Using Anger as a Force for Change

Anger is a huge energy that is carried over, and often has grown, from incarnation to incarnation. As long as anger is left unresolved, it can very easily turn into a destructive force.

The Ego uses anger by stuffing it away behind other emotions and experiences, often bringing it out when you least expect it. Many individuals actually have a fear of expressing anger, as they feel that it is not “spiritual” to do so. However, expressing anger is the only way to release it. Anger cannot be wiped clean by some magic wand; it has to be released through the process of expression.  It is only when anger is not expressed, that it becomes problematic.

There are many healthy ways to express and release anger. The most important thing when letting the anger go, is to not allow yourself to direct that anger at another person. Most of the time, they are just a convenient target for your anger, and very rarely are they the true source of the anger.  Often, your anger stems from unresolved past life challenges.

However, whenever you direct your anger at someone, you are contributing to your anger’s growth, instead of its neutralization. Also, learn to identify the difference between annoyance and anger. Very often what you call anger is really annoyance. Yes, annoyance can lead to anger, but it begins as a different emotion.

Anger is an overwhelming feeling that can cause you to be totally at the whim of it. It will cause action or reaction without reasoning. Anger is the emotion behind 99% of the misunderstandings on the planet today. Much of that problem is predicated by the fact that most people do not truly comprehend the power that anger has.

Anger, when left to fester and grow inside someone, can contribute to disease, war, and violence. Anger can completely change your perspective of life and the world around you.

What would you like to change? Very often the answer to that question is also the source of your anger. See why neutralizing your anger is so important! Any time you feel anger toward something, look to the root of the anger. Discover what the subject of your anger is. Express that anger in a healthy way, by writing about the topic, or talking to someone you trust, or working with someone who can assist you in transforming the energy. Once you have expressed the anger, you will be able to view it in a new light. Then it becomes a powerful tool for change.

Let’s say, you are angry because a cause you have passion for is not getting enough support or publicity. After you have talked the anger through, look at using your energy to create change on that topic. Perhaps by starting a support groups, or meditation circle on the topic. Hand out flyers informing people, or write an email to your local news, to let others know what is happening. All of these actions are how you can shift your individual anger into a force for change. So, how can you use your anger as a force for change today?

Anger’s Gifts

Anger can be a difficult emotion to understand, but like everything else in the Universe, there is a grander purpose to it. Most individuals have a fear of expressing anger, and so it is forced down inside, until it reaches a point of explosion. Many times after that happens, the person will then feel guilty about being angry.

Anger alone is not a bad thing, it is simply an expression of the release of energy. That energy can come from your current lifetime, but most frequently it comes from the past life energy being stirred up from within.

Anger is rooted in pride. When you examine the many instances of someone expressing anger, it is because they feel that their vision of reality, life, or the world, is threatened. Anger is rooted in pride, because it is an emotion used to defend your personal perspectives. The energy of anger was very apparent in the political dynamics of the United States. Whether it is for a candidate or a cause, many individuals express outrage and deep anger when a person or cause the support does not prevail.

Anger is absolutely a natural emotion, and there is nothing wrong with expressing it, as long as it does not bring harm to oneself or others. There are many different healthy ways to express anger. Activities such as going for a walk or run, sound meditation, chopping wood and art therapy are just some of the safe methods to let anger out. However, many people are increasingly directing their energy toward other individuals who may not really be the source of their anger.

When you can learn to harness the power of anger and use it to clue you in to what the real source of the energy is, it can become a huge gift. One example of understanding anger’s gift can be seen in how some people choose to direct their anger at public figures; much of the time the anger is directed at someone because that person represents a shift away from what the individual expressing the anger feels to be true.

It is when someone feels that they must defend their truth, that anger arises. However, instead of using the energy of anger to defend, why not turn it into an energy to explore. Anger is a powerful tool to explore you own thoughts and feelings, to discover where they truly come from, and why you are angry at a specific outcome or turn of events.

