Table of Contents
Also on this website:
TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life with the
Navajo, a collaboration with Walter L. Williams
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of
Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe
MATTER: updated, revised & expanded edtion from Lethe Press
with Afterword by Mark Jordan
LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE
A NOVEL ABOUT HEALING.
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into
Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San
Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate
Why gay people should NOT Marry
Wedding Cake Liberation
Gay Marriage in Texas
Shame on the American People
The "highest form of love"
cause of homosexuality
What is homosexuality?
is Gay Spirituality?
What Jesus said about Gay
The purpose of homosexuality
Interview on the Nature of
What the Bible Says about
Mesosexual Ideal for Straight Men
of Gay Spirituality
of Gay Liberation Activity
Why Gay Spirituality: Spirituality
as Artistic Medium
Easton Mountain Retreat Center
Andrew Harvey &
"It's Always About You"
The myth of the
Joseph Campbell's description of
Not A Wave
Emptiness & Religious Ideas
Experiencing experiencing experiencing
Going into the Light
Meditations for a Funeral
The way to get to heaven
Advice to Travelers to India
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
Toby Johnson Believes
The Joseph Campbell Connection
Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy
The Nature of Religion
Gay is a Blessing
Gay Spiritual Functions
The subtle workings of the spirit in gay men's lives.
The Sinfulness of
for a study of gay nondualism
"The Evolution of Gay Identity"
"St. John of the
Dark Night of the Soul."
Avalokiteshvara at the Baths.
Let Me Tell You a Secret
Religious Articulations of the
The Collective Unconscious
Driving as Spiritual Practice
Step in Evolution
Prostitution and the Nature of Evil
Hu: "God is present here"
The Life is in the Blood
retirement and the "freelance monastery"
Seeing with Different Eyes
are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?
experience at the Servites' Castle in Riverside
Great Dance according to C.S.Lewis
The Techniques Of The World Saviors
Part 1: Brer Rabbit and the
Part 2: The
Part 3: Jesus
and the Resurrection
Part 4: A
Course in Miracles
Secret of the Clear Light
Understanding the Clear Light
Souls Get Reincarnated
About Alien Abduction
In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke
about Gay Mental Health
and nicknamesake Toby Marotta.
Michael Talbot, gay mystic
About Guy Mannheimer
About Dennis Paddie
About Sterling Houston
About Michael Stevens
Our friend Tom Nash
Second March on
corollary of affirming pleasure is that incarnation in the flesh is a
thing to be honored, relished, and celebrated. Such an affirmation
directly challenges the dualistic notion that the soul and body are
separate, even conflicting, entities. Body and soul are not in
opposition. The body is good.
It's a kindness to others to show your
body and to enjoy seeing the bodies of others. Because our sexual
awareness is tied into vision and objectification, we males especially
long to see others' bodies. We feel frustrated when we can't satisfy
our curiosity. For gay men, nudity is an affirmation of us as curious
bodies. It feels good to go bare chested. It feels good to see other
men shirtless. It reminds us we're in pleasure-loving flesh. Nudity is
People clothe themselves for decoration
and for protection from the elements (these days including unfiltered
U.V. radiation). Clothes are wonderful. One of the joys of being gay is
often knowing how to dress well: to adorn oneself and others in ways
that create beauty and interest. People also clothe themselves for
protection from other people's judgment and sexual interest. Clothing
can enhance attractiveness by hiding flaws. Though that kind of
thinking supports the notion there are such things as flaws. The
obsession with hiding our bodies causes untold suffering, unhappiness,
and frustration. Baring all allows these anxieties to abate. Naked, we
forget to be ashamed of our bodies.
In our all-male world, we seldom worry
about being raped if we show our bodies. In the straight world, this is
a real concern. Women are raped in part because sexually repressed,
angry males rebel against the competitive, hierarchical system designed
to restrict sex to alpha males through the dynamic of women's
selectivity. Rapists force themselves on women who are helpless or whom
they imagine to be "asking for it" by making themselves attractive.
Modesty is both a mechanism of self-defense for women and a
demonstration of power and ownership by dominant males. (Middle-eastern
cultures that veil women and seclude them from public view demonstrate
this in the extreme.)
In a very practical way, feeling good
about one's body and showing it proudly--and appropriately, of
course--helps self-esteem, allays neurosis and anxiety, and motivates
one to take good care of oneself. Concern with the body is not foolish
vanity; rather, it is good stewardship over one's place in creation.
Taking care of yourself and sharing your success in that endeavor with
others is a simple, practical way of creating beauty and improving a
little piece of the world. Appropriate nudity is a dramatization and
demonstration of God's primordial "Behold, it is good."
Excerpted from GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality
Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe (Alyson, 2003)