A Practical Community Discussion on How Mitch Walker’s
Visionary Love: A Spirit Book of Gay Mythology
Is More Relevant than Ever
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Saturday, August 7th, 2021
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with Chris Kilbourne moderating
Visionary Love, A Spirit Book of Gay Mythology, by Mitch Walker, was published in 1980 at the peak of the exuberantly magical, psychedelically creative, boldly sexually experimental early period of the gay liberation movement. During this time, the expression of an undeniably powerful gay spirit, of real love and possibility, burst into the world... and shortly thereafter seemed virtually silenced with the decimation of the gay community from AIDS and the rise of the Reagan regime, which laid a lot of the groundwork for the horror of Trumpism.
More than 700,000 people in the U.S. alone have died of this disease so far, such substantial mortality due in no small part to Reagan's homicidal neglect early on, as well as to other more-obvious culprits, for example right-wing religious fanatics and other hate groups. But in the culpability department can also be placed seemingly supportive progressives who have had a deleterious effect on our “gay spirit” and thus our mental and even physical health through espousing such homosexual-negating ideas as conveyed in postmodern “queer theory.” These forces have conspired to annihilate, subsume, dilute, or coopt the extraordinary nature of same-sex eros Mitch celebrates in Visionary Love.
Nowadays, even with the current, astonishing historical level of social tolerance, at least for some, compared to the recent past, the idea of the emancipation of our extraordinary potentials as homosexual has been for the most part forgotten as we have been steadfastly corralled into conforming with the hetero mainstream and it’s false-self myth system.
But not entirely. There are still many ways to actively address this pervasively neglected situation. Engaging in gay-centered inner work can be a particularly powerful method. But even simple gestures could be helpful in the effort to value the endogenous gayness in gay identity, such as to mindfully put up rainbow flags or images of rainbows prominently throughout your home, or the same with hot same-sex images, or by invoking the idea of gay liberation the next time you have sex, or writing your gay dreams down in a special journal. And, of course, there is also the possibility of getting involved with the gay-centered inner work community by attending a Club meeting. Here is the chance to immerse yourself a little in a most unusual educational setting, where our gay natures can be validated, stimulated, shared and related with, where inner work can be described and tried.
Each month’s meeting features a developing topic. This month we will continue to honor the pioneering book, Visionary Love, as a powerful Call to a more contemporary form of activism, one that starts within but is experienced with each other.
Mitch offers many thought-provoking notions and perspectives that can help combat the scourge of demonizing hate and projective violence in the external world around us, by mainly going inward and investigating our own gay souls, as well as any subconscious complicity with and allegiance to that internalized violence which works against our own more-valued natures and thwarts our potential to be able to transformationally, alchemically handle what we discover within. To that end, the Club focus for this twelfth part in a series will be on what Mitch has identified as the first stage in gay personality development: the early struggle between the “norole defended personality” and a falseself-identification. We’ll explore together what this could mean, and how such a liberational dialectical concept of becoming gay has evolved towards a more differentiated psychological practice still involving our beloved Double soul, as well as “Uranian Eros” and an emancipational understanding of gay “subjective being.” And as always, a main emphasis of this Club meeting will be on sharing whatever we feel in the moment about our own inner gay spirit work communally, thereby contributing to a very unusual experience.
The Gay-Centered Inner Work Club invites anyone interested to participate in helping cultivate depthful community that celebrates the divine nature of same-sex love by grasping its psychological potentials. This Club emphasizes the development of subjective homosexual experience in self and with others through mutual exploration into relevant subjects like the evening’s topic with its related theory and practice about being gay-centered, as well as any pertinent dreams, fantasies, memories, and especially feelings that may range all the way from unacceptable heteronormative-caused fear, shame, and anger to, on the more euphoric side, desire, love and Uranian Eros. Gay liberation is here practiced subjectively as the evolution of ego-Self relations progressively from out of and beyond the grip of toxic unconscious complexes sourced in non-gay parental dynamics and other early, traumatized instinctual and transpersonal patterns. In this way we can choose to create a world of beauty and creative possibilities.
A Uranian way of connecting with one another would be to start within with the gay psyche, where the deeply gratifying work of fey psychological alchemy, operated chiefly by productively engaging big feelings and issues to transform the lead of what internalized homophobia has ruinously wrought into the phoenix gold of gay self-actualization, can effectively be undertaken in communion with like-minded others.
Don’t forget to bring a notebook in which to write and draw! The experience will be facilitated by Chris Kilbourne, long-time activist, and is sponsored by the nonprofit educational corporation Treeroots.
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