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Wrath

March 9, 2010

Wrath

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Wrath is extreme anger, a passion that is destructive, cruel, and merciless. Wrath is a dark passion capable of destroyiing lives, or of destroying you: you can be as possessed by wrath as by greed. Both are passions that can take control of the “reasoning” mind and convert it into a weapon of massive destruction. We all have anger running through our veins; wrath goes deeper than anger, however, because it is anger with permission to destroy.

Anger can flare up in a moment, vent itself verbally, and then be gone. In a loving relationship, partners say they just can’t stay angry at each other. But wrath begins to speak in a self-righteous voice, building a case within your mind – your reason – that you are “right” and therefore action is justified. Your reason refused to relent, stoking the fire of anger constantly, because it takes a great deal of fuel to keep the fires of self-righteousness burning. Wrath eventually consumes you on your own pyre.

The fourth chakra is the heart center, and an angry heart is a tragic, dangerous heart, one that becomes unforgiving. An angry heart turns love into torment, punishing those who we think do not love us enough or in the right way. But there is no right way to love an angry heart, so love is always futile when mixed with anger. Ultimately anger pushes love away, again and again.

How many times have you done or said something that was a spontaneous act of anger, in which you couldn’t stop yourself because the anger was stronger than your ability to control yourself?

  • Do you  use anger to control others?
  • How often and in what ways have you harmed others with your anger?
  • Have you repaired the damage you’ve done to others with your anger?
  • Do you excuse your own behaviour based on your childhood or do you hold yourself accountable as an adult?
  • What have you learned about yourself through this dark passion?

(Excerpt Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason by Caroline Myss, p.100)

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  1. I’m enjoying your series on the Seven Deadlies. We don’t take them seriously enough any more. BTW, there’s a blog award for you over at my blog today!



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