“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
2016 could be a breakthrough year for the LGBT community, the 49th year since the partial decriminalisation of sex between men in the UK. Much soul searching is likely to arise with the half century anniversary rushing up. And soul, the discovery, nurturing and evolution thereof, I propose, is what gay life is really all about.
2016 may well be the year that the expanding spirituality movement rises in profile and impact globally, making its mark on human awareness, as the true purpose behind all religious and spiritual paths – the discovery and realisation of the divine potential in human consciousness – becomes apparent to ever increasing numbers. A time is coming when the the search for the true Self, free of all masks and roles that the world asks us to play, becomes the driving force in human existence. How long this takes to reach mass awareness, and for the revolution in how we understand ourselves and how we treat each other to manifest, is still uncertain, but those who are looking can increasingly see the change coming.
This affects all the people of the world, and how it affects, and alters, the story of LGBT people around the planet at this time is crucial. The emergence of LGBT communities in the past century is a sign of this emerging spiritual transformation happening to the species. Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals have done a vast amount to break down social taboos around sexual activity, relationship models, gender expression…. the current global phenomenon of increasing numbers of people questioning their gender identity is a call to us all to realise there is a deeper identity within us than the gender we were born (or transition) into. The emergence of gay/lesbian identity is a call to us all to realise the same thing…..that the boxes humanity divides itself up into are illusions. The TRUE SELF is all things, underlying all our identities, the same Self exists in all of us, limitlessly. Male and Female, Gay and Straight – are simply versions of the same thing which we all are. The Great Spirit is calling humanity to know itself, know The Self, at last. The breakdown of sexuality taboos and gender norms are a call from this Self to us to destroy all illusions and come home to what we really are and have always been. As LGBT people we are primed and ready for this awakening – the questioning and soul searching we go through in order to come out of the sexual closet prepares us for the shaking off of other illusory concepts and identities too. Our queer culture is still immature however, it supports us in coming out but then encourages blind identification with the pleasures and spectacles of the queer universe. A mature culture will recognise that the journey of self discovery goes much further than what we do sexually, or even than whom we love. It will encourage Self discovery on every possible level of our being.
The spiritual path has two key elements – it is as much about removing the blocks that exist in our mental and emotional planes, which prevent us from knowing and being the core divine consciousness within us, as it is also about embracing and evolving the unique talents, gifts and perspective that we are each born with in order to fully experience the joy and love that is possible once we are aware of and aligned with our own divine core, our soul essence.
Eckhart Tolle on gender, sexuality, transgender, nonbinary existence.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s0DBFnJS2I
On this queer earthly journey of discovery and liberation we need (as the Shamen sang back in the 1990s)……………
LOVE…… SEX ….. INTELLIGENCE
LOVE: the quickest route to self realisation, all the prophets of the world have told us, is to LOVE each other, to see all as one and love all equally and unconditionally, for all life is the manifestation of the Divine Self, That Which You Are. Gay life apes heterosexuality at its peril – hooray for gay marriage, for the right to have our relationships recognised, but is that the end of the story? Monogamy is only for some, a minority perhaps. The focus on love as the special property of only two people, jealously guarded, is destructive and anti-evolutionary. Love is the vibration of the core divine Self, the more we love the more we bring that part of ourselves into the world. We make love so personal, but it is the transpersonal nature of love that gives it its power.
SEX: IT IS TIME THAT SHAME WAS SENT TO THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY…. the issues gay men are having with drug excesses are deeply related to the SHAME that has been attached to gay sex FOR CENTURIES. Even today queers are born into a very homophobic world. It is for most still a struggle to come out. We all carry shame. Brilliant work is being done in this area by groups such as the Quest for Gay Men, who are attracting large numbers to their workshops and events where they deal head on with the energy we carry from growing up queer in a straight man’s world.. This tackling of shame needs to go mainstream – so many men declare they use drugs in order to let go of inhibitions and be surrendered to the sexual moment -remove shame from the equation THROUGH A MASSIVE EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN and the need for drugs to open a connection will significantly reduce.
