The fourth chakra is referred to as the heart chakra also called Anahata chakra in sanskrit. It is located behind the breast bone in front and on the spine between the shoulder blades in back. This is the centre for love, compassion and spirituality.
This centre directs one1s ability to love themselves and others, to give and to receive love. This is also the chakra connecting body and mind with spirit. Almost everyone today has a hard, hurt, or broken heart, and it is no accident that heart disease is the number one killer in America today. Deep heart hurts can result in aura obstructions called heart scars. When these scars are released, they raise a lot of old pain, but free the heart for healing and new growth.
When this chakra is out of balance you may feel sorry for yourself, paranoid, Indecisive, afraid of letting go, afraid of getting hurt, or un- worthy of love. Physical illnesses include heart attack, high blood pres- sure, insomnia, and difficult in breathing. When this chakra is balanced you may feel compassionate, friendly, empathetic, desire to nurture oth- ers and see the good in everyone. Body parts for the fourth chakra in- clude heart, lungs, circulatory system, shoulders, and upper back.
The main colours used are pink and green. This love centre of our human energy system is often the focus in bringing about a healing. Thus, the words "Love Heals All" have great truth. Hurtful situations that can affect our emotional being are divorce or separation, grief through death, emotional abuse, abandonment, and adultery.
All of these are wounding to the heart chakra. Physical illnesses brought about by heartbreak require that an emotional healing occur along with the physical healing. Learning to love yourself is a powerful first step in securing a healthy fourth chakra.