The Importance of an Open Heart: #Anahata Awakening
Silence is the speech of love, The music of the spheres above. – Richard Henry Stoddard
In the developments gained in working with the chakras, perhaps none is more profound than opening the heart. Anahata chakra, also known as the heart center, or the resting place of the Divine Soul, is located just above the solar plexus, and just in front of the thymus, an important endocrine gland, which is governed by the energy of the heart. Before talking about the purely physiological functions of an open heart and well-working thymus, it is important to understand some esoteric truths about Anahata Chakra.
Anahata means unstruck note, when translated from the Sanskrit language. It is used as a means to purify the body in order to experience the Yoga of Clear Light, one of the 6 yogas of Naropa. In Kabbalic terms, the sephirah, or tree of life, is associated with the heart. In Sufism, the Qalb is called the heart of the mystic, and in many teachings the downward pull of the lower chakras to earth bound matters, as opposed to the pulling of the upper chakras toward spiritual knowledge are mentioned in poetic profundity. In Qigong,the heart is part of the middle dan tien – notice again its central location in the philosophic configurement – and is responsible for converting qi energy to shen energy, or spirit energy. In Christian mystic terms, the sacred heart is part of the holy trinity. In Indian, Tantric, and Tibetan yogic terms, Anahata is the facilitator of overflowing compassion. If these esoteric jewels are not succulent and shiny enough to entice you into developing heart energy, then perhaps the purely physical ones will.
The heart energy or qi (prana) governs the thymus. The thymus gland is a specialized organ of the immune system. It is composed of two loaves or halves, just like the brain. This may be why in many Eastern esoteric teachings the heart is called the true brain, and given respect as the true intelligence center of the body. The thymus looks like a butterfly; however, and rests close to the sternum. Just like a caterpillar finding its true form through the violent destruction of its old self through imaginal cells, the heart awakens from the development of the lower energies of the body. It is considered the dividing point between mundane, material existence, and the cultivation of spiritual and intuitive gifts.
In fact, there is recent research that a full, open heart translates to better heath and longevity, very likely because it increases the production of T-lymphocyte cells – the all important T-cell which accounts for the immune system’s primary function in fighting rogue antibodies and bacteria. This has been proven in medical studies that show just a feeling of compassion or non-romantic love changes the skin’s temperature and the respiratory and heart rates. New research is even showing that passionate love, makes the same places in the brain light up that meditation does! Can you imagine how important it is to have an open heart? If you truly connect with someone, whether it is platonically, or through deep, heart-felt, passionate, romantic love, you are changing your very body chemistry and neurological functioning. Even mainstream medical journals are admitting that the more often a woman experiences an orgasm, the healthier her heart tends to be.
As in the butterfly, imaginal cells, those cells which are literally programmed to destroy the caterpillar at the perfect moment, turning its body essentially to ooze, the heart is finally unstruck with a resounding gong-like quality which makes it vibrate at a rate which science is only starting to understand. This is what a true Anahata awakening is like. The heart is unstruck, as in unhurt – it loves without fear. It is the primordial sound, which is the undercurrent of all sound or form – complete silence.
Silence is like a river of grace inviting us to leap unafraid into its beckoning depths. It is dark and mysterious in the waters of grace. Yet in the silent darkness we are given new eyes. IN the heart of the divine we can see more clearly who we are. We are renewed and cleansed in this river of silence. There are those among you who fear the Great Silence. It is a foreign land to you. Sometimes it is good to leap into the unknown. Practice leaping. – Marcina Wiederkehr, Seven Sacred Pauses
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you wake up your sleepy little head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.
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The Heart Chakra is the center for unconditional love, compassion, empathy, forgiveness and tolerance. The Heart is the seat of the Soul. The Anahata nurtures life lessons of love and compassion, self acceptance and confidence, hope and inspiration, and generosity. On the flip side, hate, fear, envy, anger and despair reflect an imbalance of the Heart Chakra. The purpose of the Anahata includes maintaining the connections and ties to those we love. Heart Chakra imbalance may be felt as difficult relationships, living through others, depending on others for your happiness, and a lack of self discipline. It is directly connected to the Astral layer of the aura. It is the bridge, or melting pot, between the lower/denser energies of our body Chakras, and the higher/lighter energies of the higher Chakras.
The Heart Chakra color is green, and the secondary color is pink. It is seated deep within your heart. Pretty Heart Chakra Gemstones like rose quartz, green quartz, emeralds, green, pink and watermelon tourmaline, malachite, jade, aventurine, ruby zoisite, moss agate, peridot, and pink saphire are used for harmonizing the Heart.
Among the flower essences and essential oils used for Fourth Chakra balancing are rose, rosewood, jasmine, holly, poppy, bergamot, melissa, pine and eucalyptus.
Food for the Anahata are vegetables and leafy greens like kale, spinach, dandelion, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, celery and squash. Green and herbal teas also nourish the Heart Chakra, as do spices such as sage, cilantro, basil, thyme and parsley.
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like the Camel, or “Ushrasana”, can help you to open and balance the Anahata, as well as maintain a youthful and vibrant flexiblity.