The April full moon (known as the pink moon) extends an invite to know oneself and find our “satya” – our inner truth. Although it is easier to celebrate the joy and happiness within us, to befriend the darker emotions can be a scary challenge for us all. Below and beneath our surface exterior the process of alchemy calls us to examine and transform our base emotions – anger, pain, jealousy, frustration into gold! (Happiness, self-acceptance, and positivity).
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek…” Joseph Cambell
We need to free the internal blocks from our minds and bodies before they remain ready to be ignited by similar experiences. During meditation we learn to ask ourselves - “What exactly are you angry at? When did this first occur in your life?” These revelations promote a deeper understanding of ourselves as we learn to meet our needs, and tie the knots of anger, release resentments and bring forgiveness to ourselves and others. When we resist what is already inside us, tension forms and we start to suffer physically. Through entering the cave of darkness we can bring illumination and heal through understanding and knowledge.
“Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” Buddha
Through awareness of self we can find the root source of anger and bring compassion into our hearts, for ourselves and other people who are struggling with the dark emotions. Instead of becoming victims, weighed down by the heaviness of our emotions, we can learn to fly the kite of freedom through the dark places in our minds and bodies.
“Breathing in, I know that anger has manifested in me; breathing out, I smile towards my anger.” Tich Nhat Han
Through recognising our anger and not fighting or suppressing it we can embrace the self with tenderness, promoting growth and providing our own light to guide us out of the cave of darkness.