Fourth Energy Center

3 Aug

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Location:  center of chest

Color:  pink, rose

Sanskrit Name:  Anahata (“unbeaten” or “unbroken”)

Petals:  12

Positive Expression:  love, compassion, beauty, selflessness, sensitivity, appreciation, comfort, creativity, charity, generosity

Unbalanced Expression:  hatred, dislike, selfishness, self-pity, human sympathy, negligence

Part of Body:  heart, thymus, circulatory system

Musical Instrument:  harp

Gemstone:  ruby, diamond, garnet, rose quartz, pink beryl

Spiritual Tradition:  Christianity

The heart fires of loving-kindness and charity

impel us to wise and compassionate action

Life Lesson:  Become Love In Action

The important thing is not to think much

but to love much, and so do that which best stirs you to love

-Teresa of Avila

The heart center is the most important energy center in the body.  It is the hub of life, physically and spiritually.  Just as oxygenated blood from our lungs is pumped by the heart to the rest of the body, so the energy we receive from God passes through our heart chakra before it moves on to nourish the other chakras and systems of our body.  As energy passes through your heart chakra, it takes on its imprint–the unique vibration and quality of your heart.  “As (a man) thinketh in his heart, so he is,” says Proverbs.  If the motive of our heart is pure and we are intent upon giving love, kindness and compassion to others, then the energy flowing through our heart chakra will go forth to bless and energize.

If, on the other hand, the energy that emits from our heart chakra is impure–it is tainted with selfishness, hatred or dislike–all of our chakras can suffer.  That’s why it’s so important to begin our meditations and spiritual practices by clearing and balancing the heart.  A lot of people today talk about centering in the heart, speaking from the heart, acting from the heart.  But there are some misconceptions about what that looks like.

My strength is as the strength

of ten because my heart is pure.

-Galahad in “Sir Galahad”

Real love is not sentimental or passive.  It is strong and it is soft.  And, as the mystics tell us, it is eminently practical.  The Sufi poet Rumi, for instance, wrote, “Someone asks, How does love have hands and feet?  Love is the sprouting bed for hands and feet!”  Mother Teresa would have agreed with this whole-heartedly, for out of her love was born an all-consuming service to others.  Love, for her, was an essential part of the drama of everyday life.  “We do no great things,” she explained.  “We do only small things with great love.”

I CULTIVATE COMPASSION

What is true compassion?  In order to answer that question, we have to make a distinction between compassion and sympathy.  We tend to use those words interchangeably, but in order to understand the subtleties involved in developing the heart chakra, it helps to make this distinction:  Compassion comes from the level of our Higher Self and gives to another what he or she really needs in that moment.  Sympathy comes from the level of the lower self and stands in the way of what the soul really needs.

Sympathy allows us to feel sorry for ourselves, to indulge our weaknesses, to slide into a “woe is me” slump.  Sympathy validates that sense of victimization rather than helping us see our challenges as opportunities.  In the aura, sympathy shows up as a syrupy dripping of energy from the heart and as spirals of energy moving downward, which eventually drag down the emotions and soul awareness as well.

Compassion, on the other hand, dips into the pure fires of the heart to uplift others so they can realize their full potential.  Compassion supports the process of soul refinement.  Compassion doesn’t leave someone who is hurting where it finds him.

I LOOK AT CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES AS OPPORTUNITIES TO KEEP MY HEART OPEN

There are two universal truths that we sometimes forget.

     Number one:  Not everyone thinks, feels and acts like we do.

     Number two:  It’s okay that everyone doesn’t think, feel and act like we do.

We don’t have to be on a crusade to change anyone.  One of the most important things we can teach children at an early age is to enjoy people’s differences.   Give people room to be who they are.  We are going to meet all kinds of people in the world who may not fit our mold.  But more often than not, they have something to teach us.   No matter who comes your way, try to keep your heart open and uncover what God wants you to learn from them, because there are no mistakes.  Life brings us into contact with the people and situations we need.

I follow the religion of Love:  Whatever way love’s

camel takes.  That is my religion, my faith.

-Ibn Arabi

God arranges things so we can learn about anger, irritability, patience and compassion.  When we have an instant dislike for someone, we’ve probably bumped into our karma.  And the faster we face that karma and resolve it with love, the faster we’re going to be liberated from it.  Whisper a prayer to God to help you stay openhearted and to show exactly what you are supposed to learn from the situation.  Call to your Higher Self and to the Higher Self of the other person to direct your relationship.  Then simply be kind and let the rest unfold.

I ACKNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATED THE SPIRITUAL BEAUTY IN MYSELF AND OTHERS

Many of us weren’t brought up learning how to coach.  Our role models were managers, not mentors.  It’s part of our collective challenge in this new millennium, in this age of Aquarius, to nourish and express our caring feminine side–the side of ourselves that has to do with building relationships, coaching, team work.  A good starting point is to simply go out of the way to appreciate others.  Everyday, go up to someone and thank her for her contributions–whether it’s good work she did or just the fact that she is so cheerful and sunny.  The more we reinforce the positive in others, the more likely they are to repeat that positive behavior.  And the more  we reinforce their negatives, the more likely they are to believe that that is all they are capable of and therefore repeat that same behavior.  In addition, the more we learn to love and appreciate ourselves, the more love we will magnetize into our world.

