Can you predict what will happen the next instant? Never mind the soothsayers, ordinarily, energy movements cannot be predicted. One can hope and probably surmise based on past experiences, but prediction can never be done with hundred per cent surety. The reason is the state of flux of virtually everything around us, where energy patterns get defined and redefined every nanosecond. It is in our interest that we understand this, and structure our actions and reactions accordingly.
A ‘state of flux’ is defined “as a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action”. We watch our body’s movements and learn about life’s movements, which in turn help us discover how the universe moves. And in this discovery, we realise that nothing is rigid. Everything is in a state of flux, a state of change, and all we have to do is have enough confidence, love, courage and hope to move with this ebb and flow of life itself. And in this flow we begin to find a sense of meaning to life, a sense of purpose, which may have been evading us so far.
A classic symptom of this state of flux is the state of ‘anger’. Like all emotions, anger is a form of energy and as with all forms of energy, it is constantly in motion. An angry person is unpredictable. “Oh, he gets angry at the drop of a hat!” – we have often encountered and heard this expression.
Anger as an energy form can be creative and destructive. Anger by itself is a secondary emotion. What’s more important and primary is what caused the anger. Anger is otherwise clean, immediate, forceful and very active - occurring in response to a violation of how we think the world should work. Anger is not inherently violent. But the destruction and danger lie in the way people express (or show) anger.
Anger is a message. Our body is telling us something and it is our duty to listen to it. Staying with the anger -- feeling it without being overwhelmed -- will help in finding out about the problem or issue. Once we receive this message, the feeling will quickly change to energy and motivation.
Energy after all, is never constant. It changes forms every instant. The energy of anger can be converted into the energy of satisfaction pretty easily – all it requires is a change of attitude, the spirit of acceptance and the feeling of gratitude.
It’s important to realise that prolonged and repressed anger is unhealthy because when we are constantly angry, the brain downshifts to a lower evolutionary level.