Heart Chakra

Chakra Four - Exploring the Major Chakras

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Heart Chakra. Sylvia Bors / Getty Images

The heart chakra is associated with the color green or the color pink. This love center of our human energy system is often the focus in bringing about a healing. Thus, the words Love Heals All have great truth.

Hurtful situations that can effect our emotional wellbeing include divorce or separation, grief through death, emotional abuse, abandonment, and adultery. All of these are wounding to the heart chakra and can make the physical body more vulnerable to illness or imbalance.

Physical illnesses brought about by heartbreak require that an emotional healing occur along with the physical healing.

Heart Chakra and Your Emotions

Whenever our emotions are in a state of overdrive the heart chakra is in threat of distress. It is helpful to get in touch with your feelings. But, it is NOT helpful to wallow in those emotions. How we FEEL allows us to acknowledge our current emotional state. The remarkable thing about emotions is that they are always influx.... so is the heart chakras. The chakras are not static. Actually a chakra can be static. This means it is stuck, indicating that there is a problem. However, a normally functioning chakra has a pulse. If the hearth chakra is stuck, has a low pulse, or is energetically overblown, then balance is needed. 

Big Heart VS Large Heart Chakra

When someone is said to have a BIG heart, it means that person is filled with love. Someone with an enlarged heart-physically is a symptom of heart disease, high blood pressure, infection of the heart or blood, etc.

In the heart chakra... a large or blown up chakra is also a sign of alarm. A heart chakra that is too open is suspect. The emotions are in need of healing.

Learning to love yourself is a powerful first step in securing a healthy fourth chakra. The wounded child resides in the heart chakra.

Chakra Four - Associations
Colorgreen or pink
Sanskrit Nameanahata
Physical Locationcenter of chest
Purposesemotional empowerment
Spiritual Lessonforgiveness, unconditional love, letting go, trust, compassion
Physical Dysfunctionsheart conditions, asthma, lung and breast cancers, thoracic spine, pneumonia, upper back, shoulder problems
Mental / Emotional Issueslove, compassion, confidence, inspiration, hope, despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, generosity
Information Stored Inside Heart Chakraconnections or "heart strings" to those whom we love
Area of Body Governedheart, circulatory system, blood, lungs, rib cage, diaphragm, thymus, breasts, esophagus, shoulders, arms, hands
Crystals / Gemstonesmalachite, emeraldrose quartz
Flower Essencesholly, poppy, California wild rose
 pastas, breads, cereal, rices, flax seed, sunflower seeds, milk, cheeses, yogurt, ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, and fennel.
Flower Essencesholly, poppy, California wild rose

Bibliography: Anatomy of the Spirit  by Caroline Myss, Flower Essence Repertory by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, Hands of Light by Barbara Ann Brennan, Love is in the Earth by Melody