Everything in life revolves around passion. You could also translate it as ‘inspiration’. This is what I believe in. Connect with your passion and everything is much nicer, more intense and more powerful. But what is passion really? Many people think that this has to be connected to their job or career. We have the belief that passion is all about what you do and achieve every day, which is partly true too. But I feel that passion is so much more than your work. It is energy, fervor, life power. The desire to experience everything fully, where and whenever as well. What is necessary to find passion? How does it feel and where do you begin?
The untamable fire in your heart
From all the themes that are part of spiritual development, I think that passion is the most discussed subject. In my retreats and workshops in any case. I often get the question how you can find your passion and then what you need to do with it. ‘How do I make this a part of my work?’ I hear for example. Or: ‘How do I ensure that other people appreciate my passion?’ People prefer to have a laid-out step by step plan from you, which removes any doubts straightaway. But the way in which the questions are asked tells me that the true passion has not been completely touched. There is a thin line of insecurity around it, meaning that people do not truly dare to take the next step to completely free their passion.
Passion to me is something quite fundamental. It brings you to the source of being human. It invites you to celebrate life. It is the primal force that cannot be stopped. Passion does not allow itself to be caught in a plan or a scheme and it definitely doesn’t fit in with the rules. Passion is an untamable fire in your heart. You can inspire, raise and begin with the greatest things yourself. It ensures that you have enough courage to go against the overruling opinions. It can be the fuel to keep you going for nights in a row when you feel that you have got hold of something important. It can make you the most irritating person at a party, because you never stop talking about the thing that inspires you (which others are secretly jealous of). And because we are not always surrounded by people who have the same passion as we do, then often you are prone to stop. We don’t speak about it, at least: not about how we experience it from within
What passion means to me is quite simply the belief that I am alive and I may be here. That I pay attention to the things that make me happy, things that touch and intrigue me: things where I want to develop myself. Without having to take into account how others react to it. The last point can be quite a challenge sometimes, because passion is very personal. If you share it, you show everyone who you are straightaway. And that can be scary sometimes, especially if you are someone who likes to connect and is sensitive to criticism.
Shame and feelings of guilt
What I have discovered over the years is that passion touches our shame and feelings of guilt. If we see that our passion can’t be passed onto others, or there is criticism, every hour that you then spend on it, then becomes a burden. The pitfall which we have is that we try to put our passion into boxes. We want for example, to be able to explain in such a way that others understand why we do what we do. Or we make plans that have to have a certain result, so that we can show how successful we are with our passion. Or what about a difficult discussion with a stranger at someone’s birthday? How often do you catch yourself that subconsciously you are looking for names and explanations, which in other peoples’ vocabulary ‘sounds nice?’ All sorts of ways to ensure others begin to value you and your passion. The truth is that you maybe don’t take yourself seriously enough to be able to speak out freely. You need something from someone else to be allowed to feel your passion or a form of approval, otherwise you feel that you are not doing something right.
I wrestled with this a lot when I began: trying to explain in one sentence what I do and why. I have labelled it in so many ways, but when I realized that piece by piece, I told another version about myself, I saw how difficult and complicated I had made it for myself to be able to support my passion. So, I stopped with complimentary words and relating my successes. I began to completely focus on feeling. Can I show my passion, instead of labelling it? Am I able to let this be heard in my voice and in my stories, instead of having to show what I achieve? Can I free my passion completely, without having to prove something? Can I be myself, wherever I am, and embody my passion completely?
A feeling of guilt can stand in the way of you completely being able to embrace your passions. Definitely, if you are surrounded by people who are not as passionate as you, then there is a chance that you will adjust yourself. You make yourself invisible from a misplaced feeling that you may not stand above others. And even whilst there is not really any competition, if you are just who you are. Take yourself and your passion seriously, instead of feeling guilty about. Guilty feelings serve no one, neither you nor anyone else.
