Passion is not a quality
that is foreign to you. It is not a characteristic that
some people are born with and some must do without. To
be passionate is as natural to you as breathing, as natural
as being alive. It is the source of who you are. p. 5
Passion acts like a
magnet that attracts us to its source. We are drawn to
people who radiate with passion, who live with passion,
who breathe with passion. Your passion is your true power.
The more of yourself
you offer to something the more passion you will receive
back in return. Do whatever you do with commitment. Love
whomever you love with commitment. Then, whatever you do
will be infused with passion. The relationships you have
will vibrate with passion. The choices you make will resound
with passion. p. 18
Open yourself to the
potential in this moment. Let go of how you think it should
look. Let go of how you think it should feel. Let go of
trying to control what is happening. Just let go . . .
Now, you've created the space for magic to occur. Now,
you've opened the door so that the mysterious may rush
in. Now, you've made room in your heart for passion. p.
When was the last time
you let the passionate part of you out to play? When was
the last time you felt excited just to be alive? Stop worrying
about what other people think, or if what you feel like
doing is practical, useful, or efficient. Be silly. Be
passionate. Be yourself. p. 29
Passion begins when your
bodies unite and ends where your souls dance. When your
spirits can join together at the same time as your bodies
become one, then all of you will be making love. There
will be nothing left between you that is not love. This
is sacred union, This is ecstacy. p. 43
It is in the passion
of the heart where the strength of your love will reveal
itself. Passion that lasts cannot be based merely on attraction
to a physical body that is always changing. True passion
emanates from your soul, which recognizes its mate in another
and rejoices in the miricle of your reunion. p. 47
In the very instant
your passion expresses itself, whether through an embrace,
a sweet glance, or an act of kindness, you enter into the
timeless world of the heart. It does not matter what has
happened before. It does not matter what will happen next.
All that matters is this moment. All that matters is love.
The true heart is not
a place in your body. It's a state you enter when you are
willing to feel, when you are willing to love, when you
are willing to be loved. This true heart is the core of
who you really are. It is the pulsation of your spirit.
Nothing in the physical
realm of relationships is more intimate than sharing the
passion of your body with your beloved. This passion is
the one part of you that no one else in the world sees,
the part that you keep only for him or for her. It is your
life force itself, the way your spirit dances in the flesh,
and therefore is sacred. And thus the sharing of your passion
in the form of sexual union becomes sacred as well. We
have been taught that passion is a base emotion, synonymous
with lust, and that things which are sacred have nothing
to do with the body, that they transcend the physical.
Yet isn't the body simply an expression of the spirit?
And therefore, isn't sexual intimacy a way the life force
plays upon the platform of the body? The natural passion
you feel for your partner can be a doorway into a new kind
of sexual experience, where you learn to use physical love
as an opportunity for sacred communion. The sensation of
passion is just the starting point in lovemaking. It is
the physical expression of a much more timeless, more abstract
desire. For hidden in the core of the passion is the longing
for union, for total oneness with your beloved. Your body
may be reaching out to touch your lover's body, but in
truth, it is your soul that, through the vehicle of your
body, is reaching out to touch your lover's soul. p. 41-2.
Emotional passion An
intimate relationship cannot survive over time on physical
passion alone. There must be a strong bond not just between
the bodies, but also between the hearts of two lovers.
This bond transcends sexual attraction. It is a bond of
emotional passion between you and your mate. The center
of emotional passion is in the heart, not in the sexual
organs. It is not based on infatuation, chemistry, or desire.
It is based on a deep recognition of the love in another
person, the love in your own self, and the joy these two
forces create when they play together. You can feel physical
passion for someone you don't like very much. After all,
lust and love are two different sentiments. But to feel
emotional passion for a person, you have to really like
him or her. You are passionate about your partner's character;
you are passionate about his personality; you are passionate
about his mind; you are passionate about his spirit. Unlike
physical passion, which is born of need, emotional passion
springs from an unmistaken resonance you both feel deep
within. In the end, it is emotiona passion that keeps a
marriage together for a lifetime; it is emotional passion
that allows a couple to go through great challenges and
crises and come out even closer than before; it is emotional
passion that makes you feel truly safe and truly loved.
This passion of the heart anchors your relationship in
the depths of the sea of devotion that does not waver just
because of waves of difficulty on the surface. Emotional
passion doesn't diminish when you or your sweetheart becomes
ill, or even when you aren't getting what you think you
should from each other for a while. Together, you ride
the sometimes rough surf of life, secure in the knowledge
that no storm can wash away the eternal truth of your love.