The fourth chakra is the heart chakra, which vibrates at the same frequency as deep, forest green. This is the centre that allows us to feel love and compassion for others and to process our emotions in healthy ways.

Through a healthy heart chakra, we become able to express our feelings and sustain healthy, loving connections and intimate relationships with others.

This chakra is located at the centre of the chest and governs the healthy functioning of the physical heart, chest, lungs and thymus gland.

This chakra is thought to be related to the planets Venus and Earth (manifesting love on the physical plane).

If the heart chakra is not functioning correctly, we feel cut off emotionally and may seek to isolate ourselves from others.

Love feels unsafe and it seems easier to become cynical about relationships and avoid them altogether.

It’s interesting to note that the Sanskrit name for the heart chakra is Anahata which means unwounded, intact, unhurt, unbeaten.

This implies that a healthy heart chakra is one that is ‘like new’, full of innocence and wonder; it is like a heart that has never been hurt before and which, therefore, feels safe, open and receptive.

If the heart chakra is overactive, we tend to give too much of ourselves and make unwise choices in love – giving our time and devotion to those who don’t truly value us or the love we bring.

When we bring the heart chakra back into balance, we make wiser, more loving (and self-loving) choices, and all our relationships flourish and feel good.

Location: center of the chest
Function: love, compassion, contentment, kindness, connection
Endocrine gland: thymus
Organs: heart, chest, lungs and thymus gland
Color: deep green & pink
Element: air
Planetary influence: Venus
Identity: social identity
Developmental stage: 3,5 to 7 years
Basic issues: “to love”, love self acceptance
Deficient: paranoia, indecisive, feels unloved, sorry for oneself, afraid of letting go
Excessive: very critical, mood swings, possessiveness, demanding, manic depressive, tense
Balanced: unconditional love, emotionally balanced, empathetic, compassionate

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Dances with the Lone Wolf: Balancing the Heart Chakra (a short fictional story)

Jack was a loner. He liked being alone. At least, that’s what he would tell himself, and anyone else who would ask.

His friends were always so full of questions, wanting to know why he never went out anymore, why he was being so weird all the time.

Jack would get so annoyed with them. It was none of their business what he was doing at home alone at night. Didn’t they all have lives of their own to think about?!

He reasoned that they were all just very immature souls who didn’t know how to spend time alone with their thoughts, enjoying their own company, but sometimes, when he was truly alone with yet another long evening stretching out ahead of him, Jack would feel a deep longing for someone he could share his thoughts with.

But how could he possibly let someone else in after so many toxic relationships, and intimate connections that had emotionally suffocated him or simply hadn’t allowed him to be himself.

Jack wasn’t sure he was ready to trust anyone again. He felt uncomfortable in company, even when he craved it.

He was always expecting the next heartbreak and wondering where it would come from and who was about to let him down next.

However hard he tried, he just couldn’t let go of those old wounds and let-downs, and in his loneliest moments he would admit to himself that he was angry about the past and unwilling to give anyone an opportunity to hurt him again.

He knew it wasn’t natural to be this way and that there might be something slightly unhealthy about his behaviour and attitude, but Jack was a very deeply disappointed person. He was suspicious of everyone and everything.

He would constantly fantasise about having a wide circle of great friends and a fun life-partner who would see him for who he was and maybe even bring him out of himself. Sometimes he would imagine himself accepting the next social offer or invitation that came his way.

He even picture himself getting dressed to go out, feeling excited as he left the house, not knowing what exhilarating and enriching events lay ahead of him, but when the next phone call came asking him out to a group dinner or a party, his chest would tighten, his heart would start racing and he would find himself panicking, freezing and almost automatically saying he was too busy or had a deadline to meet, or making some other excuse that would let him off the hook once again.

Then, once his friend had finally accepted his excuse and he was truly free to continue his life of lonely but blissfully predictable seclusion, he would feel a mixture of giddy relief, tinged with complete and utter disappointment in himself.

He would be happy that his heart palpitations had subsided but there would always be a nagging sense at the back of his mind that life would be unbearable if it was always going to be this way.

