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Opening the Heart Chakra

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Opening the Heart Chakra

I particularly have a problem with this chakra. In that, there is not much reliable information out there regarding it. The overall problem with the chakra system to begin with, is the dogma surrounding it. That is, there are dogmatic teachings which overly the chakra system that makes it problematic. In particular, these dogmatic teachings correspond to feelings and perceptions related to experiences a person might have once said chakra has already been opened. (Without regard on how to open it!) No attention is paid to the yogic techniques for opening the various energy centers of the body.

As with kundalini, heat is required to open or "raise" it. So too is the case with the heart chakra. But it requires a more gentle form of heat, i.e. warmth. Prolonged periods of warmth, in fact. Periodically, and throughout the day, visualize the heart chakra surrounded by warmth; direct heat towards the center of the chakra. (The heart chakra is located in the center of the chest, not to the left over the heart itself!) Visualize a warm glow of energy enveloping the heart chakra and bring the mind to rest there. Do this periodically a few times throughout the day. It may take several months, but you should feel the heart chakra gradually open up.

Icons are also a powerful tool for helping to open up the heart chakra. Such as a picture of Jesus or Mary with a blazing heart. (An icon can simply be a picture printed out and framed.) Place the icon in front of you. Visualize a healing light radiating from the blazing heart of the icon and penetrating deep into the center of the heart chakra. (You can also recite a prayer or mantra, if you'd like.) Feel the warmth beginning to spread outwards from the center of the heart chakra, gradually enveloping it. You should start to notice an increasing pleasurable feeling emanating from the center of the heart chakra. Bring your mind to rest there. Once you have this feeling of pleasure well established, you should find it easy for the mind to rest on. Once your mind is at rest, begin meditating on vipassana (i.e. single-pointedness). Continue the meditation for 30-45 minutes. Sinking into the pleasurable feeling centered around the heart chakra should make this a lot easier. Aim for complete focus, allowing nothing to distract you.

If your meditation was successful, your heart chakra should now be open! As you become adept, you'll find you no longer need the picture of the icon. Instead, you can just visualize the deity with a blazing heart in front of you, pouring healing light into the heart chakra. Such meditation is called Guru Yoga, because it involves visualization with a deity, or guru. Alternatively, you can use the following icons for meditation: Mary-sacred-heartOracle-sacred-heartBuddhaHanuman.

May the Source be with you!

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Heart Chakra Meditation version 2.0

Alternatively, you can forgo the visualization altogether and focus solely on yogic technique. Instead, place your right hand over the center of your chest with your left hand on top. (You can perform this meditation either sitting up or lying flat on your back.)

Visualize the heat emanating from the palms of your hands envelope the heart chakra. Feel the heat penetrating deep into the center of your chest. (It may be helpful to focus more so on the back side of the heart chakra, rather than the front.) Bring your mind to rest wherever you feel a pleasant warmth begin to develop.

Imagine this warmth as a white-hot ball of energy, which slowly expands to fill the heart chakra. Feel the pleasantness of this warm energy. Use this pleasant feeling to swallow any discomfort you feel, allowing yourself to sink into the meditation. (If you feel any pain, carefully reposition yourself while maintaining focus.)

Once you are fully relaxed, bring your mind to rest on the white-hot ball of energy. Begin meditating on vipassana (single-pointedness). Stay in vipassana for 30-45 minutes, until you feel your heart chakra is open. Again, use the pleasant warmth of the heat generated by your hands to swallow any discomfort you may feel. Sink into it. Aim for complete focus (85-95% of your total mental concentration).

(This version of the meditation is particularly useful for stubborn heart chakras.)

Practice patiently and diligently, and may the Source be with you!

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