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Healing the Heart Chakra

Article by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master

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When I started my Reiki practice years ago, I simply could not understand what it meant to heal the heart. I did not understand how someone’s capacity to give or receive love could be affected. I thought I was open to love. During self healings, my heart chakra did not take up much energy. So, I assumed that it was in order and well balanced.

After doing the Master Degree,I realised that my assumption had been wrong. I understood that my heart chakra had not been taking up much energy because it was closed and would therefore not allow the free flow of energy through it. The Master Degree opened doors for me to heal my heart and led me on a new journey into the depths of the heart chakra. The journey is still on and I heal my heart one little step at a time and one tiny bit every day.

Understanding the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is special because it serves as a bridge between the lower chakras and the higher chakras. It is like a flower-delicate and beautiful when in bloom. And just the opposite when blocked.

Babies and young children are full of love- pure, sweet, unconditional love. This love that babies display comes close to the love of Source or the Divine. It is the essence of who we are. But as live out our lives on Earth, our hearts harden and affect our ability to love.

All of us have been through pain. This pain could stem from our childhoods, relationships, careers, and other human experiences. Every painful experience we go through affects the heart chakra to some extent because when we feel pain, it blocks the flow of love. Over time, the pain becomes stronger and the blocks become larger, thereby allowing very little love to flow.

After accumulating tons of toxic energy in our hearts over years, we obviously cannot hope to reach a state of unconditional love and acceptance overnight. We will have to be gentle with ourselves and take small steps at a time.

Here I wish to share some tips that I personally found helpful during this journey of healing my heart and hope that it may be of some help to you ☺

Six Steps to Heal the Heart Chakra

  1. Whenever you experience any kind of pain, please do not keep it bottled up. A lot of energy is spent in bottling up pain. Express your feelings and release the pain. Personally, I love communicating with the angels whenever I am in pain. Talking to the angels and pouring your heart out to them is one way to release the energy associated with pain. Ask them to ease your pain and then let it go. You can also talk to other Spirit Guides you are comfortable working with. Or just talk to someone you trust and who loves you unconditionally.
  2. Work with Rose Quartz crystals. Cleanse your rose quartz crystal in your own way and then intend that it helps you open up to love. Place this crystal on your heart chakra and breathe in its energies. Follow this up with Reiki self healing. Rose Quartz has a lovely feel to it and brings about subtle but powerful changes in our ability to love ourselves as well as others.
  3. When you go through upsetting situations that affect your ability to feel love, write a page of the following affirmation and give Reiki to it – “Love flows freely through my heart. I am now open to giving and receiving love.” This will help in opening up your heart gently.
  4. Spend time with babies and young children. They may be tiny but they are far wiser than adults in matters of love. We can learn lessons in love just by being in the presence of these tiny beings. Have you ever seen a baby or young child holding a grudge or being resentful? It is impossible because they overflow with love.
  5. Do you love yourself? This is so important. We are often very hard on our own selves. Unless we love ourselves, there is no way we can love others with an open heart. Open your heart to your own self. This takes time and effort but it is very important if you wish to heal your heart. Take time everyday to appreciate yourself and begin to view yourself with compassion and love.
  6. Forgive. This comes last because it is the most difficult step of all! Forgive yourself first for everything you think you have done or not done. Forgive everyone who you believe has hurt you.
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Recently, I came across this interesting quote by Celia Cruz that said, “Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering without pain.” This quote beautifully sums up the meaning of forgiveness. In order to forgive, you do not have to justify the action committed by the perceived offender. You only have to forgive the person and free yourself from the toxic energies associated with the perceived wrong doing. True forgiveness can only happen when we feel compassion. And since we each have our own pain to heal, feeling compassion takes time and effort. Be gentle with yourself and take small steps. Forgive one person at a time. Go at your own pace. Most importantly, forgive yourself. This will make forgiving others easier.

Healing the heart chakra is a journey in itself, and a very beautiful one. It will lead you back to the core of your own Being – Love, Love & Only Love!

(Spanish translation by Gustavo Cristian Fritz — available here)

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Haripriya Suraj
Haripriya Suraj

Haripriya Suraj is a Reiki Master, Angel Healer, and Spiritual Teacher. She was drawn to Reiki right from her childhood and Reiki went on to become part of her life’s purpose. Reiki is her constant companion from which she derives peace and contentment. She is also deeply connected with the angels, with Angel Healing being an integral part of her Reiki practice. After reaping the fruits of Reiki practice in her life, she was inspired to spread the joy of Reiki and the light of the Angels. Haripriya offers courses in Reiki and Angel Healing as well as distance healing services. She resides in Bangalore, India. Reach Haripriya on her blog at lightworkersonearth.com, on email at angelhealingbangalore@gmail.com and on Facebook at Angel Light.

{ 35 comments… add one }
  • Sharmila Sharma August 27, 2014, 7:12 am

    Thanks a lot for very eye opening article.please keep sending such important life transforming guidences.

    • Haripriya August 28, 2014, 7:13 am

      You’re welcome Sharmila!

    • Pauline Brown February 14, 2015, 11:43 am

      What a wonderful article! It arrives on the perfect day “The Day of the Heart” Valentine’s Day. I will use this prayer with my clients and loved ones as well as myself.

