I've had several people message me commenting that I write with such passion for the Gods. Not the first time I've had that noun applied to me or my writings, but I've had a cluster lately and I started to think. First, what really is passion, secondly, why is that coming across to others, and thirdly, why is it so important people comment on that quality?
I looked up the word passion. Dictionary.com provides an initial definition of: any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.... Passion is synonymous with ferver, zeal, ardor, wrath, and fury.
Wow. Is that what people get when they read what I write? Admittedly, that is often how I feel when I write about my Gods. It's not just a powerful emotion though- google blue waffle or harlequin baby and you will have a passing powerful emotion also.
True passion, however, is a gift of Spirit, a gift of unbridled enthusiasm that has its own energy. This energy is not only observable, but transferable. It's about pursuit, a compulsion to act, to create. In this context passion is excitement that moves one to stray off a beaten path and to move into a new domain full of wonder and zeal. Passion peels away that veneer separating what is often said with what actually is.
Above I gave a definition for passion. That 'powerful or compelling emotion' means many things to many people. It can mean doing things with fondness. It can mean an awakening of inner desires that drives them to the superhuman. For others the word stands for something they can love with sincerity, that thing that allows them to wake every morning with eagerness and delight. Passion is defined differently by many. When it comes down to it though, passion itself is what defines.
My passion for the Gods has not only defined me but has given perseverance and self-discipline. It isn't about happiness. Anyone who's read my blog Pearl of Trust knows that my pursuit in service and devotion hasn't always made me happy. However, I still had that passion, that zest that gave me the drive to carry on. My passion gave me the courage to keep marching and work through my blockages and inner turmoil. This great, persevering emotion I have for the Gods pulls me through those issues allowing me to take those risks, jump off those cliffs and attain authenticity.
" ... to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.” ~ Meredith Monk
That's why it comes across. Authenticity. Agree or don't with my writings but it is clear that I believe in what I write. It is clear I love my Gods with a ferver that takes my breath away. It is clear my daily life, every breath I take, is in devotion to my Gods. Some may adore me, some may respect me, some may despise me, but no one can say I don't have a conviction in love and service. I write what I write, I stand by my thoughts and beliefs. Heimdallr has mandated I take a stand in what I write, Heimdallr has given me this gift of authenticity. That is my power of passion.
So why does this stand out for people? I wonder if some are afraid of the power of passion and the resultant authenticity. If being forced to see and determine the what is from the what isn't, of being able to see who they are, who they are becoming, and who they can never be is too frightening.
Many people have taken risks and been burned, they've been buried under the weight of nay sayers and dogma obsessed pedantics. Many have feather brushed the edges of passion but recoil at the first prick of that intensity's thorn. It's possible then that those souls fringed with fear can smell the authenticity and by it's passionate transferability are awakened to the very real reality that this could also be them. They could delve within/without, take that leap and grab hold of their own passion. I most certainly hope so and that is a service I am honored to be providing for the Gods.
Should people be afraid of passion? Yes. They should. Every risk comes with pain, every passion has a point of despair. Passion will make you skin your elbow when you fall, will bust your nose when you smack into that glass door. But how much more powerful one's life can be if that passion is embraced, with its highs and lows? Can we trust ourselves to the reception of experience, to commit to the perseverance and discipline that only true heartfelt passion demands? Can we stand by our own authenticity, our definition of self in service to our Gods?
Those are questions only the individual can answer. I said yes.
"Tell me what your passion is and I'll tell you who you are" ~ John Little Prince