you, and the appreciation of beauty. However, when there’s a blockage in the heart chakra, you may experience difficulties in your relating with others, such as excessive jealousy, codependency, or being closed down, withdrawn.

Heart Chakra Element: Air

The fourth chakra is related to the element of air. As such, its energy is associated to the breath and its movements, as well as the idea of spaciousness and connection with all things.

Heart Chakra Color: Green

Even though most of us think about the pink color when thinking about the heart, this chakra is traditionally associated with the color green. The auric color of an active fourth chakra can also be seen as a pink or smoky pink, hence our popular representation of love as a pink heart.

Heart Chakra

Chakra Location: The Chest

The most commonly accepted location for the fourth chakra is at the center of the chest, between the breasts. It’s slightly to the left of the actual organ of the heart. That’s why it’s often referred to as the “heart chakra”.

As the fourth energy center, it’s important to remember that it is multidimensional and is energetically represented with a front going through the center of the chest, and a back going through the spine between the shoulder blades.

Because of its location, the heart chakra is associated to the cardiac system and the lungs.  These organs are interdependent and rely on air and breathing to function properly. The gland associated with the heart chakra is the thymus, which is in charge of regulating the immune system.

Chakra Symbol

The symbol for the heart chakra is traditionally composed of:

  • A circle with twelve petals
  • An downward-pointing triangle interlaced with an upward-pointing triangle, forming a six-pointed star or hexagram

The intersecting triangles represent the air element and its all-encompassing quality. They also symbolize the union of seemingly opposite principles or types of energies, such as male and female, spirit and matter. The star that they form evokes the harmonious joining of forces and highlights the function of the heart chakra as a center of integration and connection. The twelve petals are often depicted with the color red.

What does Anahata mean?

The fourth chakra is referred to as:

  • Heart chakra
  • Anahata
  • Hritpankaja
  • Dbadasjadala
  • Chakra 4

The most common Sanskrit name for the heart chakra is “Anahata“, which means “unstruck.”

What role the fourth chakra plays in our lives

The Heart chakra is associated with the following psychological and behavioral characteristics:

  • Capacity to love
  • Integration, bridge between earthly and spiritual aspirations
  • Transcending personal identity and limitations of the ego
  • Experience of unconditional love and connection with all
  • Heart-centered discernment
  • Appreciation of beauty in all things
  • Experiencing deep and meaningful relationships

The fourth chakra connects the lower and upper chakras. In other words, the heart chakra acts as a center of integration of earthly matters and higher aspirations. Far from seeing these energies as separate, the experience of the heart integrates them effortlessly and harmoniously.

The Heart chakra is all about connecting and relating. The emphasis here is on love, giving and receiving, and how open we are in relationships. Love is the energy that helps transfigure emotions and experiences. It’s an essential element in any relationship, whether it’s is with others or oneself.

Love experienced through the fourth chakra is not just about romance, but about going beyond the limitations of the ego and personal preoccupations to open up more fully to compassion and acceptance of all that is, as it is. When we live from our heart and our heart energy is opened and balanced, we can see clearly and position ourselves in any situation, no matter how challenging it is, with discernment and compassion.

The heart chakra is also a center through which we experience beauty in life. Seeing the world through a balanced fourth chakra is being in a state of openness and acceptance that brings us in touch with our world and ourselves in profound and fulfilling ways.

Signs your fourth chakra may be out of balance

The heart chakra can become imbalanced as a result of life experiences that have a strong emotional charge, physical illments, or significant changes in your environment. It may manifests as a blockage in the energy flow or, on the contrary, a tendency to become overactive or have an excess of energy.

You can see the following signs of imbalance in the heart chakra :

  • Being overly defensive
  • Feeling closed down
  • Jealousy; fear of intimacy
  • Codependency, relying on other’s approval and attention, trying to please at all cost
  • Always putting oneself in the role of the savior or the rescuer; or on the contrary, falling into victimization
  • Excessive isolation, being recluse, antisocial
  • Holding grudges, not being to forgive

At the physical level, it can manifest as:

  • Respiratory ailments, such as lung infection, bronchitis
  • Circulatory and heart-related issues

When the energy in your fourth chakra is blocked or hindered, you may experience what is sometimes referred to as heart chakra pain.

