You may have heard of the ‘heart space’. If you’re lucky, you may have encountered your own heart space during meditation. It’s that space in the chest, around the heart chakra, anahata, which feels supremely still and peaceful, and which – on a good day – we may find in our meditation practice.
But it’s not really just in the chest. There is such a sense of spaciousness that it cannot be contained within our physical body. It is a space which transcends the physical heart, in which we feel boundless joy, peace, equanimity, love and compassion. It is, like all our experiences of meditation, hard to describe fully, as it is beyond mere words. But my own experiences of the heart chakra in meditation, and my reflection upon these experiences, has led me to some interesting realisations and insights into the Safety Energy Locks (SELs) located around the heart and chest area, and which I use when treating with Jin Shin Jyutsu.
The only way in which we enter the heart space, and attain an experience of our heart centre, is by letting go of our attachments to the way things should be. By gaining an acceptance of what is. By letting go of our overwhelming emotions that live in our lower chakras. And so it’s interesting that SEL 9 is located at the lower end of the shoulder blades, within the heart area, and is associated with ‘the end of one cycle, and the beginning of the new’. Whenever we feel ‘stuck’ in our lives, trapped by familiar patterns of behaviour and reactions, we are trapped in the lower energy centres and are resisting the natural flow of energy in our lives, and in our physical bodies. At these times, we are less likely to experience the peace of our heart space! But when we let go of our resistance, and move through whatever is blocking our peace we step into this vast space. So it’s really interesting that the next SEL, half way up the shoulder blades, is SEL 10, known as the ‘warehouse of abundance’. If we are not feeling abundant in our lives, we need to let go at SEL 9, and step into the peace and joy which is waiting for us at the heart. We learn to recognise that:
‘The little space within the heart is as great as this vast universe’
Another Safety Energy Lock situated in the region of the heart chakra, at the level of the third rib, is SEL13, which teaches us to ‘love our enemies’. To develop unconditional love and compassion- maitri – for others and for ourselves. To see ourselves and others clearly, with all our faults, and love ourselves anyway. To embrace the lessons others present us with, rather than pushing them away, and to see the blessings within all the events of our lives, without labelling them ‘good’ and ‘bad’, ‘friend’ and ‘enemy’.
When starting out in meditation, it can be hard to rise above the churning of emotions at our lower centres, but once we find the stillness and the joy of the heart, we are encouraged along the way. If you have a lot of emotional issues surrounding the heart centre, it can take time and perseverance to step into the peace of the heart, but rest assured that it is there, just waiting for you to let go, and to step into your warehouse of abundance.