In Defense of Anger and Hate – Dispelling New Age Myths #4

In its religious rigidity, the New Age has cast anger, hate, and other so-called “negative emotions” down to the pit of Hell and admonishes people for feeling them – promising punishment for indulging in them. This is the defining characteristic of the New Age being just another religion with a restrictive, anti-Human set of demands, and an inflexible Good-Evil/God-Satan dichotomy. It ignores the implication of the wisdom that emotion is simply “e-motion – energy in motion”. A process. By damming up that process, irrevocable harm follows.

Anger is an energy

– John Lydon (Johnny Rotten)

First, let us inspect the constructive roots of this misunderstanding – why the New Age warns against anger, for example. When somebody goes into a rage they’re liable to become tunnel-visioned and selfish, causing terror and havoc for those around them, and usually causing themselves compounding grief. This process usually ends up in a bitter cycle of accumulating anger, which turns into victimhood, which turns into hate. The New Agers are correct to want to avoid this process, but this assumes that all expressions of anger, all feelings of victimization, and all feelings of hate come from the same place. It denies their legitimacy, even though that energy exists whether they want to acknowledge it or not. Ultimately it leads to another misconception within the New Age – that the ideal state is a homeostasis of happiness, constructive thoughts, and bliss. When you polarize one area of Being, you inevitably polarize the other.

Mystic and researcher, Michael Tsarion, described Anger in a way which liberated me upon hearing it. He explained that you can separate Anger into two categories: the red flame Anger and the blue flame Anger. Like fire (think cigarette lighters), a red flame is random, careless, selfish, and lacks an objective – it just is and it’s demanding something from the world which it feels it has been deprived. The blue flame of anger on the other hand is like that from a blowtorch or a jet lighter. It is refined, condensed and thus strong, and purposeful. Like John Lydon of the Sex Pistols said, “Anger is an energy”, and it is a beautiful energy that accomplishes things in the world. At its root it is innocent and pure – a response to an injustice, real or perceived. It’s the anger of the female tiger or bear which will do anything to protect its young. The blue and the red distinction isn’t a difference in the Anger itself, but how the conscious Human Being chooses to express it. There is no “bad anger”, just a bad person or someone currently unable to channel that emotion “correctly.” To attack that emotion completely or dismiss it as simply something we need to pass through and “get over” is a huge insult to the Sovereign Being who’s experiencing it. Like any other emotion, when it’s repressed or blocked, it causes problems in the mind and body.

The expression of Anger is an art – admittedly one I’m not very well practiced in. As I’ve grown up to witness Anger being misused and never had anyone to instruct me on how to use it properly, I fell victim to the religious and phony spiritualism that teaches us to suppress it. I decided for the sake of myself and those around me that it’s best to suppress the emotion altogether – more specifically, to suppress the experiences and beliefs I carried about myself which made me Angry in the first place; to avoid situations and people that would make me Angry. I shut off an entire region of my Being because I was taught it was bad and was never told it could be expressed any differently. Of course this didn’t work as it took its toll on my mind and body, and I would inevitably meet circumstances and people that drew the emotion out of me. As I never put time and effort into sharpening this instrument, it would express itself as that anarchic red flame and work against my best intentions. The embarrassment of “not being Buddha enough” only served to convince me that I needed a thicker steel door and a tighter lock. The problem with this philosophy is that emotions aren’t actually divided into separate categories like “anger”, “love”, “hate”, “compassion” – they’re not distinguishable to that degree, so my hermetically sealing off what I call “Anger” necessitated my sealing off what I also call “love” and “compassion.” This is not a good route to go down in life.

Without Anger and even Hate, we go nowhere as individuals and as a society. We become stuck and unable to do things. We end up in a cycle of being frozen and blaming ourselves for that emotional freeze, feeding back into a loop. We become jaded and unwilling to stand up for ourselves or our principals. Our sick society has come to know this as being mature, well-adjusted, and fair. As we’re unwilling to experience the Anger resultant of wrongs done to us in the past, we become unwilling to experience the Anger resulting from wrongs done to us right now. We also refuse to experience the Anger and Hate required to put right the social injustices we see, and leave that up to someone else or take the ultra-libertarian stance of “do what you will, just don’t disrupt my slice of comfort in the world.” The result of this disconnect is worthy of a book all to itself – it’s decimated the Western soul to the point that we’re unwilling to fight for our culture and our basic Human Rights. We continue to concede ground as the patch we’re left to stand on gets smaller and smaller. Everyone outside of America and Europe can see this, but we’re completely blind to it.