Yet despite his frustration, he just couldn’t seem to figure out what he was afraid of, or why he was letting it get in the way of his happiness.

When was his life ever going to begin again? When was he ever going to just let go of the past and allow himself to re-join the human race?

Being a writer, Jack was almost free to become a total recluse and he often convinced himself that this was simply the way it had to be for people in his profession.

Of course he wanted to go out and have fun like everyone else, but his job just wouldn’t allow him to..

If Jack worked steadily on healing his wounded heart chakra, he would experience a gradual opening to new experiences. He could finally begin to take small steps to release his social anxiety.

He might begin by tentatively sharing some of his thoughts and feeling with his closest friends and then, encouraged by their kind and understanding responses, he might find himself thinking more clearly about which types of social activity he would find most comfortable.

He might enjoy a trip to the cinema with just one or two friends.

With something else to concentrate on, he might find it easier to allow himself to be in company without feeling a great deal of anxiety or pressure to interact with large groups of people.

He might then enjoy discussing the film over a quiet drink and gradually finding his way back into socialising in a calmer and more gentle way.

He might gradually find himself worrying less about what people thought of him and seeing a much wider perspective on life, wisely observing that other people did indeed have a range of other preoccupations and concerns in life.

With this new, wider perspective, he might even find himself reaching out to help his friends with their concerns or to listen as they shared their problems.

He might not find an instant cure for his panic attacks, but his symptoms would become less acute as he began to embrace the idea of going out for walks in the countryside, where he could inhale the healing qualities found in nature.

He might find that he had more in common with his friends than he realized and that, as the song says, “everybody hurts sometimes.”

By committing to deep and lasting healing, he might find himself developing more compassion for others and generally feeling less afraid to take chances, and despite his deadlines and work pressures, he might even begin to find more enjoyable ways of living, working and being in the world.

In time, he might find himself absent-mindedly checking dating sites or noticing attractive women while he was out socializing, and after enough positive social experiences, he might gradually rebuild his trust, just enough to let someone in – someone with whom he could open up and share his heart.

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Chakras for Beginners: The ultimate guide to HEALING your CHAKRAS and BALANCING your ENERGY through awareness, essential oils, crystals and yoga. Including also SECRET TIPS for third eye awakening
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Healing and Maintenance of the Heart Chakra

So how do you know if your heart chakra is blocked or out of balance? If you answer yes to three or more of the questions below, it’s highly likely that it is.

  1. Do you feel it’s necessary to isolate yourself from others in order to feel safe?
  2. Are you afraid to let someone in emotionally, and does even the idea of developing an intimate relationship cause you to panic?
  3. Do you sometimes have strange sensations or tightness in the chest area?
  4. Do you tend to be more withdrawn than before, when in company, taking a back seat and allowing others to do all the talking and socialising?
  5. Do you often feel desperately lonely even though you seem to have chosen to live as a semi-recluse?

If your heart chakra is blocked, out of balance or in need of healing, try some of the remedies and practices below to help bring it back into balance and restore harmony and wellbeing.

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Green Color Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl Heart
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Meditation for Healing the Heart Chakra

Close your eyes and sit in a comfortable position with your feet planted firmly on the floor.

Breathe deeply and visualise white light streaming down from above and creating a thick, protective energy bubble around you.

Place both hands on your heart and breathe deeply into the chest area.

Visualise a rich, deep green light streaming down into the heart chakra from your hands.

If you have trouble visualising, simply close your eyes and repeat the following words:

Rich, deep, green light, rich, deep, green light. Continue repeating these words mentally and silently, until you’re able to believe in, and possibly even see, glimpses or flashes of this deep, forest green light streaming into your heart chakra, healing, cleansing and recharging it with its required colour vibration.

Carry out this meditation for approximately twenty minutes or until you feel peaceful and re-energised. Making a regular habit of working on each of your chakras in this way, using the uniquely appropriate chakra colours, will ensure that your chakras remain clear, energised and in perfect balance with each other.