Three question about how to be able to reach your passion
Everything is possible with passion. I strongly believe that. Even stronger: my entire project is created from intention. I still remember how I saw the first geometrical patterns in front of me and then reproduced them on my computer. I was completely taken in, like a trance that pulled me out of my body. During these spiritual experiences I could feel that I was making contact with something much greater than myself. I felt the presence of my guides, who taught me that everything is possible if you live from passion. I was unsure about what I was doing and I wanted (from my uncertainty) to have everything completely right. ‘What is this and what can I do with it?’ ‘What is the meaning of it?’ ‘How can I pass this on?’ ‘How do I make this my work?’ Questions which came from my head and to which I didn’t receive answers: at least not from my source.
What was very inspiring in this phase, was the moment that I realized that passion has nothing to do with or having a job. You may want to manage it this way: real passion is hard to catch in something that you do from 9 to 5. It is in fact much greater. It does not stop when you are finished and clock off. You cannot think a passion, but you need to discover it, in yourself. It asks for a deep self-investigation, without wanting an outcome. I received three questions from my guides about being able to find my passion:
When do you feel the most comfortable?
When are you enthusiastic?
When are you impatient?
My answers: (1) if I am alone and I am making a new code behind my computer. (2) when I hear beautiful music and can share this with someone. (3) when I book a holiday and have to wait until it’s time to go (because I love travelling). The exercise that I received, was to attune all my choices to the future with these three answers. By doing this, my passion would show itself automatically, according to my guide.
Six months later I was in shock. I was invited to make a presentation in Canada about the power of geometry and the meaning of crop circles. I had published this and that and an organizer in Toronto want to arrange an evening about this. Then I was there and I was announced and just before I stepped onto the stage, I had the insight: this is my passion! My passion! Suddenly I saw it clearly. I was ready with a presentation, which contained my favorite music. I was travelling, in a strange country, which I had waited impatiently to visit. And in the preparation time I was often sitting behind my computer at home, making new art. Everything came together at that one moment, with the most important insight: which I could have never thought of beforehand!
Become a Master of Passion
In the next Embody webinar, the activation Passion is central. I can get excited already about this frequency, which sets a lot in motion. If you have been following the process so far, as a participant or not on the online, then it is quite possible that you are feeling restless right now. Maybe you want to get going. You want to get moving and that something is going to happen. You want to free your passion! And that it what we are going to do, on Friday 12th February 2021 (join for free). I will tell you this in advance (just like me years ago) that you must not think about a job or a career. Remain curious and open. Give your passion the space by not wanting to label it, manage or box it. Freeing the passion, that is what it’s about. Nothing more has to happen for the moment.
When I look back on the first interview that I had in the Embody Online with Wouter Tavecchio, what I noticed is that he sets his passion in the center of everything he undertakes. For him, passion is pure and unfiltered. I quote Wouter: ‘Passion can be about your own cats or in gardening’. It is not, according to him, about putting the perfect plan on the table, but purely allowing that feeling and repeatedly connecting with it. And you have to be dedicated to do that. You need the willpower to want to find your passion.
In the second interview with script writer Alex Bram from Los Angeles it was emphasized that it’s not only just about finding: ‘Just like an athlete goes to the gym every day to keep fit and be able to react quickly to the next challenge, you have to keep yourself busy and have to discipline by keep practicing’. Alex has the rule that he has to create something new every day (even if it’s just a sentence or an idea). ‘To keep trained’ (just like an athlete) the calling and living of his passion.
In other words: Passion is an inexplicable feeling that makes miracles possible and which needs to be reignited again and again – you have to actually do something. Make daily contact with it, even if only about something you are thinking: this couldn’t be something really great? Don’t undersell yourself, because passion is something incredible. Forget the result. Let go of your expectations. Just purely pay attention to the feeling: what makes my heart beat faster? Activate that feeling every day. Train yourself in that way to become a real Master of Passion and you will be astonished by what could and can happen!
From heart to heart,
EMBODY | Online workshop
In this process you will work on the grounding of your passion. You are going from the inside to the outside: from your deepest soul longing to its embodiment. Janosh takes you by the hand and offers you tools, inspiration and ways to release yourself from unnatural habits and behavior, with the intention of making you visible and who you really are.
5 Phases | 10 Activations | 4 Meditations | 5 Rituals | 6 months access
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