Anger, Stress and healthy VS unhealthy expression
Anger is an emotion that has a significant negative effect on the heart. All emotions can affect our hearts and health but anger in particular creates toxic changes.
There is so much to be angry about these days that it is important to have a means to transmute the energy. That energy can be transmuted to serve as motivation to act in ways that can help ourselves and the world.
Anger, Stress and Awareness: a First Step to Heart Health
Most people have an awareness that stress affects the heart. There is however less awareness of how this actually occurs. Changes Happen in our energy field first in response to life events and interactions. The energetic changes travel from the energy system into the nervous, circulatory and hormonal systems where physical imbalances begin to occur. In addition to issues of grief, loss and disappointment, changes to the heart’s energy are also profoundly affected by our feelings of self-love, self-acceptance and relationships with others. Conversely, the state of our heart energy contributes to our capacity to feel these qualities. The condition of heart energy also influences the level of our spiritual capacity and connection. In short, our heart’s energy is a major player in every facet of our lives! Some care and positive attention to this part of ourselves can have enormous impact on the quality of our lives.
Anger, Stress and the Heart Chakra
The heart chakra takes the denser energy from the lower chakras and converts it into a subtler form so the energy can move upward where it takes the form of thoughts, ideas and inspiration. In addition, the heart chakra transforms the energy from the upper chakras into a lower frequency so it can flow to the lower chakras and be used to manifest ideas, inspiration and desires on the physical plane. Our heart plays a major role in bringing our ideas from the realm of thought into the material world. And of course this can happen in a positive or a negative way.
The Invisible Realm of the Heart
While the elements associated with the previous chakras are tangible, the element of the heart chakra is air and thus invisible. The heart chakra is home to Prana or life force, the unseen energy we take in with every breath.
Psychologically the heart is involved in the shift from average everyday consciousness, external focus and ego to a deeper, broader awareness that encompasses self and other as well as spiritual realms.
Our hearts are keenly involved in our daily lives and especially in the major events we encounter in our journey. Who has not known the feeling of the heart chakra shutting down to protect itself, or the sense of a “jam or blockage” even as we try to heal and shift our experience? We may not have associated the feeling with energy or a chakra but we all recognize the sensation!
Issues involving the heart such as death, divorce, loss, abandonment and betrayal may all be part of our human experience at one time or another. Closing of the heart chakra creates numbness in an attempt to protect ourselves from unbearable pain. Unfortunately this generally has the effect of making things worse as communication with other chakras is shut off and a feeling of emptiness results. This is why knowing how to process difficult emotions is so vitally important to our well-being.
Anger, Stress and Cultivating the Healing Power of the Heart
On a more positive note the heart carries within it the power to transmute our negative feelings. Guilt, fear, shame and anger can all be transformed through the loving power of the heart.
When the heart chakra is in balance and energy is freely flowing, a person is self-accepting, trusting, forgiving, compassionate, charged with positive emotions and fueled by hope. As always the issue is to take charge of our inner states and create more of what we truly desire on the inside so that energy can flow out into the outer world and bring more of what we truly desire to manifest in our world. Love heals and we can always choose to focus on it rather than fear or negativity…but learning to choose love is a process so self-compassion and patience with a learning curve are necessary.