This is Part 2 of the series on healing the chakras for Highly Sensitive People (HSP). In Part 2 we discuss the upper chakras. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, you might want to do that first.
I prefer to use the term upper chakras simply because higher chakras makes it sound as if the top chakras are better than the lower chakras.
Since the lower chakras are foundational to a healthy and well-balanced energy system, it is an important distinction to make.
The upper chakras that we’ll be discussing today then the heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra and the crown chakra.
A note before we start: This information serves as a general guideline for you to find a point to start to work with the chakras and the energy system as a whole.
You can watch the video on healing the upper chakras for highly sensitive people on Youtube
The Heart Chakra
The heart chakra is in the center of the 7 chakras, and connects your upper chakras with your lower chakras. It is also the center of who we are.
The theme of the heart chakra is love and connection.
The heart chakras of highly sensitive people (HSP) could be overactive. HSPs often put others ahead of themselves and this could cause the heart chakra to become imbalanced.
It could show up as problems with setting boundaries and neglecting of the self, where you neglect taking care of your own needs.
If you are overactive in one chakra, you might find that the 2 neighbor chakras are underactive.
Perhaps you don’t speak up for yourself which relates to the throat chakra.
Or, you might suppress your stronger feelings such as anger, and avoid confrontation which relates to the solar plexus.
To heal the heart chakra, you have to strengthen and balance your root chakra, solar plexus chakra, and throat chakra.
When you bring the solar plexus and throat chakras into balance, it will strengthen and open your heart chakra. The chakras never work in isolation as they are interconnected.
A closed heart chakra
Your HSP sensitivity to the responses of others can also lead to the heart chakra closing down.
If you’ve been hurt one time to many times, you may do this in an attempt to protect yourself
But, by shutting out the pain of the world and everyone in it, we also shut down our own feelings.
A closed heart chakra prevents you from feeling peace, joy and centeredness.
The first step in opening your heart chakra is to practice forgiveness.
Forgive yourself and forgive others. When we forgive someone we release the energetic attachment to that person or event. You don’t condone what happened, and you gain freedom.
And finally, and perhaps most importantly – when you do this inner work (as much of this content on my blog is about), you begin to heal and balance your energy centers.
Working on inner child healing and core wound healing is not easy to do on your own, and this is where working with an EFT Practitioner is very helpful.
The Throat Chakra
The throat chakra is the center of our authentic expression.
This energy center is all about communication and about speaking our truth.
Imbalances in the throat chakra may show up in the form of thyroid problems, or any problems with the throat, the neck, and the shoulders.
Growing up there are many things that teach HSPs to be quiet and not speak up or stand up for themselves.
HSPs are very conscientious about the feelings of others.
So, in avoiding hurting the feelings of others the HSP shuts their own communication down.
Most HSPs I know have some struggles around people-pleasing.
Because the HSP is so aware of the moods and the subtleties when engaging with other people, they are very aware of not rocking the boat too much.
To heal the throat chakra and step fully into your authenticity, you have to speak your truth.
Begin by voicing your opinions and standing up for yourself and the things you believe in.
Connect to your purpose
The throat chakra is connected to our purpose.
I believe that our purpose unfolds within us when we are aligned with our own truth.
By doing the inner work, aligning with your essence, and doing the healing your life purpose begins to unfold organically as a result.
A practice that will begin to activate this upper chakra for the highly sensitive person is to be your word.
Being your word means that you do what you said you will do, and when you said you will do it.
It is a cornerstone of taking responsibility for your life and the choices you make.
When you become your word, you treat your word as sacred.
When we make a commitment to someone else, or to yourself, you honor that commitment and follow through on it.
You avoid telling white lies even if you are trying to make someone else feel better (A habit of HSPs is trying to make others feel better!)
Standing your personal power in this way, also strengthens the solar plexus.
Often, HSPs tend to overcommit in their attempt to be helpful and nice. This relates to weakness in both the solar plexus and throat chakras, and is another opportunity for doing deeper work.
The Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra
Now we are moving into the spiritual dimension when we look at these two upper chakras.
Your root chakra up to your throat chakra is more connected to the physical and the third eye chakra and the crown chakra are more connected to the spiritual dimension.
The third eye chakra which is located between the brows on your forehead is your connection to intuition.
HSPs are naturally more intuitive and sensing subtleties is one of the key traits of being a highly sensitive person.
So, this ability to be more sensitive and the other HSP trait of overthinking and intellectualizing can cause the HSP to spend a lot of time in these upper chakras.
The crown chakra is our connection to the Divine.
This is where we remember that we are not separate but that we are one. We are connected to each other and connected to the Divine.
As I said, HSPs can spend a lot of energy and time in these energy centers and the result is that you may feel ungrounded.
You might describe it as being spacey, flaky, ungrounded or even out of touch with reality. You may feel a disconnect between yourself and the outside world.
If your upper chakras are overactive, the way to bring them back into balance is through working on the lower chakras.
Grounding exercises strengthen the root chakra and the root chakra is foundational to creating a well-balanced energy system.
Look at the lower chakras and upper chakras as a whole
It’s important to look at the energy system as a whole. All the chakras are interconnected.
Working with any one chakra and doing healing or clearing work will have an effect on the other chakras.
Everything is connected and interconnected with each other and the things that we do on one level are automatically going to flow through onto the other level.
This is why doing inner healing and inner work is fundamental to us creating happy and balanced lives, because when we work on healing different core wounds it gives a benefit to all areas of our life.