There it was. Again. An appointment scheduled with Bob. I knew what it was for. For the past several weeks, he had been getting massotherapy prior to his chiropractic appointments to try to resolve a chronic neck and shoulder pain that had been plaguing him for months. The poor man was in distress and it was getting him down. Worse for the chiropractor and for me was that our applications did not seem to give him relief for more than a few days at a time.
So, there we are. Again. Bob on the table describing the same line of pain down his neck and across his shoulder. I could almost see it there under his skin, the same old pain that wouldn’t go away. Then something in me rose up against it, as though to say, “Enough.” My consciousness observed this other-than-compassionate response to a client, but for that part of the treatment, this determined energy that was almost a growl moved my hands and fingers over the muscles and connective tissue.
After that session, I didn’t see Bob for several weeks and, when he came back for an appointment, he said it was just for the massage, that his neck and shoulder finally got better after last time. I mulled over whether this had anything to do with the unusual emotional response I experienced during that session. Over time, I was rewarded with some insights to pass on to you about what I sense is the healing power of anger.
I soon came across an explanation of the word “anger” in John Bradshaw’s description of emotions in his book,Bradshaw on the Family. Bradshaw regards emotions in a fairly neutral way, saying they are signposts telling us where we are at in any given situation. I like this definition, because it is without judgment. It does not label an emotion as good or bad, just as an indicator of where we are at.
Emotions let us know who we are and how we feel about what is going on around us or within us. The spontaneous rising of anger within is an indicator that we feel that some injustice has been done. So, anger is linked in its most positive sense to our inner scales of justice.
Note the word “spontaneous.” This is not the anger that the mind has been feeding on in relation to a person or situation perceived to be troublesome. This is not the hair-trigger, chip on the shoulder waiting to ignite, that parades under the guide of righteous indignation. That kind of emotion falls more under the category of resentment and can take over a person’s life and ruin their health if not resolved by forgiveness.
Rather, the spontaneous first uprising of the anger emotion is a pure energy. It is more like what we feel when we see a person or company guilty of wrong-doing but getting off scott free. It is the sudden response to injustice when we see an adult abuse a child or a gang torture a weak person.
As a gauge for measuring our response to injustice, anger has a rightful place in our lives. It motivates us to take action, to right a wrong. Granted, what I experienced as anger in Bob’s situation was a mild flare-up against a condition that had persisted too long and was eroding the health and well-being of my client. But it proved to be sufficient enough energy to amplify my applications at the time and reap a beneficial result.
The first insight on the positive value of anger led to the second: Reflecting one day on anger as purely “an energy,” I realized that in its power, there is an element of “command energy.” That made sense, as the Cayce readings assigned this emotion to the third chakra, the solar plexus, and “ruled” by the planet Mars.
Then I flashed on Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. It was so clear that he did not softly say, “Please wake up.” Rather the call, “Lazarus, come forth,” rang out with the power to stir the man’s cells to life and make possible his re-entry into his body. And I knew without a doubt that, without the full force of Jesus’ third chakra — in concert with his other centers — Lazarus’ return would not have been possible. This same energy, channeled constructively, allowed the casting out of demons and other more forceful demonstrations of our Elder Brother’s evolution.
So, before we who are on the spiritual path make the mistake of regarding anger as “not spiritual,” as an emotion to eliminate or repress or cringe from, I encourage you to reconsider its higher expression as the power to command, in support of one who needs healing, including ourselves. Clearing out our third charkas through forgiveness paves the way for this mighty energy to come through us spontaneously and in a constructive manner, as a blessing, to impel us to right a wrong, to help in an unjust situation, or to dispel the illusion of ill health.