By Lori Lines
The heart chakra is the gateway between the lower and higher chakras. It is centered near the xiphoid process, the piece of cartilage at the base of the breastbone. The bodily functions associated with the fourth chakra are the pumping of the heart and the act of breathing. Breathing comprises both the respiration of air and the circulation of essential life force energy - also known as prana, chi, or ruach (the Hebrew word translated biblically as "the Spirit of God." or simply "the Spirit).
Your fourth chakra has to do with the quality and extent of your joys and sorrows and the compassion you feel for your fellow beings. When your heart chakra is open and of adequate size, you're able to laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously. Deep laughter and deep crying are both expressions of compassion.
The fourth also shapes your capacity to express and accept personal love, to demonstrate loving energy toward others and attract the same from them. With an open fourth, you appreciate life. You are able to experience oneness with the entirety of life, and you approach other people within the attitude that we're all equally fit for our individual purpose. You also have access to profound serenity, no matter what's going on outside yourself.
Blockage or constriction of the heart chakra causes tension throughout the whole body. Breathing gets shallow, as do the emotions. Signs of fourth chakra trouble include a judgmental, know-it-all attitude, undependability, and a capacity for conditional love only.
We draw in love energy through the upper middle back, between the fourth and sixth thoracic vertebrae. Having received this energy, we then mix it with our personal energy and radiate it, through the larger fourth-chakra opening in front, out to the world around us - plants, animals and human beings.
Shoulder pains on the right side, in back, indicate difficulty with accepting love; on the left, difficulty with giving love, or an emotional separation that has inflicted a deep wound. If the shoulder trouble is to the front, the situation is reversed: left-side aches or injuries indicate difficulty with receiving, and the right-side problems denote difficulty with giving. Right-side problems may also point to a competitive nature that is being exercised incorrectly or excessively.
The thymus gland, key to the body's immune system, reflects the openness or the closed-off manner with which we meet the world on a fourth chakra level. The thymus is pivotal in warding off cancer and in recovering from this disease.
Denying yourself the treats and joys of life and being stingy with others are two kinds of behavior that cause intense damage to the fourth chakra. Heart ailments represent an imbalance of some sort between the fourth and the first, through which we draw in the bounty of the world. When we habitually hoard this bounty - be it emotional, spiritual, or material - instead of sharing it, we create a structure which inclines us to heart attacks, though what constitutes too much wealth is different for different people.
The first and fourth chakras are paired for good or ill. The capacity to be generous without giving up all that you have reveals a successful pairing, a balance between the inflow of your first and the outflow of your fourth. We're meant to draw abundance through the root chakra and send it out through the heart chakra. The Universe is good to us, and so should that flow out from us to others.
Not all heart ailments are brought on by a lack of generosity. Children can develop heart problems because of feeling unloved by their families. Children are psychically and emotionally corded to one or both parents until late adolescence or early adulthood. The connection ensures their survival. When the cord is damaged or prematurely severed, this can precipitate a degenerative condition in the physical heart as well as an unloving behavioral pattern. Once a negative fourth-chakra condition sets in, it nags at the person throughout life, arising again in each new stress situation which calls for a lot of heart-related energy.
Lies and half-truths also injure the fourth chakra, and especially the lungs. This is so whether you tell the lie yourself or accept it without challenge from someone else. The less lying you involve yourself in, the more your forth opens, allowing you to be that much more truthful and compassionate. This is what I believe Jesus meant when he said, "the truth shall set you free." Asking for and providing the truth frees up the heart region and feels wonderful. You cherish yourself. You feel free to be a lover of all that is, especially with special people in your life.
When the heart chakra is imbedded and untruth is lodged within it, we fear exposure and betrayal, this is the result of a false or pretentious self-image having ridden up from the first chakra, and it becomes very hard to generate feelings of love and intimacy. If you have a backlog of dishonesty, gradually relieve yourself of it by setting things straight with the people in your life. There really is no hiding. So, you have to be prepared to be open, at least to the extent of semi-conditional love. Semi-conditional love describes a relationship in which each of you goes on loving the other, though every so often one of you incurs the other's disapproval or displeasure. Meanwhile, the Universe tries to steer you toward unconditional love, which trusts in each person's ultimate enlightenment and knows that missteps and catastrophic detours are natural occurrences as one travels one's true path.
Here are essential oils that may be helpful in supporting your Heart Chakra (4th) in bringing you the highest vibrational frequency to this area of your life.
Single oils are: Rose, Geranium, Cedarwood, Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang.. Oil Blends are: Acceptance, Humility, Joy. Apply to the chest area over the heart. Be sure to use a carrier oil as these oils are potent and could irritate sensitive skin.
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Author Lori Lines
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