Heart Chakra – Anahata

Anahata (Sanskrit: अनाहत, IASTAnāhata, English: “unstruck”) or heart chakra is the fourth primary chakra, according to Hindu YogicShakta and Buddhist Tantric traditions. In Sanskritanahata means “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten”. Anahata Nad refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound (the sound of the celestial realm).

The “sound produced without touching two parts” and at the same time it means “pure” or “clean, stainless”. The name of this chakra signifies the state of freshness that appears when we are able to become detached and to look at the different and apparently contradictory experiences of life with a state of openness (expansion).

Normally we are not used to the effect produced by the confrontation of the two opposite forces. At the level of Anahata chakra appears the possibility to integrate the two opposite forces and obtain the effect (sound, in this case), without the two forces being confronted (without touching of the two parts). This energy is specific to cooperation and integration, which brings peace and a new perspective in a world which, up to this level (considering only the energies specific to the first three centres of force: Muladhara, Swasdhistana and Manipura) was made only of a more or less conscious confrontation between opposite forces. The name Anahata suggests, in fact, the synergetic effect of the interaction of energies at this level.

Anahata is represented by a lotus flower with twelve petals. Inside there is a smoky region at the intersection of two triangles, creating a shatkona.
The shatkona a symbol used in Hindu Yantra, representing the union of male and female.

Specifically, it is meant to represent Purusha (the Supreme Being) and Prakriti (Mother Nature) and is often represented by Shiva and Shakti.

The deity of this area is Vayu, who is smoke-like and four-armed, holding a kusha and riding an antelope (this chakra’s animal).

The twelve petals are inscribed with Sanskrit syllables. (Note: In some representations the syllables or else the petals themselves are colored vermillion.). The syllables may be thought as matching twelve vrittis or divine qualities of the heart
bliss, peace, harmony, love, understanding, empathy, clarity, purity, unity, compassion, kindness, forgiveness

Even more commonly, systems of understanding identify these vrittis as corresponding with various reflexive modifications away from the indifferentiated divine mind, each one considered as arising from spiritual ignorance, as below.[5][6]

  1. asha: wish, desire, hope. Contentment
  2. cinta: thoughtfulness, anxiety, worry. Thoughtfulness, peace
  3. cesta: effort, endeavour. Flowing with
  4. mamta: possessiveness, affection. Trust
  5. dhamba: arrogance, vanity. Empathy
  6. viveka: discrimination, discernment . Understanding
  7. vikalata: languor, depression . Bliss, compassion
  8. ahamkara: conceit, egoism, pride, self-identity. Unity
  9. lolata: covetousness, avarice, selfishness. Generosity
  10. kapatata: duplicity, hypocrisy. Truth, purity, kindness
  11. vitarka: indecision, argumentativeness, contention. Clarity, peace
  12. anutapa: regret, burning misery, compunction. Forgiveness, harmony

William Enckhausen defines half of these vrittis as spiritual ignorances and half spiritual developments. “Half the 12 vrttis of the Anahata are ‘positive’, growth promoting vrttis and the other half are ‘negative’ or at most neutral, self-justifying defense tendencies that perpetuate the ego’s limited boundaries instead of expanding and refining them. There is still a limited and bounded sense of self, but with the potential to discriminate between vice and virtue. There is also still the boundary of self and not self to be overcome, although not as marked as in the Manipura and Svadhistana. Harmony, balance, and proportion are key elements in this fulcrum that is the Anahata to help determine what is growth-promoting and virtuous (self, or good for the self) and what is vice, or inappropriate for spiritual self-growth (not self).”[7] Enckhausen’s translations follow.

The seed syllable is the dark-grey mantra “yam”.

Anahata is considered to be the seat of the Jivatman and Parashakti. In the Upanishads, this is described as a tiny flame inside the heart. It is associated with air, touch and the actions of the hands.

Anahata is associated with the ability to make decisions outside the realm of karma. In Manipura and below, a person is bound by the laws of karma and fate. In Anahata one makes decisions (“follows one’s heart”) based on one’s higher self, not the unfulfilled emotions and desires of lower nature. It is also associated with love and compassion, charity to others and psychic healing. Meditation on this chakra is said to bring about the following siddhis (abilities): he becomes a lord of speech, he is dear to women, his presence controls the senses of others, and he can leave and enter the body at will.

