1 (a): the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death; (b): an oratorio based on a gospel narrative of the Passion
2 obsolete: suffering
3: the state or capacity of being acted on by external agents or forces
4 (a) emotions or emotions distinguished from reason; (b) intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction; (c): an outbreak of anger
5 (a): ardent affection, Love; (b) a strong liking or desire for devotion to some activity, object, or concept; (c): sexual desire; (d): an object of desire or deep interest
Passion (n.): late 12th century, “sufferings of Christ on the Cross,” from Old French passion “Christ’s passion, physical suffering” (10th century), from Late Latin passionem “suffering, enduring,” from past participle stem of Latin pati “to suffer, endure,” possibly from Proto-Indo-European root *pe(i)- “to hurt.”
Sense extended to sufferings of martyrs, and suffering generally, by early 13th century; meaning “strong emotion, desire” is attested from late 14th century, from Late Latin use of passio to render Greek pathos. Replaced Old English þolung, literally “suffering,” from þolian (v.) “to endure. “Sense of “sexual love” first attested 1580s; that of “strong liking, enthusiasm, predilection” is from 1630s. The passion-flower so called from 1630s.
The name passionflower — flos passionis — arose from the supposed resemblance of the corona to the crown of thorns, and of the other parts of the flower to the nails, or wounds, while the five sepals and five petals were taken to symbolize the ten apostles — Peter … and Judas … being left out of the reckoning. [“Encyclopaedia Britannica,” 1885]
“As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973, born Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, Chilean poet-diplomat and politician, adopted pen name in memory of Czechoslovak poet Jan Neruda (1834-1891); won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.)
“I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly.”
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, English author and screenwriter, best known for his 1932 novel, “Brave New World”)
“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke”
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890, considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt, although during his lifetime he was shunned and remained poor)
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
Roald Dahl (1916-1990, British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot, sold over 200 million copies of his book worldwide, best known for his books like “My Uncle Oswald,” “James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”)
“By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing.
And he vows his passion is,
Lady make note of this --
One of you is lying.”
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, civil rights activist, journalist, master of the short fiction, a blacklisted screenwriter, and one of the sharpest wits of the Algonquin Hotel’s “Round Table,” a New York literary group famous for hosting the wittiest debates and banter.)
“sex is the consolation you have when you can't have love”
Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014, Colombian novelist and one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, mostly for his masterpiece written in 1967, “One Hundred Years of Solitude.”)
“And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire.”
Charles Dickens (1812-1870, quintessential Victoria author who wrote epic stories of vivid characters like, “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Great Expectations,” and A Christmas Carol.”)
“Anyone who is observant, who discovers the person they have always dreamed of, knows that sexual energy comes into play before sex even takes place. The greatest pleasure isn't sex, but the passion with which it is practiced. When the passion is intense, then sex joins in to complete the dance, but it is never the principal aim.”
Paulo Coelho (b. 1947, Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for writing “The Alchemist”)
“As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.” — Pablo Neruda
There’s an immense power in Divine Passion especially as an energy combined with love and devotion. Its flame is eternal and its fire has the capacity to transform and perfect our souls. However, most of us are afraid of passion (think of the volcano), because intuitively we know its capacity to consume and simultaneously transmute.
We like the idea of control, even if our status quo doesn’t work or fit anymore.
Dancing freely and fearlessly with passion dissolves our notion that sex is not its only platform, although sex is a sacred bridge to intimacy, vulnerability, and an opened heart.
Instead, what we often try to do is sidestep our true desires by diluting, distorting and masking sexual desire as a drug, rather than as a medicine to awaken us.
True and abiding passion eclipses utter joy in all that we endeavor, and leads us to our life purpose and unique mission. Without passion we cannot live a truly meaningful life. We need passion to be creative, to desire, and to be a part of Cosmic Dance. This means cultivating a beginner’s mind.
When we were children we flowed effortlessly in play and passion. Our worlds were full of imagination, enchantment and wonder. We had quick access to The Divine and The Great Spirit. We loved fearlessly and unconditionally up until the world’s noise pummeled and programmed us to listen more to our external voices rather than our own inner wisdom. We got distracted into lining up to structures that were not of our own making.
Somehow, we have to get back on track, back on course, and we must not delay in our pursuits. Divine Passion is one our greatest spiritual practices, one that initiates and charges our desires, imaginations, creative thoughts and actions.
Be well, my friends.
Miraculously Yours, Tonya