We can heal our Heart Chakra through forgiveness. The term "a broken heart" can be taken literally if we look at the Heart Chakra and recognize that the heart bond we've made with another is torn, or the flow of energy is damaged because of lack of self-love. Holding on to anger, resentment or judgment can cause the Heart Chakra energy to become stagnant, blocked, or even too open with no filters.
What is the benefit of following Iyanla's forgiveness protocols in this book? Practicing forgiveness, as she demonstrates, helps you keep your energy clear and manifest what you truly want... living your life with more love for yourself and others. Through the journaling pages and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping instructions in the book, and the soothing meditations in the accompanying CD, you are given the tools to eliminate any excess mental or emotional weight that keeps you stuck in repetitive situations, circumstances and experiences that are not healthy or productive.
You can simply read this book for its wonderful insights and interesting "Forgiveness Stories" in each chapter. Or you can take it one day at a time with Iyanla and spend 21 days following her system of total forgiveness. It's work, but it's worth it. As she says, "Forgiveness helps to transform and eliminate the energy blockages that we hold in our minds about who we are and who others are, and the subsequent issues or upsets that grow from the thoughts, beliefs and judgments we hold." If found the part on letting go of judgments to be very powerful, as they create needless suffering.
Although I practice Dynamind, a simplified version of EFT that I describe in my books Chakra Secrets and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life, I found the tapping effective in eliminating the stress caused by energetic blockages from negative thoughts that needed to be forgiven.
Day 1 in the Forgiveness Ritual is "Forgiving Myself for Judging Myself," the most self-loving, self-affirming practice you can do, opening the heart, mind and spirit to greater possibilities. Once you reach Day 18 and "Forgive the World," you spend the last three days of the program writing forgiveness letters that you never send, because acknowledging your emotions and writing them is what is important. Once completed, forgiveness will be a new tool in your skill set to live your life to the fullest.
Becca Chopra, author of Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life, Chakra Secrets, and The Chakra Diaries