Anger – An Insistent Call to Healing

God and man were one; but . . . through carnal thoughts and words and deeds, man tore himself away from God; debased himself. . . . the Holy Breath would make them one again, re­storing harmony and peace; . . . naught can make them one but love; . . . The only Savior of the world is love, and . . . love cannot be mani­fest until its way has been prepared, and naught can . . . prepare the way, but purity.

(The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, Chapter 7:18-22)

Seven “deadly sins” have been astutely identified, and all of them effectively stall our spiritual progress—our realization (seeing with “real eyes”) and manifestation of our true spiritual nature as Children of God. We are created as extensions of the Eternal Love of The Creator—Love, Whole Love and nothing but Love. Non-loving states of impurity such as wrath/anger, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony torture us, keep our focus on the negative, distract us, sidetrack us and spawn numerous additional problems and errors in life.  All seven debase the Love that we truly are.

Anger is the polar opposite of peace and love.  It is the energy of “I am upset because you (person, place, thing, action, event) are bad.”  Anger is a sneaky debasement and impurity because we generally feel it is justified.  Who on earth hasn’t felt wronged and consequently angry?  And recalling how it feels, who can say that the state of anger doesn’t change them in fundamental ways, NOT for good.  While it may feel energizing in the short term, anger saps our strength and ends with a crash.  The energy of anger is destructive and addictive.  We act rashly.  The more we think angry thoughts, the angrier we become.  In anger we might become seduced by the idea of revenge.  We speak of “losing our heads,” “raising hell,” “flipping out” and being “hot-headed” to describe anger.  For some of us, anger becomes our usual interface with the world.  For others it simmers just under the surface, ready to erupt.  For some it becomes a major point of denial—who, ME—angry?

Anger is very common, but it is not inevitable.  Anger is, in fact, an insistent call to healing.

Some Facts About Anger

  • Anger is an energy of projection.  Anger = Pain + Fear PROJECTED onto something outside the self.
  • That fear includes the fear of pain.  The emotional purpose of anger is to prevent us from feeling pain.
  • > Anger usually = > Pain
  • Anger compounds pain.  It robs the angry person of peace and increases feelings of guilt because deep down we understand that it is never justified.
  • Time does not erase pain.  Pain unexpressed, unexplored and unresolved gets worse.  It’s an energy, remember.  Energy is neither created nor destroyed, it just changes form.
  • Anger comes from judgment, and our judgment is always ultimately against ourselves.  Self-judgment is painful.  The misguided spiritual purpose of anger is to prove we are not guilty by projecting guilt on others.  This perpetuates the belief in separation.  Feeling our guilt is extremely painful—even though we are “not guilty” in God’s Eyes.

Anger must come from judgment.

Judgment is the weapon I would use against myself, to keep the miracle away from me.

(A Course in Miracles, Workbook Lesson 347)

  • Processing our anger—feeling our pain and reclaiming our projections, leads to healing.
  • When we deal with our pain, anger is no longer needed.

A Call to Healing

When we’re ready to heal spiritually we must move beyond anger management and take back our projections.  So what should we do when we realize we are angry?  While we still must control our tempers and avoid outbursts (anger management techniques) in daily life, in healing anger should be worked with, not controlled.  We need to follow its direction toward healing the painful guilt of self judgment.  In this way the Holy Spirit transmutes what seems negative (our anger) into positive steps toward reclaiming our true nature of Love.

Are We There Yet?

Eventually we will heal to an extent where choosing not to allow anger in our consciousness will be appropriate.  But if we attempt this too soon we simply suppress energy that needs to be dealt with.  Energy is neither created nor destroyed, it just changes form.  We must responsibly allow the negative energy of anger to move through us AND unlearn negative thought patterns of judgment before we can sustain a higher spiritual energy.

It is necessary for the teacher of God to realize not that he should not judge, but that he cannot. In giving up judgment, he merely gives up what he did not have. He gives up an illusion; or better, he has an illusion of giving up. He has actually merely become more honest. Recognizing that judgment was always impossible for him, he no longer attempts it. This is no sacrifice. On the contrary, he puts himself in a position where judgment through him rather than by him can occur. And this judgment is neither “good” nor “bad.” It is the only judgment there is, and it is only one: ‘God’s Son is guiltless, and sin does not exist.’

(A Course in Miracles, Manual for Teachers, 10. “How Is Judgment Relinquished?”)

How Do We Heal Spiritually and Change for Good?

Set the process in motion.  Spiritual healing is a process that works through many techniques of mental and emotional healing and forgiveness.  Along the way it will include prayer and meditation.  Energy work may be appropriate.  Nine methods for dispelling anger are included in my book Healing Loss: Choose Love Now.  Here’s one:

Prayerfully release yourself and the person(s) you are angry with from the effects of your projection:

I give you to the Holy Spirit as part of myself.

I know you will be released unless I want to use you to imprison myself.

In the name of my freedom I choose your release,

because I recognize that we will be released together.

(A Course in Miracles, Text, Chapter 15)

Spiritual healing is ultimately about the practice of forgiveness.  To heal, work with your life today.  Deal with what’s in front of you.  Start with what’s bothering you most.  If you need guidance, engage a counselor or knowledgeable friend to help you.  Dig under that bothersome issue/scenario to identify the underlying core spiritual issues.  Release them emotionally and energetically.  Refill with the pure Love of God.  Change your mind.  Forgive.  Let it go.  Choose happiness.  Repeat.

This is the lesson God would have you learn: 

There is a way to look on everything that lets it be to you another step to Him, and to salvation of the world.

To all that speaks of terror, answer thus:

I will forgive, and this will disappear.

To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering, repeat these selfsame words.

And then you hold the key that opens Heaven’s gate, and brings the Love of God the Father down to earth at last, to raise it up to heaven.

God will take this final step Himself.

Do not deny the little steps He asks you take to Him.

(A Course in Miracles, Workbook Lesson 193)

Spiritual healing yields the return to Love; the life of peace and joy that we grasp for in vain through so many worldly ways.  Spiritual healing is the path of purity and light back to Oneness.

This age will comprehend but little of the works of Purity and Love; but not a word is lost, for in the Book of God’s Remembrance a registry is made of every thought, and word, and deed; And when the world is ready to receive, lo, God will send a mes­senger to open up the book and copy from its sacred pages all the messages of Purity and Love. Then every man of earth will read the words of life in language of his native land, and men will see the light, walk in the light and be the light. And man again will be at one with God.

(The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, Chapter 7:25-28)

With Peace and Love,

Mira Carroll Purchase hard copy Sample or purchase Healing Loss eBook

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