      Thank you,


  • Ameya August 27, 2014, 7:30 am

    thank you so much..!
    Nicely explained healing of the Heart Chakra.

    • Haripriya August 28, 2014, 7:14 am

      You’re welcome Ameya 🙂

  • cynthia August 27, 2014, 2:51 pm

    wonderful article, thanks so much for sharing.

    • Haripriya August 28, 2014, 10:55 am

      Thank you Cynthia 🙂

  • Jeannine August 27, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Thank you for this. I am going through a really rough time in my life at the moment and have been trying to use reiki, stones and spirit guides to get me through. I try to work through each chakra, each day and it has helped me a lot. I was surprised at how much healing my own heart actually confuses me. My first initial thought was “Why bother with self love. What is the point.” While I still struggle with this every day I am working on it. I think it will take me years to overcome my self love issues but know it can happen eventually.

    • Haripriya August 28, 2014, 11:00 am


      Appreciate your efforts to consciously heal yourself and your heart chakra. Keep it up. It does not matter even if it takes years to heal completely. What matters is that you take small steps and start loving yourself a wee bit every single day. Many blessings 🙂

  • Karen August 27, 2014, 5:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful wisdom. I always love your articles. Sending you lots of love and a great big Reiki hug.

    • Haripriya August 28, 2014, 11:02 am

      Thank you Karen! Lots of love and a Reiki hug to you too.

  • sangeeta August 29, 2014, 6:39 am

    Thank you so much for the great article.I have just learnt doing reiky.It is a great help for me.Great n god bless you.

    • Haripriya August 30, 2014, 10:33 am

      Glad to know it helped. Thank you Sangeeta 🙂

  • Valerie August 29, 2014, 8:55 am

    also try saying the words: “I LIKE myself” as it may be easy to love but not LIKE ourself!

    Try “tapping” this affirmation in, side top of hands or other acu points if you know EFT or TFT etc

    • Haripriya August 30, 2014, 10:34 am

      Thanks for sharing your ideas Valerie!

  • avaninder kaur August 29, 2014, 10:14 am

    Thankyou so much for the great artical.Nicely explain healing of the Heart Chakra.Thank u once again.

    • Haripriya August 30, 2014, 10:35 am

      You’re welcome Avaninder 🙂

  • Shalini September 1, 2014, 8:15 am

    Hi Haripriya

    Thanks for this lovely article.As a Reiki practitioner I come across so many people who have a closed Heart Chakra. You have helped so many by writing this post! All the best to you.

    best regards


    • Elizabeth Urquhart September 12, 2014, 1:27 am

      ~ Thank you for sharing the article on Heart Chakra,….. I haven’t thought of remembering without pain,…… as a part of forgiving,…. that seems to make so much more sense than just letting go!!!…… when we all know it’s too hard to just forget completely!!! ~

      • Haripriya September 24, 2014, 10:03 am

        You’re welcome Elizabeth! And you’re absolutely right 🙂


    • Haripriya September 24, 2014, 9:56 am

      Dear Shalini,

      Thank you so much!

      Love and Blessings

  • Maureen Rivelle September 19, 2014, 12:07 am

    Thank you for your gentle article which covers the healing of this all-important chakra. The opening of the heart to love ourselves and all others is our spiritual journey. Gosh, thank you so much for this.

    • Haripriya September 24, 2014, 10:05 am

      You’re most welcome Maureen! Thank you for your kind words.

      Many blessings

  • Francina September 25, 2014, 10:09 am

    A great article, good to hear that it all start with yourself, loving and forgiving yourself opens up all doors to love everything around you. Much appreciated. Grace, Love and Light thank you so much.

    • Haripriya October 23, 2014, 5:01 am

      Thank you Francina. Love and Light.

  • Trebor October 23, 2014, 2:11 am

    Mahalo, very nicely written, and so much truth!

    • Haripriya October 23, 2014, 5:03 am

      Thank you Trebor!

  • Shammi October 30, 2014, 6:14 am

    Thank you for HEART OPENING CHAKRA and sharing love!! Forgiving others and oneself! Healing the Heart….love to practise more often on myself as well! Thank you!
    Love & Light

  • linda November 24, 2014, 10:25 pm

    Thankyou so much for sharing this artical yes we all need to love and except ourselves for who we are first, then we sre free to give and receive love love love how wonderful. :)))

  • zainab November 26, 2014, 11:29 am

    Thank you Haripriya for sharing such a nice article. Yes we need to love ourselves first ,then we can heal.

  • neeru n November 26, 2014, 4:05 pm

    Thank you so much for this article,actually every article of yours are very useful n I do practice too as well I share with others. Infant we need to learn a lot I found from these articles.

  • Rowena January 7, 2015, 1:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Beautiful article ❤️

  • Jane January 7, 2015, 2:41 pm

    My 3rd degree was my roughest one because of this. I was initiated during a divorce. Talk about the dark night of the soul…

  • Radhika Mehta April 18, 2015, 9:41 am

    Very nice article to heal your heart.

  • Karen September 20, 2015, 11:09 am

    Beautiful, thankyou. I am revisiting this.

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