Heart Chakra – Anahata
The heart chakra – the wellspring of love, warmth, compassion, and joy is located in the center of the chest at the heart level. Anahata moves love through your life. It is the center of your deep bonds with other beings, your sense of caring and compassion, your feelings of self-love, altruism, generosity, kindness, and respect.
Anahata is an integrating and unifying chakra – bringing to wholeness – as such, it is your healing center. Indeed, most spiritual traditions recognize love as the ultimate healing force. The energy of anahata allows us to recognize that we are part of something larger, that we are interconnected within an intricate web of relationships extending through life and the universe.
Anahata allows us to recognize and get in touch with the sacred and fundamental truth that runs through all of life and connects everything together. The “way of the heart” or the “path of the heart” is living your life from this energy center of love. It means living your life with loving kindness and compassion towards others. It means that your heart is open to others and you inspire kindness and compassion in others. You create safe and supportive environment.
Others can feel your love and warmth. They feel loved and accepted unconditionally. People feel at peace around you, as there is no judgment coming from you. When anahata is open and energy is flowing freely, you are not only loving to others, you are also loving to your self. You know when you need to say no and when you need care and self-nurturing.
All of the seven chakras are important and while I cannot say that the heart chakra is the most important, I do want to say that it is very important. Most of the world’s spiritual traditions recognize love as the unifying force, the energy that is the most fundamental part of the universe, and of ourselves. To open to love is to reach to the deepest places and connect with our true essence, our spirit, and our soul.
Heart Chakra Affirmations
I choose to be open to love.
I choose for all love to reside within my heart.
I choose to deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I choose to nurture my inner child.
I choose to be wanted and loved.
I choose to live in balance, in a state of gracefulness and gratitude.
I choose to love the beauty of nature and the animal world.
I choose to forgive myself.
I choose to be open to love and kindness.
I choose to be grateful for all the challenges that helped me to transform and open up to love.
I choose to be connected with other human beings.
I choose to feel a sense of unity with nature and animals.
I choose to accept things as they are.
I choose to be peaceful.
Heart Chakra at a glance:
Sanskrit name: Anahata – unstruck
Shape: Crescent moon
Petals of the lotus: Twelve
Seed sound: Lam
Vowel sound: Ay
Rights: To love
Endocrine gland: Thymus
Physical association: Heart, lungs, circulatory system, arms, hands
Psychological function: Love
Identity: Social identity
Developmental stage: 3.5 to 7 years
Plane: The plane of balance
Planets: Venus (lunar, feminine), Sun
Deity: Vishnu, Lakshmi, Krishna
Mythological Animal: Antelope, dove, birds
Sense organ: Skin
Predominant sense: Touch
Incense: Jasmin, lavender, rose
Herb: Yarrow, meadowsweet, oris root
Heart chakra essential oils can be used for awakening love, compassion and kindness towards yourself and towards others. Located in the middle of the chest, the heart chakra moves love through your life.
On the physical level, the heart chakra is associated with the cardiovascular system, the immune system, with lungs, and upper body muscular system.
On the emotional level, heart chakra imbalances may manifest as over sacrificing, selfishness, or lack of compassion.
On the mental level, someone with a heart chakra imbalance may display too much criticism towards self and others, judgments, and perfectionism.
On the spiritual level, heart chakra issues may show up as overwhelming grief, loneliness and isolation, and being stuck on ego levels of existence.
Essential oils embody the frequencies and healing properties of plants. These frequencies and properties work on all levels of being.
Choosing essential oils is best done in consultation with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Working with the seven chakras and their imbalances is complex as everything is interconnected.
The following are the most commonly used heart chakra essential oils:
The spiritual influence of Rose has been known for thousands of years. Rose has the highest spiritual frequency of all essential oils. It opens the heart chakra, allowing one to feel unconditional love. It is also one of the most expensive oils – in order to produce 1kg of pure essential rose oil, 4000 kg of rose petals are needed. The oil has a beautiful floral scent and its influence is calming and elevating to the mind, creating a sense of well-being. Rose awakens our capacity for self-love, self-compassion, self-nurturing when we are dealing with emotional wounds.
This sweet, citrusy, and floral essential oil is a natural tranquilizer and regulator of the nervous system. Its vibrational frequency aids to open the heart chakra, harmonizing mind and emotions, while uplifting the spirit. Neroli is comforting and encourages confidence, strength, courage, joy, and peace. On the physical level, Neroli is said to regulate the rhythm of the heart.
Along with Rose and Neroli, Melissa is one of my favorite heart chakra essential oils. Delicate and citrusy, Melissa has a high spiritual and emotional frequency. Melissa harmonizes the mind and the soul, having a soothing influence on the heart. Throughout history, this oil has been used for nervous system disorders and ailments of the heart. On the physical level, Melissa’s effect on the lungs has benefited in cases of asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and chronic cough.
This green and spicy oil has been used during times of loss of a loved one. Marjoram helps us connect with self-nurturing and can help us through the grieving process to let go and accept our loss. Marjoram essential oil has also been known for its benefits on the respiratory system, in particular in the cases of asthma and bronchitis. The oil is warming, relaxing, and harmonizing. When one experiences loneliness, isolation, this oil may help restore warmth in the heart and the capacity for self-nurturing and self-compassion.
Also known as Helichrysum or Immortelle, Everlasting is highly regarded for its benefits on the circulatory system. It is an anticoagulant and is used for bleeding, blood clots, healing of bruises, and to stop nose bleeds. The properties of this sweet, rich, fruity oil are uplifting and can cut through the hardened shell around the heart, allowing one to reach forgiveness and healing. By loosening deeply held pain deep within the psyche, Everlasting can restore compassion towards self and others.
Sweet, refreshing, and citrusy, Lemon is beneficial on the vascular system, balancing of blood pressure, soothing weak or broken capillaries, and lymphatic system detoxification. The oil lightens confusion, brings clarity, and uplifts the spirit. Lemon is particularly helpful in opening of the heart chakra to self-love and self-nurturing when one looses herself in a relationship.
Sharp, woody, with a slight floral undertone, Yarrow supports our intuitive energies and is known for its wound healing qualities. On the emotional level, Yarrow releases deeply held anger due to wounding of the heart. This oil also has beneficial properties for “mending” of the aura, the human energy field. It can help us balance the “above” and “below” allowing us to be connected to the spirit and grounded on earth.
Eucalyptus is an oil symbolizing openness and freedom. It is stimulating, decongestive, and soothing on the Lungs and the chest. It opens the chest area and allows flow of energy through the heart chakra. Eucalyptus is often used in respiratory ailments, bronchitis and colds. On the psychological level, Eucalyptus is a central nervous system sedative, it calms and uplifts the spirit.