Even if you feel anger about something that happened in the past, the feeling of anger is still always in the present moment. You may be swimming in a beautiful lake and start thinking about a person whom you think is a hypocritical egomaniac. Instead of being in the present moment with the serenity of the lake, you are now consumed with fury at what this person did and said. Your NOW has turned into a fiery pit of anger.
You are irate and plan on what you will say to them next time you see them. You jump into the future and picture different scenarios. This is a great example of how the ego mind cannot abide in the peace of the present moment. It wants to prod at some hurtful situation in the past. It wants to get angry to validate itself as always being right. These people and events don’t fit into your picture of how life should be. Anger then prods you to act, often in destructive ways and take it out on innocent victims.
Therefore, anger is one of the most powerless emotions we can have. It comes from following our fearful ego minds instead of trusting in Life. We can feel indignant at cruelty and do something to address it, for our emotions are part of the Overall Plan too. The negative emotions, such as anger, are there to guide us through creating a life that we love. We can use anger as a geiger counter for whether a situation is right for us.
So we don’t want to shut anger down completely and stomp it out from the face of the earth. It is mistake to think that all we can tolerate are the sweet emotions, such as love and affection. The Universe equipped us with all the emotions. We can feel anger, honestly and receptively. We can then look within to see if we are simply not accepting life as it is, if it is just one more passing mood, or if it is a call to action.