Posts Tagged ‘Healing Anger’

Gary Z McGee ~ Sacred Anger and the Power of Hard Love

This is one of the best articles I have ever read. Thanks, Ann! It goes right along with a comment I made on my reblog of Jon Rappoport’s “The composition of human life” post: Yes, it’s interesting, because there IS some value in surrender when you have truly tried everything else. Oftentimes, the relief follows and then ushers in solutions after deep surrender. The trouble with the New Age movement is that it teaches passivity as “surrender,” and that has allowed really good people to passively endorse all manner of atrocities in the name of “being spiritual.”

I would amend this comment to acknowledge that it’s not just the New Age movement that encourages passivity in the face of atrocities — although spiritual bypass may be most rampant in that particular realm of otherwise highly capable people. I ask similar questions of conscientious objector Mennonites in an attempt to discover by exactly what brain circuitry they can support drone striking children and wedding parties in their 100% support for Obama. I have yet to find a satisfactory answer for that from the Mennonites; however, the New Ager’s assure me that Obama is either “an enlightened being from a much higher (not understandable) dimension” or “a poor, hapless victim of the Cabal.”

I say we are each responsible for whatever roles we play. Whether that role happens to be a charade or not, there comes a time when excuses and passivity become endorsement. And no, this observation is not limited to Obama or the Democratic party. It extends to every increasingly flagrant assault that people continue to accept as “the new normal” or “just following orders.” NIMBY doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. Plus if it’s not in your backyard right now, that doesn’t mean it won’t be soon.

This essay also calls to mind Julian Rose’s urgent question, “You May Wake Up, But Will You Get Out of Bed?“, as well as my earlier post on The Power of Your Emotions.

Sacred Anger and the Power of Hard Love

June 3, 2014

by Gary Z McGee

“Love does not imply pacifism.” – Derrick Jensen

As it stands, all of us are victims of an extremely unhealthy culture. In a culture of conquer-control-consume-repeat we are endlessly conquered, controlled, consumed and forced into repeating and facilitating this diabolical process to no end. We’re like a bunch of spoiled-rotten, whiny children, taking our vexations out on each other and the environment when we should be digging down deep and transforming our comfortable inertia into courageous action. The question is: how do we break the cycle. One answer may be through sacred anger and hard love.

Here’s the thing: life was not meant to be comfortable. Sure, discover comfort where you can, but you’ll never grow if you don’t get uncomfortable every once in a while. Just like our culture will forever stagnate and degenerate if we don’t challenge how comfortable and contained it keeps us, especially when those comforts are systematically destroying the world. Like Anais Nin wrote, “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” Let’s choose not to fail. Let’s choose not to give into this kind of death. Let’s choose courage instead.

In our culture, anger is seen as politically incorrect. But deep, focused anger can be a boon of sacred energy if we can learn to use it wisely and courageously. Attentive, meditative anger can even be a form of empathy, as anger is often a natural response to horrific situations. Sometimes anger is not only the natural reaction, but the only moral reaction.

This is the kind of anger that lifts us up and compels us to protect the weak against the overreaching powerful or the poor against the overindulgent rich. The type of righteous anger that flips over tables like Christ did against the greedy bankers, the type of anger that would rather live a hard life of freedom than an easy life of slavery. Such anger is sacred precisely because it instills in us an unstoppable courage.

We should not be expected to remain calm and happy in the face of ecocide, rape, misogyny, slavery, and greed. Rather we should be compelled toward righteous anger. We should be obliged to help victims become warriors, screaming from the rooftops, “Take the Goddamned red pill for Christ’s sake! Become a freedom unto yourself! You are your own hero! Allow yourself to be worthy. Allow yourself to be extraordinary! Get angry! Get really pissed off! Then grab the bull by the horns and pin that bastard to the ground!” Like Gloria Steinem said, “The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.”

But when push comes to shove, we are just too damn comfortable to care, and too damn polite to speak out. We need to get uncomfortable. We need to rediscover sacred ruthlessness, divine anger, and holy rage, leaving nothing to the inertia of chance and everything to the responsibility of choice; otherwise we fail to be responsible with our power. We cannot consume our way to sustainability. We cannot pillage our way to balance with nature. We cannot lie, cheat, steal, or trap our way to freedom. We cannot tyrannize our way to equal rights. Something has to give. And that something is our overindulgent comfort and complacent inertia.

“What is the real origin of my own anger?” wrote Jean-Yves Leloup. “Is it the ego defending its territory, or is it something that has its source in the desire for the well-being of all?” Sacred anger that spills over into empathy and compassion becomes a very powerful force for moral good known as Hard Love. Hard love is ruthless love. It teaches even as it destroys outdated worldviews. It educates even as it shatters obsolete mental paradigms. It tutors even as it crushes parochial perspectives.

It reveals the wisdom within all wounds. It forces a mirror in front of our victim-hood, screaming at us to rise above being a victim of the world and to become the world instead. It slaps us with the truth while revealing exactly how often we’ve been kissed with lies.
It mocks our sense of deservedness: that whiny “I deserve a vacation. I deserve a brand new car. I deserve love. I deserve to be rich. I deserve to be perfect. Wah-wah-wah and woe-is-me!” while exposing us to the absolute fact that we don’t “deserve” anything but what we’ve earned through our own blood, sweat, and tears. And even then we may not get what we want. So it goes.

What we need is a global coup d’état. What we need is to break the trance. What we need is to get uncomfortable. What we need is a Great Rewilding. What we need is to shift the current unsustainable paradigm. And the way we do these things is through sacred anger and hard love. It feels like an impossible task. But no task has ever been more important. On the detritus of the outdated, unsustainable system, we will create something entirely new and sustainable.

