Love and Balance. The two aspects that have the potential for us to live truly happy, fulfilling lives. 💚💗 Love, Relationships, Self-love, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, self-acceptance and acceptance of others, our social identity and our bridge between the physical and spiritual realities – all of these things live in our Heart Chakra.
Broad overview of the Fourth energy center, and its developmental characteristics.
- 💚DEVELOPMENT – 4 to 7 years
- 💗Body Location – Heart
- 💚Birthright – The right to love and be loved
- 💗Element – Air
- 💚Purpose – LOVE and BALANCE
- 💗AKA Heart Chakra
Our culture/society may be obsessed with power, but our innate need for love is still a major driving force for us, and especially for our children. The basic right of the Heart Chakra – to love and be loved – is simple, profound, and direct. Children do not calculate their love, nor do they expect great return when they give love – they do it freely and without hesitation.
Sadly, this center is easily wounded and unbalanced. The hurts experiences in this center can have profound impact on both the child and the child’s spirit – affecting mind, body, and emotions, and impacting the very core of the self.
“Nothing is quite so uplifting as the flowering of love, nothing so devastating as it’s loss”. We cannot love without love, yet the children of the world are crying for lack of it.
Disturbances to the development of this center:
- rejection, abandonment, loss – Constant criticism
- Any form of abuse (emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, mental)
- Divorce – Changes in family structure
- Death of a loved one
- Unacknowledged grief
- Loveless, cold environment
- Conditional love
- Betrayal by parents, guardians, or role models
Imbalances in this center can later manifest as:
- Antisocial, withdrawn, cold
- Critical, judgmental
- Intolerant of self or others
- Loneliness, isolation
- Poor boundaries
- Clingy, demanding
- Lack of empathy
- Fear of intimacy
- Issues with lungs, heart, thymus, breasts, and arms
- Shortness of breath
- Childhood asthma and asthma
- Circulation problems
- Immune system deficiencies
- Sunken chest
- Tension between shoulder blades, pains in chest
From ages 4 through 7, children begin to learn and understand what love, loss, appreciation, and hurt are, they are beginning to learn about and make sense of the emotions or ‘feelings’ that they are beginning to feel and experience (love, anger, disappointment, loss, envy), and although they have not yet developed the ability to verbally express these new emotions, they are beginning to understand these feelings and their associated consequences. It is through these experiences, and this center, that our children begin to witness and experience the complexities of love, relationships, and their relationship with themselves. 💗👫
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