The Challenge of Scorpio: Anger, Power and Transformation
By Ray Grasse and Linda Puffer, 1999
Within the twelve signs of the zodiac, some signs have been considered more desirable than others and too often Scorpio has borne the brunt of some of the most negative associations. One reason for this might be that many of the realities within Scorpio’s domain are associated with deep-seated, powerful psychic energies – so powerful, in fact, that the potential for destructive expression is equal to that of its more constructive expressions. Said another way, the same intensity that redeems Scorpio can just as often be its undoing.
Every sign has its positive and negative aspects, all dependent on whether one expresses those energies with conscious awareness. Unconscious expression leaves room for more negative consequences. If we accept that the psyche of every individual contains all the signs and their corresponding polarities, we Continue reading
Working Directly With Anger
By Craig Hollins
You can work directly with the energy of anger as a way to tame its overwhelming energy. Rather than being overpowered by it, over time you can learn liberate this energy so it can be more useful. You can learn to ride the energy of anger, rather than the other way around.
Working with anger energy is a gradual process, and depending on many factors, you could see some improvement anywhere from within a few weeks to several months. This may sound like a long time, but if you have lived with chronic anger for many years, things may or may not change quickly. Continue reading
Problems With Anger
By Tony Schirtzinger
WHAT ANGER IS
Anger is a natural emotion or feeling. We feel anger whenever we are BLOCKED from getting something we want. It is good for us when it helps to protect us from threats, it reminds us that we have power to overcome obstacles, and it gives us a measure of how important it is for us to get what we want.
HOW IT WORKS
Whenever we are blocked from something we want, a part of our energy goes into feeling anger. It can range from intense anger at being blocked from something important (like life itself) to minimal anger at small blocks over slight wants. Continue reading
by Lama Surya Das
Even the Dalai Lama gets angry. The trick is what you do with it.
Q: What did the Buddha teach about anger, specifically righteous anger? Is any anger acceptable in Buddhism?
A: The Dalai Lama recently answered the question, “Is there a positive form of anger?” by saying that righteous anger is a “defilement” or “afflictive emotion”–a Buddhist term translated from the Sanskrit word klesha–that must be eliminated if one seeks to achieve nirvana. He added that although anger might have some positive effects in terms of survival or moral outrage, he did not accept anger of any kind as a virtuous emotion nor aggression as constructive behavior.
Buddhism in general teaches that anger is a destructive emotion and that there is no good example of it. The Buddha taught that three basic kleshas are at the root of samsara (bondage, illusion) and the vicious cycle of rebirth. Continue reading
Text from: Words to Live By, S Mansfield, L. Empson (ed.), 2004 [Edited]
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:26
Two Greek words are used for anger in the New Testament. The first is thumos. This is the healthier version, the kind of anger that is part of being alive. It means “[human] response to pain, suffering, and injustice.” It tends to be more seasonal, is usually tied to wrongdoing, and it ends when the condition that created it ends.
This is the anger that moves a mother to discipline a child or a man to correct his friend’s behavior. It is the anger that moves a woman to right a social wrong. When Paul told believers to be angry without sin, he meant this version of anger, the kind that can be of help if handled well. Continue reading