7 Facts About the Heart Chakra You Should Know

Posted on April 18, 2017

You’ve probably heard a bit about chakras, especially if you go to yoga regularly. Chakras are important to your health and well-being because they’re the energy centers that help keep all areas of your life in balance.The chakras depicted as wheels—in fact, the word chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for wheel.

They start at the base of your spine and go up to the top of your head. You know when they need healing because areas of your life become disorganized and out of harmony. We’re going to take a look at the heart chakra and the clues that it needs a tune up.

1) Where is the Heart Chakra?

The heart chakra is in the middle of the chest, right by the heart. It’s also in the middle chakra. It’s where the three lower chakras (solar plexus, sacral, and root) meet the three higher chakras (throat, third-eye, and crown). It resonates with the musical note of F.

The heart chakra influences so many areas of your life. Of course, being the heart center, it has to do with love, but this is more of the universal love, rather than a focus on romantic love that deals with partnerships and intimacy. It’s here you develop kindness and forgiveness.

It’s here you make peace with the past and move forward with a sense of calm determination. This area also rules your heart and your respiratory systems. It cannot be stressed enough that, should you feel any physical discomfort or illness, you must see your healthcare provider. The heart is too important to be trifled with.

2) What Color is the Heart Chakra?

Keep in mind that the chakras are energy centers, and not physical areas of your body. Each of these areas vibrates to a specific level, which is what gives them their colors and their music notes. The heart chakra resonates with all shades of green. Green helps you to unwind so that it’s easier for you to develop your understanding and empathy. Malachite and jasper are excellent heart chakra crystals.

You can do a lot to align this area by using green colors. Green crystals, green jewelry, even green clothing will be advantageous. Suitable stones are jade, malachite, and aventurine, but there are some pink stones like rose quartz and rhodochrosite which are suitable. If you use reiki healing stones, choose the green one.

Pink is also accepted as a heart chakra color. Pink is considered to be the color of love, even though it’s only a secondary heart chakra color. Pink brings you into contact with your true feelings and helps you to release pain and past heartache.

If you have a chakra pendulum and want to use it for healing, focus on the green color band. Envision the harmonious vibrations flowing through your pendulum and into your heart chakra. You’ll get the most benefit if you do this every day until you start to feel better.

3) What is the Normal Function of the Heart Chakra?

The heart chakra is the energy center that has to do with compassion and understanding. It’s where forgiveness is found and kindness rules. It’s all about love, but not the romantic attraction that sometimes arises from ego. It is the unconditional love that the universe has for all its children.

It’s where the physical and the spiritual meet, where you make choices based not just on your gut feelings or instincts, but where intuition takes you to a place of appreciation for all sides of the situation. It’s here that body, mind, and spirit all connect.

When this area is balanced, you’re at peace with your life and your heart is filled with joy. You easily take responsibility for yourself and your actions. You see the blessings in your life, and you appreciate what you have. There is neither longing nor sadness over what you don’t have.

Overall, you’re content and your relationships are healthy, never overbearing or uncomfortable. Your heart chakra lets you feel love You won’t be hardened, angry, or feel bitter against people and the world when it’s open, aligned, and healthy. You will feel love and generosity toward the world.

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4) What Happens When the Heart Chakra is Overactive?

You may come across as bossy or uppity when this area needs a tuneup. You feel stressed, and you hold onto grudges long after it was time for forgiveness. You find reasons to feel guilty and to dwell on the past. You night be intolerant of other people’s opinions and ideas. You get bossy and feel that you have to control relationships. You may also have a selfish streak, and think that life owes you something.

Green and pink will help you to restore harmony to an overactive heart chakra. Think soothing shades, the brightgreens won;t work as well as the more subtle tones. Your green reiki stone will work, as will the green on your chakra pendulum.

Wearing yellow or green clothing, particularly shirts and blouses or other garments that cover your upper chest, also support heart chakra health. Pink or green jewelry, pinned over the heart, is beneficial, as is having a nice relaxing bath or shower with your favorite pink or green bath products.

5) What Happens When the Heart Chakra is Underactive?

If this energy center is a bit sluggish, then you’ll feel disenchanted with life. It’s easy for people to take advantage of you, or to try to buy your affections. You feel down because you are less than perfect and you have trouble rectifying your sense of self-worth.

You might be too hard on yourself, and perhaps also on other people. You have difficulty trusting, and you may be codependent on those you count on. It’s easy for you to wallow in self-pity, and play the role of a martyr. In order to get this area balanced again, you have to find a way of appreciating yourself and your life. Bright greens and pinks are the best colors for this. Get plenty of the natural green in nature in your life.

Seek forgiveness where it’s needed then put the situation behind you. Grant forgiveness, too, because it’s really a gift that you give yourself. It frees you from being tied to the past. Look for the good in every situation. Keeping a gratitude journal might help you.

6) How is my Heart Chakra Related to Energy?

The fourth layer of the subtle body is the astral layer. This is where love in its purest form can be found. As the heart chakra is the area that connects the three lower energy centers with the three upper ones, the astral layer of the subtle body is where the three inner layers connect with the three outer ones.

It builds bridges, in the same way that forgiveness, understanding, and compassion build bridges in your life. It’s the foundation for how you relate to the experiences in your life, and where your unique personality is developed. When this area is functioning well, you’re kind to yourself and to others.

There’s neither guilt, nor shame, and you take answer to your actions without trying to pass the blame. You don’t see stress or drama, you simply see situations that you have to work through. When your heart chakra is healthy, you don’t fear rejection or seek constant praise from anyone. You accept that you are enough, and you allow others to be who they need to be as well.

7) What Can I do to Heal the Heart Chakra?

Massage is a time-honored way of relaxing and healing, and it works on your chakras as well as your body. The heart chakra is no exception. Who doesn’t appreciate a good backrub? Massaging this area brings relief to physical and emotional stress, as well as mild physical complications, too. Massaging and percussing is one of the ways to loosen phlegm and assist respiration. It also stimulates the circulation.

There are many easy yet effective techniques that will benefit your heart chakra area. One of the simplest is to use a heart chakra oil blended in a carrier. Take a few drops of jasmine, lavender, or hyssop oil and add them to a neutral carrier, such as jojoba or almond oil.

Place a few drops on your palms and let your body heat warm it a bit. Rub your palms together, and then start gently massaging your upper chest, in smooth but firm, upward motions. Get a friend or a partner to help you do your back. Breathe in the scent of the oils, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Envision a soothing green light restoring the balance to your heart chakra.


The heart chakra has to be open and functioning optimally in order for you to be able to give and receive love. You’ll easily tell if it needs a tuneup because your relationships with yourself and others will seem off. When you’re aligned this isn’t an issue.

You’ll feel guilty, or start to hold grudges. You’ll notice control issues, either in you being controlled by someone; or your obsessive need to take control, and maybe asserting yourself too strongly. You’ll feel dissatisfied with your life and the things in it, and forget to give thanks for what you have.

You’ll know that you’ve brought things back into alignment when you start to feel joy again, when you no longer live in the past, and when you can pursue the desires of your heart without undue stress or drama. A well-balanced heart chakra is the foundation for a healthy love life, and that includes being in love with yourself, too.

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Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I’ve spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to… Read More »

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