Updated: Jan 31
It has recently come to light that doctors are becoming quicker to prescribe prescription medications like antidepressants for reasons that are not sound. This is one of the many side effects of an approach that resists holistic methods of healing.
This is not to say that Western methodologies are bad but to say that our approach to wellness should include spiritual healing. There is a connection between our mind, body, and spirit that we should embrace to become our fullest selves.
One simple way to increase your wellness through spiritual healing is to open your heart chakra. How do you go about doing so?
Read on to learn eight powerful ways that you can open your heart chakra (and why it’s worth trying).
What Is Spiritual Healing? Spiritual healing, sometimes called spiritual energy healing, is the process of transferring energy and removing blockages from the spirit that are causing harm. When transferring energy, it is often useful to work with a spiritual healer who can replace some of your negative energy with their own fine-tuned positive energy. In addition, you can also learn how to heal yourself spiritually by introducing balancing practices into your day-to-day life.
The goal of spiritual healing is to realize the qualities of your soul and become your truest, most joyful self. We often attribute our unhappiness or pain to the elements around us. Spiritual healing gives us back the power to move through life with grace and take control of our actions and behaviors in relation to the elements around us. What Is the Heart Chakra?
When we discuss the chakras, we are discussing the seven energy centers of the body. We gain knowledge of our chakras from the ancient Sanskrit texts and practices that form the practice of yoga. More specifically, they are discussed in some of the oldest sacred texts, the Vedas.
The heart chakra, or anahata in Sanskrit, is the fourth chakra. It corresponds to the heart, of course, but also the lungs, cardiac plexus, and thymus glands. It is related to the air element, and as such is connected to the movement of the breath.
“Anahata” roughly translates to unhurt or unstuck. In other words, the heart chakra is a space where we can find peace and healing in relation to past and present grievances and pain. Opening the heart chakra allows us to give and receive love without judgment or inhibition.
How Do We Know If the Heart Chakra Is Blocked? The heart chakra becomes blocked when we are ill, stressed, or carrying unresolved emotional conflict. This leads to both spiritual and physical problems.
On a spiritual level, a blocked heart chakra causes feelings of disconnect. We may feel disconnected from others, sometimes expressed in the form of a lack of empathy. We may also become disconnected from ourselves, sometimes expressed in the form of anxiety, depression, or apathy.
If your heart chakra remains blocked for long periods of time, you may begin to feel deeply insecure. This can cause manipulative behaviors to arrive and you may begin to find yourself unrecognizable in the ways that you act and treat others.
On a physical level, a blocked heart chakra can cause a number of respiratory problems. You may find yourself struggling to take deep breaths or losing blood circulation. You may also find that your blood pressure increases.
8 Ways to Open Your Heart Chakra Are you experiencing any of the effects associated with a blocked heart chakra? There are several ways that you can implement spiritual healing in your own life and begin to open it back up. Let’s take a look at how you can accomplish this and feel both short and longterm relief.
1. Meditation Taking the time to meditate can restore balance to your heart chakra. These moments of presence and peaceful quiet can give you the space and perspective you need to heal from emotional conflict. It can also help you find the natural rhythm of your breath, which becomes disrupted when we are feeling physical and spiritual unwellness.
Meditation is a very personal practice and it is important to find the style that works best for you. Guided meditation is a great place for beginners to start. Make sure that you are seated in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and that you are wearing comfortable clothing before beginning your meditation practice.
2. Mantra Chanting Once you have learned more about your own meditation practice and can achieve a state of mental quiet, consider introducing a mantra. Mantras consist of sacred vowels that speak to different chakras within the body. The heart chakra vowel is “YAM.”
As you meditate, chant the mantra “YAM” in a way that feels natural and comfortable to you. There is no right or wrong in how you chant, so you can be loud or quiet. If you prefer to chant this short mantra the full 108 times, consider using mala beads to keep track.
3. Positive Affirmations Unlike your new mantra, affirmations are designed for any time use, rather than existing as a component of your meditation practice. These affirmations can increase the positive energy running through your body and loosen the grip that any emotional turmoil has on your heart chakra.
Consider repeating “I am” statements to yourself in the mornings when you wake up and again before going to bed. These include, “I am enough,” “I am in control of my own actions and behaviors,” and, “I am loving and deserving of love.” You can also turn to your affirmations when you are feeling stressed, apathetic, or negative. Repeat them out loud or in your head while taking deep breaths until you start to feel more at peace.
4. Sound Therapy Certain sounds, frequencies, and vibrations will bring equilibrium to your mind, spirit, and body. Solfeggio frequencies, in particular, date back for centuries and their positive effects have been studied. These frequencies are made up of 6 different tones, and there are two in particular that open the heart chakra.
The first is 341.3 Hz, which is associated with air. The second is 528 Hz, which is associated with feelings of love. Listening to binaural beats in these frequencies will help to restore balance and open your heart chakra.
5. Mindful Breathwork Given that the heart chakra is synchronized with the breath, it makes sense that practicing mindful breathing will begin to open a blocked heart chakra. There are several ways to practice mindful breathing, and we will discuss two of them below.
Nadhi sodhana is the act of breathing through your nostrils in a slow and balanced way. Use your right thumb to close your right nostril and inhale through your right nostril. While holding your breath, plug your left nostril with your right forefinger before releasing your thumb and exhaling through your right nostril.
Once you have inhaled and exhaled through both nostrils in this manner, plug both nostrils for a few seconds and hold your breath. Repeat this process up to ten times to feel the benefits.
If you want to broaden your breathwork and find harmony between your full body, mind, and spirit, practice Qi Gong. Qi Gong combines precise movements and posture with breathwork and meditation.
6. Practice Asanas That Open the Heart Asanas refer to a specific movement and posture associated with yoga. There are certain asanas that open up the chest and allow the heart to face up toward the sky to absorb its pure energy.
If you are a beginner to yoga, consider starting with the upward facing dog. To begin, lie so that everything from your forehead to the tops of your feet or touching your mat. Plant your palms on the ground beneath your shoulders so that your elbows are facing the sky.
On an inhale, press your hands firmly against the ground to lift your head, neck, shoulders, and chest. Let your breath out. On your next inhale, press the tops of your feet against the ground to lift your shins, knees, and thighs.
Stare forward to avoid straining your neck. Allow your shoulder blades to lie flat against your back, squeezing them together without causing pain. This will open your chest and your heart chakra.
7. Carry Green Crystals The heart chakra is associated with the color green and there are several green crystals you can carry with you or hold during your meditation practice. These crystals represent different positive energy systems that will help bring your awareness back to your purpose.
Green tourmaline is a great choice. It is said to bring energy to the center of the body, where it can flow both up toward the heart and down through your feet into the earth. Use it to remind yourself to keep your heart open while keeping yourself grounded and present.
8. Work With a Spiritual Healer Working with a spiritual healer is one of the best ways to open your heart chakra. Sometimes, having that extra guidance is crucial to our path towards wellness. For example, if you’re dealing with something extremely distressing like divorce or death, spiritual healing is best done with the assistance of a healer.
Where to Find a Spiritual Healer We’re often told to fix our problems with medication or to close the darker, more painful parts of ourselves away from the world. In doing so, we may neglect the spiritual healing we need to open our heart chakra and find true, holistic wellness.