Suppression of Self
Anger is one of the four core human emotions. If you’ve never felt it, it’s not because it’s not there. You may be unaware of its presence, OR you may be aware of it but disconnected from fully feeling and expressing it. Either case offers an example of suppression.
My therapist refers to me as an imploder. For decades I unconsciously restricted my angry parts that needed an outlet, but this was not without side effects. When anger has nowhere to go but inward again and again, it devastates the body and mind.
I use the example of imploding anger here, but the extent of our suppression extends well beyond this one emotion. The ways we suppress our wholeness, our authenticity, our vitality are numerous. Suppression—and expression—happen on the level of the body, emotions, mind, and spirit. Every feeling, thought, vibe, image, sensation, and part of ourself can be regarded as a symptom that can be expressed or suppressed.
This is an important topic for revolutionary healing, because chronic suppression drives dis-ease deeper into our being, leading to chronic illness. Revolutionary healing calls for fullness of self-expression.