Unless you’re a living saint, in a coma, or residing alone in a cave, at some point in your life your heart chakra is probably going to have some degree of compromise.
Energetic shielding protects a wounded heart chakra from further pain while it heals from trauma such as the death of a loved one, a painful breakup, or any form of oppression. In my experience with clients this barrier is often stronger for those who are overly sensitive. Gradually energetic guarding becomes less dense until one can again allow in new opportunities for growth.
But sometimes, especially with very sensitive individuals, this etheric bandage becomes a long-term kinetic prison. With extreme guarding, emotional/energetic interactions from others simply cannot reach the heart center. Even well-intentioned input can provoke distress. When this happens, an empath can become an ogre, capable of little patience and understanding where others are concerned. Some may instead retreat deeply inward, becoming unreachable and seeming aloof.
...an empath can become an ogre, capable of little patience and understanding where others are concerned. Some may instead retreat deeply inward, becoming unreachable and seeming aloof.
This is a problem. The spirit seeks clarity because it strives to create an awakened life. If reaching consciousness in the absence of experience wasn’t so difficult, we might all be loners.
The open heart, although it will feel pain when appropriate, is rewarded with joy and bliss. Luckily, there is hope for those who fear they will never know the freedom of an open heart.
There are many ways to open the heart chakra, here are a few:
Deeply felt gratitude raises the frequency overall of the energy body. This is among the highest of all emotional frequencies, and- unlike love itself- one that is easily understood. A regular daily practice of simply feeling deep gratitude can make rapid and lasting changes.
Service to others helps heal energetic heart barriers. When you are of assistance, your focus is towards positive outcomes for your efforts. This causes an energetic shift.
Energetic bodywork, including reiki, acupuncture, sound healing and others can greatly help an individual transmute misqualified energy. Also, energetic movement (yoga, tai chi, etc) are of immense help.
If you’re aware that you have a guarded heart and are ready for change, you can do this! The nature of the heart is to love, and once it’s set on this pathway, life itself is pulled in this direction.