I understand and see clearly now what I didn't before - the heart chakra has just as much power or more than the lower dan tian. Typically, advanced martial artists training in taoist yoga store all of their energy in the lower dan tian (a chakra located approcimately 3 finger widths below the belly button) and can expel the energy at will. Buddhists store their energy in the heart chakra. In my hunger for power, I was of course concentrating my efforts on the LDT. I was wrong to ignore my heart. I have been feeling intense, intense energy in anahata and to be honest it terrified me. I felt so much fear because of the anticipation of pain that I could only meditate for 50 minute sessions at a time. The energy and ferocity in it muted every other chakra in my body - and keep in mind I feel surging electricity coming from my LDT almost 24/7. I had no choice but to look further into it and when I gradually fell into the center - the core - of the heart, it was empty. Nothingness, a hole. Around it were 100 different sensations but inside it was nothing. I'm not sure how to put into words how strange it is that so much can arise from what is essentially empty space. When I think about the heart, I intellectually understand it as a place where love for self and others arises. What is love, exactly? Could it be seeing one's self and all of creation as the manifestations of pure emptiness? Could recognizing this shared origin be the key to understanding life itself? I know nothing and still have many years of training ahead of me.