Such a variety of meanings, from the Passion of Jesus the Christ to the strong feeling that one may have for another for love or sexual desire.
(When typing the word Jesus it came out as Jews, I guess W being next to E on the Qwerty Keyboard)
But that is exactly who he, and I prefer to call him Jeshua was, because I believe that was his Jewish name. I remember how on being told that his mother Mary was a Jew, a woman said, ‘Oh no, my little Mary was a Christian not a Jew!’ Wasn’t it Paul who first used the term Kristos meaning Christed from the Greek from which came Christian as we know it today and he had never met nor heard Jeshua speak?
He was however a passionate man and the best marketing manager to take a cult to a new religion, after his vision received on the road to Damascus converting him from Saul to Paul, which I do not doubt, as many have received visions before and since, though invariably discounted by the religious hierarchy until well after their earthly life and some even accorded the status of saint when finally accepted, with the right theological provenance of course. It begs the question, ‘how could that possibly be assessed by anyone at least 100 years after the passing?’
None of this goes against the obvious passion of many followers of their chosen faith, but what does concern me is that instead of respecting the same passion of others having chosen a different path to the Divine, they can so easily resort to violence to protect their own religion believing it to be the only true way and as in the Expulsion of 1492 when the Catholics in Spain gave the Jewish communities an ultimatum to convert to Catholic Christianity, be exiled or be killed! We take so long to learn the lessons that stare us in the face, do we not?
The thing which we humans have the greatest difficulty in understanding is that we were gifted with Free-will and still we ask God or the Logos to sort out our problems and often in our prayers say, ‘according to Your will dear Lord’.
I have to say that however passionate we may be, the Logos, having given us Free-will, will not take that away from us however much of a mess we get into, because it is our job to sort it out again. That is what human existence is all about, we live in a physical world, all that happens is physical, natural to which we have a lesser or greater input, in the grand scheme of things, and it is down to us to change and put right again if we are not happy with the status quo, or our own creations. It is the physical experience which the Silent Witness or the Soul is here to experience and certainly not any interference from the Logos to which it is permanently linked.
That ability to change is what, to me it’s all about, since the Divine Directive is for us to follow our Quest and to seek Happiness (With a capital ‘H’).
So, however passionate we may be about our relationship with the Logos we should understand that we are permanently connected to the Divine Logos and however passionate we are about a relationship here in this physical world, we should also understand that however much we want to make another happy our foremost task is to make ourselves happy first.
One of the ways of doing that is to recognise that link which we have through the Soul and that simple belief and acceptance raises the level of our consciousness to that which I call happiness. Of course, this is what is meant by happiness coming from within and not from without and to me it is what faith is all about, whether we practice directly or through an intermediary priest!
So, lets face it: try making someone else happy when you are miserable, wretched and verging on suicide, or to take it to another mundane example the same reason why we need to put on the oxygen mask first in an in-flight emergency and then help children and others ! You get the picture?
You could see this as having an element of selfishness in this directive and you would be right! Look again at that desire of yours to have a loving relationship with your partner and at the same time to follow the directive of finding happiness. You can perhaps appreciate the fine dividing line that you have to tread, almost a tight rope walk!
In current and past relationships for me, to which I am sure many will agree, there was a distinct balancing act going on that appeared to be beyond my control, or was it by an unconscious desire where, although I said you can’t hope to make someone else happy when you are feeling wretched yourself, it seems that the one feeling less sick takes over to help the other in a truly loving relationship, and don’t forget it is the same for them too!
It has to be said that as in true healing between two physical beings there is an unseen and unheard hidden interchange between the individual consciousnesses of those involved which we know now are the directors of healing energies. How often do you hear in a hands on experience, ‘how did you know to go to my back when I said that I suffered headaches?’ And the headaches are cured!
So, is this not the way of a loving and passionate relationship, rather than a partnership, so called where one has to be waited on hand, foot and finger, which we hear of so often in the media these days of 21st Century Slavery?
Be happy yourself first, yes, but with com-passion for your partner and for those around you!
On the other hand some of our friends argue all the time, but still seem to maintain a loving bond and we were told, ‘our arguments were the expression of our passion for one another’, which I doubt!
But I do have passions outside of our relationship, like gardening, making stuff, Piano, water colouring and DIY … and you?
And how do you feel about your current relationship?
May your Passions be all Love and Blessings for one another, Hanukah & the Angel