The Anahata Chakra or better known as the Heart Chakra is fourth of the seven primary Chakras in Hindu Tantric thought. Anahata is translated from Ancient Sanskrit to mean “unstruck” or in other words unhurt, untouched. Simply meaning pure.
How does one reach this level of purity? Most of us never reach the fourth chakra because its consciousness relies on letting go of the desires and emotions that plague the ego. Rising from the Manipura Chakra to the Anahata Chakra is seen as difficult because we have to recognize our soul. At the same time, we have to realize that our desires and emotions are not of the soul. This truth is amazingly hard to recognize and admit. Most people don’t make this leap because they would rather deal with desires and emotions. Once you reach the Anahata Chakra you are making the effort to having an impersonal experience, not concerned with involving personal feelings or influences. Since most people never reach this level it is a hard subject to talk about.
The lower three chakras consolidated comprise of your earthly existence and understanding your unconscious drives and fears. Once you reach the Heart Chakra you are no longer identifying your emotions and desires. Your earthly situation is released into the element of Air, which rules over the Heart Chakra. This is the process of becoming whole again and recognizing your soul or the Self. Nobody recognizes what the Soul is because the Soul is what you are not. It is not the Me or I, it is the source of Me, I am just an appendage of the Soul. The soul encapsulates you, it is more important than you. Down to your very last breath when the Soul leaves your body and the body decomposes. The key to unlocking your Hearth Chakra is to distance yourself from your emotions, observe them, and rise above them. During anger, one can ask himself, why am I angry? From this point-of-view, one can easily release himself from all emotions.
The Animal Symbol of the Anahata Chakra is the gazelle. Gazelle an animal of the earth but when it runs it seems to be free from gravity. A gazelle is known to be extremely fast and light on its feet. So from this perspective, we can innerstand the symbol of the gazelle as it relates to the heart chakra.
When this Chakra is balanced we are filled with unconditional love for self and others. We are filled with compassion, appreciation, and joy. When this chakra is open the Higher Self is free to emerge and resonate with higher frequencies. We fully understand the concept of Namaste, ” The God in me recognizes the God in you.” Our emotions and desires are replaced with devotion. We change from “I Need” to “I Love”
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
The Anahata Chakra represents a state of freshness that happens when we separate from our egos and experiences and begin to look at the world differently, through the soul. We begin to expand from this pure state. It’s important to separate from your Ego when opening the heart chakra, simply because the EGO and Soul don’t mix. The Ego is not going to live forever, it has a limit, unlike the Soul which lives forever. Inside of us this war wages silently and unconsciously. One is never free until he understands the purpose of the inner world, if ones inner world is filled with desires and emotions, this world is limited. If ones inner world is of that which is unlimited, one begins to reflect those miraculous worlds. The 12 petals that surround the Anahata Chakra are symbolized as lustfulness, fraudulence, indecision, repentance, hope, anxiety, longing, impartiality, arrogance, incompetence, discrimination and defiance. These petals represent the unconscious behaviors that unknowingly block the spin of one’s heart chakra.
The color of the Anahata Chakra is green really representing unconditional love. This is the crux of the heart chakra, really identifying the love you are giving and letting go of the love you are looking for. The love you are looking for is inside of you. The color green is a reminder of that, abundance. Imagine money, the trees, or grass. Abundance and good vibrations. Focus on the color green to bring about soothing, calming, balance, love, and healing.
The element of the Anahata Chakra is Air, representing intelligence, expansion, freedom, freshness, simplicity, and calm. Air also represents the breath, which is necessary for every single one of our cells to stay alive. Breath is where all life begins and where all life ends. By controlling the breath, you control life, from this perspective you understand the power of the Anahata Chakra.