Anger Massage – Working out knots and burning up the ego

Last week I had a massage. It was a Christmas gift. It was so awesome: my muscles were tight, making it very painful at times and at the end when I stood up, I nearly passed out. I’ve heard stories about people getting massages and releasing all kinds of emotions; the explanation being that the body can store memories.

After my massage, I felt angry.  For about two days straight. I suppose it could have been just the prolonged stress of having more things to do than time to do them and a seeming lack of payoff. Either way, I was angry at everyone and everything. The anger wasn’t a righteous anger; it was an egoic anger; anger about working so hard and not making very much progress with no real resolution in sight and my thinking was something like “What’s the point?”

Angrily, I listened to a 20 minute synopsis of “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle. There was something said that really got to me:

“One of the ego’s many erroneous assumptions, one of its many deluded thoughts is ‘I should not have to suffer,’ that thought itself lies at the root of suffering. Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego.”

That second sentence stopped me in my anger tracks. I had to listen to it several times before I could actually hear it. And then I felt a measure of peace. I started thinking about other people again. Everyone that suffers doesn’t have to suffer in vain. There may be a point; a higher good being served. Being aware of the suffering of others may inspire emotions such as sympathy, empathy and compassion. Maybe even bringing us to the point where we can take on their perspective; walk a mile in their shoes. In that light, I can see how consciousness evolves and the ego burns up in a person. Sometimes we will have to go against the grain. And it will make us, all of us, more conscious, if we let it. Or it won’t. We get to choose.

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4 Responses to Anger Massage – Working out knots and burning up the ego

  1. Nina Alvarez says:

    Thanks, I had a deep massage today and am feeling angry and not sure why. This helped. Plus I loved Tolle.

  2. Sam says:

    You’re welcome, I’m glad this helped!

  3. Tatiana says:

    I am MORE easily angered and stirred up right after a massage. During the massage i feel good but if i go out of thespa as i did today and a primitive sexist guy says something- i get SO agitated and i think it’s because he disturbed my deep peace.
    I am high strung and usually if my life is stressful i get stressed very easily like now. I have a million things to doand like you they aren’t getting done fast enough.
    Suffice to say that I want to make a majormoveand until i have my paperwork for my dual citizenship in order it’s a no-goandit just FEELS like i amnever going to get out of here when realistically i only have to go to thedentidt tomorrow and a notary with a friend so i can be out of here sooner than i planned i’m just stressing about these final steps.
    Also, i wasat my dentist”s ofgice todayand it seemed like people were picking up an agressivevibe from melike they could feel my agitation too- that was weird- usually people are oblivious i guess i was really pissed at that taxi driver hitting on me.

  4. adam says:

    I had an excellent massage and I came out wanting to fight I don’t know why maybe it released my anger it was the best massage I had tbough

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