Heart Chakra Meaning and 13 Ways to Balance your Fourth Chakra

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 Symbol, Color and Meaning

Why You Need to Balance Your Heart Chakra?

If you are facing the following problems, it might be that your heart chakra is out of balance:

  • Insensitivity,
  • loneliness,
  • 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 chakra 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

Heart Chakra Symbol overexposed over Symbol of Flower of Life.

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.

The global world we live in and many 'negative' situations we are facing as a civilization are forcing us to work and heal on the level of the heart chakra.

Heart Chakra Meaning: Properties and Effects of Anahata

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: Antelope with big straight horns on a clear blue sky background
Heart chakra is animal is antelope.

Heart Chakra Imbalance: The Impact on Your Physical Health

The fourth chakra with its connection to the thymus gland has a significant impact on the immune system. This means that an imbalanced heart chakra and the lack of energy that comes with it can leave you exposed to all sorts of ailments such as allergies, asthma, various infections, and even cancer.

Heart Chakra Health Problems

The most visible signs of Anahata in bad health are heart issues, feeling pressure in the chest, feeling of a pressing weight on the chest, and labored breathing.

Skin problems reflect the stress that comes from the emotional strain and the spiritual turmoil, which results from an inactive heart chakra.

Chronic conditions such as hypertension, hypotension, asthma, bronchitis, heart arrhythmia, and coronary diseases signal an imbalance of the heart chakra that has passed unnoticed for a long time.

You should address such issues immediately.

Checklist

Physical Manifestations of Imbalanced Heart Chakra

If you:

  • suffer from heart issues or you have cardiovascular system problems,
  • have too low or too high blood pressure,
  • have respiratory problems or you experience frequent asthma attacks,
  • have problems with the respiratory tract or have frequent colds,
  • have problematic skin or you suffer from allergies,
  • have indications that your immune system is weakened,
  • experience pains in the chest or upper back area,

you should look into ways how to activate your heart chakra and restore its balance.

Open Heart Chakra: Signs of a Healthy Fourth Chakra

The heart chakra enables and stimulates the ability to connect with others. A healthy fourth chakra helps people to form relationships marked by tolerance and acceptance while both sides present capacity to maintain a healthy distance.

  • Non-judgemental attitude towards others,
  • healthy relationships,
  • love for yourself,
  • love and empathy for others,
  • healthy cardiovascular and respiratory system,

are signs of an open and healthy fourth chakra.

Healthy Fourth Chakra

Anahata Chakra: Psychological and Spiritual Aspects

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.

Reserved and Isolated Girl

Heart Chakra Checklist

Psychological Manifestations of Imbalanced Heart Chakra

If you:

  • feel lonely and have trouble connecting with other people,
  • are in a troubled relationship or are separated,
  • adapt too much in a relationship because you fear rejection and loneliness,
  • want to be more loving to yourself and others,
  • feel exhausted after spending time with friends,
  • are too clingy, jealous, or controlling in a relationship,
  • expect of others to do and behave as you want them to, or you resort to emotional blackmail,

it might be that your heart chakra is out of balance. You should address that imbalance immediately.

The Benefits of Balancing Your Heart Chakra

When you restore the balance of your heart chakra the energy will flow freely and unobstructedly through it, and you will be able to communicate with others more directly, so to speak – heart to heart. You will be able to approach people in a relaxed and impartial manner, without prejudice or pretense.

The benefits of an active fourth chakra go beyond person-to-person relationships and allow you to be more tolerant and accepting of other opinions and cultures. A stable, fully functioning Anahata means that a person can assume a responsible role in their relations with other people and that they do so with a positive attitude and without problems.

A conscious decision to restore your heart chakra to health through specific exercises and behavioral patterns will enable you to take that first, most important step towards being able to establish and maintain happy romantic relationships and genuine interpersonal relations.

The starting point for being able to feel and show real love to others is to be able to accept and love oneself first. The key is in restoring the balance of your heart chakra.

A balanced Anahata allows you to establish a healthy emotional closeness that lets you coexist with others in peace and foster mutual respect and mutual learning, which bring people together. All the while being mindful and respectful of mutual personal boundaries.

Your physical health is also a good indicator of the state of your heart chakra. The fourth chakra regulates the functioning of the heart and lungs and enables breathing.

