There are people searching the internet for an understanding of the question, “What is the Heart Chakra?” Are they searching because they want an intellectual understanding or are they searching because they are looking for a real understanding of the transformational power that entry to the heart can give?

I suspect (although I do not know) that many imagine that the heart chakra has to do with romance or the healing of romantic relationship.

This is not the case.  The heart chakra is the chakra related to healing the disconnect between you and Divine Love.

I intend to share the 21 Ways to Awaken the Heart to this direct experience of Divine Love and Intention as shared in my book Awakening the Heart – 21 Ways to Follow Love’s Message.

Shared below are the 21 Ways in which this awakening of the heart chakra will unfold over the coming weeks.

21 Ways to Awaken the Heart Chakra

  1. The Shape.
  2. The Colour
  3. The Animal
  4. The Song
  5. The Poem
  6. The Picture
  7. The Tree
  8. The Story
  9. The Sense
  10. The Affirmation
  11. The Archetype
  12. The Prayer
  13. The Place
  14. The Movie
  15. The Element
  16. The Sign
  17. The Question
  18. The Value
  19. The Challenge
  20. The Yoga
  21. The Step Beyond

To answer the question “What is the heart chakra?” I share below the qualities of the individual who has awakened the heart and lives from the alignment of the chakra system.

I begin with the Chapter from Awakening the Heart titled The Heart Chakra

What is the Heart Chakra Menu?

With this outline for answering the question “What is the heart chakra,” or What is the Anahata chakra?” let us begin our exploration of the potential seeded within you for union of the personal with the transpersonal.

Heart as Bridge to Everywhere

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Love is the Bridge between you and Everything – Rumi

The heart chakra is a bridge. It is a bridge of union. It unifies that which appears separate between the personal and the universal. It connects that which is time bound with that which is eternal.

It connects that which is limited with the unlimited. When you consciously cross this bridge, you become available to the wishes of your heart.

These are not the wishes of the separate sense of self with its idea of being a time bound entity caught between the thresholds of birth and death.

These are the desires of the true Self that leave you fulfilled, expansive and connected to what truly is beyond belief.

There is a prerequisite before you can enjoy the glory of a fulfilled heart and mind. You are required to give up rags for riches beyond your wildest dreams.

You are required to give up the rag of the separate sense of self for the diamond that is the essence of who you truly are. Developing the ability to cross the bridge of the heart into your dreamed of life requires giving up your personal will to the will of the Divine.

This is the essence of heart chakra balance.

Will to Love

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The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return — David Bowie

This idea of the separate sense of self being a rag is not at all flattering to the ego or to one’s self image with a focus on the will to personal power. (3rd chakra – 1st Stage of Life).

The individual with a well-balanced personality will be drawn to a point where they recognise that real power is in the unending journey into the Will to Love.

Surrender of the personal will in service of Love’s purpose is where real empowerment, integrity and happiness lie.

This is an authentic empowerment independent of image, status or other ego and time bound phenomena.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. – Matthew 6:19

Peace of No-Mind

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No thought, no mind, no choice – just being silent, rooted in yourself. — Osho

The individual who lives from the heart chakra is a deeply centred person. Their sense of personhood lies not within a time bound idea but from the living flow of Love’s presence.

They live in the present moment. They live from the peace of No-Mind.

They are not so identified with their thoughts. They tend, for the most part, to be free of the past because they have forgiven the past.

They are not so much focused on the future but attentive to the present moment.

What plans they have for the future arise from the experience of synchronicity and flow.

The heart-centred individual is highly creative, but they acknowledge that their creativity is the flow of Creation through their surrendered will and love of the body.

They recognise the body as the form through which Love’s Message is to be expressed here on earth.

The heart-centred individual loves the body and gives the body the love and attention it requires because it is the temple through which Love’s messenger arrives.

The heart-centred individual is inner-directed.

Yet paradoxically they are attuned to the invisible world beyond the limitation of time, space, and form.

Theirs is not the story of limitation but the invitation to infinite possibility. They have a deep love of silence which is the ultimate empowering force.

They know, beyond mere intellectual belief, that arising out of this seeming No-Thing that is one’s deep, silent interiority is everything that is created and ever will be created.

Affirmation of Feelings

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You are here to enable the divine purpose of the Universe to unfold. That is how important you are!- Eckhart Tolle.

The heart-centred individual knows that what gets in the way of this infinite potential within tends to be thought and fear of one’s feelings.

The individuals who are not afraid of their feelings are small children who feel secure in the love their parents feel for them.

They have not yet entered the world of duality where they learn the difference between one feeling being recognised as ‘good’ and another recognised as ‘bad.’

They still live in a state of grace. This is the state of choice less awareness.

You are invited to return to this state of choice less awareness when the Master Jesus says,

Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. – Matthew 18:3

The invitation here is not about regressing to being children but to invite the experience of energetic flow through the body without judgement.

This alignment allows for the free flow of energy through the subtle energy centres of the body that are the chakras.

Any fear or judgment of feeling leads to energy blocks. Most people spend a great deal of their energy in unconsciously blocking feelings they have been taught are not acceptable.

Opening the heart chakra means learning to accept all your feelings.

This is not a licence for uncontrolled emotional expression but the opening to an experience of compassion for all those unloved aspects of yourself that have been denied and judged unworthy.

