Feb 1 2018
Here is a message from Archangel Gabriel (via Shelley Young), which I’d like to share with my readers. But first we’ll take a look at the so-called “anger types” described by the enneagram system to set the stage for us. Is it spiritual to express anger?
What are anger types?
The enneagram system has nine personality types arranged into three “triads” based on their fundamental psychological orientation, which is centered in their head, heart or gut instincts. Each triad is associated with an ego defense developed in childhood (below). For example:
- Doing triad: enneatypes 8, 9 and 1 are body centered and driven by knowing via their gut instincts, so they tend to act before thinking or feeling. They have anger/rage issues.
- Feeling triad: enneatypes 2, 3 and 4 are emotionally centered in the heart, so their first reaction is to feel something before doing or thinking. They have shame/sadness issues.
- Thinking triad: enneatypes 5, 6 and 7 are mentally centered in the head, so their reaction is to plan or overthink things before feeling or doing. They have fear/anxiety issues.
In each triad one type overexpresses the function (types 2, 5, 8), one type underexpresses it (types 1, 4, 7), and one type is confused or out of touch with the function (types 3, 6, 9).
- For example, in the Doing triad, type 8 (Leader) overexpresses its instinctual energy and externalizes anger, while type 1 (Reformer) internalizes anger or resists acting on its instincts. Type 9 (Peacemaker) is out of touch with its anger, passion and zest for life.
- No matter what personality type we are, we use all three centers, but not equally. Each type has a preferred center (body/heart/head) supported a secondary center in the adjacent triad, which leaves the third center repressed or underdeveloped.
These dynamics create characteristic “issues” associated with each personality type (below):
From the soul’s perspective, each triad corresponds to one of the three spiritual forces we’re trying to master here: Love (feeling), Wisdom (thinking) and Power (doing). Here is a wheel that summarizes the preferred, support and repressed forces (centers) in each enneatype:
Note: The inner circle represents the distorted primary force (center) that the ego prefers to form around; the middle circle is the supporting force, and the outer circle is the repressed or underdeveloped force that needs to be better balanced with the primary force. For example:
- Enneatype 1 is learning to use Power with Wisdom (to not be rash), while type 8 is learning to use Power with Love (to not be ruthless). Both are anger types, but they differ in their blueprint and focus in life to balance themselves in all three centers.
- Types 3, 6 and 9 are different, because their primary center is cut off from the other two centers, which they’re trying to reconcile by dividing their self into two different modes:
- Type 3 is divided into a functioning mode (Power+Wisdom) or a feeling mode (Love).
- Type 6 is divided into a duty mode (Power+Love) or a thinking mode (Wisdom).
- Type 9 is divided into a daydreaming mode (Love+Wisdom) or a sensing mode (Power).
- These types need to work on their primary center and integrate it with the other mode.
Is it spiritual to express anger?
Let’s see what Archangel Gabriel has to say about it, as channeled by Shelley Young.
“There are two predominant energies enlightening human beings are often reluctant to acknowledge within themselves or express – grief and anger. They feel the emotions are not spiritual enough, are not valid because they are not in line with their highest selves, or do not wish to add what they consider to be a negative emotion to the collective. Dear Ones, we urge you to take the time to lovingly create a space to fully and safely feel any unresolved emotions you may have.
Your emotions, all of them, are part of your human experience. Not acknowledging them does not make them not exist, it simply keeps them as an active part of your energetics. If you don’t take the time to fully experience them and honour them, they will frequently bubble up in their desire to be loved back into wholeness.
If you have lost someone you love, your grief is a beautiful indication of how much you cared. Even though you know through your beliefs that the soul, and your relationship lives on, albeit in a different form, it is perfectly appropriate and recommended to allow yourself time to grieve the loss of the physical presence of that person in your life. You go through a profound energetic shift when a loved one transitions, and your grieving process is what allows you to process that shift. Your tears are cleansing and healing.
So many enlightening human beings have been misunderstood, abused, ridiculed, abandoned, rejected, or dismissed, not only in this lifetime, but in previous life expressions. Not acknowledging the justifiable anger of such mistreatment is to keep yourself in victim consciousness. Your anger is appropriate if you can see it as a desire to experience fairness, proper treatment, and to be respected and treated in ways that honour you.
Your anger over mistreatment is a tool to move you into creating healthier boundaries and expressing your own self love as your own loving guide and parent. Allow yourself to feel how things were not okay, to process those feelings, and to move forward in a way that is healthier, more balanced, and empowered.
Anger is fear yelling for love and protection. Transmute your anger, and your fear, by showing up for yourselves with understanding and reassurance. Grief frequently accompanies anger and fear particularly if you have been victimized. Understand that if you have been abused your innocence is still available to you in the form of your inner child. It is never too late to go back and give yourself the care, protection, love, and understanding you deserved and never got. You are absolutely capable of holding the space for your own healing. From that place of wisdom and self responsibility, you will also be willing to reach out for extra support if you need it.
Once you have allowed yourself to fully feel the emotions that can seem so scary and unspiritual, but deserve your love and attention, you will be able to truly move forward in lighter and more empowered ways. Allow those emotions to come up in their own rhythm as they are ready to be healed, trusting in the wisdom of your soul, and love all of it as a sacred practice of acceptance and transmutation, for all of you is divine and beautiful, especially the tender human part of you.” ~Archangel Gabriel
I hope this helps you see how ALL of us are trying to balance the three spiritual forces of Love, Wisdom and Power in various ways. When it comes to relationships between enneagram opposites, such as types 8 and 1, you’re going to have fireworks! They’re like The Odd Couple (1968) – IMDb. You could say: What have I married? Or what a blessing it is to be able to release your anger as needed! Of course, it always helps if we don’t take ourselves too seriously and are able to laugh about our life, as it unfolds. 😉
For more information, please see:
Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson: Understanding the Enneagram (Revised edition), 2000
Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson: The Wisdom of the Enneagram, 1999
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