The Heart Chakra (Anahata) is located in the physical area of the heart in the body. The color of this chakra is universally depicted as green, however some people will say that pink is an accepted color also. This color results from the combining of the root chakra at the lowest level and uses white as the crown chakra color instead of the more common violet to make the color pink. This also goes along with the belief that the heart chakra serves to balance the lower 3 chakras with higher 3 chakras.
With the color of pink the gemstone most often associated with the heart chakra is the Rose Quartz, however peridot can also be used to balance this chakra. The Endocrine gland associated with the heart chakra is the thymus. This gland, although technically part of the endocrine system is more often related to the immune system since it is where the cells that help us fight infections, namely T cells, mature. This gland is also a regulator/balancer as we grow to help us to fight off sickness and to build up our immune system as we grow.
The central issue of the Heart Chakra is love and relationships. It is where we build up our self acceptance through balance, compassion and good relationships. Our motives and rights here are to love and be loved and we identify with the social aspects of our lives. Our demon, that which can make us "sick" at this chakra is grief. The loss of love or a loved one affects this chakra deeply.
When this chakra is in excess there is codependency, poor boundaries, possessiveness and jealousy. When this chakra is deficient the person may be shy, lonely or isolated. Additional problems when the heart chakra is deficient could be bitterness and a lack of empathy. When the heart chakra is deficient the person may also have a critical nature as love is lacking in their life.
This chakra's main emotions deal with love, relationships and the social aspects of each. It also balances the chakras above and below.
The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) is located in the area of the naval (belly button). The color of the solar plexus (or stomach) chakra is yellow and its location is at the solar plexus around the area of the navel. It emanates out from the body front and back.
I often refer to this chakra as the stomach chakra but it's true location is at the mass of the small intestine. It is associated with the endocrine system through the pancreas which secretes insulin or glucagon into the blood stream depending on the need for glucose in the body. It is therefore a part of the digestive system as is the small intestine which is where the food the food that we take in is processed and distributed to the cells.
This chakra is a center for processing and orients to our own self-definition with the central issue of power and will. It is our center for vitality, spontaneity and purpose. Our self-esteem lives here. Out "gut" instincts live here as does our ego. We process and act on things in our life from this center. The alter side is that shame also live here.
The element is fire as this is what make a furnace work to process what it is "fed" When this chakra is in excess the person can be dominating, blaming, aggressive and constantly active. A scattered personality exists when this chakra is in excess.
When this chakra is deficient the person will be weak willed, have poor self esteem and be passive, sluggish and fearful. This person may actually obsess on one particular item or thing or thought.
The gemstone most often associated with this chakra is yellow topaz.
Another year is about to come to an end and with it I hope to incorporate some changes into my life.
In 2015 we are building a house on the mountain! You will be privy to that as it happens. AND I will finally have my dream kitchen!
In 2015 I will be doing a log of blogging - filling the internet with my own special brand of special. Giving hints, tips and techniques on all of my favorite interests. Some will be free some will have a minimal cost associated with them but I hope that they all are fun!
In 2015 I will go on a cruise (it's already booked and paid for), I will spend a month in Oregon with my oldest daughter (July is the currently scheduled month) and did I mention that I will blog incessantly?
In 2015 I will downsize my garden a bit. Not the size really but the amount of different things that I grow. There are many things that I grow best and many things that just take too much time and effort and therefore will be purchased at farmer's market instead of my trying to grow them. Peas, you're out of here! Onions and garlic you are my new favorites! Tomatoes will be limited to the varieties that I enjoy eating off the vine and green beans will be in a smaller row. The strawberries have already been rototilled into the garden. Flowers are just so much easier and I have enough tomato juice for another 2 years I think!
In 2015, I will be holding a number of Infinite Possibilities seminars that will have a cost associated with them! I've tried the free ones and no one takes me seriously, well now you can ante up and be committed to learning how to change your life!
In 2015, I will spend some time "on the road" with my youngest daughter as she begins her dream of being a gypsy for a while. (And not just at the Ren Faire!)
In 2015 I will spend Thanksgiving at the Texas Renaissance Faire!
In 2015 my husband and I will spend some more time "practicing" retirement!
So are your Chakras in alignment?
Root - basics - food, home, earth, grounding, stability, safety and security
Sacral - ability to keep a spouse or relationship with another, nurturing, change, passion - procreation
Stomach - Solar Plexus - metabolism, self-esteem, digesting, processing - processing things coming into your life and the communication with self and others
Heart - relationships, love, compassion, caring, content
Throat - communication, listening
Third Eye - Intellect, sight, imagination, visualizing
Crown - a relationship with a higher power, clear thoughts, open-minded
Think about what is going on in your life right now, right this minute. Not went on yesterday or what you think might happen tomorrow - think about what is going on right now. Because that is also what is going on with your chakras. How you feel about each of the items listed for each chakra can tell you about the chakra itself. If there is not balance in any of the areas then that chakra may be the one that needs your attention.
Do a quick self-balancing exercise.
Think about your root chakra and imagine a time when you felt the most secure and grounded. Imagine an amazing family dinner in the comfort and warmth of your family or a time when you were in nature and surrounded by Mother Earth.
Think about your sacral chakra and imagine the best sex you have ever had. Remember the passion and the relationship that made it possible.
Think about your stomach chakra and imagine the best meal that you ever ate or if your job involves the processing of information the most difficult project that you were able to process easily and gain recognition for.
Think about your heart chakra and imagine a loving relationship that you have had with a significant other, a parent or child or even a favorite pet.
Think about your throat chakra and imagine the best conversation that you had with someone where you were able to communicate your thoughts and feelings openly and honestly.
Think about your third eye chakra and use it to imagine and visualize the ability that you have to be intuitive in your daily life and dealings with others.
Think about your crown chakra and think about your spirituality and your relationship with a higher power and how you can connect with the infinite-ness at any time.
Paula J Kaprocki, LMT
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist with thoughts, aspirations and opinions - much like any other person on the planet!