So the next time you feel Anger well up inside you, make friends with it. It’s arrived to tell you about yourself, so listen well, no matter how difficult the message might be. Learn to channel that energy into a unique form of Self-love where you grab life by the balls and declare that you’re worthy of defending. The New Age says that only bad things can come from Anger, but when done correctly, the Universe will actually reward you for expressing it in a creative way. It will reward you because this isn’t just YOUR Anger you’re feeling, it’s the Anger of your ancestors – feeling that or not feeling it means the liberation or enslavement of your descendants.

Love, the Highest Principal – Dispelling New Age Myths #3

We’ll continue our investigation into the foundational beliefs of what’s today called “the New Age” and inspecting their philosophical and practical validity. As I’ve said in both part 1 and part 2, this is primarily about our definitions of words. Faulty definitions can cause confusion and ultimately sabotage our growth. Love being the central organizing principal and highest power in the universe is one idea worthy of investigation.

When in Secondary School I was classed with rougher and more delinquent types. An arrangement that had it’s pros and cons. I found myself talking with one of them during metalworks class, as such classes allowed us to do. Responding to one thing or another, I made the statement “that’s not very fair” to which this teen philosopher responded “who says life is fair?” I had the unusual sensation that he was both right and wrong at the same time. Not being sure why, I didn’t try to answer the question.

Years later I discovered precisely how my wise classmate was both wrong and right – no, the world is clearly not fair by our standards. It can be quite cold, ruthless, uncaring, and violent. Nature and providence can short change you. However, there is a measurable balance in all things that hold the physical and metaphysical worlds in equilibrium. In terms of consciousness, we don’t experience that as fairness and justice by nature – it is we as conscious beings who are fair. We’re all judges and arbitrators of fairness, protecting the vulnerable and hard-done-by. If another creature is being treated wrongly, if Nature is being wantonly destroyed, or if a person isn’t receiving their due, we rectify that situation. Not only are we duty bound to do so, but electing to do so plugs us into an invisible powersource – a higher power seems to have our backs.

There are numerous central archetypes of Human consciousness which appear to transcend us as individuals and as a species. They drive us to accomplish things beyond our basic needs and desires and appear to be encoded into the universe itself, like the Fibonacci Sequence – expressing itself mathematically, on the cellular level, energetically, in plants, all the way up to the stars and planets, and perhaps beyond. We call this The Implicate Order, and Justice or Fairness is a part of that.

The New Age, whether they’re aware of this or not, are claiming that all of these archetypes are merely components of an ultimate archetype called Love. Aware of this or not, they’re staking the same claim monotheists make. All monotheistic (one God) religions in the world today came from polytheistic (many Gods) religions. Jehovah/Allah were chosen from a pantheon of equally powerful Gods, and all other Gods became aspects of Jehovah/Allah. In India sects of Hindus argue over the supremacy of either Vishnu, Krishna, Shiva, or any one of the millions of Gods in their pantheon. When Christianity spread in Europe and South America, the old Gods of those lands became Saints, Angels, or even just cute proto-Christ myths. It’s arguably a mental and spiritual virus to want to isolate one aspect of reality and exalt it above all-else. It ultimately suggests there is one path to travel, one heaven, only one thing to completely trust, yet we know by observing the rest of reality that there is no such thing as “one” – no object out there of which there is only one instance of. What happens when we insist that one tool out of our massive toolbox is supremely important? Could we find ourselves hammering in a nail with the wrench? Would be end up breaking both the nail and the wrench?

The argument for Love being the supreme organizing principal is that it’s present in everything. When Justice/Fairness is being practiced, it is an expression of Love because the universal force is bringing Justice to the world out of Love for its creation. It’s equally clear that Justice is also present in everything – not only is it a Human idea of fair treatment, it’s the law of balance which holds our bodies together, the planet together, our minds together. It’s Nature’s principal of having everything in the right amount and right order so physicality can function. It’s even present in energy/Spirit as it balances Love. Love and imbalance cannot occupy the same space. There can neither be too much or too little Love, there can only be Love. To give of yourself too freely to the point of self-harm is not Love, but the Shadow aspect of Love. Life cannot be lived to its fullest if our focus is entirely on one of the many aspects of consciousness. In other words, balance.

All of this wouldn’t really matter if I didn’t have an alternative to suggest. “Love” as the centrally organizing principal of consciousness is about 50% right. The other 50% comes down to the etymology and our preconceptions of the word itself. “Love” is a strictly European word which has no direct translation in other language groups. When we translate words we’re simply finding comparable words in the other language. Words are cultural, and for we Europeans “love” has always meant “joy, praise, and sexual attraction.” It never contained any mystical significance except the Christian concept of “love of God”, as in you love God. Its association with some great force at the center of God or Human consciousness is no more than 100 years old. Why does that matter? It matters because there is a better word out there, forgotten by the average person:

