In traditional Yogic chakra theory, there are 7 major chakras in the body. These chakras are like emotional and spiritual transducers that absorb and distribute life energy to various body organs and tissues. In the same way that physical toxins can produce illness, emotional toxins can poison the physical and spiritual body in many subtle ways.
The Heart Chakra
Located in the centre of your chest, your heart chakra is associated with your heart, lungs and thymus gland. These are related to the bodily functions of circulation and immunity.
Emotionally and spiritually your heart chakra is related to issues of love - loving relationships with others, with yourself and with all of life. The Institute of Heartmath is doing some very interesting research into how our hearts are also involved in intuition.
Your Heart Energy
Feeling your heart energy isn't anything weird or woo-woo. It's a real physical sensation. It's that warm feeling in your chest when you remember a time you felt loved unconditionally. It's the lightness you feel when you forgive someone who has caused you harm. But what if you don't feel the love, and you're not ready to forgive? Then create your own positive heart energy and fake it til you make it.
A good way to do this is to watch a feel-good movie - something that gives you a comforting physical sensation in your heart centre. (I find a good romantic comedy can resonate in my chest for hours.) While you're feeling the physical sensations the movie creates, meditate on it.
Sit comfortably, breath deeply and slowly, and focus on that awareness in your chest. How does it feel? What words would you use to describe it? With practice you'll be able to re-create those feelings during meditation without even watching the movie.
Once you become aware of your heart energy, you may be surprised how often your heart sends you messages. Learn to listen to them, and learn to live from your heart.