Anahata Chakra is the heart energy center. The most powerful and pure prana is the energy of unconditional love. This type of energy is free flowing and doesn’t depend on outside objects or circumstances.
It’s easy to conceptualize unconditional love, but it’s often the head that gets in the way of the heart. To fully access the power of love, we must move energy up from the first three chakras (energy centers), which means recognizing and working with the obstacles that hold us back. The first three chakras are earthly. They are the centers that relate to our survival, base desires and personal power. In order to fully open the heart and expand the fourth chakra, we need to work through our fears, desire, habitual patterns and insecurities. That means we have to work with the mind as well as the energetic and physical systems.
As Rumi said, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” It’s an inside job. Love is already there. Most of the barriers are created by our ego, social conditioning and too much thinking. In yoga, the first love to master is self-love. We have to care enough about ourselves to do the necessary work to relieve our suffering and overcome obstacles to our happiness.
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