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Heart Chakra Meaning: Giving Love and Devotion

Heart chakra meaning emphasizes the heart as the seat of love and devotion. The heart expresses charity, compassion, and kindness. In addition, the heart is a focus for beauty and culture. The heart brings the awareness of community and compassion for others.

In addition to the physical heart, the organs associated with this chakra include the circulatory system, lungs, upper back, thymus gland, breasts, arms, and lymphatic system. Learn more about the physical organs associated with the heart chakra below.

The heart chakra functions like a spiritual GPS, always leading us to our own true north. There is really no fear of getting lost or going astray. If we turn into a byway or take a detour, our heart simply recalculates the path instantly.

Learn about the meaning and significance of all seven major chakras in Chakra Meaning. Explore Chakra Sounds, Chakra Stones and Chakras and Essential Oils.

Heart Chakra Definitions and Symbol
Heart Chakra Symbol

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Heart Chakra Sounds

Each of the seven major chakras are affected by particular sounds, tones, mantras and musical instruments. Each chakra has a seed syllable in Sanskrit that connects to its fundamental vibration. The seed syllable for the heart is YAM (pronounced “yum” or “yahm”). A simple mantra utilizing this sound would be “Om Yam Namaha” meaning “I give honor to the energy of the heart chakra.”

The musical instrument associated with the heart chakra is the violin or other stringed instruments. Think of the phrase, “This is really pulling on my heart strings.” The sound of string instruments comes very close to that of the human voice compared to a drum or piano, for example. We connect to the expressiveness of a violin or cello.

There are also vowel sounds (AH), notes of the musical scale (FA in the Western solfege, MA in the Eastern sargam system). Learn more about the practice of sacred toning in the article Chakra Sounds.


Chakra Sounds and Sacred Toning

Heart Chakra Symbol

The fourth chakra is the heart chakra or the Anahata chakra. In Sanskrit, “Anahata” means “unhurt, unstruck, unbeaten.” At the same time, Anahata means “pure” or “clean.” The symbol within the interlocking triangles is the Sanskrit character for the sound YAM, the seed syllable of the heart chakra.

The energy of this chakra integrates opposite forces or brings two parts together. The heart chakra is symbolized by a twelve-petaled lotus with interlocking triangles. This is a depiction of yin and yang or male and female.

The lotus is connected to the energy of creation and symbolizes the unfolding of spirituality or divinity. The symbol of the single stroke with the dot above at the top of the heart chakra symbol represents the moon and the emotions, a source of feminine energy. Learn more about all Chakra Symbols.


Heart Chakra Definitions and Symbol
Heart Chakra Symbol

Essential Oils for the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra can be uplifted by several different essential oils. An imbalance in the heart chakra may appear as chronic fatigue, upper back pain, heart related issues and anxiety/depression.

Traumatic experiences also affect the heart and may leave you feeling lost and confused. Floral oils are particularly effective for the heart. Three very useful oils include neroli, angelica and rose oil.

Neroli essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the orange tree. The ancient Egyptians used neroli for its ability to heal the mind, body and spirit. This oil is a natural relaxant and can be used in high-stress experiences to restore calm. Neroli essential oil stabilizes emotions and can bring a feeling of hopefulness and confidence.

Angelica essential oil was named the “oil of the angels” because its strong healing powers. This essential oil is steam distilled from the root of the parsley family. Some believe the root is of divine origin. This oil can purify and help with infections. When applied on the body this oil can assist in releases pent up emotions from traumatic past experiences.

Rose essential oil is balancing and calming. The beautiful fragrance of rose oil helps bring balance and harmony. It also has an aphrodisiac like effect. This oil helps restore confidence and a sense of overall wellbeing. To create one 15ml bottle of pure rose essential oil takes 2,000lbs of rose petals. As a result, this is one of the most expensive essential oils.

Essential oils can be used directly on the skin (sometimes diluted in a carrier oil such as almond, grapefruit seed or jojoba oil) or diffused into the air.

Essential Oil for the Heart Chakra Neroli
Neroli Essential Oil Plant

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Healing Stones for the Heart Chakra

Chakra Stones and Meanings for Rose Quartz and Heart Chakra
Rose Quartz for the Heart Chakra

Stones believed to positively influence the heart chakra are rose quartz, jade, and tourmaline. Many stones associated with the heart are pink or green in color. 

Rose quartz is the stone of love: unconditional, divine, and self-love. In Native American cultures, rose quartz was carved into an amulet called the “love stone.” Rose quartz can help to heal and soothe negative emotions. This stone is one of the most powerful stones for the heart and invokes compassion, forgiveness, and loving energies in its wearer. 

Jade is known for promoting good luck and prosperity. Jade has been valued for centuries and has rich history in Japanese and Chinese culture. Some jade stones are valued similarly to rare diamonds. Jade assists in increasing peace, love, and joy. This nurturing stone represents purity and serenity. 

Tourmaline is a protective crystal that helps create a shield against negative energies. Tourmaline supports the heart chakra and encourages self love as well as a sense of safety. This beautiful gem was used in ancient Indian ceremonies to help people gain insight and solve problems. Pink tourmaline helps heal emotional pain from past experiences with its soothing effect.


Chakra Stones and Meanings for the Heart Chakra
Jade for the Heart Chakra

Deities for the Heart Chakra

Hanuman is a key deity in the Hindu tradition associated with the heart chakra. Hanuman is the monkey god, hero of epics and stories in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Hanuman is the ardent devotee of Lord Rama, and he plays a central role in the epic poem Ramayana.

Hanuman is sometimes depicted as the patron of martial arts, wrestling, and acrobatics. I think of Hanuman as an Eastern superhero, somewhat akin to Superman or Spiderman or Batman. He is also the patron of meditation and scholarship.

The powers of Hanuman include the following:

•cannot be killed with any weapon in war
•power to induce fear in enemies
•power to destroy fear in friends
•cannot be harmed by lightning
•cannot be drowned (protection from water)
•cannot be harmed by fire
•can make himself as small or as large as he wants
•will always be happy and content

Some interpretations of the name Hanuman are based on the fact that the Sanskrit word “han” means “killed or destroyed” and “maana” means “pride.” Therefore the name Hanuman would mean “one whose pride was destroyed.” Mantras and more about Hindu Deities.


Hanuman Hindu Monkey God

Physical Organs and the Heart Chakra

The physical organs associated with the heart chakra are the heart itself, the circulatory system and the lungs. Within the heart on a spiritual dimension is an inner chamber where many traditions believe that the spark of life resides.

In the Western tradition, this inner chamber is called the inner castle or secret chamber of the heart. The spark is sometimes referred to as the three fold flame. This flame represents power (blue), wisdom (yellow) and love (pink). The fleur-de-lis is a symbol representing this three-in-one idea. Learn more about this symbol in the article Iris Flower Meaning – Royalty, Faith and the Symbolic Trinity.

In the Eastern tradition, this inner heart is referred to as Brahma’s Cave. Again, this is a place where an eternal spark resides, unmoved by outer events. The ability to retreat into the inner chamber of the heart may be a critical skill in the fast-paced modern world.


Heart Symbolism
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The heart chakra is the seat of love and devotion. Many believe that there is a chamber within the heart that house the spark or flame of life. In addition to the physical heart, other organs associated with this chakra include the rest of the circulatory system and the lungs. This article includes information about the heart chakra symbol, healing stones, essential oils and Hindu deities that are associated with heart chakra meaning.

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