The heart wheel in Tibetan Buddhism is the location of the indestructible red-and-white drop. At death, the winds of the body dissolve and enter this drop, which then leads the body into Bardo (the intermediate stage) and rebirth. The heart wheel in this model is circular, white and has eight petals (or channels) reaching downwards. These channels divide into three wheels (mind, speech and body) and go to 24 places in the body. They again divide into three and then into 1,000, producing 72,000 channels (known as Nadi) throughout the body.[12][13]

The heart wheel is important in meditation;
in the lower tantras, the mantra is recited from the heart. It is recited verbally and then mentally; then, in the heart, a tiny moon disc and flame are imagined from which the mantra rings.

In the higher tantras or the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma school, the practitioner attempts to dissolve the winds and drops into the central channel at the level of the heart to experience the Yoga of Clear Light.

Sufis have a system of Lataif-e-sitta at a number of points on the body; at the heart, there are three positioned horizontally. On the left side of the chest is the Qalb (the heart); the Ruḥ is on the right side of the chest, and the Sirr (innermost heart) is between them.[14]

The Qalb is called the heart of the mystic; it is caught between the downward pull of the lower nafs, and the upward pull of the spirit of Allah and may be blackened by sin. It may be purified by reciting the names of God. The Ruḥ is the centre of the spirit, the breath of Allah; when awakened, it counteracts the negative pull of the nafs. The Sirr is the innermost heart, where Allah manifests his mystery to himself.[15]

In Qigong, the middle Dantian (one of the three furnaces that transform energy in the body) is in this region. The middle Dantian transforms qienergy into shen (spiritual energy).[citation needed] This is also not a correct location of a Dantian. The Dantian is located on the Anterior of the body, not the posterior, as is this chakra.

Heart chakra journey

Venus and Aphrodite heighten your connection with the life force & beauty that surrounds you

Dragons under water – choose the fullest life
A green dragon gifts me a ruby.
Through the ages, the ruby has represented nobility, purity, and passion. For thousands of years, Ruby was considered the stone of love, energy, passion, power, and a zest for life. Like no other gemstone in the world, Ruby is the perfect symbol for powerful feelings. … Emotionally, it is believed that rubies improve motivation and the setting of goals.

The ruby is known as a protective stone that can bring happiness and passion into the life of the wearer.
When worn as a talisman, ruby’s mystical properties extended to personal protection. People believed wearing the stone on the left, the heart side, would allow the bearers to live peacefully. None could take their land or rank. The blood-colored stone would preserve them from all perils, even their homes from storms.
The ruby is also believed to protect the wearer from negative entities that leach positive energy, promoting spiritual vitality and wellness overall. Because the ruby’s hue is close to the color of blood, which carries oxygen to all parts of the body, the gemstone also represents vitality and vigor; it is believed that the stone has the power to align and lend energy to the body.

The ruby has long been representative of romantic love. It is said to inspire devotion and faithfulness within a romantic relationship. The fiery red color and sparkle can inspire sensuality in the wearer.

It is said to promote self-care in the wearer and inspire confidence to tackle all aspects of life. The ruby is often said to decrease anxiety and self-doubt. The ruby is a gemstone that encourages the wearer to live fully and embrace whatever happens. It allows the wearer to see their strength and potential from the perspective of their own heart.

Marianne Williamson Quote: 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Death by noise.
Unable to find Peace the whales run aground.
My heart breaks.
Lost words, Heartwood, Taproot.
Rain makes the Earth swell, allowing roots to get a sure hold.
Breath out black sludge through your feet.
Breath out black smoke through your chest.

A cock’s crow blows in on the wind.
Gust upon gust
blustering, bustering.
billowing, tusselling.
The Alchemilla Mollis ruffles her petticoats,
The Peace Rose, saved from war-torn France, is rocked violently,
flung from side to side without mercy.
I wonder will its single flower survive?
It’s tender petals, leaves and stem
bend and yield
and yet it remains intact against the odds.
But then who sets those odds?
The forecast predicts it will get stronger yet.
“Most unusual at this time of year,
with everything in full leaf,
expect casualties”.
A magpie battles by.
Waves move through the hedge.
Then one great surge,
washing-machining, crashing, foaming.
The Jasmine tendrils creeping, climbing, intertwining, tossed around wildly.
Howling, wailing, surround sound.

I notice my reflection down below in the rear windscreen of a car,
a ghost peering out of the high window,
from where I sit watching the world.
And then my breath is whipped away, the rose is gone.
Snipped and whisked away inside my neighbours house, so it transpires.
Saved? or not?
We are so quick to intervene.

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