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Saturday December 3rd 2022
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A Practical Community Discussion On How Mitch Walker's Seminal Book Visionary Love: A Spirit Book of Gay Mythology Is More Relevant Than Ever
Becoming Gay Shamanism: The Shaman’s Keys, Demons and the Gay Trueself Path
Reference pages 63 to 65
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Each month’s meeting of the Gay-Centered Inner Work Club features an unfolding set of themes to explore and help guide things. For the past months, these themes and more specific topics have been gleaned from the pioneering 1980 book, Visionary Love, A Spirit Book of Gay Mythology and Transmutational Faerie by Mitch Walker, which can be seen as a remarkable Call to a more contemporary form of activism, one that starts within and is experienced with each other and in community.
This twenty-eighth part in a series continues to explore Mitch’s invitation to a potentially wondrous initiatory sorcerer’s encounter with the demons of falself in order to grow psychologically, alchemically -- from pages 63 to 65. We’ll be reviewing the seven keys of the shaman’s path that we examined over the past few months, the first being your gay vision, second, your crazy faggotry, third, your woman-energy, fourth, your black fag magic rod, the fifth is your spirits, sixth, your fear and seventh, your safe place.
We’ll be referencing relevant Jungian and other psychological, philosophical, historical and political concepts in exploring the material, which will also include highlighting Mitch’s idea of a same-sex “soul figure” or archetype called the Double, who can be imagined as an inner lover ideal, the unconscious subjective presence behind every subsequent experience of same-sex arousal and love, projected onto living desired others, and parallel hot imagery, such as porn, as well as his idea of Uranian Eros, seen as the vitalizing, intelligent spirit essence animating homo desire, arousal and romance, an innate urge that’s like a mentality or “person” who’d beckoned us implacably in the first place to become same-sex oriented and then appropriately ego-identified with that commanding homo alignment, named in reference to the distinct son of Aphrodite Urania, the goddess of heavenly love described in Plato’s Symposium two and a half millennia ago.
In addition, a main emphasis of this Club meeting will be on communally sharing whatever we feel in the moment about our own inner gay spirit work in terms of the material or otherwise, such as pertinent concerns about the state of the world, and thereby contributing to a very unusual experience.
The process of the group starts with a warm invitation to express a range of feelings from Eros to dark, dangerous ones like hurt and anger. Participants reacting in critical ways to others, especially newcomers, in the group is generally discouraged, though veterans of the process may be given more leeway, especially with one another. Usually, there’s enough time for every person to creatively show up during the two-hour period though no one is obliged to speak.
The facilitator encourages participants of the group to express themselves, one at a time, especially feelings, passion and emotion, positive and negative, though interrupting and talking out of turn is generally encouraged up to a point. While it might be a little unsettling for newcomers, we want to encourage dialogue which can make for some hot and heavy excitement. Participants can also expect the facilitator to engage and respond to their feelings and thoughts, and limits may need to be gently maintained, strongly if necessary. Such parameters are judged by the facilitator according to respect for the topic focus and time considerations.
Sharing in the Club meetings can involve whatever we feel in the moment about our own inner gay spirit work in terms of struggles of daily existence, pertinent concerns over the state of the world, as well as the more esoteric level of ideas and visions, and perhaps most challenging childhood trauma from a vicious heteronormative world. It’s suggested addressing in supportive gay community our core trauma and its deeply inhibiting effect on sincere expressions of gay love and caring can transformatively lead to some unusual meaningful experiences.
This book was published at the tail end of the exuberantly magical, psychedelically creative, boldly sexually experimental early period of the gay liberation movement. During this time, expression of an undeniably powerful gay spirit, of real love and authentic possibility, burst into the open in a big way in many Western cultures, ignited by the 1969 Stonewall riots, and Mitch tried to capture that fervent emancipational spirit in an intricately developed psychological framework, with the hope that such an ephemeral experience could continue to be liberationally cultivated. Shortly after the book’s publication, that spirit in the gay community certainly found new life in the extraordinary fight against AIDS and the neglectful, holocaustal Reagan regime (which laid a lot of the groundwork for the current, unending horrors of right-wing terrorism), and that spirit at the same time also ongoingly fueled an extraordinary fight for LGBT rights in all major public institutions, such as marriage, the military, housing and employment. What has happened since the success of that fight, what Mitch foresaw as a threat four decades ago, has been the emergence of a new historical condition, a sort of gay normalization in which the gay spirit vision has been assimilated and neutered by the social myth system.
There had once been an explosion of idealistic, consciousness-raising passion for what was known as “gay liberation” way beyond mere political rights, an exuberantly radical flowering of our spirit through the 70s in many U.S. and European cities, which now seems these days to have been almost completely toned down, or extinguished, by a devouring heteronormative-capitalist system, coopted and replaced by images of nonthreatening LGBT “Normals,” (the ugly stepchildren including drag and underground club and sex scenes are hidden away or packaged and sold as entertainment), where a lucky few of us mostly in the western world who have the unique privilege to experience a historically unique degree of social tolerance and assimilation into the mainstream, the price of which could be our gay souls.
Yet that gay spirit has not been entirely extinguished, since it smolders even if unawares in every homosexual heart, no matter the social world around it, and there are still folks inspired by and trying to conscientiously address it such as this Gay-Centered Inner Work Club. Here is an opportunity to immerse yourself a little in a most unusual educational setting, one where our gay natures can be validated, stimulated, shared and related to, where gay spirit inner work as a viable alternative to neutering systemic extraversion can be introduced, supported and practiced manumissionally with one another.