These blocks include the fear of your magnificence.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. – Rumi

Power of Vulnerability

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The heart-centred individual is willing to be vulnerable. They do not view vulnerability as a weakness. They are open to a wide emotional range.

They are not protecting a sense of themselves as some image they must maintain.

They are responsible in the real meaning of the word responsible – having the ability to respond. They are not reactionary but are able to respond from a place of No-Thought.

They respond from a state of No-Mind which is not a mindless state but a state of allowing from the fullness of unlimited potential.

It is a paradoxical state of responsibility arising from not knowing but being open to the power of all knowing.

Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.― Brene Brown

Power of KNOWING

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Heart Chakra Awakening opens you to Intuitive KNOWING – Tony Cuckson

The heart-centred individual lives at the frontier of knowledge. This is not more knowledge about something but the more expansive experience of insight.

This kind of knowledge is beyond our everyday experience of thought. It is the ability to think without thinking and allow yourself to receive teachings that give you certainty and real confidence.

These inner teachings are the promptings from the Messenger of Love.

Thought is always a description of what is known. It is an expression of life reduced to language. It is always second-hand.

Thoughts can be juggled to create something different, but the heart centred individual is interested in revelation not simply change.

Thought is not the enemy, but within all wisdom traditions it is seen as less creative than silence.

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.  Rumi

Heart Chakra Beauty

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May you always walk in Beauty. — Black Elk

The heart-centred individual walks in beauty because they feel their Essence.

They are filled with gratitude, not only for what they are given, but for the ability to be a co-creator with the power of Love.

They have willingly surrendered to this power which becomes their focus, their life, and their true delight.

The heart-centred individual willingly follows the Message of Love and allows it to speak their embodiment within this time and space dimension.

This message is one that they bring to the world of form from the formless dimension beyond time.

This is a message that serves the highest good of all. It turns darkness into light, brings hope where there is despair.

It brings joy where there was sorrow and the knowing of eternity where once there was only the awareness of the prison of time.

The Beginnings of Trust

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When we learn to trust the universe, we shall be happy, prosperous, and well — Ernest Holmes

This loving message was created within you before you were born. This is a message unique to you.

It is the message that Love designed you and created you to express. It is your unique ‘good vibration.’

This is not something you have to learn. It is what you are.

What you must learn is how to get out of the way of this unique message as it is intended to speak through you.

This begins with trust in the process.

The individual moves more and more deeply into trusting the life they are here to love and share with the rest of us for the highest good of all.

You are Love’s Messenger. Therein lies your ability to take wing into the fullness of your unique potential.

Keep the window open and the singing bird will come – Chinese Proverb

Your work is to keep the window open.

Your work and your practice is learning to willingly experience the wings of grace that reveal the wonder YOU are and always are.

Your work is to come to a point where you are willing to know that you are always enough just as you are.

In this willingness to be enough you begin to expand into the unlimited Self that loves you into existence in each moment.

This is the work of chakra alignment and flow. It requires crossing thresholds beyond belief and beyond time and space.

You are not who you think. You are the vastness of Love’s forever becoming.

Your work is that of revelation and radiance. You are an artist of being and becoming Love in form. Take heart and take wing

Heart Chakra Challenge and Gift

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Love is the Ultimate Gift that lies at the heart of Creation – Rabindranath Tagore – Mystic Poet

Now that you have read information regarding the question, “What is the heart chakra?” the next question is “What do you intend to do with this information?”

If this information excited you, are you prepared to follow that energy? Are you prepared to take the adventure into crossing the bridge into sacred unity and transformation?

If Awakening the Heart chakra is of importance to you then honour that invitation by making a commitment to alignment with the Will to Love.

This is the practice of trusting and companioning your Greatness and the Greatness designed to be expressed through you.

Cultivate the qualities that are shared above that not only light up your life but invite the Light of Love to be more present in the world through you?

This is the greatest gift you can gift to the healing of the world of time and space.

What is the heart chakra question can be summed up in one word, “Trust?”

This is the beginning of authentic faith where you allow yourself to trust that the Universe has you back.  This is the adventure into the Light of your own magnificence.

Heart Chakra Awakening Opportunity

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Friend, wake up! Why do you go on sleeping – Kabir – Mystic Poet

Each chakra has different aspects related to its dynamic.

I wrote the book Awakening the Heart – 21 Ways to Follow Loves Message to share with you the many ways in which you can explore the opening of the heart chakra within your everyday time and space experience.

This book is conversational in nature. It is written the way in which I speak and is more like a conversation that I would have with a friend around an open fire.

The reviews of this book give you some insight into the way that others have found this book to be of benefit to them.  This is gratifying to me as a writer.

heart chakra book

This is the kind of book that I like. It is one that allows you to read a chapter at a time and reflect on its invitation. At the end of each chapter there is what I call “The Invitation.”

This book would be a great support to anyone who made a choice to go on a 21 Day Challenge of Heart Awakening.

heart chakra opening book

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It is my intention to share with you the 21 Ways to Awaken the Heart over the coming months from the beginning of September 2021.

I am presently setting up the facility for recording this book, so I plan to make an audio recording of these 21 chapters.

I hope you found this information that attempts to answer the question “What is the heart chakra?” of value.  Please leave a comment or further question.