The mid way point of the chakra system is Anahata, the heart centre, representing connection, compassion, kindness and love. Anahata is an integrating and unifying chakra bridging our terrestrial nature and our spirit, as such it’s our main healing centre.
Our emotions live here and the heart is extremely vulnerable and sensitive so it’s little wonder that this chakra demands the most amount of healing. All the emotional wounds that we are subjected to throughout life are stored here. After wounding the natural reaction of the heart is to protect itself from further harm and whilst this is useful and necessary for a time, eventually we need the ability to open the heart again so that it can be healed. What sometimes happens is that this very opening feels too risky and so the heart remains closed. As a result we can be left unable to truly feel or to truly love ourselves and others. By working on the Heart chakra, we learn to let go of old wounds and shift into a state of liberation.
Associated with the element of air, Anahata evokes softness and expansion, these are the qualities that allow us to give and receive love, and to have compassion for all sentient beings. All spiritual traditions recognise love as our most powerful healing force available to us with the understanding that we are all connected and part of the greater whole.
Anahata governs the sense of touch and the skin, and as humans it is through touch that we create deep bonds with others, it is how we develop kindness, caring and generosity.
When Anahata is out of balance it can manifest as codependency, manipulative behaviour, feeling unworthy, and the inability to trust ourselves or others.
When Anahata is balanced and energy is flowing freely, we are loving to ourselves and to others. We are able to say no when we need self-care and self-nurturing giving us healthy boundaries. We feel surrounded by love and compassion, with a strong heartfelt connection to the world around us. This connection to all other sentient beings and nature paves the way for spiritual growth.
Essentially Anahata teaches us to feel the love, intuition, and wisdom that transcends the physical world.