Simple ideas to balance the heart chakra

To get started, try out these few simple practices:

  • Work with the breath to balance your energy; observe it, play with it with breathing exercises
  • Cultivate your appreciation for beauty, whether it’s in nature, people or in the arts
  • Practice self-care and love your body up, from a good bath with rose essential oil to yoga poses opening the heart area
  • Cultivate self-compassion and acceptance, especially with regards to your emotions and body
  • Engage in activities that feed your heart
  • Focus on receiving if you are naturally inclined to be a giver; and on giving if you’re more inclined to receive all the time
  • Reflect on old wounds inherited from family relationships and come to terms with them compassionately; practice forgiveness deep within your heart
  • Express your gratitude, even if it’s in silence; you can be grateful for the presence of other people in your life or simply for good things that make your life easier and happier

Check out these resources to discover more ways to open and heal the heart chakra.


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33 Responses to The Heart Chakra

  • Dean

    The answer to the meaning of life universe and everything. Is to love and be loved and always show compassion

    • MoVaEm7

      I think you meant to say “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” also “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

      • Anonymous

        Yes Amen????????

  • Dean

    Get rid without trust and loyalty there is no love there anymore

  • Vernon Andre Freeman

    Thanks for the help I’m newly on the path in finding my greatest version deep diving and I wanted to ask a question my question is will obtaining a chakra stones will help me further on my question and what’s the purpose of wearing or having the stones

    • Bailey

      The benefit of the stones are that they serve as personal reminders of your goals in consideration to what ever you’re looking to grow in. Having the stone and knowing the meaning allows you to internalize it’s message when you see it or think of it

  • Dawn Baugh

    why do you depend on their approval/love when you can sustain yourself with your providings? Don’t you have a job? Are you relying financially on them? If they somehow bring you down, you need to cut them off for a while. Whoever seems to bring you down (whether it is just your perception or actually their intention, it doesn’t matter because how you see it and perceive it is what is real. So you put your feelings as a priority and trust yourself first. You don’t have to argue or fight, you just take yourself away from those that let you down slowly and gently but surely. And good luck with your new life!

  • Daniel

    I can’t accept myself. I’m not suppose to exists In this world. I hate to be as unique than others.I have been suicide once but failed because suicide is not an option. One day I am in love with a girl but somehow I felt unworthy.  No matter what I do, I can’t be normal like everybody else. I feel hopeless. I try to explain “what am I” to my parents and friends but not only they don’t believe in me but also make fun of me. I told my problem to my parents since I was 5 years old and now I am 26. Had been depressed many years ever since.

    • Luna

      You are worthy what you have to do is love yourself first to love others. We all will find happiness

    • Vulthuryos

      Take deep breath and god can be your savior…iknow its hard i have been depresed manny times but if you take time to learn about spirituality then one day your life will shine…good luck brother

    • J

      May I suggest, You are an Indigo Child? You’ve come to Earth to help make it a better place. Try not to despair. Seek others like you. The Internet is a great place for this. When you are down, try to be grateful and breathe. It’s hard to think of being grateful when you are down, start with something simple like, “I’m grateful for my toes” then think of 10 more things. You are beautiful, You have a purpose, there is great meaning in your life. You are worthy of LOVE.

    • lisa cheng

      make yourself a fool, fail hard…..just somehow remember to come back ….at least that’s how i learned my lessons, as long as you’re breathing its always worth it, parents are mortals too, you don’t have to explain to anyone just create your own realm. i hope you every best.

    • Ms. Shirley

      Daniel you are love. Wanna know how I know? Because infinite intelligence live within you. It will never leave nor forsake you. It’s how you live, move, and have your physical being. It came here with a purpose and decided to complete the purpose while residing within your physical being. So ya see, you are loved, appreciated, and have the most powerful, forgiving, understanding and loving energy in the entire universe living within you. I hope this gives you some clarity on how freakin awesome you are.

    • Marcela V.

