“Authenticity starts in the heart.” – Brian D’Angelo
…But What is Authenticity?
Being authentic is about finding what is real and true for you, and aligning your life with it. Where can this truth be uncovered?
Inside the Heart Chakra.
To live an authentic life, you must commit to continual learning about yourself, confronting your fears, discovering your triggers and clearing out old emotional baggage. It takes curiosity and requires a lot of patience and discipline. But the real shift occurs when you’re actually able to accept your deepest values, rather than trying to alter your appearance or behavior in order to gain the approval of other people.
Have you ever actually taken the time to clarify your core values, or questioned how many of your beliefs and values have been passed down from your parents, friends or teachers or are environmental or historical/cultural influences?
You are not the stories you tell about yourself!
The authentic “you” is just behind all of the labels that you’ve consciously chosen or have somehow had forced upon you. Sure, you may be a wife, a mother, a daughter, son or a successful professional or business owner. But who are you behind all of that?
You are not alone if you can’t answer that question!
I spent twelve years working in a corporate role to get ahead and had forgotten the things that I was passionate about and genuinely valued. I had literally gone to sleep and was going through the motions of everyday life to support a lifestyle that I was no longer enjoying because I thought people were expecting it of me. When I eventually woke up, the walls came crashing down…
Self-awareness is a bit like an alarm going off in the morning and waking you up from a deep sleep. At first, you’re not sure where you are but then you begin to remember all the events of the coming day as your conscious mind kicks in.
Like the idea of gently waking up before the alarm? Then take a few minutes to write down your seven core values. Sit with this for a while and ask yourself what is really important to you?
Activate The Heart Chakra For Self-Love & Authenticity
The heart chakra (Sanskrit name Anahata) sits in the center of the chest, and as the fourth chakra, it connects the upper and lower chakras, and the physical to the spiritual bodies. Its color is green, so using this harmonizing tone in your daily life helps to promote healing and balance in this powerful and pivotal chakra.
Unblocking your energetic heart center will not only reawaken your authentic self, and enhance self-love but it will ultimately affect the amount of love you attract in return.
This chakra also works on the heart, lungs, rib cage, blood circulation, arms, wrists, hands and thymus gland.
Signs of a blocked heart chakra can include:
Codependency, poor boundaries, possessiveness, jealousy, loneliness, bitter or critical tendencies and a lack of empathy.
The easiest way to recognize when you need heart chakra healing is when you’re ruled by your emotions and have particularly little control over fear-based feelings like sadness, anger, and despair. You may be manipulative, overly critical or judgmental of yourself and others.
Signs of an overactive heart chakra include being controlling, and your love will have conditions. If you’re in a relationship you may find yourself you are always giving, never receiving but still find it hard to let go.
There are many ways to start healing, and re-balancing your heart chakra – here are 5.
1. Use Vibrational Remedies:
Australian bush flowers such as the Blue Bell, Crowea, Mountain Devil, Five Corners, Pink Flannel Flower and Illawarra Flame Tree will work on rebalancing and healing the heart chakra and will ultimately help you to remember the practice of unconditional love.
Organic essential oils such as Rose, Lavender, Marjoram, Geranium and Lime are perfect for the heart. They can be diffused in an oil burner or vaporizer which is then sprayed into the aura; or gently rubbed onto trigger points on the skin.
2. Use Heart Chakra Opening Crystals:
Listed below is a selection of healing stones that are commonly used to open, balance and heal the heart chakra. These can be worn as jewelery or consumed as a gem elixir.
- Green Aventurine – Pale Green – A stone of vitality. It increases focus and soothes emotions.
- Rose Quartz – Pink – The stone of the heart. Used to calm emotions, dispel negativity, and promote peace.
- Malachite – Rich Green – Absorbs energy and draws emotions to the surface and heals the heart.
- Amazonite – Green with cream veins – It soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear.
- Prehnite – Pale Green – Promotes unconditional love and enhances inner knowing. It calms the environment and brings peace.
3. Use Sound Frequencies:
Certain sound vibrations resonate with the chakras and are incredibly powerful for clearing blockages and creating balance. Among the most popular are the use of mantras and vowels.
The Seven Sacred Vowels are considered extremely holy in many traditions including ancient Egyptians, Tibetan, Japanese and Native American.
The vowel for heart chakra activation is Eu.
Another potent method of resonating the chakras is to use the Bija Mantras. These were developed from Sanskrit letters within the Vedic traditions, and are said to balance and align the chakras.
The Bija Mantra which resonates with the heart chakra is YAM
Another aspect of sonic chakra system resonance has to do with the actual frequency or keynote of each chakra.
Keynote F is believed to be in natural resonance with the heart chakra. It has a frequency of 341.3 Hz.
4. Be open with How You’re Feeling
If you find it difficult expressing your emotions, try keeping a journal of how you are feeling. It doesn’t really matter how just as long as you to let them out.
Remember, you never need to show this to anybody. Be honest and compassionate with yourself, and don’t hold anything back.
5. Surround yourself with the color green
Another very simple method for healing the heart chakra is to fill your surroundings with the resonance of its corresponding color. Green energy is powerful! So fill your home with green soft furnishings, wear green fabrics and, of course, spend time outside in nature where the color manifests in abundance.
This can be especially beneficial if you’re someone who’s sensitive or empathic (wondering if this is you? Take this empath test).
Other Heart Chakra Healing Methods
Yoga. There are many yoga practices that focus on strengthening and healing the heart chakra – seek out a teacher in your area, or search for a video online.
Affirmations. Affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind and encourage you to believe certain things about yourself or about the world around you. They are extremely beneficial in helping you create the reality that you desire, affecting and will influence your overall happiness.
Simply stating a positive affirmation about your self-acceptance will significantly improve the love and compassion you offer yourself and others.
Food. The everyday foods we eat all have energetic properties, and choosing the right ones can really heal a chakra that is suffering from an imbalance. Food such as dark green leafy vegetables and many herbs can help to open this energy center, and remove blockages. Take a look at this recent post about more heart opening foods.
Meditation. The well known Buddhist practices “Loving Kindness Meditation” is well known for a reason! It’s incredibly heart opening. I’ve also created a FREE Green Heart Meditation for you, to further enhance your journey to greater love, compassion and authenticity. Hope you love it!
Continue Your Chakra Healing Journey…
- Root Chakra
- Sacral Chakra
- Solar Plexus Chakra
- Heart Chakra
- Throat Chakra
- Third Eye Chakra
- Crown Chakra
- Soul Star Chakra
Now, stop for a moment and feel into the current state of your heart chakra. What’s the love-level you’re feeling?
Let us know in the comments below…