Awakening the Back of the Heart

You’re probably very used to paying attention to your heart chakra in the middle of your chest as you awaken. But have you been noticing anything happening at the back of your heart center?

It is such an important centre in awakening, ascension, Kundalini and general healing these days. It is something I bring support to with almost all of my clients.

To locate it, bring your attention to the middle of your upper back, right at the spine where the heart chakra exits from the body out into the aura. Breathe and rest here.

Those who are in the midst of a spiritual awakening often experience a variety of symptoms here, such as an actual stabbing pain or energetic stabbing feeling, almost like something is trying to eek its way out of that part of your body. Or it might feel like heaviness, stress or tension around this area or something is jammed there. It can radiate or appear anywhere in the mid-upper back right across the shoulder blades to the sides of the shoulders and armpits. For some, it seems as if there’s a big hole in their back, almost like a crater.

What’s going on here? Why are you experiencing these symptoms in this very important part of your body?

It’s because you are waking up and healing one of the most important parts of your energetic system in your awakening and kundalini process. This is the back part of the heart chakra, and your kundalini will spend a lot of time in this area of your body.

Think of the heart chakra as having two cones, one extending out in front and one out from the back. The one that extends forward from the center of heart receives love and calls in your future and what you want to manifest. The one that extends out from the center of the chest backward contains all of our personal relational history from this lifetime, our past lifetimes and our ancestors.

So, you can imagine this chakra is carrying a lot of content. It also contains records of our karmic relational history—those people we fought with and loved, and also with people with whom we’ve cycled for many lifetimes who might be holding onto some pretty challenging thoughts about relationships that ended badly even thousands of years ago.

When Kundalini awakening starts to hit the heart center, at some point it will begin to work through the back of the heart chakra, starting to heal, reorganize and liberate you from all this personal relationship history. And as it does that, it’s purifying all that content that it holds and also in the surrounding area of your body. It is also purifying the content that’s held in the energetic layers of the aura.

Kundalini is working very hard in that part of your system to liberate you. One of the most important purposes and tasks is to awaken your heart center, to free you up from defenses, armoring, and all the ways you shut down your heart. When this happens, your heart can be a place of love, compassion, curiosity, openness and patience with others and yourself.

The heart is also a very powerful center of spiritual wisdom. As the embodied seat of the soul it’s a place where you receive a lot of information as you navigate spiritually and soulfully through your life. It is such a critical area of healing and excavation.

You’re probably much more familiar and comfortable with processing and healing the front of the heart chakra. You might experience liberating the front of the heart as intense, the feeling of energy moving, burning, discomfort or tightness. Culturally, these sensations are more widely known.

This business that goes on in the back of the heart is less familiar and can be surprising. I see very few people who’ve progressed through their spiritual awakening without spending at least a small amount of time healing the back of the heart chakra and all of the personal history associated with this area.

If this is happening to you… Really embrace it.

Bring some breath and meditative awareness to the process that’s going on there and see what arises or what you notice. Bringing breath and awareness and love to this part of your body will support and nourish the healing process that’s happening there. And assist it to be more effective for you.

The benefit to this is freedom. Freedom to have love. Freedom to be compassionate. Freedom to have clear access to spiritual wisdom through the clarity of your heart.

When I’m supporting people through the healing crisis associated with the back of the heart, often I receive very clear visions of past life experiences linked with the pain and discomfort that is unfolding there. For example, I’ve seen people with past life war injuries closely connected to the back of the heart. Or people who’ve suffered the loss of a child in a previous incarnation and that profound grief has created a deep sense of emptiness, like a hole at the back of their hearts. This can also show up for those who’ve witnessed great collective tragedies such as the French Revolution and the Holocaust.

Know that this is a big process and can be physically quite uncomfortable. If you’re having symptoms, breathe, meditate and get the help you need. Having some physical touch can assist by creating more space for the old content to be able to leave. It’s hard for it to leave when there are contraction and tension in the body.

Have you experienced symptoms at the back of your heart as you awaken? Please share your thoughts and experiences below. I would love to hear from you.

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  • during particularly strong uprisings of energy it’s felt at the back of the heart – and it’s as if a river of energy is trying to be forced through eye of a needle. Single tiny point of pain felt in the back. Thanks for sharing Myree

    • You are so welcome and you describe this back of heart activity so well. Sending much love!

  • Myree, I have been experiencing a burning sensation in my spine back of the heart centre for about 15 years. I’m grateful to read your explanation and yet this seems a long time for the energy to be stuck there doesn’t it? Blessings, Margi. ☮,.

    • Hi Margi, thank you for sharing, yes, it does sound like a long time it is working there. Sometimes this can also be because something physical is going on there also, that the energy is interacting with or unable to fully penetrate. Your front of heart feels very open and beautiful. It can be karmic too. Sending you big love dearest one!

  • Thanks Myree, for your precision of language and guidance. I have also found that history translate our presence and ongoing future. To co-create with my body gives me a deep appreciation of universal timing, giving me insight for a brighter future.

    • Dearest Sean, I love this sharing and your tender, exquisite connection and knowing of the wisdom of the body. Big love!

  • Thank you for this post. I have had activity and resistance at the back of the heart for years now and it seems I do tend to hold my body tightly. This post also reminds me of a book that is dear to me, which I hope is okay to share- “The Great Heart” by John Prendergast.

    • Hi Josh, I am so glad this was helpful. And thank you for this beautiful book recommendation, I am sure others will enjoy it too. With love and blessings for your awakening and the unfurling of the back of your heart.

