The Center for Gay Self-Realization and Uranian Psychoanalysis

Education, Research and Practice of Gay Individuation and the Fostering of Homosexual Subjectivity

Gay-centered Inner Work Club

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Saturday February 4th 2023

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Event Flyer for Saturday February 4th 2023 - From Visionary Love to Uranian Eros and Gay Subjectivity

A Practical Community Discussion On How Mitch Walker's Seminal Book Visionary Love: A Spirit Book of Gay Mythology Is More Relevant Than Ever

with Chris Kilbourne moderating

Part 30
Transmutational Faerie
Reference pages 72 to 82

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The Club's Overarching Theme

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.

Visionary Love offers a plethora of thought-provoking ideas with a clear-eyed gay-centered perspective that addresses how to combat the epidemic of demonizing hate and projective violence in the external world around us by focusing inward to invest in and investigate the spiritual nature of our gayness and the source of our own projections. Mitch identifies and describes in depth explorations and experiences involving his own gay self-discoveries and learnings, which he frames as a roadmap composed of mythologies that can lead to an extraordinary, mystical vision of gay self-development and loving community activism.

This Meeting's Particular Focus

During this thirtieth part of an examination of Visionary Love, we’ll be reading from the last of the three essays in the book, Transmutational Faerie. More specifically, we’ll be dividing this section into several parts, even though it’s meant to be read in one sitting, to be invoked over three Club meetings, finally capping our tour of the book.

“Transmutational Faerie” is designed as a participatory fantasy journey undertaken by a small circle of faeries gathered at a sacred place in a desert who together enter a “shamanic trance,” a meditative musical chant conducted by a spiritual wise person with a rattle or bell, which leads to a sort of sermon or commentary. To help flesh out the fantasy in the essay, the symbols between short sections of text can be seen to represent beats or tones or rhythmic marker points. To help bring out this flavor of Transmutational Faerie at our meeting, club participants will have a chance to “sing” a segment from the section we’ll be covering while weaving in their own experience and reactions.

We’ll also be referencing relevant Jungian and other psychological, philosophical, historical, spiritual, cultural and political concepts and particularly, 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. Maybe especially important is his idea of Uranian Eros, seen as the vitalizing, intelligent spirit essence animating homo desire, arousal and romance, an innate urge tha¬t at the same time is 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.

Process Guidelines

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, usually one at a time, especially feelings, passion, and emotion, positive and negative, though conversing and debate is also 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 one feels in the moment about their 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 that addressing in supportive gay community one’s core trauma and its deeply inhibiting effect on sincere expressions of gay love and caring, can transformatively lead to some unusually meaningful experiences.

Mitch Walker’s Visionary Love and Its Relevance Today

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.

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.

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