Dealing with Violence, Anger, etc..

edited May 2013 in Anger
There was a great deal of talk at this point about violence, anger, hostility, etc., and ways of dealing with it and moving on to more positive spaces in ourselves.

IDEALLY, THIS TEACHING WOULD PROVIDE SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE TRUST LEVEL WOULD GIVE PERMISSION TO VENTILATE THE ANGER [a primitive but effective way to deal with it]. BUT REMEMBER THAT ANGER IS AN EMOTION FELT BY THE EGO WHEN ITS EXPECTATIONS GO UNFILLED, OR EVEN WORSE, IGNORED. WHAT SHOULD DEVELOP WITHIN A TEACHING IS THE “STEWARD” [a Gurdjieff word for what some others call the “higher self”] WHO CAN STAND ASIDE IN EACH OF YOU AND OBSERVE THE EGO VENTILATING ITS WRATH. BUT WE [in this teaching] MUST REALIZE THAT ONLY A FRACTION OF SELF IS ANGRY. THERE IS NEVER A TIME WHEN ALL THE OVERLEAVES ARE ANGRY OR SAD OR HAPPY. IF THAT EVER HAPPENED, EITHER ENLIGHTENMENT OR DISINTEGRATION WOULD OCCUR. FOR INSTANCE , INTELLECTUAL CENTER CANNOT EXPERIENCE ANGER.

We talked about the critical nature of clarity of perception, being able to [accurately] see what’s happening — everything starts with what you see.

THE INTELLECTUAL CENTER, WHEN IT PERCEIVES HOSTILITY, RETREATS. THE EMOTIONAL CENTER SULKS, AND ONLY THE MOVING CENTER MOVES TOWARD THE SOURCE. IN OTHER WORDS, EACH OF THE OVERLEAVES PERCEIVES THE SITUATION IN QUITE A DIFFERENT LIGHT. AS YOU MOVE TOWARD MORE UNDERSTANDING, THEN THE PERCEPTIONS BECOME MORE UNIFIED, AND MANY TIMES MORE ACCURATE, AS THE OVERLEAVES COME TOGETHER ON A PERCEPTION. THIS ACCOUNTS FOR SUCH EXPERIENCES AS YOU HAVE DESCRIBED. THE MOVING CENTERED WARRIOR IN THE YOUNGER CYCLES WILL REACT TO HOSTILITY WITH A WELL-AIMED PUNCH IN THE NOSE, WHILE THE OLDER INTELLECTUALLY CENTERED SCHOLAR WILL ATTEMPT TO OBSCURE WITH A SMOKE SCREEN OF VERBAL TRIVIA.

SOURCE: Michael Teachings Transcripts
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