The other night I was teaching a yoga class and there was this deep tension in the liver. The feeling was this intense anger with the sensation of grasping on too tightly. We do some warm ups to investigate this area and see if we needed to work on it. The liver just wouldn’t go away, so we do a kriya to work on the liver.
The liver is known in Chinese medicine as ‘the sea of emotions’. It is known for holding intense anger among other emotions. It is also one of the closest organs to God and anger is a wedge between God and us.
Anger in its natural state is not a bad thing. I think of when I was 10 and started petting my neighbor’s dog while he was eating. Everyone tried to warn me not to do this as he growled and then snapped at me. He didn’t want me taking his food that he needed to live. This was his way of defending himself against being walked all over. We needed this anger to survive as cavemen & women.
In our world today we have come to abuse this emotion. It makes us feel power and it makes us feel alive when deeply entrenched in it. We get drunk on it. The truth is that anger is not a real emotion and is of very low vibration energetically.
Did you ever see The Wizard of Oz? There is a scene towards the end where the gang meets this ‘wizard’. He is this huge green talking head that is very scary. Then Todo sneaks off to the side and pulls a curtain. Behind the curtain is this small little man working the machine that projected this talking head. That describes anger pretty well. It is all smoke in mirrors and when you strip it down, it is just defending this frail & powerless little piece of yourself. This piece of ourselves can be a traumatic memory that caused a disharmony in your system that now makes us feel powerless.
Class goes on and the liver starts to feel better. After shivasana, the class gets up and there is no third chakra. It is completely gone. This is interesting because a liver kriya will also work with the third chakra.
By working the kriya we did, we worked with balancing out anger. The trouble is that anger is a tool that can make us feel powerful. Take that power away and we can be feel powerless. So we had to close with a meditation to fix the third chakra.
This sensation reminds me of a story. A few years ago in my corporate job, I was having a debate with a manager I work with. She is very highly respected and no one ever questions her opinions because of her reputation. She is very smart and commands respect. She was not my direct manager, but can be considered a superior. We were disagreeing on a point. It was a very calm conversation and no voices were raised, but then she suddenly yells that she is so upset that she has to go right now.
Again this is a smart person who is not used to having to reconsider her position. She is used to others just going along with what she says. There are certainly times where debates can be heated and it is time to get some air. This time felt different. It felt like since she couldn’t get me to agree like everyone else does that she had to use anger to sway me. She gets up and I am left sitting there. My mind starts going and I think that maybe I should just tell her she is right and move on. I felt bad because now she was now angry.
I use this story to just illustrate a point of how we can use anger to control others. Naturally most of us want to get along with one another. When one person gets angry we feel bad and can change our opinions to avoid conflict. If you watch some people this is constantly the game that is played.
Anyways, you take away anger as a means to manipulate and you are left to rely on your own true personal power. This is tough because this is the hard way and takes work. Yet it is the right thing to do to take responsibility and vibrate from your true self. Do this and people do things for you out of respect rather than fear. There are no short cuts in life and by using alternative means of power you are only short-changing yourself. Love is the highest vibration.