Reiki Techniques Card Deck: Card 12September 27, 2023
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I’ve often noticed that anger is perceived as a motivational force in our culture—a fiery catalyst that spurs us into action. While this might sound empowering on the surface, working with the Reiki Precepts and contemplating the precept “Do Not Anger” has made me question the true nature of this volatile emotion.
Anger, in its essence, is a reactive state, spiralling out of control, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. From strained relationships to impaired well-being, the repercussions are damaging for you and everyone around you. In my years of practising and teaching the system of Reiki, I’ve discovered that there are ways of working with anger rather than simply suppressing it. One of the most effective ways is by working with another of the Reiki precepts, in an unusual way, to transform it into something constructive: “Be compassionate to yourself and others” with wrathful compassion.
So, what exactly is wrathful compassion? Unlike anger, which is often directed outward in a destructive manner, wrathful compassion is rooted in awareness and a keen sense of responsibility. It’s about being intensely present and passionately committed to positive change, without the collateral damage that anger can cause.
Experiencing compassion can feel like a warm, beautiful hug that envelops us much the way we might have been held as a child—nurtured, safe, and deeply loved. It’s a gentle embrace that whispers, “You are cared for”, soothing our emotional bruises and reassuring our hearts. In that sacred space, we find comfort and the freedom to be our authentic selves, cushioned by an emotional softness that asks for nothing in return.
Contrastingly, experiencing wrathful compassion is akin to being a loving parent who sets boundaries for their child. It’s a compassionate force that says, “I love you enough to say ‘no’, to guide you, and to insist on what’s best for you, even if it’s uncomfortable”. This form of compassion is not soft; it’s fierce. It’s the hand that holds us back from running into the street, the voice that tells us hard truths for our own good, the energy that pushes us to grow even when growth is painful. While it may not feel like a hug, it’s love in action, a tough love that serves us.
This fierceness is vividly personified in Fudo Myoo, the Japanese deity often depicted sitting amidst flames, sword in one hand and a lasso in the other. Considered the wrathful form of the serene Dainichi Nyorai (representative of the Shinpiden Reiki III symbol and mantra), Fudo Myoo embodies the essence of wrathful compassion. His sword is not a weapon of destruction, but one that decisively cuts away illusions, fears, and anything that hinders spiritual progress. His lasso pulls us away from our misguided paths and back towards our true selves. The flames that surround him are not meant to harm but to purify, burning away the impurities that cloud our judgement. Fudo Myoo’s stark imagery serves as a powerful metaphor for the transformative force of wrathful compassion—a love so strong it dares to confront, challenge, and refine us for our own spiritual betterment.
Wrathful compassion brings to light a nuanced approach to dealing with life’s challenges. It’s not just about the absence of anger; it’s about channeling your emotional energy with intent and purpose. Take the energy of anger, alter your perspective, and allow yourself to be infused with love and passion. The effects will ripple outwards. Imagine a world where our interactions are fuelled by wrathful compassion rather than reactive anger. The changes would not only be deeply personal but societal. It starts with each of us. By making the commitment to practice wrathful compassion, we’re taking a step towards a more harmonious world.
The wisdom embedded in the Reiki precept “Do Not Anger” embraces the transformative force of wrathful compassion. In essence, wrathful compassion is the powerful undercurrent in the river of change, allowing us to flow with life’s challenges rather than crash against them. Try it!