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Holding the asp in my hand, terrified in letting it go and terrified in holding it, scared of the burning of the twin fangs piercing skin.

 Cold, calculating, yet burning with a deep seated anger that is directed to the asp in my hand.

The flicker of the asp’s tongue moves in indifference, in, out, up, and down with it’s eyes staring into my very soul challenging me to act.

Torch light casts half world shadows on the glossy scales echoing the rhythmic breathing of the folly that I hold in my hand.

Copper colored brown scales flicker with a destructive beauty that mesmerizes the intellect and speaks to the primal rages within the breast.

Rage that burns and plunges my emotions into a lake of fire and shorts my intellect; rage that engulfs my being and cuts my divinity from the gods in two.

Action that was swift and destructive ensues as the asp was cast from my presence and into the shadows of the neither that dance in awkward suggestive trance like moves.

It was a dance that was danced before as the last vestibules of light sputter and are extinguished as the torch of spirit is plugged into the ice water of rage.

As the light returns to the plains of emotion all that is shown is the charred rendered earth. The cracked and blackened emotional body pops and hisses as the fires of rage consume its last portions of fuel. The twin bite marks of the asp clearly showing on the burnt forearm.

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A very good friend of mine had to take action on me a couple of weeks back in reference to an anger issue that I was having. In this post I will discuss the pitfalls that anger has on our spiritual and emotional well being. Especially in my case I need to review this post often.  

In Buddhism, Anger is one of the three poisons with the other two being Greed and Ignorance.  Anger binds us in its hot nature that resembles the pressures of heated water that erupts in the form of a geyser. This is fitting as the water element is a symbol of emotions and anger is always hot in nature. When one is angry the feeling is never feeling cold. The emotional feeling of cold comes from revenge which so many people confuse with justice.

When we are angry we have lost our prospective and no longer are living in the present and moved from the place of being, that is the observer, to the place of doing which is reserved for the Divine. Anger is also a self-inflicted emotion. No one can make you angry! You yourself are responsible for moving into a state of anger. As a Zen master once said, “no one makes you angry. You make yourself angry.”  The lesson of anger at this point is to look deeply within ourselves and perform self discovery of perceived transgressions. As one goes deeper they will soon discover that the anger is the mask of fear that the ego is wearing. Anger is a self-defensive mechanism that happens when our ego buttons are pushed and we are too attached to the cause and action of the event to realize that the event has already dissolved into the mist of the past.  

All anger is Self-Indulgent. It might be unpleasant as our anger rages and those that are around us are attacked by our hostile actions, but it is also very seductive. There is something about finding fault in another and rubbing their face in that fault. This seduction is again coupled to the ego. It is the ego that states that, “it is so nice to show those others that they are wrong.” Very much like a swallowing a pill that was sweet to taste and latter turns your stomach. Yet we do this over and over in this lifetime and in past lifetimes.

So what is the answer to anger? The first step is to recognize that you are angry. Look within yourself to understand were that anger is coming from and why. Then look for the ego fear base that is holding you captive with the guise of anger. Return to the present and let go of that anger. Focus on the Divine and pray for the release of the ego based fear that is causing the anger. Cut off the feeding of the anger. This is done by removing your thoughts from the cause of the anger and allowing love and peace to enter your being. Allow yourself to look at the world from the eyes of the Self.

In Chapter 16 of the Bhagavad Gita, The Divine and Demonic Natures, Versus 1-3,

The Blessed Lord said: Fearlessness, purification of one’s existence, cultivation of spiritual knowledge, charity, self-control, performance of sacrifice, study of the Vedas, austerity and simplicity; nonviolence, truthfulness, freedom from anger; renunciation, tranquility, aversion to faultfinding, compassion and freedom from covetousness; gentleness, modesty and steady determination; vigor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, freedom from envy and the passion for honor–these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.

Chapter 16, Verse 4 states;

Arrogance, pride, anger, conceit, harshness and ignorance–these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Prtha.

Anger is never the answer! Lashing out and losing and your composer solves nothing and only adds another layer of burden to clear off. In these times of emotional and social chaos becoming angry only feeds into the already distressed emotional collective. Be kind to All One by being kind to yourself. Look within and bring your anxieties to the Divine and place them on the altar of sacrifice. Like that sacrificial fire and send the ashes to heaven. Embrace the change and the peace that will follow this action. Keep going back until the anger is no more and the fear has been replaced with Divine love shining from the Eternal Source descending through your Self and into this physical vessel.

A good piece of advice comes from my spiritual brother who told me, “Stop thinking that you are robbing your God House!” All of us think that we are robbing the Divine of all the gifts that are put before us to take. All of us think that we are burdening the Divine with our issues. As we turn to the Divine with our issues we come to know that the issues that we have are all smoke and mirrors and that thinking about them is what is making them real.

Gospel of Thomas, Verse 108: Jesus said, “He who will drink from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him.”

I will close with prayer.

I look to the heavens and call on the Divine Father for his blessings. I look to the Earth and thank the Divine Mother for her bounty. Glorious Divine Father I raise my spiritual brothers and sisters into your grace and ask for your ever present light to cleanse the hurts that self imposed anger has inflicted on all of us. Divine Mother embrace us with your love in the form of animal encounters, bird song, and the very wind that brushes against our skin.   Divine Father hold us in your eternal love and never let us go.

Blessing be on my spiritual family and all of my kin.

 

 

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