A few days ago I read this in the Bhagavad Gita:
“Arjuna said: What is it that impels a man to commit sin, even involuntarily, as if driven by force, O Varshneya? (3.36)
“The Blessed Lord said: It is desire, it is anger, born of rajo-guna, all-consuming and most evil. Know this to be the enemy here on earth. (3.37)”
It occurred to me that this is Yin and Yang. Desire is Yin. Anger is Yang. They are two sides of the same coin.
I am wondering if all intense desire (such as addiction) originates from anger.
According to JD the origin of emotional imbalance is misperception. Yang is the mind and perception. Yin is the heart and feeling. So problems start with Yang and are solved by Yin.
Misperceived experiences create impressions in the mind. They are fixed points that are stamped into the psyche. Fixed points are Yang: singular, unchanging, and without options to move. Yin is flexible, changing, and has multiple options to move.
So the solvent for fixed points is Yin. A fixed point by nature is hot, angry, intense, painful and demanding, but it is unable to express itself. Yin arises spontaneously to dissipate that energy. However, if Yin doesn’t have the capacity to stand the heat, then it takes the line of least resistance and may express it in the form of addictive behaviour: alcohol, drugs, work, food, sex, etc.
My thoughts haven’t been around how Yin expresses the energy, more about how Yin dissolves the fire of Yang and finally solves the problem.
It seems to me that Yin has two main aspects: feeling (inner) and relationship (outer). So the first avenue for dissolving the fire of Yang is simply to feel the energy and let it dissipate. This is most effective when the energy is subtle.
If the energy is too strong then the solution appears to be relationship, ie finding and applying the opposite – a kind of match-making. Finding the antidote is like cracking a safe – it requires listening very carefully until you hear the click. This is when the DM, OM, Integra Protocol, Great Discovery and similar methods come in.
If the fiery Yang energy is still too strong, as in the case with many addictions, then Yin cycles back to feeling – but on a grosser level. This is where methods like Somatic Experiencing are great – letting the energy dissipate and shake out through the body.
Finally if the inner charges are not resolved within then they become manifest without in the form of circumstances and people. Yin switches from feeling to relationship and the energy is played out externally with others, rather than being dissolved internally.
It seems to me that the power behind compulsive behaviour is anger. Without it the desire alone would not “impel a man to commit sin, even involuntarily, as if driven by force.” A big desire without big anger – wouldn’t that be like a one-sided magnet? Thwarted desire often seems to be accompanied by anger.
If you have any thoughts about whether anger is the origin of addiction and compulsive behavior, then please let me know.