There is no right and wrong, because there is not just one truth in the world. Learning to be okay with expressing a truth different from others, but expressing it without defensiveness, is an integral part of spiritual development. Equally important is learning to allow others to express their feelings/opinions openly and freely.

The energy flooding the planet will continue to bring out all of the anger, sadness, despair and other such energies from within everyone. There will be many times when anger is being pulled at so forcefully that it can make you feel like you must react to something.

That is why is it important to look at anger’s gift, and to discover what hidden energy it is revealing to you. No one can ever tell you who you should be or how you should act; always go with what you feel. However, when your emotions are causing you to express something that you may regret later, it is valuable to understand what the source of your anger is.

Anger is never sourced from outside of you, it is an inner energy that every person carries. Can other people or situations trigger your anger? Absolutely. There are even times when your guides or others in Spirit will tell you something specifically to assist you in releasing your anger. Yes, that even means telling you something that you may disagree with. If it is in your best and highest good to release your anger, then a situation will take place to force it to come to the surface.

The process of raising one’s vibration, what many call Ascension, is all about letting go of the energies which you no longer need to take with you into the New Earth energy. One of these energies is anger, and that is why so many individuals are expressing/releasing it now. Anger must come out before one can move forward. Have no fear of expressing your anger, but do be aware of how you are expressing it.

Once you are able to release your anger, you will find a profound freedom on the other side of it. A freedom where you are not worried about how others may perceive of you, or how outside circumstances will affect your life. It is a freedom where you are not bound by your emotions, especially the pride that can keep you feeling like you need to defend your vision of yourself. Anger’s gifts are that it allows you to see what you have been hiding from yourself, and it gives you the opportunity to examine those hidden energies so that they can be released.

When you feel anger coming on, ask yourself: What is making me angry? Why do I feel angry toward this person or thing? Am I defending myself from something that is truly dangerous, or is this simply something in opposition to my view of life? Why do I feel angry about this situation? What is my anger showing me that I am still carrying around? Discovering the answers to these questions is discovering anger’s gifts.

Releasing Anger

In many spiritual individuals, anger is classified as one of those off-limits emotions. It is not talked about in depth and even sometimes pushed by the wayside altogether; after all being angry at someone isn’t very spiritual, right? Not exactly.

Releasing anger is an especially important component of the spiritual process. Releasing anger allows for an avenue of expression for emotional wounds, both new and old. The first thing is to recognize that it is okay to express your anger; this is nothing that you should ever feel guilty about. Every single person on the Earth has experienced anger. To not look at this energy is to disregard a part of ourselves.

We all have had moments of anger in our life, so what are some good ways to healthfully let this energy out? Instead of zinging the person nearest to you, try getting in touch with the root of your anger first. Sometimes what we see as anger with someone for using our coffee cup is really just a symptom of a deeper anger of feeling disrespected or even unrecognized. Learn what you are really angry about.

When you are mad at someone or something in your life, what other emotions are involved? Disappointment? Doubt? Fear? Shame? Anxiety? Vengeance? These emotions can all color anger differently and by understanding how your anger intertwines with these other similar emotions; you will be at a better place to allow for a healthy release.

Here are some easy methods to help with the healthy release of anger. Of these, the most powerful are 1 and 2, because they allow you to really get into the depth of your angry energy.

1) Write out why you are angry and read it back to yourself

2) Talk with a trusted person about your anger

3) Chop wood

4) Yell into your pillow

5) Punch your mattress

6) Break some old cheap dishes

Once you have released this anger (and you might need to use more than one of these methods), then follow this with a cool down period to re-center yourself before you interact with the world around you. Try any of the following:

1) Take a walk

2) Watch a funny movie/TV Show

3) Meditate

4) Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee

5) Do something creative

Afterward, you should feel refreshed and have the clarity to finish out your day without having the anger come up again. And, you get the added bonus of allowing the anger to be released in a way that was healthy for you (and your loved ones). Remember what is expressed is something squeezed out of you, and once you let go of it for good, it will never come back up in the same way again. It is only when we repress our anger that it creates illness and disease. So let it go!! Be spiritual to yourself and release that energy which you no longer need.