I’m struck by the amount and degree of anger people carry within them. It seems they are waiting for the opportunity to unleash it. Some do so directly toward others, some toward themselves, and some others are passive-aggressive.
You may ask, “Why so much anger?” The answer is simple. At the depth of their being, everyone is divine, infinitely wise, and intelligent. Everyone senses that within them. It is why we are so protective of our lives. However, to bring it forth and manifest it to the world is quite another matter. It requires a great level of integration and a very high level of evolution. Being unable to bring it forth results in hurt and frustration, which leads to anger… anger at yourself, anger at others, anger at the world.
This is first experienced in childhood. It is there that the basic dynamic and mechanisms in which you manifest your anger are formed. This is why an exploration of your relationship with your parents is such fertile ground.
You may then ask, “How is it that an enlightened individual can be angry?” Regardless of one’s level of evolution, to be in this world is to be in the world of karma. If one is free of karma, by entering into the world of karma, they interact with karma. This is sometimes referred to as taking on another’s karma or taking on world karma, etc. It has been said that an enlightened person in this world of karma is kicked around like a football. Needless to say, in such instances, there can be an appropriate time for anger.
As per my blog “The Way the Wind Blows”, the dynamic that takes place within your soul that we are referring to here is hidden from view in the form of denial, then emerging and being directed outward as oblivion.
What is the way out? The most powerful tool is meditation, which integrates the surface of your life with the depth of your being. Discernment (inner exploration) tills the soil that facilitates the process.
I have sometimes used an analogy from my childhood: We lived at the bottom of a hill. When it rained, my brother, friends, and I would take sticks and run up to the roadside gutters at the top of the hill. The more it rained, the stronger the flow of water down the gutters. That is like meditation washing away the obstructions to your integration (to your evolution). With the sticks, we would push away the mud and leaves where the water was obstructed, thereby facilitating the flow. That is likened to discernment.
Meditation and discernment together provide a powerful path for human evolution. The Guru provides the meditation, as well as the guidance, to facilitate the inner exploration and prevent that exploration from becoming a reinforcement of denial. The path of human evolution is indeed subtle and highly elusive.
The Guru lights the way.
Thank you Brahmarshi
The lessons are powerful and even though my understanding can be limited.. each time I read..the knowledge goes softly and subtly deeper and deeper.
Very interesting timing…. Yesterday, my chiropractor and I had a longer and deeper discussion than usual about rhe value of discernment, inner exploration and meditation. Even referred to your “clogged gutter and waterflow” analogy.
The title of this blog intrigued me. I had the feeling there was something important for me to hear. I studied the picture to get a sense of what might be coming, but after reading through the blog a couple of times, I realized I was having a hard time following the thread.
I admit I carry a lot of anger around – it seems almost like a default emotion – and I acknowledge preferring the passive-aggressive expression. (More room for denial here.)
In the middle of contemplating the blog, my mother called and commanded, “Don’t call your brother.” To which I responded, “Oh, mother,” and hung up on her. My automatic, angry response (obviously established in childhood) was born out of the feeling of being controlled and being told what to do without any regard for me.
Discernment? Is it possible deep down inside there is a subtle sense, hopefully awakening into greater consciousness, that the anger/frustration has always been born from not expressing (or not being allowed to express) my divinity? And so, it became easier to react automatically than to choose to speak from the divine? And now I have the budding awareness I can choose differently – I can clean out some of the obstructions and stop choosing to separate from my divinity?
Jai Siva Sankara.
this is correct. But do keep in mind that your notion of what your Divine response would look like may well be based, not upon your divinity, but instead upon your conditioning.
The past seven months, anger has been a very lively experience for me. I am not at Incredible Hulk stage or anything, but it has been very draining and uncomfortable. I definitely need to explore this.
You are the light of the world. Jai Guru Dev
Every pressure cooker needs a pop off valve. No fault in that. Just do not allow yourself or others to get burnt by the steam.