Heart Chakra : Anahata

One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.

Image result for anahataAnahata: The Fourth Chakra: The Heart Chakra. The Sankskrit word ANAHATA translates to “unstruck sound” which is not only the pulse of the heart but also the very first vibration. This cosmic sound is OM. It is the sound of all things, A name we all answer to.

The HEART Chakra is located in the center of our chest and is associated with green and sometimes pink. ANAHATA’s tattva is air, prana, and the life-giving element of oxygen.

  • The 6-pointed star, hexagram, also known as Shaktona of ANAHATA is formed by two intersecting triangles.The entanglement of these triangles highlight the unity of matter and spirit coming together. The upward triangle represents Shiva, and the downward Shakti. Together, their union symbolizes the opportunity we all have to raise our consciousness.

  • The twelve petals of the lotus in the HEART Chakra represent the essential principles for all relationships:

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  1. Purity
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Kindness
  5. Patience
  6. Understanding
  7. Clarity
  8. Compassion
  9. Forgiveness
  10. Bliss
  11. Harmony
  12. Love

 

anahata with antelopeThe animal associated with ANAHATA is the deer or a black antelope. This animal is extremely sensitive to their surrounding. They gracefully leap through the air with joy and are a symbol of purity.

“Love does not exclude, it embraces. If a person does not love something outside himself, then very simply he does not love himself. Love expands: It not only sees more and enfolds more, it causes its objects to bloom.”     – Hugh Prather

Perceptions from the HEART Chakra are finely tuned and all-encompassing. A balanced ANAHATA embodies:

  • The Source of All Creation: you care for and respect all livings beings.

  • Universal Love: You are filled with infinite compassion and wisdom to see love in everyone. 

ANAHATA is the source of our inner light. Artistic talent is honed in the HEART CHAKRA and it is from this center that we extend beauty, tenderness, and affection to the world, and by the powers of OM, we can communicate directly to the hearts of others.

“There are two ways to spread light:

Be the candle or the mirror that reflects that light everywhere.”

– Edith Wharton

The element of the HEART CHAKRA is AIR.

When working with ANAHATA, this CHAKRA forces us to take on the qualities of air, meaning we MUST see ourselves in everyone and everything.

  • Be light on your feet (not fixed/rigid, flexible)

  • Lighten your thoughts and lighten your heart

  • Elevate the spirit of your internal dialogue

  • Enlighten your experience with self-discovery



 If your HEART CHAKRA is blocked:



ANAHATA, like the subconscious, houses unresolved experiences and karmas of the past – all that complicates the way we express love. The worst part is that none of this is on a conscious level.

Spiritual wounds can be worse than physical ones because they have the tendency to reverse our evolution. The heart is meant to love others, as much, if not more than we love ourselves.   

Un-examined and painful wounds of disappointment can dim our light and in such a way that it may go unnoticed. And as a prisoner of our own confusion, we may find that we are literally sitting in the dark and reacting to- A THING – you do not even understand or remember.

None of this is real.

Symptoms may include:

  • Attachment
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Insecurity
  • Emotional Instability
  • Jealousy
  • Resentment

Margot Fonteyn said “The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.” Know the difference.

“If one loves himself he can also abandon himself; he can throw himself on the wind because he is safe.”   -Hugh Prather



If your HEART CHAKRA is over-active:



If and when someone asks you to point to yourself, your index finger goes straight to your HEART Chakra. ANAHATA is so closely connected to emotions of love and lust, the how we want to be close and stay close to others and why it feels good. Symptoms that there may be too much energy in this chakra include: 

  • You love too deeply and smother the object of your affection

This is dangerous as you can be subject to the ill-will of others who wish to control you, or you yourself may become controlling.

  • You may be ruled by your emotions

Do you hold on too tightly to the memory of painful experiences? Do you spend time thinking and feeling unhappiness or sadness brought on by thought?

You may not have a sense of where you stand as an individual and because of this substantiate unhealthy relationships in your life. 

  • Loving too many people and too frequently without any discretion
  • Lack of boundaries in friendships and intimate relationships
  • Losing your sense of identity
  • Giving in to the demands of others
  • Codependency

Physical symptoms of an overactive heart chakra may be:

  • Heart and circulatory problems like high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and heart attack
  • Lung issues


Balancing your HEART Chakra:



The goals in regulating the flow of energy in ANAHATA is to find discernment. Can you love and respect everyone but not take everyone into the sacred space which should be reserved for only the few?

