Saturday, May 1st, 2021
Join us on Zoom from 7:00-9:00 PM PDT
with Chris Kilbourne moderating
A $2-20 suggested tax deductible donation is much appreciated!
Venmo at Treeroots-Inc.
Phone number ending in 8681
Meeting ID: 837 5481 5041 | Passcode: 571965
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, 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 love Mitch celebrates in Visionary Love.
Nowadays, even with the current, astonishing historical level of social acceptance compared to the recent past, the idea of 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.
But not entirely. There are still many ways to actively address this all-too-neglected situation, the valuational situation in being gay, the endogenous gayness in gay identity: try mindfully putting up a rainbow flag in your home, or invoking the idea of gay liberation the next time you have sex, or writing your gay dreams down in a special journal, and then there is the possibility of getting involved with the gay-centered inner work community by attending a Club meeting. Here is the chance to immerse yourself in a most unusual setting, where our gay natures can be validated, shared, related with.
During this coming discussion we can honor this remarkable 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’s ideas can inspire us to turn our attention away from the addictive materialist world of external things, to the inner universe, where feelings, powerful relational challenges, and imaginal possibilities are the tools of the 21st century homo hero-shaman who works his alchemical sex-magick in the subjective and intersubjective dimensions of gay liberation.
Walker offers many thought-provoking notions that can help combat the poisonous scourge of demonizing hate and projective violence in the external world around us, by mainly going inward and investigating our own gay souls, and in this regard any subconscious complicity with that violence against our own more-valued natures, our potential to be able to effectively and transformationally handle what we discover inside. To that end, the Club focus for this eighth part in a series will be on the archetypal Double, with its negative aspect in the Competitor as psychic figure, as well as the catalytic aspect in form of Hermes. We’ll explore together how these three ideas, as well as “LOKA,” “YAN,” and “ROIKA,” have evolved over the decades towards a focus on “Uranian Eros,” to nowadays and a more existentially-oriented “homosexual subjectivity.” And as always, the main emphasis of this Club meeting will be on sharing whatever we feel about our own inner gay spirit work communally, thus co-creating a very unusual experience.
The Gay-Centered Inner Work Club welcomes participants of all backgrounds to participate in cultivating a depth-loving community that honors the divine nature of same-sex love, and celebrates the idea that such a gay spirit has sparked the creative juices of a whole lineage of same-sex loving forebears who’ve existed in cultures spanning the globe and time, from the strange, eccentric village shaman, to monks and nuns in same-sex monasteries, as well as poets, philosophers and artists, like Sappho, Da Vinci and Walt Whitman to name just a few.
This Club seeks to validate the development of subjective homosexual experience in self and with others as a potent source of power, wisdom and meaning which can be cultivated during the meeting, such as in the exploring and sharing of your take on the evening’s topic, as well as relevant dreams, fantasies, memories, feelings and ideas, in addition to darker fears, shame, and anger, particularly as stamped into us through growing up and surviving in a hostile heterosexist world. It helps to bring a notebook in which to write and draw!
There is a Uranian way of connecting with one another, which is to start within, where the deeply gratifying work of fey psychological alchemy, transforming the lead of what internalized homophobia has wrought into the gold of gay self-actualization, can effectively be engaged in communion with like-minded others. In this sense, the Club can be thought of as a kind of “outer” alchemical container for the “Work.”
For more information call 323-252-8824.
$2-20 suggested, tax deductible donation much appreciated: Treeroots-Inc
Phone number ending in 8681