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Saturday August 6th 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: Crazy Faggots, Demons and Uranian Eros
Reference pages 53 through 56
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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-fourth part in a series continues to explore Mitch’s Taoist-Master-in-Drag invitation to a dangerous initiatory journey into the shamanic nature of being gay, and further fleshes out his framework for empowering growth by learning to transformationally cross the Rainbow Bridge. We’ll be examining his seventh key to such gay self-realization – “Crazy Faggotry” – in which we’re taken on a virtual ride through 70’s gay liberation imagery of revolutionary, in-your-face gay activism, inwardly experienced through the empowering, transformational encounter with demons like fear, internalized homophobia and toxic shame. Read from pages 53 to 56.
We’ll be referencing relevant Jungian and other psychological, philosophical, historical and political concepts in exploring the material, also emphasizing Mitch’s idea of a same-sex “soul figure” or archetype called the “Double,” who can be an inner lover ideal, the psychological presence behind every subsequent experience of same-sex arousal and love, projected onto desired others, and Uranian Eros, and innate urge that 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 homo alignment, the vitalizing, intelligent spirit essence animating homo desire, arousal and romance in the Double, what might be considered as 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.
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, as well as relevant concerns about the state of the world, and thereby contributing to a very unusual experience.
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.