From an easy seated position you can make the sound “YANG” with your tongue suspended and resting in your mouth. The vibrations from the “Y” sound made by the back of the throat will reach down to the heart and begin to open ANAHATA. Continue to meditate, using your breath and envision energy with both  male and female elements flowing from your heart in all directions. Use the color green or the twelve petals of the lotus in this HEART Chakra yantra as a symbol for your actions, that you emanate from a place of love to all with love. Chanting OM can be helpful as that is the sound that begins in the heart but is present everywhere.

  • Pingali-Nādī, a pranayama (breathing exercise) clarifies our consciousness and unites the male with the female elements. Nādī Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) unites our emotions and intellect, but also aids in the circulation of oxygenated blood.

Control over our breath re-calibrates our pranic flow and heart rate simultaneously. Here, we use the physical to tap into the metaphysical. 

  • Recognize every living being as a piece of you

  • Wear & Eat Green colored things
  • Exercise to improve Cardiovascular Health.


If your HEART CHAKRA is Balanced:



Love, at all moments, is the highest expression of freedom not possession. Love is understanding not righteousness. At no point should a commitment to love bring us sadness. Security and satisfaction comes from within, not from another. We are not owed anything in return for giving love, and we shall not succumb to the demands of our loved ones. 

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With an open and balanced ANAHATA, love and light radiate from the inner self and immediately seek and find the love and light in others. Namaste

 

 

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Chakras At a Glance

Imagine a deck of cards shuffling before you.. Each card represents an idea, a challenge or circumstance, a style, a certain way of thinking, mannerisms, determination and doubt, some narrative that repeats, lessons you have learned and pass to others, the stories you tell. This is your hand. In essence, this is your life. Every day, if you try, is a day to draw another card into your hand. You have the chance for endless combinations. How will these new cards interact with what you are already holding and like all good card games, you get to discard.

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The chakras is a story of becoming – the building of a perfect hand. Or a tale of waking Kundalini : aka moving her through 7 energetic centers.

Kundalini, represented by a snake, is the spiritual energy which lies dormant in all of us. Practitioners of Kundalini Yoga emphasize that Meditation, Pranayama, Kriyas and Asana are a means to cultivate this energy and transform it into Divine Consciousness.

Why would a snake represent consciousness?

Because a snake can literally shed its skin and re-create itself. This animal embodies the ultimate design of renewal: releasing that which blocks growth. It seems so obvious now that it would be a snake, right? Duh.

redroot.jpg1. Okay, so this snake, aka our unconsciousness as she has not woken just yet. (The things we have no idea about- past lives shit- cruel karmic stuff) is located in MULADHARA. (the 1st or Root Chakra). Root as in the lowest spot if we are seated. It is the stuff we think we need, the source of our greed and impatience. Wait, why is our unconscious resting in our anus? Who put it there? Why would the constant burning yearning desire for for things like food and shelter be sitting in my ass, perhaps making me act like an asshole? Hmmm…

 

orangewater22. The subconscious (the things we feel, but really don’t understand- aka memories and trauma) is caught up in SWADISTHANA (the 2nd or Sacral Chakra.) So, all of our feel good- ice cream truck song memories- as well as the really fucked up shit we’ve been through is bottled up in our genitals. That’s right our subconscious feelings, every last emotion, all of our water-like qualities are in touch with our reproductive hormones. Whaaat? My trauma is connected to my baby-maker? FUCK. To boot, this is a circular chakra with, as you guessed it, cyclical movement, the habits and routines- some are totally crazy and others mundane. Our apathy and indifference, our uproar and mania, that mistake we can’t stop making is all here in our sexuality. The things we just accept, the “Fair-Enoughs” of the world. If we never move Kundalini past this point, we run the risk of experiencing a life that can’t get deeper than the surface or learn from a mistake. Do you want all the beauty of this world and all of your transformative power to be out of reach? Probably not.

yellowfire.jpg3. Kundalini is kind of awake in MANIPURA (the 3rd or Solar Plexus Chakra.) She’s tossing and turning pulling the covers off, exposing her position now in the belly-button. From the gut of your experience, consciousness is preparing, stretching, and beginning to rise. Do you think critically about the shit you’re going through or are you a zombie? Whatever you do, don’t go full zombie. This is the place of your instinctual sensation. Any last one of us can slip into old habits if we’re not careful to avoid blind reaction, if we’re not diligent to take a moment and be conscious. At this point, we are slowly advancing, generating the willpower to make the day and life as we want it, but are we strong enough? Do we have the confidence or would we rather just stay sleeping? How lazy are you? Did you just hit snooze three times? Really? Three times. Also, didn’t you say you weren’t going to drink last night? Don’t be pathetic. But we’re not pathetic. We know we have to wake up. We know what the day will bring. We’ve made our lists- We’ve got our flippy-floppys! You are adjusting to the light and with a squint you and Kundalini have accepted the duty as consciousness. We acknowledge what we are and what we’re not and that it takes all kinds, but above all else, to thine own self be true.

