How Anger Gets Passed Around and What to Do About It

angerToday is Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

I found a cartoon, currently making its way around Facebook,, that was a perfect illustration of how anger gets passed around.  Unfortunately, I can no longer find it. In the cartoon, the boss gets mad at one of his employees.  The employee goes home after work and finds fault with his wife because there was a hole in one of his socks.  His wife, now in an irritable mood, scolds their child for writing with crayons on the wall, and the child in turn scolds the cat for breaking something.  It doesn’t even matter whether the person we get angry at actually did something wrong, because anger is not the only way to react.  It’s possible to express our displeasure without full-blown anger.

Part of the reason this sort of thing happens is due to a phenomenon known as the Law of Facsimiles.  For those of you who are in your fifties and younger, “facsimile” was the original word for a “fax,” a kind of combination copy machine and phone that sends documents electronically.   It was in use before we had email, and businesses still use it today.  The idea of the Law of Facsimiles is the same as the basic idea of a fax machine – sending copies at a distance, only what is copied is a strong emotion.  People broadcast their emotions all the time without realizing it.  When their emotions are very strong, such as when they are angry, they broadcast their anger, even if they don’t actually say anything to you.  Have you ever been aware that someone was angry the minute he or she walked into the room?  Sure you have – because you were picking up their broadcast.

We pick up on other people’s emotional broadcasts without realizing it.  In places where people are jammed together in a small space, such as a school or an office, one person can broadcast his or her anger and several people will pick it up.  They might not have anything to be angry about, but all the same they begin to feel irritable, and almost anything can set it off.  In fact, sometimes it seems that when we have an emotion such as anger that we have “copied” from someone else, we subconsciously begin to look for a reason to express that anger.

A crowd mentality works this way, too.  Many mass demonstrations start out with a small group of people , but their anger or unrest gets broadcast to a crowd of people nearby, and soon the whole crowd is chiming in, and the crowd turns into an angry mob.  This is what happens at protest demonstrations and sometimes at sports events where fights break out between fans of the opposing teams.  It is also a phenomenon in the United States (and some other countries, as well), every election year.

Anger isn’t the only thing that gets passed around.  We broadcast and pass along our fears, as well.  Certain fearmongers do it intentionally, setting off a psychic wave of fear that gets broadcast subconsciously among the people.  In the U.S., both major parties are guilty of this.  Media personalities do this, too, on both ends of the political spectrum.

choose inner peaceWhat can we do about it?  Well, once you’re aware that it happens, you will begin to notice it for yourself.  When you notice what’s going on, realize that you can choose to buy into it or not.  You can choose consciously not to allow these broadcasts to enter your personal space.  It is as easy as surrounding yourself with white light or a wall of mirrors in your imagination. The mirrors face outward, and bounce back anything broadcast that is sent to you.  The white light acts like a force field that simply neutralizes the broadcasts.  When you use an imaginative technique like this and add to the image your intention for inner peace, you are actually re-programming your subconscious.  It may take up to three weeks to get the program up and running in your subconscious the first time, but once you get the hang of it, you can re-enter this peaceful space at any time.  Spend as little as 20 minutes a day in a meditation where you surround yourself with protection and focus your intention on achieving inner peace.  Then next time you notice that people around you are irritable and moody, go to your inner sanctum and their broadcasts will not enter your space.  You will be able to stay clearheaded and focused, able to deal with situations without contributing to the general unrest.

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Remember that inner peace is something you can choose.  You don’t have to allow people or events to control how you feel and how you react.  It is the first step to true personal and spiritual freedom.  🙂

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