your passion quest. a kind of manifesto.
“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”
― Joseph Campbell
You have an inner source code – a soulcode — that holds the secret to where you belong in the world.
You unlock that secret slowly, over years, on a passion quest.
The quest is necessary because it makes you into what you need to be.
Your place of belonging, your golden niche, is defined by your ruling passion: the thing you do in the way that only you can do it, that puts you in the heightened state of flow, evoking your best and most creative self in service to something larger than yourself.
A ruling passion is twofold: your purpose, and the method by which that purpose is delivered into the world.
Your purpose is timeless and unchanging.
The way you choose to express that purpose depends on your time and place, and it evolves as you evolve (or transforms into a different expression altogether).
Your purpose is often connected to an inner wound of some kind. Those places of hurt and shame can be valuable clues to who you are and what you’re meant to do.
The word ‘passion’ stems from the Latin word for suffering. To discover your ruling passion is to die to your immature identity and be reborn into a deeper relationship with the world.
It is an initiation.
It involves a separation from the known and the comfortable; a time of trial; and a death of the old.
You know you’ve been initiated when you paradigm-shift from serving your ego to living for the world. The ego is an excellent ally, but it is a very small place in which to live.
Every ending contains the seeds of the next beginning; every psychological ‘death’ opens into a rebirth.
A crisis serves to disorganize the self, so that it may reshape itself for a bigger conversation.
Initiation involves going into your personal darkness, to reclaim and integrate lost parts of the self. Your soulcode drives you toward wholeness.
We live in a consumer culture that suffers from what Jung described as “soul loss” and the greatest injury of our time. We do not know our place in the world, we have forgotten our interconnectedness. Most people refuse to see the process of initiation all the way through, or fail to recognize it when it comes for them, or give up on the passion quest altogether.
In the absence of a ruling passion, there is a void we try to fill with things and addictions that leave us wanting more, or devising new forms of escape.
An initiated culture is one in which members move into a state of flow on a daily basis, and utilize their highest and most creative selves to save themselves, each other, the world.
The initiated creative can open pathways of soul and light the way for others.