CARE, seems innocuous as a word since we use it to describe something a nurse does for the sick and elderly or for when we “care about the environment” or “care about a person.” Because of our recent European fascination with Romance, those statements aren’t as powerful as “loving the environment” or “loving a person.” Care, instead, runs deeper, and isn’t always as hotblooded as “love”. It can be present without melding into or even supporting a person or thing. The Celtic word root itself gives us our names for Priest and Church, as the concept of Care was a deeply spiritual state and activity for our ancestors. They recognised each individual as a focal point of consciousness – the eyes, ears, and nerve-endings of the universe itself. On behalf of the universe we are appreciating the many expressions of itself. The Buddhists and early Hindus understood this also with their word which we translate as “compassion” – the feeling of, and being present for, the suffering of all life, which compels us as seekers to ease suffering as opposed to contributing to it. Com-Passion could be read as complete passion, an appreciation for a thing, person, or situation that permeates it entirely. Care and Compassion always involves Justice, as we weigh out what is healthiest for ourselves and the other, how much we should involve ourselves and give love. We decide whether we have a right to intervene or whether doing so will harm us. We decide whether our energy should be spent feeding 3rd world children and ending wars or if we could aid those situations more efficiently by working on ourselves and loving our immediate neighbours. We decide whether a hostile person would benefit more from being lovingly beaten or whether we would benefit more from being beaten. Sometimes Care can involve hostility, as we sometimes have to decide to use violence to protect our own life, the life of another, or Nature. Today, we pray in thanks to God for giving us our food, while in the past we prayed in thanks to the creature that gave its life for our sustenance. There are many acts which can involve Care and Compassion which we would say there is no Love in – simply because of the word’s definition. Clearly the word is insufficient.

If someone were to argue my position, I’d suggest there’s something insincere about their motives. They should ask themselves if their attachment to the word “Love” is really out of a desire to be understood by others, or whether it’s out of laziness and convenience. Keep using the word “Love” and you will slow your own spiritual progress and contribute to the slowing of those around you. Scratch beneath the surface.

 

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Jealousy vs Envy – Dispelling New Age Myths #1

First in this series inspecting and dispelling myths propagated by the New Age we will look at one of many “sinful” words and ask whether they’re actually as bad as purported. This word, and evil emotion, is JEALOUSY.

One thing to keep in mind for this and other installments of this series is that English is a limited language in terms of its variety of words and the way it is taught further limits our access to that limited pool available to us. For example, the Spanish have 11 words for the different types of “love” where we only have one – causing much confusion and preventing friends from saying “I love you” when the Spanish can simply use the word “amistad.” We have this same scenario around the concept and feeling of jealousy and we forget its very similar companion, envy. There is a deadly confusion between these two which has caused untold damage to peoples’ lives over the centuries and is currently being used as a prohibition in New Age teachings to beat people around the head with. The confusion spurs from The Ten Commandments of the Bible, “Thou Shalt Not Covet.” The term “covet” is a very general translation and is open to interpretation, and has been twisted by the powers-that-be to prohibit any kind of want of another’s life circumstances or riches.

Another aspect of this series to remember is the conviction of the author that our natural feelings are to be respected as they comprise the inviolable Individual, and as a result we should want for more in life rather than settle for what we have. When most people say “jealous” it is a reprimand, such as “You’re being jealous that I’m talking to other men” or “you won’t talk to that person because you’re jealous of them.” At times, this reprimand is justified yet often it is not. It is borne of the confusion between “jealousy” and “envy” that this sword lash of psychic violence stems from as “jealousy” simply means wanting what another person has! Have you ever watched someone freestyle rap in front of your eyes, a master guitar player entrancing a whole crowd, or a great speaker keeping an audience engaged and in hysterics without missing a beat? Ever want to be that great? That’s jealousy and it’s perfectly healthy – it demands that we find something greater within ourselves. Envy, on the other hand, demands “You have that and only I should have it!” It’s the archetype of Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. A spoiled brat who wants what she wants, and now, without any concern for others, and always with the mind of having it better than everyone around her. Whatever others have is a challenge to this person’s very identity, so they must either take it and deprive the other of it, or have something even better to diminish the ego of that other person.

So when you or someone else expresses a desire to have something that another possesses, hold off judgement and inspect where that drive is really coming from? Are you or that other expressing a healthy desire to become more of oneself or simply have a better life?

The New Age has opened many people up to alternative ways of looking at the world, but they have continued the Judeo-Christian stigma of Original Sin by marking any seemingly negative thoughts and emotions as “negative” which will either result in further damnation to future Karma or “blocking the flow of abundance” so that you remain poor and unfulfilled. As we’ll explore further in this series, some of these thoughts and emotions we’ve been told are “negative” are actually quite positive when used correctly, when the right attitude is applied, and will actually lead you to the elusive promised goals of the New Age – release from the Karmic cycle and abundance. Jealousy is one of these thoughts/emotions. It comes with its own power that propels us forward to achievement and glory.