We must, or we doom ourselves to failure and “a kind of death.” WWJD? He would flog greedy bankers in public, for one. So I beseech you all: discover your own righteous anger, become a freedom unto yourself, channel hard love, open the paradigm and ascend. The world needs you to not be crippled by fear, inertia, and comfort. It needs you to be filled with courage, compassion, and proactive, interdependent love.

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Mars Retrograde in Virgo: Insights from Electra Jung

I’ve already shared some information on Mars Retrograde in Virgo, but here we have the lovely Electra Jung weighing in from a professional astrological perspective. I’m personally feeling these energies, and I know so many others are, too. Many thanks to Electra for her insights and clarity:

Mars Retrograde in Virgo

Jan. 23 – April 13, 2012


Free Yourself

“The moment you can visualize being free from the things that hold you back, you have indeed begun to set yourself free.”

-Unknown

Mars is known as the God of War, the Passionate Warrior, and the Red Planet of desire, action, competition war and conquest. Mars is also the planet which rules instinct, ambition and power…the will to overcome adversity at all cost.

Mars is absolute action fueled by passion and anger providing the focused energy to achieve.

Mars in retrograde is energy turned inward rather than outward. Pressure becomes volcanic when Mars energy is restrained or when anger is internalized. There can be covert activity, hidden agendas leading to resentments and even paranoia.

The enormous expectations you have for yourself, coming from others, open and hidden agendas (yours and others), sexual conquest and the desire to be noticed and admired. All this falls under the realm of “Mars” and the desire to achieve. When Mars is retrograde there is a noticeable lowering of vitality, loss of direction and frustration bordering on anxiety.

This just in from an office employee:

“I do feel this lack of motivation – I can’t force myself to get my work done! It is frustrating and I want to know how best to utilize this delay. I have a paper to write and my notes are all there, the thing is half-written, and I can’t force myself to even look at it!”

Mars retrograde is the opportunity to free oneself from binding, controlling memories from the past, psychological vampires, personal incarceration to in-authentic life patterns. This means the self-imposed restrictions and boundaries you have placed upon yourself after a lifetime of being conditioned, regimented, manipulated and criticized for unorthodox or individualistic behavior.

This is the opportunity for deep re-evaluation of personal motive and begin to honestly come to terms with how authentic your life has become.. .or is there something inside your own mind holding into a pattern of false being. The experiences for renewal and regeneration are born from intense encounters of one’s Shadow…long buried dreams suppressed deep within.

FREEDOM…

… freedom from the expectation of others, freedom from worry, from the future, from the things that tie you to the past and weigh you down.

Mars retrograde in Virgo brings the inclination to begin healing through closure, severance of ties and over-due endings. These ties from the past continue to manipulate and control nearly every aspect of your present life… physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.

Now is the time to turn energy with-in and begin acknowledging every superficial social activity which drains and exhausts your vitality. Witness your own life from a point of detachment and honesty…discover who you are…is this who you really are or the result of expectations and restrictions.

Deepen your understanding of current barriers, re-active patterns grown rigid and predictable …begin to thoroughly watch yourself and your false life action toward your inner-life and begin to acquaint yourself with your authentic-self.

Consciously decide to release yourself from emotional barriers brought about from previous experiences. These patterns no longer serve your Souls progress nor do they serve your mental health. You do not even need to know what they are.

All worldly gifts are available to you immediately if you remove blocks and open yourself to receive. It takes time…and this is the time.

“Don’t cling onto anything of the old; enter the new completely free and unfettered. Be open and willing to accept new ideas, new ways, to accept that all things are possible, that
 you can change and can change now, that you can leave all the old behind without any regrets and move forward with real joy and complete abandonment.”

-Eileen Caddy

Now is all we have… and this Mars cycle is a very Spiritualizing process to discover your own desires within…not the approval from without. The time is now to replace fear and doubt with trust and faith.

Outer activities which drew your attention now fall to the side as the all-important task of re-moving blocks of anger, jealousy and low self-esteem issues can be rooted out by the inward journey of Mars and released by the power of the love and light or enlightenment.

We all need to stop blaming ourselves for the unhappy, draining circumstances we may find ourselves living with. The psychological weakness continues through projecting our goodness onto others and expecting a return of the same quality… truly a Virgo “service oriented” expression.

Virgo is said to govern the hands, abdomen, intestines, spleen and central nervous system. Mars retrograde in Virgo influences one to obsessively worry leading to stomach and bowel troubles, ulcers, inflammation, headaches and skin rashes. This requires attention to your immediate and personal health needs.

Focus on strengthening your body and healing the immune system with natural health remedies involving herbs, acupuncture and detox formulas.

Use any delays and set-backs as the opportunity to research into foods and nutrition specifically for you… memory, weight-loss, sleep patterns, adrenal fatigue, and food addictions… all these areas can now be addressed for personal re-balancing. Virgo energy always provides the way to physical, emotional, spiritual healing… especially when the Mars retrograde provides the inner-directed course of action.

There is so much more to the extensive and beautiful energy inherent in the Virgo Mars as it relate to healing, cleansing and attending to the specifics of our personal and psychological freedom…along with the autonomy inspired by the Aquarian New Moon. We are evolving and in need of peace and rest!

We hold the power to create whatever we desire. Our ability to manifest the changes we desire depends on the depth and passion of our beliefs and on the focus of our attention.

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.”

— Shakti Gawain

Holding on to any form of negative emotion or resentment requires a great deal of energy…energy that is not available during this retrograde cycle. Use this time wisely and focus on your clearing your “house”…your Spiritual house.

Always Loving Life,

Electra

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