Heart Chakra: Gateway to Self, Love and Acceptance
Poets, mystics and philosophers often speak of the heart as the place where we can enter into the wholeness of our selves. The heart is a place within us that contains mystery and understanding beyond what our rational, logical mind understands.
The positive, balanced qualities of the heart chakra are: Love, Acceptance, Courage, Balance, True Intimacy, Harmony, Compassion and Devotion.
Ancient traditions point to the heart chakra as the center where human consciousness shifts and the capacity for balance between the inner and outer worlds can be developed.
It is also in the heart where we develop the ability to be attuned to Self and other. An unbalanced heart chakra fosters co-dependence while a balanced heart provides the foundation for healthy relationships.
It is through the heart that we access deeper awareness and capacity for spirituality. In the esoteric traditions, the heart is seen as the place where we contact the Observer Self – what some have called the voice of the Soul – that aspect of Self that is beyond the enslavement of thought and emotion.
The Observer Self is the aspect of us that has access to truth with a capital T. It is that part which is capable of direct and present experience. It is also the facet of consciousness that allows for creative solutions to situations that stymie our ego self.
It is part of the spiritual journey to use our heart’s energy to engage in self-reflection, connect with our soul, move toward balance and develop healthy self-love and acceptance.
When we do so, we bring a healthy flow of heart energy to our lives and are able to truly share heartfelt energy with others.