Heart Chakra Meanings, Symbol, and Location
The heart chakra, also known as the fourth chakra, is in the center of the energy system of the human body. It is a link between the lower and the higher three chakras.
The name itself indicates the connection of the heart chakra with the heart itself, and, in the metaphorical meaning, with love. Anahata relates to the sense of touch that enables loving and healing touching.
Heart Chakra Meaning
Anahata is the energy center of love, compassion, humanity, and safety.
It enables a loving contact with fellow human beings on the relation me-you. It nurtures the sense of community by stimulating self-awareness.
A balanced heart chakra makes it easier for a person to establish ties with other people while excluding all egotistical interests for doing so.
The primary mission of the fourth chakra is the development of selfless love towards fellow human beings in the Christian sense, and the expression of compassion and love for all beings in the Buddhist sense.
Every form of love enables one to venture beyond the limit of one’s person, even though the love of parents’ towards their children can be egotistical in the sense that its primary objective is to establish one’s own or their child’s personality in the world (at the expense of others).
Contrary to this, a healthy heart chakra stimulates love that does not distinguish between personal affection or dislike but instead stems from power and openness that are possible to exercise only when the heart chakra is well balanced.
When you are comfortable with yourself, accepting of your shortcomings, and capable of self-reflection, you are more likely to be able to understand other people and to accept them and their actions.
Heart chakra animal is antelope.
Heart Chakra Location
Heart chakra is located in the the area of the chest and thoracic vertebrae, in the center and in line with the heart, behind the breastbone, between the shoulder blades.
The Effects of the Anahata Imbalance
If you are facing the following problems, it might be that your heart chakra is out of balance:
- dysfunctional relationships,
- heart and chest problems,
- low or high blood pressure,
- respiratory problems.
These problems, originating from heart chakra imbalance, are easy to spot.
Most people in western society have an energy blockage between solar plexus and heart chakra. Most of us live in the ‘I’ instead of ‘we’ feeling.
As a civilization, we are also facing the breakthrough of our awareness through this blockage.
The world has become a much smaller place and if we are about to ‘save the planet’ and change the social paradigm, we have to step out of our egoistic way of looking and start acting as a connected global community.
A task to balance the heart might be the hardest of all chakras.
However, once balanced, the effects on our overall well-being are the strongest. It makes us lose all the fears and replace them with trust and joy, which becomes present in our everyday life.
Heart Chakra Symbol
The fourth chakra is represented by a twelve-petal rosette that denotes universal love, which is, according to Indian bhakti yoga, a path towards devotion and humbleness. In Christian traditions, it represents the love for one’s fellow men.
The symbol of the fourth chakra is a hexagram consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles, one pointing up and the other one down.
The first one symbolizes the male principle of God, represented by Shiva, the symbol of consciousness, and the second one symbolizes the female principle of God, represented by Shakti, the divine mother goddess and a symbol of energy.
Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of the Fourth Chakra
Problems with the heart chakra reflect in the inability to accept oneself and in a negative view of oneself.
A person with an unbalanced fourth chakra that has a strained relationship with oneself cannot expect to be able to accept other people.
Conversely, a balanced Anahata reflects in openness and tolerance towards others.
Common manifestations of Anahata problems are excessive egotism, pronounced need to isolate oneself, and an imbalance between giving and taking.
Other symptoms of heart chakra imbalance include the lack of ability to establish a healthy distance from other people in the sense of preserving one’s autonomy while allowing the other person to maintain theirs, and capacity to carry out or withstand the separation from a loved one.
Problems with the heart chakra reflect in the inability to let things go.
When one wants to identify problematic patterns in their behavior one can often do so by looking at the problematic patterns in the behaviors, belief systems, or practices inherited from their primary family.
This analysis should be done without passing judgment, as an exercise in self-reflection, in letting go, in establishing a healthy distance, and in developing autonomy.
Properties of the Anahata Chakra
- Common names: heart chakra, fourth chakra, Anahata
- Name meaning: Anahata comes from Sanskrit and translates to immaculate, unspoilt, unstruck
- Corresponding gland: thymus
Thymus gland, associated with the fourth chakra, is the central organ responsible for the correct functioning of the adaptive immune system. It produces T-cells which are crucial when the organism is defending itself from foreign invaders.
- Color: green, smoke grey
- Mantra: YAM
- Number of petals: twelve petals, each containing one of the following Sanskrit syllables kam, kham, gam, gham, ngam, cham, chham, jam, jham, nyam, tam and tham.
- Corresponding deities: Isha, Kakini
- Animal Symbol: antelope, pigeon, birds
- Element: air
- Symbol: hexagram
- Sound: ah
- Frequency: 341.3 Hz
- Corresponding sense: touch
- Corresponding natural phenomena: forest, pristine nature, meadows, and fields
- Planet: Jupiter
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun. It is named after Roman god of war. The temperature on Mars in the equatorial area Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun. It is the largest planet in our Solar System. It consists mainly of hydrogen and helium, and despite the fact that its volume is of around 1,321 Earths its mass is only 315 times bigger.can reach up to 35 degrees Celsius and one day on Mars lasts 24 hours and 39 minutes.
- Key themes: love, humanity, compassion, affection, safety.
- Affected body parts: heart, lungs, circulatory system, blood, skin, arms, palms, upper back, thorax, bronchi.
- Positive spiritual aspects: love of others, human warmth, feeling of belonging, feeling of self-worth, artistic expression, tolerance, openness, the ability to maintain a healthy distance.
- Negative spiritual aspects: infatuation with oneself, narcissism, arrogance, cruelty, bitterness, and cold-heartedness.
- Physical signs pointing to an abnormal functioning of the heart chakra: heart problems, pains in the thorax, too high or too low blood pressure, pulmonary issues, breathing problems, frequent colds, pains in the upper back, shoulder pains.
- Mental issues pointing to an abnormal functioning of the heart chakra: insensitivity, loneliness, trouble with meeting new people and establishing contact, misanthropy, inability to create a healthy distance.