The spiritual activity of our heart has definite effects on our health and vitality.  Researchers at the Institute of HeartMath, for instance, have shown that emotions like anger and frustration put a strain on the heart and other organs.  Emotions like love, compassion and appreciation have the opposite effect:  they create harmony in the body that leads to enhanced immunity and improved hormonal balance.

Only from the Heart

can you reach the sky.

-Rumi

I SET HEALTHY BOUNDARIES

Just as one of the initiation of the heart is to keep it open, another is to draw healthy boundaries.  Yes, you are allowed to say no!  If we cannot set limits when necessary, it is actually unhealthy–not only for us but for others.  When you say yes to everything, you know how easy it is to become overextended and exhausted, irritable and uncreative.   If we don’t take enough time or space to recharge and nurture ourselves, we are that much less effective in fulfilling our mission.  To truly help others, we need to pay attention to ourselves first.  Setting healthy boundaries also means that we can stand up for our principles in the face of peer pressure or societal pressure.  It means we can say no to those things that will no propel us toward our ultimate goals in life.

There does come a time when we have to draw the line for the protection of our own energy and chakras.  When people are angry, we do have the option of explaining to them softly, but firmly that we will be happy to talk with them later, when they are feeling better, but we will have to conclude the conversation if they continue to talk in this manner.  We can’t always change someone else, but we can take responsibility to guard our own energy by drawing healthy boundaries.

I RECOGNIZE THE POWER OF SOFTNESS

Both Eastern and Western adepts tell us that the greatest power in the universe is softness.  Lao Tzu used the analogy of water:  “There is nothing softer and weaker than water and yet there is nothing better for attacking hard and strong things…The weak overcome the strong  and the soft overcomes the hard…The softest, most pliable things in the world run roughshod over the firmest thing in the world.”When water is running through your fingers it doesn’t feel “strong” and yet water can wear down rock and find pathways in, through and around gigantic obstacles.  The power of softness can do the same.

Softness is a receptive mode where unnatural, forceful human action and reaction give way to the natural movement of the heart.  Softness is nurturing, giving attitude that does not take offense.  Softness is the opposite of brittleness, rigidity or resistance.  Brittle things can break, but softness is flexible and can bend.  As a wise commentator once said, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.  That’s the whole principal behind the martial arts, such as T’ai Chi Ch’uan.  They are based on cultivating inner energies and developing softness that will triumph over the use of external, muscular force.  The body appears to be soft and gentle externally but has a great concentration of internal power.

Through the heart,

all mankind are one.

-Djwal Kul

The Heart Affirmation

Experiences in this life and past lives can create a burden on the heart.  Sometimes these experiences cause us to close our heart.  We become guarded because we have been hurt and we don’t want to be hurt again.  Sometimes our heart is burdened because we have been selfish or angry or hard-hearted.  When we use the energy of the heart in unloving ways, that energy remains with us as part of our consciousness until we transmute it by love.  The following heart affirmation has helped many people attune with their loving heart.  It creates a spiritual climate around the heart that helps us become more open, more sensitive and more compassionate to ourselves and to the plight of so many who need our love and prayers.  This affirmation invokes the alchemy of the violet flame to clear the painful records of past experiences.  It helps clear our subconscious, which accepts the wrong judgement of peers or authority figures who have put us down or intimidated us.  The violet flame can resolve these patterns of consciousness and free us to be our real self.  As you recite the heart affirmation, visualize the violet flame within your heart chakra as pulsating violet light that softens and warms your heart.  See it melt away layers and layers of encrustation around the heart.  As the violet flame saturates your heart chakra, feel it transforming anger into compassion, bitterness into sweetness, anxiety into peace.  See the twelve petals of your heart center unfold as your heart radiates its native energy of divine love.

Heart

Violet fire, thou love divine,

Blaze within this heart of mine!

Thou art mercy forever true,

Keep me always in tune with you (3x)

Meditation On The Light Of The Heart

The more we focus on the heart and the qualities of heart in our life and in our spiritual practices, the more powerful and sensitive our heart will become.  The beautiful prayer ” I AM the Light of the Heart by Saint Germain celebrates the divine spark within our heats and can help us become more heart-centered.

  As you recite “I AM the Light of the Heart,” visualize radiant light descending from God into your heart chakra, where it will be released according to the words of your prayer.  Then focus your attention on your heart chakra, in the center of your chest.  Sometimes it’s easier to focus your attention if you place the thumb and first two fingers of your hand in the center of your chest. Now picture the brilliance of the sun at noonday and transfer that picture to the center of your chest.  Se thousands of sunbeams going forth from your your heart to penetrate and dissolve any darkness despair or depression within yourself, within loved one and then within the people of the world.  Project your love (which is really God’s love) out into the world.  See that love going forth as intense fiery-pink laser beams that break down all barriers to the success of your relationships, your family, your spiritual growth, your career, your neighborhood and your nation.

I AM the Light of the Heart

I AM the light of the heart

Shinning in the darkness of being

And changing all into the golden

treasury of the mind of Christ.

I AM projecting my love

Out into the world

To erase all errors

And to break down all barriers.

I AM the power of infinite love,

Amplifying itself

Until it is victorious,

World without end!

Your Seven Energy Centers by Elizabeth Clare Prophet

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