anahata with eight petals inside4. Finally, Kundalini becomes animated in ANAHATA (the 4th or Heart chakra) and we are upright. Extending in all directions, you open your chest to roll out the neck and shoulders. She unfolds to the beat of your heart and you too are filled with an expansive feeling of happiness and love. She moves in contractions which if you’ve seen any birthing scene, has intense pain followed by incredible relief and clearing. Often when finding compassion with others, we have to first start with ourselves. It is no mistake that flight attendants tell us to first secure our own mask before assisting others. In order to find your rhythm you have to get out of  your own way. Dancing does not to begin with thinking, instead you have to be light on your toes and lightly pervade everything. Here your consciousness is a sense of peace and grace, and by grace I mean you care and respect for all living things. All things? Ahimsa? Yes, even that guy. You’re limited by nothing, not even that guy…. Do you see how once you elevate yourself, you become untouchable? Oxygenated blood flows in abundance circulating and vitalizing the entire system with compassion and creativity and with each breath cycle you magnetize more energy to move or dance. 😉

blue purification5. What would creativity and compassion be if it wasn’t shouted into the world and communicated directly to the hearts of everyone sharing this experience. Kundalini uses our throats in VISSHUDI (the 5th or Throat chakra) to give sound to our thoughts. The beat from our heart turns into song here. The vibration of our vocal chords purifies thoughts and we become compelling. Say whaaat? If and only if we have tapped into our truth, understood the art of silence, and acknowledged the connection to everything around us. If and only if, I learn to take pleasure in vulnerability and communicate in every experience with the intention of making it a spiritual one, will I find my voice. And, when we do we can literally bring people together and create reality. And like Kundalini, we become magical, matching our outsides with our insides. Nothing stands in your way, as you are part of everything, having embodied all the elements, and can will every thing into cooperation. Boom!

thirdeyevision.png6. Wholly complete, the consciousness gazes out onto the horizon from AJNA (The 6th or Third Eye Chakra.) Maybe it’s not a horizon, maybe it’s a planetary view, or the eyes of a dog or maybe its a horrific scary scene, your worst nightmare in fact, things you don’t want to know, can’t handle or aren’t ready for. One simply can’t predict Third Eye visions but active listening is required for good communication, and active living is required for contentment. You must be part of the process particularly if you seek enlightenment. You must be your own GuRu – Out of the Darkness and into the light. Without effort from you, Kundalini will stay coiled until you’re ready to explore AND utilize your spiritual energy. You have to apply wisdom and Viveka, the discernment of reality from unreality. Our two physical eyes see the past and the present, while the Third Eye reveals the future. And together, it is God. It is the God in you. It is waking the God that has been in you and opening his or her eye in the middle of your eyebrows. You were born with it right there all along and never even knew.

WAIT… Hold the fuck on! A snake, named Kundalini, that happens to be resting in my ass will eventually wake up, move through my sexuality, my instinct, my heart, give my my voice and then take me to meet God through the visions of my Third Eye – the connection to the Divine Consciousness? And I have to make sense out of all of it? I have to be the one to say what is real and what is not? Yes. Fuck. The body will function of course without cultivating this awareness BUT you will inevitably remain unconscious. (FULL ZOMBIE)

whitepurplelight.jpg7. Kundalini is calmly smelling the air around her as she is erect at SAHASRARA (The 7th and Crown Charka) This is it. That bridge is finally complete. Construction is over. The last piece of the puzzle has been pressed down and smoothed over. Your connection to the future has been finalized, well not even, it’s the future past and present in one experience. Time slows down and you become aware of how everything is completely interwoven, now that time can’t play tricks on your experience. It is all one. You are living and trusting, trusting because you are alive and alive because you have faith that this life is exactly what it is supposed to be. This is living meditation. This is Bliss.

~Namaste~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to SPRING into Action [May 1]

Life remembers all the things you do and don’t and she brings them back and then forces you to laugh at your own stupidity. You will have the same lesson over and over again until you learn it. The same things, crazy and strange things that at the time …are so crazy it seems like nothing like this has ever happened before or to anyone else, but in reality… this is not your first time on this ride, and all your besties know it.

Learning to Love yourselfis the definitionof change copyWhy don’t we learn the first time? Or any time after that? Why must we repeat these experiences? Why and how do we forget? When we get the message in the moment we are so clear and sure as we say to ourselves, “Never again will this sort of thing happen.” Then, all of a sudden you’re kind of back where you were, but not really.. but sort of… sure things are different but what’s actually different? Not much. The first emotion is mad, mad as hell. But then… We laugh. We cry. We over analyze. We stay distracted for as long as we can. We listen to the problems of other people. We try to motivate them to do something to feel better, to make a difference. We ruminate on what is ailing them and why this dilemma is happening to them in the first place. We compare our life to theirs and then we shit on ourselves for forgetting that we had our own problems to solve. 