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Future Care and Maintenance of the Heart Chakra

As much as time allows, be sure to use this meditation regularly to recharge, heal and balance your heart chakra, but in order keep this chakra whole and healthy and your outlook positive and bright, here are some measures you can take to ensure the ongoing health of this chakra.

Healing Behaviours for Maintaining Good Heart Chakra Health

Begin spending more time in nature, surrounded by greenery and wide-open green spaces. Immerse yourself in the healing vibrations of trees and plants.

I often feel that in our highly toxic and inorganic world, filled with metal, glass and pollution, it’s only when we take time to connect with the natural world that we can find, heal and recharge ourselves fully.

When we absorb the precious life-giving life-force energy generated by the trees, the flowers and the wonderful sights we see on a beautiful country walk, not only do we heal our bodies in the generic sense, we also heal our heart chakras and respiratory organs, by literally allowing the trees to breathe us back into life.

As we exhale the carbon-dioxide they need in order to photosynthesise, we inhale the much-needed oxygen they give back to us as a by-product of this process. 

But our healing experience in nature goes much deeper into our essential being than this simple biological exchange and occurs on many levels across several dimensions.

As we feast on this literal breath of fresh air, we also fill our heart chakras with life, vitality, peace and serenity.

At this point, I feel inspired to mention the latest Japanese craze sweeping across Western shores: Shinrin Yoku, which translates as ‘forest bathing’ – the practice of spending time in a forest, walking, breathing, relaxing and allowing the natural world to heal you.

Forest bathing has been said to reduce stress and high blood pressure, improve sleep and even heighten intuition.

It should come as no surprise, then, that all the above conditions are present within us when the heart chakra is healthy, clean and energised.

When we spend time in a forest, we are literally bathing in precious life-giving oxygen and pranic life-force energy.

And the most important colour for the cleansing, healing and effective functioning of the heart chakra… deep forest green.

As well as connecting with the natural world, we can also open our heart chakras by reaching out in service to others.

If you have the time and feel so inclined, volunteering to help those less fortunate will allow you to change someone else’s life, while also opening your heart to the more compassionate side of your nature.

Using Colour to Heal and Recharge the Heart Chakra

Wear more green and pink shades and tones and introduce these colours in your choice of clothing and furnishings to increase your awareness of them and allow your mind and your energy-field to absorb their vibration as you go about your daily routines.

Crystals for Heart Chakra Cleansing and Balancing

Lie down in a quiet room and place a few cleansed and energised pieces of green aventurine, rose quartz, rhodochrosite, green malachite and/or jade crystals on your heart chakra area for twenty minutes or so.

Try this once a week until you get used to the feel of these powerful energies.

While you’re healing this chakra, you can also carry these stones around with you or wear them on a necklace or bracelet.

Green Aventurine Crystal

Green Aventurine Crystal

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Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz Crystal

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Green Malachite

Green Malachite Crystal

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Rhodochrosite Crystal

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Essential Oils for Clearing and healing the Heart Chakra

Massage your chest and arms with gentle love-filled essential oils of rose, frankincense, neroli, melissa, lavender and jasmine.

Please remember to always dilute your essential oils with a good quality carrier oil before applying them directly to the skin.

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Rose essential oil

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Frankincense essential oil

Frankincense oil

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Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli essential oil

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Melissa essential oil

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Yoga for Clearing and Healing the Heart Chakra

If you’re a yoga practitioner and have no impediments to physical exercise, you might like to try the following yoga poses, to help open, clear and release toxic energy from the heart chakra:

  • Cobra pose
  • Upward facing dog pose
  • Fish pose
  • Camel pose

Remember that it’s always best to study yoga with a qualified instructor, and if you’re studying at home, please be gentle with yourself and go at a slow and steady pace that you know you can manage easily. Sometimes we gain the best results from the smallest of movements carried out in just the right way.

See the healing table at the end of this book for a comprehensive cheat sheet on all the tips and techniques that will help you to strengthen each chakra.

Happy Heart Chakra Healing!

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