I am often inspired to write a blog when I notice a theme recurring in my own life and the world around me; whether in my homeopathy practice, in the art room, or in conversations I have with friends.
For the last month what I am seeing and hearing is issues relating to the heart centre and as Valentine’s day approaches it feels timely to write something explaining what this is and how its dysfunction can result in physical and emotional illness.
Homeopathy, Chinese medicine, reflexology, bio energy, yoga, Tai chi and Qi gong – all are based on the principle that we are not just physical beings, living in a purely material world. Quantum physicists would be of the same opinion. Whether you call it electromagnetic energy, Qi, prana or vital force this energy system is what informs and regulates our physical bodies and function, via the endocrine and nervous systems.
Part of this energy system are the chakras which are like energy centres. There are 7 main chakras each with their own sphere of influence, themes, affiliated organs and glands. The heart chakra or heart centre is the fourth and on an emotional level rules the ability to give and receive love, forgiveness and issues around relationships. On a physical level it rules the heart, the lungs, the breasts and the Thymus gland. When we have been emotionally hurt or have not received love we needed then the heart centre can be blocked. This in turn can result in problems with any or all of these physical organs/ glands may find it hard thus causing heart trouble, chest problems, and a lowered immune system. We may experience high blood pressure, breathing difficulties, circulation problems, shortness of breath, chest pains and tension between the shoulders. We may find it hard to accept or give love or to forgive either ourselves or others. This can lead to fear and anger which seems all too prevalent in our world at this time.
With a damaged heart centre we may have trouble processing grief. In Chinese medicine the lungs are associated with letting go of emotion. The phrase ‘Get it off your chest’ reflects this idea and like many common sayings can remind us of an inherent understanding of the connection between the physical body and emotions that we have almost forgotten. Emphysema and asthma often occur when people cannot articulate their grief or when the cause for grief seems too little to justify its full expression.
Each chakra has an associated colour – the heart actually has two, green being the main one but also pink which is particularly related to motherly love.
Society often demands that we close our heart chakras – ‘don’t cry, don’t feel pain or anger, don’t open up, just shut down and keep going’ is the message. This may be one of the reasons many young people are now drawn to empathogenic drugs like ecstasy which open up and intensify the emotions of the heart but can blow it wide open and cause serious damage.
With healthy heart centres we can breathe deeply and let go of what we need to without difficulty. We can show love and compassion for ourselves and others. We are caring and forgiving. We have healthy hearts. lungs and circulatory systems and a strong immune system.
Homeopathic remedies such as Carcinosin, Ignatia, Nat Mur, Aurum and Lac maternum are wonderful for healing issues around the heart centre. One of the main remedies for heart organ problems and a wonderful tonic for that organ is Crataegus (Hawthorn) which is a member of the Rosaceae family. This reflects the strong connection between the heart and the symbol of the rose. Other remedies of this family such as Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa), Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) and Rosa Canina (Dog Rose) can heal heart centre issues as can the colour remedies Pink and Green. Flower essences Holly, Sturt Desert Rose and Pink Flannel Flower can also be extremely useful. Crystals which can help to balance heart energy are Rose Quartz and Rhodocrosite.
Wishing all of you a Happy Valentine’s day and a healthy heart centre.