Anger is a response of fear, self-absorption, and self-inflation which can lead to indifference and hatred. Most often anger is an overreaction to a situation. There is nothing wrong with anger, but one needs to be able to manage anger in a healthy way. How do we use visualization to work with our anger? Dr. Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. writes in his book, The Four Insights-Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers, ”As a form of a prayer, visualization…uses the language of images”.
To relieve anger, author Gerald Epstein, M.D. recommends the following Sitting Through Anger Exercise in his book Healing Visualizations Creating Health Through Imagery:
1. Close your eyes. Breathe out three times.
2. See yourself sitting inside your anger. Look at it. Decide how you want to release and dispose of it.
3. Breathe out once, and after ridding yourself of anger, place in the newly vacated space an opposite image and visualize sitting in the center of a beautiful lotus flower.
4. You might want to visualize yourself floating or sitting in the center of clouds.
5. Remember it is best to find your own images coming directly from your own experience.
6. Then open your eyes, knowing that the anger is gone.