  • Hi ,
    I have been practicing meditation for long time. For last 10 months I have been getting a sense of vibration in the both the scapular area and middle of the back of the chest. It started at left side then involved right scapular region. They occur intermittently multiple times in a day- stop and start phenomena. Some times one side , sometime other side. Sensation feels like crawling vibration. It’s intensity varies. Some time it is mild and some time intense enough to cause discomfort. Irrespective of my awareness it happens. Some times itching sensation in those areas.
    It was my gut feeling that these sensations are associated with kundalini or some energy process. I got a good hint from your post regarding it’s cause. I feel to go deeper to explore it. Could you give me more suggestions regarding this process ? Thank you for this lovely post.

    • Hi!

      Thank you for your deep sharing, insights and kind words.

      Yes, I would recommend simply letting the awareness rest there quietly present. Your awareness alone will support what is happening and what is leaving. Primarily the back of the heart area is an exit point for a large amount of past content. And then just allow yourself to be present and notice any insight that arise about the process.

      Generally, except if the process is jammed which your does not sound like, the back of the heart takes care of itself over time.

      Sometimes you can do gentle stretches that open this area up, also opening the shoulders and releasing tension there can help too.
      Listen to your inner knowing about what is right.

      Blessings to you!

  • Hi Myree,

    been reading about Kundalini awakening for quite sometime but did not act upon it or to try to activate I felt I should not do anything that I have not much in depth knowledge about so I have been meditating every now and then not all the time though. About 4 days ago I came upon 3:40am meditation talk on YouTube and thought that I missed the chance of meditating at that hour when I use to wake up around the same time almost everyday few months ago not knowing why I was suddenly awake from my sleep and when notice the time was always around plus minus between 3 to 4am. So I said to myself 4 days ago that I missed this chance and to my surprise the very next day I woke up suddenly at 3:49am, I saw the bedside digital clock and then continued sleeping since I was too tired. But this continued for 2 more days 3:39 and 3:59am. I thanked the universe and felt overwhelmed the next day but again was not able to wake up to meditate. Around the same time I felt like a moving, electric vibration on my left just below my armpit joint while cooking. Felt it again today and I came on google to check if it’s kundalini awakening and found your article right away. Thank you so much. Did meditate and saw few things that was bizarre or never happened before during my meditation. I chanted Om Nama Sivaya during meditation this time and it was different, the vibration and meditative state was deep. I’ll embrace it for now and have always felt that my heart chakra was trying to heal as I kept seeing the colour green swirling when I meditate. Thank you once again.

    • Hi! Thank you for your wonderful sharing and taking us on a journey of how you are staying close to your process and unfolding the signals and signs you receive.Yes, kundalini can present the most subtle and also unusual symptoms. What you describe can be part of Kundalini.
      Big love!

  • I don’t even know what to say… Everything in this article is what I’m experiencing and it makes total sense. I had a spontaneous kundalini awakening during Covid and four months later I have energy and vitality but this euphoric, almost fluid, feeling of love and fear emanating from the top of my shoulder blades behind my heart. It made me so uncomfortable not knowing what it was but this has really calmed me and excited me to continue to allow this experience to unfold. 100% this is my experience and I’m so glad that this information is made public. Thank you so much.

    • Dear M,

      Thank you for your sharing and I am so so glad this was helpful. The back of the heart is such a power place juncture of our awakening journey. Sending you big love and blessings for your precious awakening.

  • I have never actually shared my thoughts on these, but I felt every ounce of this! I know of the Chakras, I just don’t know much about them. The feelings you described as the back of the heart Chakra that I experience on a daily basis for as long as I can remember. Where would someone start to seek the help they need? I’m definitely going to read more articles, but thought asking would be a good step. Thank you!

    • Hi! Thank you for your lovely comment and I am glad this is helpful. I am not sure where else you will find guidance as I noticed this over working with so many people over a long time. I would encourage you to listen to your heart and intuition in terms of supporting this part of your heart chakra at the back to open and gradually and gently release its content. These back chakra processes often happen over a longer time to the front chakra openings, so much multi-lifetime history to release.

  • Dear Myree, this is exactly where I’m at and the only article I could find. It feels like grief? Grief over life and the suffering we go through. It’s still hard to tell. Any advice appreciated!

    • Yes, you are correct. I can totally feel like grief, loss, sadness for sure. In years of relationships, losses, hurts over many lifetimes, all accrued there. Waiting to gently release. Does that help?

  • I can’t really tell if this is awakening or whatever but I feel stuck in the upper right part of my shoulder / neck and it’s painful to even turns the neck around yes itching/tingling at the center back of the heart vibrational mood on the heart itself am just so confused

    • Hi Olan,

      Yes, determine kundalini can be confusing as it has symptoms that look like so many other symptoms, on every level. So I feel for you. The vibratory process on back and front of the heart is a common symptom so it certainly could be awakening. I would keep tracking your symptoms and see if you can match up more of a kundalini awakening pattern overall.

      Check out my free ebook in case that gives you more maps to follow.

      Big love,
      Myree x

  • Mine feels like there is a huge hole that goes all the way through me, but with a huge amount of pressure in my back. I’ve been releasing cPTSD pain and abandonment pain from a fiance that ghosted me 20 years ago. I guess I never processed it all at the time.

    • Hi Jessica,

      Thank you for sharing.

      Yes, it can certainly feel like a huge hole, back, front and/or all the way through the heart centre exactly how you describe. I have seen this too. All the way through means you are purging both the past and also clearing up the front where you receive and open to the future and present, in terms of all things heart and relationships.

      I am so sorry you were ghosted. I have also seen people process powerful pain from heartbreaks such as yours many years later, Kundalini digs into those deeper, more resistant or agonising layers, and the relationship karmic processes pull it out too as they complete.

      Sending you big love and honouring your sensitive awareness.

      Myree x

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