This is the beginning of the complete examination of everything that has brought us to this moment and in one breath, maybe in the shower or during a commute, its non-stop and you don’t feel like you’re gonna make it.

So as not to be furthermore paralyzed by analysis. This is your brain. Not on drugs, just your regular every day brain.  “And why this and why that…” but then something else comes up:     You are alone.

God No! The horror! You can’t do this alone. You need to be next to someone, touching someone, smelling someone. Why should you not get all of these things and cum? You should cum as much as you physically can. Okay, so then you become aligned with another person. This other person is your friend. You laugh with them now. You cry with them now. They are your go-to human, your number 1 fan, your hero, everything you are into and want to be into. You collide and are physically changed. This happens without thinking. This is your body interacting with your spirit, chemically enhancing your senses and giving you access to love. It isn’t gay. It’s magic.

But what about you? You must not stop living for you, doing for you, trusting in you. You are not what this other person, who happens to always be around wants, needs, thinks of, and is entertained by. You are still committed to the one who came before them and by that I mean the pursuit of your extreme and infinite bliss: Your trial and error, your eternal evolution of what it means to be part of the Universe…. The Where, What, and How…of Being Alive.

  • Demand more from you. You can and will shock the shit out of yourself. Don’t look around what others are doing. Don’t wait for some app to tell you how you feel or what the latest trends are. Do not put yourself on the back burner. Answer the hard questions. Don’t cut corners. Put in the extra credit because investing in yourself is the most important thing you can ever do.
  • The more you share, the more you will know. You can only get what you give. Humans share problems and therefore share solutions. We all learn from mistakes, but they do not have to be our own. Once you “sign on” to the collective experience that we share here and engage in the lives around you, saying your insights out loud [what is true in your heart] is what grants you access to all other truths. Your connection to everyone around you is what keeps you alive.
  • Keep your word. Do as you say you do. Have the will to commit to your greatest challenge. Be the best human for human’s sake. Take pride in your integrity.
  • Find stillness/ silence so that you may hear your inner voice. This is your guide.
  • Fill your life with things that give back. Pursue your hobbies and interests. You are the greatest creator you haven’t yet met. Begin Now. Life is already waiting for you.

You are a satellite: a receiver and you soak in the sunshine and it radiates your insides. You are in harmony. You are not fixed. You are like a plant reaching for the sun, designed with your quirky particulars but grown with and for a magnificent purpose because you are connected to the unknown. Your insides, too, are like liquid, completely formless only to then bloom.

You are divine. Make this life as beautiful as possible.

Pantanjali’s 8 Limbs

According to Pantanjali, Yoga aims to undermine the confusion of our ego-bound personality and guide us toward an authentic existence. This would be the True Self.  

The ego-bound personality is all the ways in which we keep mistaking our identity as one that is served by the needs and wants of our physical form.

[stop flexing in the mirror]

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Pantanjali wrote the sutras in an effort to guide us. His idea was that humans had a major struggle to overcome:

[Our bodies’ (the physical form) has such proximity to the highly evolved psycho-physical organism (the Spirit/Heart) giving us access to an elevated consciousness in the first place, but the process wasn’t clear, the pitfalls too many, and the mind-body (brain) so utterly unconscious] that he knew something had to be done to help us. 

So… imagine your heart is a modem, with kick ass super high speed internet.And…The intangible mind, all of your connection with the Universe, is your wireless router.

So you’re hardwired. The cable goes directly from your heart to your intangible mind. BUT Somehow your mind-body (Brain) isn’t acquiring the right IP address for sustained connection. The physical form keeps on messing things up for us.  Shocker.

He wanted to bring some practicality into this spiritual practice that many are missing out on. He created

The 8 Limbs of Yoga: An order of things, steps that can be taken, a ladder that could be climbed.

Image result for 8 limbs of yogaThe 8 Limbs of Yoga:

It is by climbing these limbs that we can fall away from a common life, an existence compared to that of a self-involved consumer to Self-realization as genuine enlightenment and emancipation from all ‘things.’

 

  • Yama : Discipline.

  •  Niyama : Restraint.

  •  Asana : Posture.

  •  Pranayama : Breath Control.

  •  Pratyahara : Withdrawal of the senses.

  •  Dharana : Concentration.

  •  Dhyana : Meditation.

  •  Samadhi : Super-Consciousness.