      We are all connected and the same. Own your uniqueness and start connecting with your highestself; its who you really are 🙂

    • Divad

      These emotions and feelings come from your leg and feet Chakras, this where you are holding this energy and these feelings. Learn about them and clear them and you will feel better.

    • Don

      Don’t let anybody tell you who you are.
      I hope you’re still around and have found peace.
      I Love You.

      • Dean

        Love you to

    • Anonymous

      We are star seeds…. we dont belong here but here on a soul contract. Our job is to shine love & light and connect to your higherself. Working your way back to where you truely belong with Ascension and unconditional Love. Your special so keep vibrations HIGH)

    • Amanda

      I hope you are feeling better now Daniel

  • Tina

    Forgiveness is for yourself, not for him.You sure won’t forget the betrayal and it may inhibit you from trusting him again. Did he say why he cheated? Was he caught or did he own up and ask for forgiveness? If you are married it’s worth going for counciling. If not then you must still decide whether this relationship can survive. Take some time fir yourself to meditate & reflect on what’s right for you. Trust your intuition. Ball is in your court now. Peace & love.

  • Loyang

    My heart is closed when i found out there is affair from my love one. He intend not to tell me but someone had sent me the photos. He said the relationship is over and he wanted to get the forgiveness from me. And yes i forgiven him. But my heart oways not trusted him, thinking that he is doing differently from what he said. When every moment i want to talk to him regarding this matter, he will feel frustrated & said why need to discuss back & looked back the previous thing? The matter was already passed, just let the pass gone & go for the future. But for me the problem caused and i can’t wipe it just like that.. the hurt, pain & scar will oways in my heart.. What should i do now to open the heart?

    • jenny -O

      forgive yourself <3

    • Kate

      I too discovered my husband have multiple affairs this June. My therapist says, it can take years to fully recover, so if your being told to get over it, then you aren’t being allowed to heal the way you need to. See a therapist, individual and, ideally, as a couple to help you heal. I’m twelve weeks since D-day (discovery day) and the anger has subsided, but the hurt is just below the surface all the time. I still don’t think I will ever forgive but I do understand why he did it. That right there is part of the healing process. Good luck to you.

    • Ms. Shirley

      For starters you have to realize how fabulous you are and secondly you have to learn to love yourself. Until you do you will blame yourself. Listen we all want to believe that everything in or relationships will last a lifetime but what I have come to understand is Obviously the person didn’t come to stay for a lifetime but the lessons we learned does. There isn’t anything wrong with you. It’s him, he’s the one who cheated. So obviously he has a blocked chakra. So do not allow yourself to get one because of his actions. I had to learn that life didn’t happen to me. It happened for me. For me to wake up and find my greatest self. I hope this helped.

    • Dean

      Get rid without trust and loyalty there is no love there anymore

  • anna cohen

    ive been on the efensive ,with a bg wall up.becauseof painfull past lie,i cant accept i do have to be fo intimacy,my poor poor husband,i am understanding alot more about the chakras now.thank yoyu

  • Jean Haverkate-Hunter

    I have been doing ‘tapping’ to release blockages.  During the last week, I had symptoms in my right hand and wondered if I had a blockage in my hand chakra.  While looking up information on this, I came across your site on the internet.

    I did your test, which revealed a blockage in my heart chakra.  All the symptoms listed for this blockage have been burdening me for years.

    Thank you for posting your information on blockages.

  • Samriti

    My chakra are open and now i am mental and some says it is kaala jadu..and i used net.

    • Linda

      How did you open them?

  • ananda

    You will see your friends and loved ones again, on the other side. We are all One. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  • Dreama

    Taking the ovewvier, this post hits the spot

    • Libby

      I’ve watched too many friends and loved ones die of cancer, in spite of how hard they fought it. Though they all put on a good face, they suffered horribly. It is extremely sad to watch someone go through that. I don’t think I will go through it if I ever get the din&iosasg#8230;

      • Lyra

        I’m very sorry and I can’t imagine what you went through, and I would say that you will get over it, but you probably won’t. Feel sadness for those you have lost, but keep the heart open to love from others and you will feel better over time.

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