The functioning of the heart is twofold: it supports the physical aspects of life within this organism, and it processes the emotions that are presented to our human consciousness.
Outside of the heart’s function as a physical organ, the processing of emotions is the single most important function affecting its health and that of the Heart Chakra. How do we know this? When one’s heart is “broken” emotionally, it affects the physical systems. How can it not? When the heart becomes saddened, or agitated emotionally, it in turn affects the brain, therefore affecting our eating, sleeping, and behavior patterns.
The entire system then becomes unbalanced and vulnerable to both energetic and physical disruptions that can affect the cardiovascular, digestive, immune, nervous, and respiratory systems. It can also affect our cerebro-spinal fluid, which carries vital nutrients to nervous-system tissues throughout the body. Essentially, the heart is, well, the heart of everything.
How can we best assist and care for our physical heart, and combine with its energy to work with manifestations of our body’s dis-ease? When you begin to notice any symptom, either physical or emotional, that’s the time to sit quietly and focus your attention on the Heart Chakra. Breathe into that area, and imagine that you’re breathing through and with your heart. Focus on the physical sensation, and notice if you can actually feel your physical heart beating.
As you sit quietly with this intent focus, you may even begin to see and feel pure light or pure spirit emanating from you. The sensation of your physical body may begin to fade and no longer command attention, because you are going directly to the source, the wellspring of your essence: yourself as Pure Spirit.
You may even notice that the light from your Heart Chakra will begin to radiate out from you in a circular shape, emerging from the physical heart level. Again, there may be no sensation of front and back as the three-dimensional physical system fades.