Finding the Treasure at the Root of Outrage

If you feel a deep outrage at the suffering you see around you, investigate the root of your outrage. Go all the way into it with your consciousness, without expressing it or acting it out, denying or repressing it. You may experience another emotion under the outrage. Relatively speaking, outrage is superficial.

If you let your heart break deeper than it has ever been broken you might find that it holds a treasure for you:

Under the outrage is often a profound despair at the endless cruelty (or mindless destruction of the environment, for another example), seemingly everywhere you look.

If you get to this point of despair, right now, as you read this, allow your consciousness to fall into the core of this despair. Despair is the one emotion that is most avoided. To meet despair means to let go of any story about despair. Simply meet it in innocence so that you can discover what is at the core. Then you can discover that your despair holds a treasure from the depths of yourself.

Are you willing to invite despair, which you have hated, which you have sent away, into your heart? Are you willing to see that hating despair and sending it away won’t get rid of it? Are you willing to say, “Okay, despair, come in, let me meet you as you are?” When you do, you feel in alignment with the outrage. But you can also be in alignment with what you discover at the cover of despair? That core is the truth of your being. If you are in alignment with that, you are in alignment with all. Nothing is excluded.

There is so much unexperienced grief in the closed heart, but the heart broken open sets grief free. When you meet your own pain, grief, or despair all the way, you discover that each holds the gem of truth.

Adapted from The Diamond in Your Pocket, by Gangaji (Sounds True, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Gangaji. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.
Adapted from The Diamond in Your Pocket, by Gangaji (Sounds True, 2005).

27 comments

Jane Warren
Jane Warren3 years ago

thnx for this

Nimue Pendragon

Very true, Annie. Been there done that. Thanks for sharing :)

Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago

okay.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

After the mindless destruction of the environment, where exactly is this "gem"? All I'm seeing is
Big Biz polluting our air, food and water and it's getting worse and worse. Am I missing something? I think it's futile to be "outraged" when you can't DO anything about it. Perhaps we should fine and imprison these poisoners of our CHILDREN and see how they like that.
No more outrage, just take care of the problem.

Sue H.
Sue H.4 years ago

Still looking for that "treasure", have not found that "gem" of truth.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for this article.

Miss May
Ashley Piechocki4 years ago

This makes me think of the book that I just read, "The Secret Life of Bees" where one of the characters in the story, May Boatwright, had her own personal wailing wall, because her heart would get too heavy with everything that had made her sad or upset, so she would write it on a note and stick the note in her stone wall.

"A worker bee weigh less than a flower petal, but she can fly with a load heavier than her. But she only lives for or five weeks. Sometimes not feeling is the only way you can survive"

~ May Boatwright from "The Secret Life of Bees"

Miss May
Ashley Piechocki4 years ago

This makes me think of the book that I just read, "The Secret Life of Bees" where one of the characters in the story, May Boatwright, had her own personal wailing wall, because her heart would get too heavy with everything that had made her sad or upset, so she would write it on a note and stick the note in her stone wall.

"A worker bee weigh less than a flower petal, but she can fly with a load heavier than her. But she only lives for or five weeks. Sometimes not feeling is the only way you can survive"

~ May Boatwright from "The Secret Life of Bees"