The Path of Passion

The Path of Passion — hints about finding your passion and vocation

Here’s the second installment in my new e‑booklet

path of passion

Passion is as passion does. Here are some guidelines.

Let me tell you an energetic story. I’ll use the Taoist microcosmic orbit as a framework.

2nd chakra

When we talk about fire in the belly, (another way of describing the push of passion,) we’re referring to the Lower Dan Tian, located 2 inches below the navel, and 2 inches in. This is one of three burning centres.

We think of the area as the home of passion, both for life and for sex.

So, one area to pay attention to is the lower belly. A “gut check” often yields a yes or no as regards the significance of something we are considering. Doing Bodywork and yoga work on this region creates more flexibility in general.

In the microcosmic orbit, Qi (energy) moves down from the Lower Dan Tian, over the genitals, picking up “charged energy,” across the perineum, (the point in acupuncture is C1, “The gate of life and death!”) and then up the spine, through the neck, and into the head.

As the Qi crosses the “mind” the goal is not to judge, but to accept and embrace the passionate energy. The mind holds the energy lightly, and in this way transforms the energy from something thick and sluggish, to “rain.”

This is the beginning of energetic flow.

You touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, to complete the circuit between the Governing Vessel (the spine, basically) and the Conception Vessel (the centre line of the front of the body.)

The energy “rains down” to the heart, where it becomes “useful.” Imagine the energy flowing out of the hands. It also is transformed into something lighter, like mist.

The heart, you might say, is where passion becomes compassion, and becomes of actual use.

The energy then returns to the Lower Dan Tian, more charged and more fluid. And the process continues.

The above description describes the building of the energy of passion. Initially arduous, the energy is formed and structured, given over to the “Third Eye” creativity of the mind, refined and made to flow, and then “dropped” into the heart. From the heart, the energy is “delivered” to the hands (metaphorically, the thing that makes the ideas real,) and also sent back to the Lower Dan Tian, to feed and nourish the process.

We spend much time in Bodywork on the belly, perineum / genital area, the spine, neck, head, and heart. While not necessarily following that exact pattern, our goal is to “get the blockages out of the way, so the energy can flow.”

This is great “Western” language, too!

In the West, we don’t talk about moving energy in our Meridians, now do we? Rather, we examine passion with the mind, which is sort of like tasting pizza with your mind.

The seeds of passion exist from birth. Our process of becoming human tends to restrict expressions of passion that our families and tribes do not approve of. In Jung’s language, our suppressed passions become our Shadow, and we act them out subconsciously.

A story I tell often is about a client whose passion, as a child, was to be a painter.

Her parents, both physicians, were aghast at the idea of their precious daughter even attempting to paint for a living. She mentioned one line they used: “We support the arts! We don’t make art!” They took away her art supplies, downplayed her talent, and badgered her to become a doctor.

The passion for making art never left her. It simply went background.

What did happen was that she didn’t paint, she didn‘t go to University, and she had a lot of sex. By the time she was 30, she’d had 40 sexual partners, or so.

Let me go back to the Eastern concepts to explain


Artistic passion (one flavour of “passion for life”) is energetically created and stored at the 2nd Chakra. The yearning to “relate” by painting (or creating anything you are passionate about) is found at belly level, on the back of the body. Call it the sacrum.

We described this, above, as “fire in the belly.” This generic Qi powers everything we do. In her case, there was no “drawing up,” no creative work (in her mind) and no expression (from her heart.)

Unexpressed, the energy had nowhere to go, and there is an ache of longing that radiates from the lower back.

Now, the front of the body is the home to sexual passion, so it doesn’t take a leap to figure out what my artist friend was doing with all of that energy. Since she wasn’t allowing herself to paint, her only other options were to find another release, or to suppress the energy. She mostly chose to burn off the charge of her artistic passion by being sexual.

Other people will take the energy and throw it onto something more mainstream and approved of.

They’ll put it into career, or interfering in their kid’s lives, or trying to micro-manage their parents or partners. In other words, the passion of relating gets turned into attempting to control others.

This booklet is all about finding elegant ways to get your passion out.

From a Bodywork perspective, key indicators are lower back, pelvic, and leg pain. This is because we tighten down the source of our passionate energy, our Lower Dan Tian. The tightening of the muscles above and below the pelvis / sacrum is the methodology.

Make Contact!

So, how does this week’s article sit with you? What questions do you have? Leave a comment or question!

About the Author: Wayne C. Allen is the web\‘s Simple Zen Guy. Wayne was a Private Practice Counsellor in Ontario until June of 2013. Wayne is the author of five books, the latest being The. Best. Relationship. Ever. See: –The Phoenix Centre Press

2 thoughts on “The Path of Passion”

  1. Hey Wayne I wanted to say I enjoyed this post — I’ve been reading and thinking and playing with the concept energy lately. I’m intrigued by the many ways we can harness it and passion is obviously part of that. I did read this ages ago and meant to comment but realised I hadn’t. In my own time lol! Jane

    • Hi Jane!
      I do read your posts, and am happy to hear of your adventures. Do let me know how you\‘re doing, and how your passion project goes.


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.