Heart, unconditional love
Heart disease is the number one cause of death and serious illness in our society. The heart needs physical nourishment, but especially spiritual nourishment. The heart needs love, the deepest nourishment it can receive. Not for nothing the corresponding verb “I love” is in the fourth chakra, where the heart is located.
The inner state of compassion and love, is the representation of the fourth chakra. Also the fourth chakra, apart from the heart, controls the lungs, pericardium, arms, palms, asthma, high blood pressure, heart and lung diseases. Does the situation we are in these days tell you anything? Coronavirus pandemic controls the lungs!
There are a few aromatic herbs beneficial to the heart: lavender, jasmine, orris root, mouse tail, marjoram, curly. In the form of teas or perfumes,these herbs, beneficially influence the physical and mental state. Christ is the energy of the heart chakra. Invoking Archangel Rafael brings balance.
The love we experience in the heart chakra is sensitively different from the more sexual and passionate love characteristic of the second chakra. Here love does not depend on any external stimulation, but is experienced as a state of being.
Thus, it radiates from the outside, bringing love and compassion to anyone who enters its field of action. It is a divine presence of empathic connection, rather than the development of our needs or desires. Fortunately our needs have been fulfilled or overcome by the power of will.
Love gushes from the deep sense of peace, which derives from the absence of needs, with the happy acceptance of the place we occupy as a whole and with the irradiation that comes from the inner harmony. Love in the heart is more resilient, eternal and constant.
The symbol of the heart chakra, Anahata, is a circle with twelve lotus petals, which surrounds two intersecting triangles, forming a six-pointed star. Triangles represent the descent of the spirit into the body and the uplift of matter, which comes to meet the spirit.
The six points (corners) can also be connected to the other six chakras, as each of them is related to this centre. In the body this chakra is connected to the cardiac plexus and governs the heart, lungs and thymus.
The element associated with this chakra is air. Think about the situation we’re going through right now, related to the corona virus pandemic! Air is usually associated with knowledge and expansive and spiritual things. Air is freedom, as is the case with flying birds. At this point we almost feel trapped in our own homes, or do we have time to better reflect on what we’re going to do next, keeping our cool?!
The air represents openness and freshness, as when we air a room. The air represents ease, simplicity, delicacy. Air implies freedom, which is obtained by providing freedom. At this point do you feel free? Maybe yes, maybe no!
The heart needs an understanding and practice of balance, between mind and body, between the inner and outer realms, between itself and others, between receiving and giving. Overcoming the ego will allow us to surrender forces greater than us. To open the heart chakra requires understanding and control of breathing,because it is the instrument of physical and mental transformations.
Physical food for the heart
As I wrote at the beginning of the article, heart disease is the number one cause of death in our society. We all know how harmful smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and lack of exerciseis. All contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease. Mental attitude, tense situations, also play an important role in increasing the possibility of heart blockages.
High cholesterol levels are stored in the blood vessels, leading to the possibility of blockages. Antioxidant vitamins can reduce the formation of “bad” cholesterol and reduce the risks of heart attack.
There are three antioxidant vitamins that specifically help: vitamin E,it seems to be the most beneficial, vitamin C,which brings the lowest benefits and vitamin A, carotenoids,located somewhere in the middle. Vitamin E, reduces the risk of heart attacks in both men and women.
Natural diets, rich in betacarotene, provide some protection against heart disease. Vitamin Cis important for maintaining the health of blood vessels. Natural diets, rich in vitamin C and carotenoids, healthy lifestyle, contribute to heart health.
Coenzyme Q10, improves the function of the heart muscle and can be used for people with coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure. Of course it is good to talk to your GP if you are experiencing heart disease.
High levels of homocysteine amino acid in the blood are associated with a higher risk of developing heart disease. This amino acid can accelerate atherosclerosis and even increase the clotting capacity of the blood. Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid are important in reducing the amount of homocysteine in the blood, slowing the progression of coronary heart disease.
There’s only one sound in the dark. The sound of life, the sound of love, the sound of the heart. Knocking… Knocking… Knocking… Knocking… Now we listen to this sound in our own heart. Its rhythm pumps life, air and breath into every part of the body, refreshing us, bathing us in the air, in space, in breathing, in life.