How To Transform Anger Into Creativity

Anger is a good thing… when we know how to be the master, and not the servant, of this powerful energy.

How can we have mastery over our anger so that we use this strong energy in the most creative way possible for positive outcomes?

Awareness is the solution. Awareness gives us choice.

How do we become more aware? Through a meditation practice.

The most powerful and effective technique I know for transforming anger into creativity, and giving us choice, is the *Gibberish Expressive Meditation.

Gibberish was first  practiced hundreds of years ago by a Sufi mystic named Jabbar. (The word “gibberish” derives from his name.) Jabbar would teach his disciples to speak in gibberish (the language children speak before they learn the language of their native country). Many became enlightened.

Speaking gibberish (step one) enables us to reconnect quickly and easily with the body, and with our emotions. We are taken (temporarily!) out of the logical mind, and are then able to give free expression to our bottled up emotions. Sitting in silence (step two) allows us to listen to our inner intelligence… and creative ideas arise.

Often, anger comes upon us suddenly and we’ve yelled at someone before we know it. A practice of the Gibberish technique helps release the backlog of stored emotions so that we become more emptied out, relaxed and calm.
An inner spaciousness is created that allows our inner intelligence and creativity to arise, quickly and easily. Then the next time someone is annoying (which they probably will be!), we can respond with less emotional charge, greater clarity, and maybe some humor.

Anger creates emotional turmoil which clouds our ability for creative communication. By dumping out this inner clutter in the context of a meditation technique, we free ourselves from the emotional charge of past conditionings and are then able to respond to a situation with present-moment awareness.

Benefits of the Gibberish expressive meditation are:

  • Releasing emotional turmoil from body and mind which is good for our well-being
  • Discovering an alternative to dumping our anger on another individual, thus avoiding a destructive chain reaction
  • Learning how to use the energy of anger and transform it into creativity and compassion
  • Transforming victim into empowerment, freeing ourselves from mental or emotional prisons
  • Becoming aware of the pain that might be underneath the anger
  • Realizing we have a choice, as to how we direct our energy
  • Becoming aware of, and accepting, our feelings
  • Deepening access to our inner stillness, wisdom and intuition

Most people do one of two things with their anger:

1. We repress it. Women, for example, are taught it is not lady-like to get angry (I certainly was!). As a result we become afraid of anger, our own or someone else’s, and become paralyzed with fear rather than being able to respond to a situation. We become victims.

2. We dump our anger on someone else which is more of a masculine characteristic. We become bullies. Victims and bullies are trapped by their own unconscious. Victims internalize their anger and bullies externalize it.

How to free ourselves?
If we are a victim and have become paralyzed with fear, the Gibberish meditation can help us get in touch with our anger, and we can learn to defend and stand up for ourselves and create boundaries. Bullies can learn to re-direct their anger into a safe context. Both then learn how anger transforms into creativity and choice. Both become empowered, freed from an unconscious habit.

We can learn to become so rooted in ourselves, that we live in our center where our inner intelligence lies. This is a place where we are so anchored to peace and calm that nothing can disturb us. We can then respond to situations rather than react from unconscious habit. The ocean has millions of waves which become agitated by the wind, but deep down the ocean is still; no wind and no hurricane can disturb it. We are like the ocean. If we live on the surface, agitated by every disturbance, we live in a constant turmoil. But we can learn how to move down to our own still depths where no one can disturb us.

Our question then becomes: how can we move from the periphery to the center and from the surface to the depths? How can we become more rooted in ourselves? Through an expressive meditation technique. It will take you from anxiety to serenity, from chaos to peace, from anger to compassion.

Don’t fight and don’t condemn. Use the hot fire of anger and transform it into the joy of creativity. This is how you gain mastery of yourself, rather than being a victim or a bully. Accept, watch the lightning, and dark thunder clouds of your inner sky and the clear blue sky will again appear.
* Here is the Gibberish Expressive Meditation Technique

Benefits: You gain instant relief from turbulent emotions and from the chattering mind. You become more calm, relaxed, and creative.

Step One: Gibberish (30 seconds)

Close your eyes. Start speaking in gibberish, any nonsense sounds. Don’t worry about what you sound like. Make any sounds that arise;  don’t speak in a language or use words that you know. Allow yourself to express whatever needs to be expressed within you. Just go totally mad. This is therapeutic madness.

Step Two: Sit in Silence and Watch with Nonjudgment and Compassion for Yourself (30 seconds)

You can practice this technique for as long, or as short, a time as you wish. Just make sure to spend an equal amount of time on each step.

There is more information on the Gibberish and other expressive meditations  in my book Laughter, Tears, Silence: Expressive Meditations To Calm Your Mind and Open Your Heart

And here is a link to my Guided Meditation CDs

I look forward to your comments.




Manuela C.
Manuela C5 years ago

Interesting, gotta try.

Ana Marija R.
ANA MARIJA R5 years ago

This reminder (of my earlier battle with myself) made my day:)) Definitely one of the most useful techniques. Thank you.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

I wish I felt no anger...

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga5 years ago


Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog5 years ago

Thanks for sharing - what an interesting concept! I love meditation but this is a new one to me!

B Jackson
BJ J5 years ago

The older I get, the quicker I am to anger from other people's deliberate mean and abusive behavior. Better try gibberish and silence.

greenplanet e.
greenplanet e5 years ago


Sometimes it's better to say nothing that say words in anger, and leave it for another time, when you are calmer, or when the issue doesn't seem so aggravating.

Pragito Dove
Pragito Dove5 years ago

Hi my readers,
Thank for for all these comments, and especially to those who have been trying this meditation technique. I want to remind you that sometimes we have a backlog of anger because we been stuffing it down for many years. My suggestion is that you make a practice of this, for example: one minute a day for 7 or 21 days, so you clear some backlog. Then, next time someone annoys you, you will be less reactive and more able to respond with clarity and find a creative solution.
As some of you mention, anger can flare up suddenly and catch us unawares. The more you have cleared out the backlog, the less likely this will happen.
Sending you all love, and joy,