Man With Balanced Heart Chakra

A person with a sound cardiovascular system, a strong heart, a healthy heartbeat, and radiant skin, who is also able to take deep, unobstructed breaths can be confident that their heart chakra is functioning well.

Heart Chakra Healing: 9 Techniques for Opening the Fourth Chakra

Heart Chakra Healing

HOW TO OPEN YOUR HEART CHAKRA?

Heart Chakra Healing and Balancing Techniques:

  1. Take time to appreciate the beauty of nature, especially of the green landscapes, pleasant meadows, and forests.
  2. Take time for yourself, pamper yourself with a massage or an ayurvedic diet.
  3. Choose green clothing, wear green accessories, furnish your home with green drapes, or pick green appliances and accessories. A green accent wall can look very welcoming upon entering a home.
  4. Start growing plants, be it in your garden, on the balcony, or indoors. Create a green oasis in your home to rest the eyes, mind, and soul.
  5. Make an effort to be even more loving to your partner, your family, friends, and other people in your life. Pay more attention to your pets and plants as well. Your love should come from the heart.
  6. Listen to bright and uplifting music, such as the music of Mozart, Haydn, and Bach.
  7. Enroll in a massage class or a Shiatsu seminar, take up Reiki or Pranic healing.
  8. Use essential oils of rose, jasmine, vanilla, and tarragon to scent your apartment or add up to eight drops to your bathwater.
  9. Relax and repeat one of the following affirmations every day before going to bed. Slowly whisper at least ten times:
  • The power of compassion flowing through me allows me to connect with all living beings,
  • I open my heart to giving and receiving love,
  • I love myself just as I am.

3 Heart Chakra Exercises: Yoga Poses, Mudra, Meditation

These simple exercises, if performed only a few times per week, can go a long way in balancing your root chakra. If regular practice and discipline is maintained, the results will be reflected in a few weeks time. Once you integrate some of these exercises into your daily schedule, the practice will help you maintain stability in your every day tasks and confrontations with other people.

1. Heart Chakra Yoga Pose: Shalabhasana

Lie flat on your belly, your chin touching the floor.

  • Clasp your hands behind your lower back, in line with the backside.
  • As you inhale, slowly lift your head, sternum, and shoulders up and towards the back. Your thorax will be arched.
  • As you get comfortable performing this pose, you can also try to lift your feet off the ground.
  • Take two deep breaths while keeping this pose, then exhale.

Repeat this exercise three times.

Heart Chakra Yoga Pose: Shalabhasana
Fourth chakra yoga pose: Shalabhasana is a yoga pose for bringing your heart chakra.

2. Heart Chakra Mudras: Akash Mudra and Prithivi Mudra

The finger positions for the breathing exercise intended to strengthen the fourth chakra are different for women and men.

  • Women should bring together the thumb and ring finger of the left hand and the thumb and middle finger of the right hand while the men should do the opposite.
  • Place the hands, palms up, on your knees.
  • Take a deep breath through your nose and repeat the yam mantra several times as you exhale.

Repeat this sequence seven times while you mentally focus on the heart chakra.

Heart Chakra Mudra: Prithivi Mudra
Fourth Chakra Mudra: Prithivi Mudra
Heart Chakra Mudra: Akash Mudra
Fourth Chakra Mudra: Akash Mudra

3. Heart Chakra Meditation

Lie down on your back, close your eyes.

  • Place your left palm in the middle of your chest, the tips of your fingers should be pointing left. Place your right hand over your left hand.
  • Take deep breaths and imagine that you are taking in the cosmic life energy with each breath and directing that energy through your hands to the heart chakra. Imagine this energy being a green healing energy sphere resting on your chest and radiating through your entire body.
  • Inhale and exhale at least seven times during this exercise.
  • In the end, place your hands on the floor beside your body and enjoy the relaxing effects of meditation for a while longer.

In time you will find that this exercise will have a beneficial impact on your ability to interact with others.

Fourth Chakra Meaning and Aspects:

Heart Chakra Location

Location in the body: the area of the chest and thoracic vertebrae, in the center and in line with the heart, behind the breastbone, between the shoulder blades

Common names: heart chakra, fourth chakra, Anahata

Name meaning: Anahata comes from Sanskrit and translates to immaculate, unspoilt, unstruck

Corresponding gland: thymus

Thymus Gland shown in the Chest of 3d Render of a Man.
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

Planet Jupiter
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.

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

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