Oh how I love a good roar! It’s incredibly powerful and definitely healing. It gets the blocked, held energy moving to clear held emotion and reclaim our power.
So many of us have an inner roar dying to come out and be expressed, and yet we hold back. It's something that has been heavily associated with anger and rage and therefore a negative association is developed and we separate ourselves from this empowering expression. We hold back and even feel ashamed of feeling.
It's so important that we keep breaking old paradigms and creating new possibilities. The old paradigm of 'don't yell, don't be angry, don't loose your shit'.. are all creating a shutting down of our true expression. I've witnessed many people roar and release wild emotions, to find their way back to wholeness.
So here's a possible paradigm shift around rage...
If you look at the dictionary definition for ‘rage' there is a wide range of meanings. From, 'what’s the rage' (computer games are all the rage) to uncontrollable anger, of course this is what we associate with for the most part. But here's the thing, rage according to the dictionary is; to (of an emotion) have or reach a high degree of intensity.
The idea that we can’t be in our full expression, have our edginess, our raw emotions, our inner wildness unleashed as it is unacceptable behaviour, is only creating suppression and division within ourselves. And that just ain’t healthy!
Sometimes the only way to release unhealthy held emotions is to feel it in all it’s intensity and to rage it out; whether that be through breath, movement, or sound. It’s the body’s intelligence calling in it's healing power. Just look at most tribes and indigenous cultures, the Custodians of the land all have a ritualised dance. It’s an embodied wisdom. One that we in the western world have become so disconnected from.
We see babies and young children do it all the time, and yet if an adult was to display the same characteristics they would be thought of as dangerous, out of control or even insane!
To have or reach a high degree of emotional intensity, often the first thing other's will want to do is try shut you down. It’s labelled as wrong, so we then repress the emotions; we feel shame, we hide it, deny it, and try to control it... and yet it’s always there hiding in the shadows, awaiting ignition. Only now it's even more charged and susceptible to becoming fully activated and potentially out of your control.
There are places to let a good 'rage out' go; in the car (preferably whilst no one is next to you... just saying), a secluded beach, a cliff top, on the dance floor. Seriously it’s such great therapy to just let it go! In the right environment, with the right intention it’s so liberating, although at first it can feel strange as we’ve been told we can’t rage. So we slowly breakdown the barriers to find our roar!
Often when we allow our full range of emotions we can breakdown and release through crying, to then feel better soon after. Or perhaps we skip the tears and find we immediately return to stillness, love and joy. Or whatever essence we desire. Bottom line, we feel so much more in alignment, we feel the return of our power, we feel the pulse of aliveness, our life-force returned and activated.
As Brene Brown says, ‘We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions."
PS - Below is Timothy, he loves to rage :-) See his testimonial and much more about how we get our roar on at retreat - Greatness Warriors Bali Retreat, September 2018.
Lara lives in Melbourne Australia.