Anger is a natural emotion which allows U to say “No thank you.” It doesn’t need to be abusive & never has to be damaging to another.
This is a Tweet that came through last night from Neale Donald Walsh, author of the Conversations with God series of books, a series I have found highly inspirational. This statement came at the right time for me.
It is very seldom I find myself angry, but I do find myself angry on occasion. Through my spiritual journey I had come to believe at some point that anger was negative and toxic. Nonetheless I couldn’t condemn it completely, as I recognized it as a natural human response that served a function. We often see animals express a warning to other animals and we interpret it as an angry gesture. We see a dog growl a warning to something that is encroaching on its established boundaries and we describe it as a “mad dog”.
I would immediately see the anger I was experiencing as an imbalance of the mind, as a condition that had to be quelled and remedied as quickly as possible. If I found myself angry I would immediately take ownership of the situation, attributing the cause and the source of anger to my own decisions, choices, and actions. For some reason it was okay for a dog to growl as a warning shot – an animal that does not question its every move, does not question its own sense of right or wrong, rather operates on actions and consequences , on being. But as a card carrying member of the overthinkers club, I led myself to the conclusion that it might not be okay for me.
Once I shut down the perpetual thought generator for a long enough period I am then able to accept the anger for what it is… a response to a situation that might be encroaching on my safety or my well being or my property or my space or my peace of mind, whether my anger is directed at myself or another. So as not to be misunderstood, I believe constantly operating from a state of anger is an indication of great energetic imbalance. But as life is what it is, none of us can operate in a continual uninterrupted pure state of balance for the entirety of our lifetime. There will be energy gluts and blockages at times. It is at these times that anger serves to signal us to move quickly, to respond immediately. Whenever this has occurred and I have attempted to hook my anger up to an IV cocktail of sedatives and suppressants it has only served to cause the imbalance to linger, drawing out a myriad of pathologies which manifest symptoms of ill-fitting and corrosive coping mechanisms.
Mr. Walsh’s quote served as a wonderful reminder to me that anger can be a call to action. It might be for me to radically change how I move through my own world. It might serve as the gunpowder to fire across the bow of another that is infringing upon my wants, desires, or inalienable rights. So it is at these times when it is best for me to recognize the true function of my anger and use it to take action. Otherwise, if I try to abate my anger through denial, I could cause greater harm than I would through the necessary action the anger calls me to take.