Add in to that CAMPAIGN a SIZEABLE ELEMENT OF TANTRIC TIPS AND ENCOURAGE A CULTURE THAT EXPLORES EXPLORATION OF THE SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL, HEALING AND ECSTATIC POTENTIAL IN SEX, and drug use could drop dramatically. It is central to gay life to celebrate SEX, but it is urgent that we start acknowledging that consumer culture’s proliferation of throw away sex, is a limiting and ultimately limited activity. Sex can take us into spiritual, transcendent states of self knowledge, and this is what gay life badly needs to acknowledge. British pioneers of gay and multigendered queer tantra Jason Tantra (Tantra4GayMen) and Buzzy Dandelion (Quintasensual Festival) create groundbreaking workshops and celebrations of conscious sexuality where people transform their relationship with sex, love and the universe. This work has a vast amount to offer gay life. If we are going to tackle the issues around sexual dysfunction, drug addiction and mental health blighting our community the way we understand and engage SEX is the core issue we should be addressing.
INTELLIGENCE. Awareness is key.. Awareness is SEXY. Yes we are animals, some of us go far into exploring the sexual beast within.. And we are lovers, friends, a tribe of people whose queer eye makes us bearers of a unique and important view on the world… the queer eye of the age of Aquarius, which looks at the world and brings r-evolutionary new ways of being in it. Coming out is our response to the call of the Self within us to be expressed. We need the awareness in gay life that the story does not stop there. Our queer perspective on gender, sexuality, relationships, society, spirituality is invaluable to the whole. In fact our experience as outsiders in society makes LGBT people preeminently ready for the step into spiritual consciousness. All it takes really is to step outside of all the labels that we have become associated with in our lives and step into the holy presence of our own unique soul. A person in touch with the deep truths of their soul is a much sexier shag, a much more attractive lover prospect, than one using drugs as a way to avoid the challenges of love, of connection, of life.
We are no longer bound by the homophobic religious and secular laws that forbad the development of gay identity. We are free to be who we are and to explore our fascinations, but we are seeing many, especially gay men, lost in the fantasy worlds we create within our subculture. We need to know that we are more than these bodies, more than animals that got lucky in the evolutionary game, more than any identity label through which we experience our existence on this world.
Our queer spirit has already produced its prophets of love and pioneers of evolved queer consciousness – voices that we badly need to hear, such as Walt Whitman, Edward Carpenter, Harry Hay, Judy Grahn, Ram Dass, Arthur Evans, Starhawk, Andrew Ramer, Andrew Harvey, Toby Johnson, Christian de la Huerta and others… these are the gay visionaries every gay person should know about, these are voices of those who recognised the journey of love and spirit that all humanity is on, and which gay people are in fact born to lead. Every gay kid deserves to know that the shamanic medicine men of the tribal peoples of the whole planet were often the genderbenders – that these shamans are our ancestors.. They did not build churches and create religions, they explored the natural connection to the non-physical, spirit realms of creation that they were born with, and used that special power to serve the wider community. We do not have to deny spirit because we are gay, nor do we have to exist uncomfortably in archaic religious institutions – the inheritance of the shamanic peoples of planet earth is ours to receive and explore, in our own spaces, in our own ways. This is the kind of intelligent awareness that gay life needs NOW.
At the world’s first QUEER SPIRIT FESTIVAL coming up August 2016 (17th-21st) in Wiltshire, UK… there will be space for up to 500 queer explorers of life, love and consciousness to gather for 5 days of ceremonies, workshops, dancing, music, performance, dressing up…. in sunshine and moonlight, under the stars, round camp fires… sharing our stories, opening our hearts, exploring the innate and holy link between our sexuality and who we really are. On offer will be Tantra, Yoga, Shamanism, Meditations, Heart Circles, Healing Area….. cafes, sauna, large camping field, accessible camping area…. and HUNDREDS OF FABULOUS EVOLVING QUEERS TO MEET.
This is the moment when QUEER SPIRITUALITY comes boldly out of the closet. This is the year when the wake up bells ringing in human ears are going to be peeling so loudly, the pace of spiritual awakening will accelerate. Coming out Spiritually will be the Second Coming for the LGBTQI+ community. We thought for ourselves. fought for our rights and declared the goodness in our sexuality. Now as we get bolder and learn to think for ourselves on the spiritual level it becomes increasingly apparent that we do not have to belong to religious institutions to express our spirituality. We can be signs to the whole of humanity that a direct relationship with spirit can be ours to enjoy, that spirituality is about finding out who we are on the most fundamental level, then bringing that joy filled soul essence into life.
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