Difference between Anger and Indignation

Difference between Anger and Indignation

By Brian Foster


In the Spirit realm, it is taught to control emotions, for emotions cause actions. When we succumb to anger, the effects are not beneficial to anyone. But there are methods to use your thoughts and mental force to cause actions for the benefit of all.


In the books, authored by Andre Luiz and psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier, there are always nuggets of spiritual and practical information dispersed about. In the book Between Heaven and Earth, Andre Luiz is listening to an intimate classroom discussion given by Clara on the subject of the voice. She tells her students about the importance of the voice;

“According to what we are learning this evening, speech, whatever it may be, invariably entails specific electrical energies, liberating rays of a dynamic nature. As we all know, the mind is the incessant generator of power through the positive and negative wires of the sentiment and the thought, thereby producing speech, which is an electromagnetic discharge regulated by the voice. That is why, in all of our areas of activity, the voice modulates speech. This requires the purification of the inner life, because speech, after the mental impulse, lies at the base of creation; thanks to speech, people approach and adjust themselves to the work they are responsible for, and by means of the voice, such work may be aided or retarded in space and time.”[1]

The idea of the power of thought and our need to regulate that influence is a recurring theme. In the Spirit world, and to an extent in the material world, we are our thoughts, but more importantly, our thoughts affect the world around us. Our thoughts cause actions through the electrical vibrations generated by our mind. That power must be tightly measured. The need for controlling our emotions is backed by a question from a student, “When we want to deal with a problem, is it crucial that we never become angry?”[2]


angerClara provides the answer, “Yes it is. It’s a proven fact that anger never does anyone any good. Anger is nothing more than a dangerous short-circuit in our mental energies due to a defect in our emotive world, resulting in destructive rays being emitted all around us.”[3] Words to live by. How many of us fall into the trap of anger? I know I have lost control too many times to count. The quest for improving our inner emotional balance to create the required spiritual calmness to regulate our emotions is vital for us all.

And what exactly is the danger in being angry? Clara provides the details, “On such occasions, if we aren’t with someone who possesses the insulating material of prayer or patience, the sudden imbalance in our energies causes great harm, because, when thoughts of anger become interiorized, they can cause temporary mental blindness, dragging the mind into sensations rooted in the remote past, sensations that in turn drag us down into unfortunate experiences of lower animality without even realizing it. According to what we know, anger cannot and must not be expressed in what we say. An angry person is an out of control dynamo, and coming into contact with him or her may cause the strangest disturbances.”[4] Hence, not only do we emanate corrupt vibrations, but we inadvertently reinforce emotions from a more primitive past that we should have strived to remove from our repertoire.


indignationAs we all understand, there must be times when we need to express ourselves in a stern manner. How else, in certain situations, can we communicate the importance or urgency, of a point we are attempting to deliver. The dilemma is solved by a student’s question, “What if we were to replace the term ‘anger’ with ‘indignation’?”[5] As usual, Clara provides the answer;

“Good point. We cannot finish our lesson without analyzing indignation as a state of the soul that is sometimes necessary. Of course, we must avoid excesses. Getting upset all the time about petty things demeans the gifts of life, wasting them inconsequentially without the least advantage for oneself or for others. Let’s imagine indignation as the raising of the tension in the power-plant of our organic resources, create special effects that enable us to carry out our tasks efficiently. In exceptional cases, when such a power difference impacts our daily life, we mustn’t forget to control the inflection of our voice. Just as managing electrical energy requires monitoring the voltage, we need to monitor our indignation, especially when we have to express it by means of speech, projecting our voice only with enough power that can be used by those to whom we direct the charge of our sentiments. It is crucial for us to modulate the expression of what we are saying, just like the emission of electricity is modulated.”[6]

With indignation we are using the power of our thought to amplify our force to accomplish two goals. One, is to enable us to focus our will power on the task at hand. Two, is to direct the force of our thoughts and speech to the person we are trying to spur into action.

Clara concludes her lesson with a message on the need to always control ourselves;

“Our life may be compared to a lengthy learning course in whose innumerable classes we receive and give, help and are helped. In every circumstance, serenity is always the best adviser, but in a few aspects of our struggle, indignation is needed for us to express our being repulsed by deliberate acts of rebellion against the Laws of the Lord. During this elevated mental tension, however, we must never give way to violence and we must never lose our dignity, as we’ve received from the Divine Trust the gift of higher knowledge. Thus, it is enough for us to abstain from acts that we inwardly disapprove of, because our attitude is a magnetic induction current. All around us, whoever is attuned to us usually does what he or she sees us do. Consequently, what we do is a center of attraction. Thus, we need to be very careful about what we say during moments of high tension in our emotional world so that our voice does not come out in wild cries or cruel remarks that are no more than hurtful shocks to others, sowing thorns of antipathy and revolt that are harmful to what we are supposed to be doing.”[7]

Therefore, we are all radio towers, emitting thoughts and emotions to all around us. What we send out over the airwaves can be used for good or cause chaos. We all have a level of personal responsibility, not only to ourselves, but to the world at large around us, to expand our ability to control our emotions and channel them for positive purposes.

7Tenets-Front-smallLearn more about how to control our thoughts and emotions with my book, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life, by seeing the constant guidance of the spirits around us and how they love and care for our eventual ascendance into a higher spiritual state.

Brian Foster has a BSCS degree and a MBA. He has worked in R&D for medical device corporations and in IT for large financial institutions. Brian Foster has a blog at http://www.nwspiritism.com.

Works Cited
Kardec, A. (2008). The Gospel According to Spiritism. Brasilia (DF): International Spiritist Council.
Xavier, F. C. (2011). Between Heaven and Earth. Brasilia (DF), Brazil: International Spiritist Council.

[1] XAVIER, Francisco C. Between Heaven and Earth, EDICEI, p. 143
[2] XAVIER, Francisco C. Between Heaven and Earth, EDICEI, p. 143
[3] XAVIER, Francisco C. Between Heaven and Earth, EDICEI, p. 143
[4] XAVIER, Francisco C. Between Heaven and Earth, EDICEI, p. 143
[5] XAVIER, Francisco C. Between Heaven and Earth, EDICEI, p. 144
[6] XAVIER, Francisco C. Between Heaven and Earth, EDICEI, p. 144
[7] XAVIER, Francisco C. Between Heaven and Earth, EDICEI, p. 145


One Comment

Truly brilliantly written, especially the worded expressions that (i) all realities are an “effect” . . . emanating from its principle causation – which at its ground base level, an underlying intentional electromagnetic discharge; (ii) the realities of our emotional attitudes serve both as an (a) attractive and (b) repulsive fields of reality and thus (iii) we are all disk jockeys (for or biased and cunning belief systems) with “seemingly” our very own AM and FM (Emotional: Amplitude Modulation and Frequency Modulating) broadcast towers beaming both cleansing and putrefying energetic forces into the air waves of life.

But, in my experience, I have disregarded the notion that “we are our thoughts” long ago. That being said, our thoughts do however let us know where we are both at … and not yet at … in our desperate passion to evolve into the Love of Truth’s … Truth of Love.


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