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What is a Chakra?

how to heal the heart chakraA chakra is an energy center located in different regions of the body. Although there are many chakras, for this post, we will say there are seven main chakras: root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown. The energies and the state of the energies in our chakras affect us on a variety of levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

This post will explore the Heart chakra in specific.

We will explore the signs of an unhealthy heart chakra versus the signs of a healthy heart chakra.

Additionally, we will explore various healing methods to use if your heart is unaligned.

About the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is the 4th chakra, known as Anahata in Sanskrit.

It is located in the center of your chest and physically includes the heart, hands, lungs, breasts and upper back.

Not surprisingly, the heart chakra is the center for unconditional love and connection, compassion and openness.

The Heart chakra is green and is represented by a lotus flower with twelve petals. It’s element is air.

When the energy is flowing healthily in your heart, your chest area will feel light and airy.

The Heart charka is the bridge between the lower chakras (root, sacral and solar plexus) and the upper chakras (throat, third eye and crown).

It connects your primal, innate human energies with our spiritual energies.

An Un-Healthy Heart Chakra

Here are signs of an unhealthy heart chakra:

  • Feeling disconnected from others
  • Terrified of being alone
  • Emotionally withdrawing
  • Gaining a sense of self-worth from others
  • Feeling angry towards other people/life
  • Finding it difficult to forgive
  • Feeling jealous of others
  • Carrying a deep sense of fear
  • Being needy in relationships
  • Continuously replaying/reliving past trauma
  • Suffering from social anxiety
  • Overly critical of self
  • Feeling like a victim or martyr
  • Difficulty in giving & receiving
  • Mistrust of others
  • Feeling heaviness in the chest
  • Having health issues with heart, lungs and chest region

A Healthy Heart Chakrahow to heal the heart chakra

Here are signs of a healthy heart chakra:

  • Enjoying intimate relationships
  • Feeling love and compassion towards yourself
  • Radiating joy
  • Effortless connection with others
  • Finding it easy to forgive
  • Moving on from past pain/trauma
  • Feeling a high sense of self-worth
  • Not needing approval from others
  • Feeling comfortable and safe when you are alone
  • Sense of freedom and fearlessness
  • A feeling comfort in social situations
  • Giving with ease
  • Receiving with ease
  • Feeling a sense of lightness in the chest
  • Trusting others with ease
  • Feeling a sense of connection

Healing the Heart Chakra

The Heart chakra is healed in a variety of ways.

When you heal your heart chakra, you clear old, stuck and outdated energy and programming.

Additionally, healing the heart chakra can involve opening, cleansing, supporting and strengthening this energy center.

Arguably, the Heart chakra is the most important chakra to heal because in order to live a happy life, you must live a heart-centered way of being.

How to Heal Your Heart Chakra

While there are countless ways you can heal the Heart chakra, this post will focus on yoga, aromatherapy, gratitude, stones/crystals, color therapy, shadow work, and heart-walls.

  1. Yoga

    • Yoga can be a powerful form of energy healing. Some instructors even do entire classes for certain chakras. Heart-chakra yoga can be very powerful in opening the heart chakra. This is my favorite Heart Chakra yoga class by Brett Larkin.
  2. Aromatherapy

    • Smells can generate a lot of healing. Using incense and essential oils consciously are a powerful way to generate healing. Whether you are meditating with incense burning in the background, or taking a hot bath with essential oils, they can help you to heal your heart chakra. Here are some scents that can aid in healing the heart chakra:
      • Rose
      • Marjoram
      • Ylang Ylang
      • Lavender
      • Neroli
      • Angelica
  3. Gratitude Practice

    • Gratitude is a powerful form of love. Think about all of the times you have felt appreciated or shown appreciation for others and what that meant to you/them. Developing a daily gratitude practice can drastically help the energies in your heart chakra to flow more freely. The Magic by Rhonda Byrne is a 30-Day Gratitude program and is highly recommended if you are looking for ideas for incorporating gratitude into your daily life.
  4. Crystals/Stones

    • Meditating with the following crystals/stones can help your heart chakra. Additionally, simply placing certain stones on the heart chakra can help to open it’s energy channels. Experiment with different crystals. Your relationships with crystals can be like our relationships with people: some we vibe with and others we don’t.
      • Rose quartz
      • Malachite
      • Jade
      • Emerald
      • Rhodonite
  5. Color Therapy (green + pink)

    • Green and pink are the colors of the heart chakra. If you are working on opening you heart chakra, try to surround yourself with green and pink. Go for walks in green forests and change your phone or computer background to green or pink. Wear a lot of green or pink or paint your nails green or pink. Be creative and find new ways to incorporate these colors into your life.
  6. Doing Shadow Work/Catharsis

    • The energies you hold are much like computer programs, constantly running in the background. Without even realizing it, you may have energetic programming in your field from past trauma. This causes you to subtly yet powerfully and continuously re-experience pain from the past. Shadow work can be extremely helpful in finding out the root cause of these outdated programs. We release these energies by getting to the root cause.
  7. Find Out if You Have a Heart Wall

    • When you experience trauma, you sometimes trap the energies and emotions from said trauma and they form an energetic wall around the heart, making it difficult to give and receive love and connection. 93% of the population has a heart-wall. If you think you might have a heart-wall, book an appointment with me here. Clients who work on clearing their heart-wall usually start finding relief after one session. Many report feeling a sense of lightness in their chest.

If you are experiencing trouble connecting with others, there is nothing wrong with you.

It most likely is that you are experiencing an energetic imbalance.

Luckily, energy healing is a relatively easy and safe process.

You do not need to continue experiencing pain and trauma from the past.

Embark on your healing journey today to live from a place of love, happiness, joy, and connection!

Wishing you the best on your journey,


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Natalie is certified in Emotion Code, Usui & Tibetan Reiki (second degree), and The Regenetics Method. She inspires and supports those on the spiritual awakening and ascension journey. Please visit the shop for powerful energy healing sessions and other tools to help you on your journey. Thank you for visiting Lionheart Alchemy! We are so happy to serve you. Namasté.