Anger or Passion? Why You Need Both

Anger and Passion Are Closely RelatedHave you noticed that anger, frustration and irritability seem to be up for people big time right now?

I know in the USA as a nation we’re doing some serious collective shadow work.

You can hear it in all that “Am I angry?? You bet I’m angry!” political rhetoric.

And it’s not just the Americans, either. I’m seeing it with my Resonance Repatterning clients from all over the world.

Even Mother Earth herself, seems to be shaking with rage. The recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador are just the latest examples.

You have to know something’s up when Batman and Superman are no longer working on the same side. Dudes, what you doing at each other’s throats?? Why are you duking it out on the big screen?

It’s enough to make you wonder, “What the heck is going on??”


On a positive note…

What’s really going on is that we are in a phase of accelerated evolution. The earth is being bathed in stronger and stronger waves of energy. And we humans are being affected by this influx of higher frequency patterns.

The good news is that more and more people are getting in touch with their personal power and realizing that they can influence this co-creation of the new earth.

But as we’ve been seeing, it’s not all smooth sailing.

As a collective we’re still integrating these higher vibrations and exploring how to wield power with integrity.

It’s like we’re caught in this collective Push-Me-Pull-You.

There’s this collective yearning and impetus for change. (That’s it! I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! It’s time to change! Right Now!)

But on the other hand, sometimes the change feels excruciatingly slow. (Wait! I’m not ready! I don’t want to shake up my whole world and have to start over from scratch!)

Would you like to know what’s driving this tension?

One reason is that what we know to be true on the inner planes has yet to manifest on the outer planes. And this is stirring up a lot of anger and frustration.

Now here’s the thing to remember:

Anger is a very empowering emotion AND it’s not always bad.

In fact, anger can be a wonderful positive change agent – IF it is channeled that way.

Most people have been conditioned to handle their anger in one of two ways:

1. They suppress, avoid or deny their anger,


2. They get hooked into the endorphin rush of ranting, raving and posturing in order to make themself feel more powerful and in control.

Neither approach gets you want you truly want.

This is where the connection between anger and passion comes in.

Whether you’re suppressing your anger…

… Or unconsciously using explosive outbursts to mask your feelings of inadequacy …

… chances are you’re not using your anger as a catalyst for right action and positive change.

If you allow yourself to feel the anger – free of resisting it. And free of being seduced by its power – then you’re able to transcend your anger and unleash your passion.

This is why I say that Anger Is the Shadow-Self of Passion.

Most people are afraid of their anger because it IS so powerful.

They are afraid the anger will overtake them.

The power and force of their anger scares them. It feels safer to push the anger away. Avoid it. Suppress it at all costs.

But here’s the thing: If you’re working hard to keep a lid on your anger, chances are you’re also keeping the lid on your passion and you don’t even know it.

It’s like when you suppress grief, you also suppress your experience of joy.

As with anything in your shadow, if you allow your anger to emerge out of your shadow, into the light of your awareness then you can use it in more constructive ways.

It may seem counter-intuitive. But in order to unleash your passion, you might first have to become more comfortable with your anger.

The more you can express it appropriately, the more comfortable you will be with it.

  • It’s not about picking a fight or looking for an argument.
  • Or avoiding a difficult conversation.
  • Or sweeping things under the rug.
  • Or letting things slide.

Channeling your anger appropriately is a skill that you can learn and practice.

It can be the entryway into more intimate, loving and harmonious relationships — as well as an important step in living with more passion.

And right now the energies are supporting you in coming into coherence with your anger.

How do I know?

Because Spring time is the season of the Wood Element. And in the Chinese Five Element System, the emotion of the Wood Element is anger.

The beauty of the Chinese Five Element System shows us how anger and passion are part of a natural cycle.

Passion is associated with the Fire Element whose high energy time is Summer. And the Wood Energy of Spring feeds the Fire Energy of Summer.

So if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere now is a great time to start facing your anger so you can unlock your passion.

But, what if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere?

Well, in the Southern Hemisphere right now you’re in the high energy time of the Metal Element and the Metal Energy controls the Wood Energy.

So now is a great time to practice using your anger to create positive changes that are aligned with your values and purpose (Metal Element qualities).

When you feel confident about something you can face it head on. When you feel confident expressing your anger appropriately it becomes a resource that you can use for the greater good.

And you may find that your passion ignites and fuels your sense of purpose!

How do you handle your anger? Do you have trouble expressing it appropriately?  How might your life change if you could do this with confidence?

Post your answers in the comments and let me know!

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