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Pranic Healing: Heart of the Matter
Vidisha Bhattacharjee

Have you ever gotten irritated with your spouse, while your spouse may not even know that you were angry until you exploded? This shows lack of sensitivity. When a woman says that a man is sensitive, it does not mean that the man is a cry baby

It means that the man is aware of the woman's needs and feelings, so he tries to behave and act in a certain way to make the woman happy.

These conditions apply to both men and women. Some can be insensitive to the feelings and needs of their partners. Sensitivity is connected with the heart chakra.

The body has many energy centres called chakras which have various psychological and spiritual functions. One of the important centres is the heart center, also known as the anahata chakra in Sanskrit. In the Hebrew Kabbalah, chesed (meaning mercy and loving-kindness) corresponds to the heart chakra. In acupuncture, a hysterical person can be calmed down by stimulating certain acupuncture points, which activate the heart chakra.

The heart chakra is the 'emotional heart'. When we love our parents, partner, children or relatives, it is the heart chakra manifesting. By activating the heart, the lower emotional energies like anger, hate, irritation, resentment, worry, anxiety, tension, stress, fear, selfishness, aggressiveness, abrasiveness, addiction etc can be transmuted into higher forms of emotional energies. The heart chakra is the center of higher emotions like love, compassion, devotion, peace, serenity, joy, compassion, kindness, gentleness, tenderness, caring, considerateness, patience, sensitivity etc.

For most people, the other chakras are quite activated. The basic, sex and solar plexus chakras are activated in practically all persons. Their instincts for self survival, sex drive and tendency to react with their lower emotions are very active. With the pervasiveness of modern education and work that require the use of the mental faculty (development of the concrete and abstract mind) the ajna and throat chakras are developed in a lot of people. The heart and the crown chakras, however, are not developed in most people.

As a result, we often encounter persons who are quite intelligent but very abrasive. They have not matured emotionally or, have quite underdeveloped heart chakras. Although they may be intelligent and quite successful, their human relationships may be very poor, hardly having any friends and may have no family. The activation of the heart chakra ensures that the enhanced intellectual faculty and the increased will power will be used properly and harmlessly.

Situated in the center of the chest, the heart chakra affects the physical heart, the circulatory system, the thymus gland and the lungs as well as the overall well being of the body. In Kabbalah the heart chakra is also called gedulah, which means 'greatness' or 'abundance'. When a person is merciful and compassionate he gives and shares generously. Giving is the secret of prosperity and abundance. That is why St. Francis of Assisi paraphrased from the Bible, "It is in giving that we receive". According to Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching, "The more he gives, the more he has". By showing compassion and mercy, and by sharing and giving, one is blessed with tremendous abundance and prosperity.

There is also a 'divine heart' and this is located on top of the crown. It is called the crown center. In Sanskrit it is known as the Sahasrara Chakra. The crown center is the intuitive center, which is different from mental intelligence. Intuitive intelligence is just like opening our eyes and recognizing the object we are seeing, whereas mental intelligence requires the use of logic through inductive and deductive reasoning. Many scientific discoveries were made through intuitive intelligence. Ideas simply flash in the minds of some scientists. After that, they used mental intelligence to validate whether the ideas are correct or not. Many good businessmen have intuitive intelligence. They 'look' at certain transactions and go straight to the point.

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