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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 edition from Lethe Press
with Afterword by Mark Jordan
LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE: A romance novel set in the 1980s and the 1890s.
THE FOURTH QUILL, a
novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil
TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life with the
Navajo, a collaboration with Walter L. Williams
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into
Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story
A NOVEL ABOUT HEALING.
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Crane Gay Spirituality Series
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"
Second March on
Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality
cause of homosexuality
origins of homophobia
about Jungian ideas in gay consciousness
What is homosexuality?
is Gay Spirituality?
What Jesus said about Gay
Common Experiences Unique to 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 &
Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and
the "Statement of Spirituality"
"It's Always About You"
The myth of the
Joseph Campbell's description of
Avalokiteshvara at the Baths.
Not A Wave
What is Enlightenment?
What is reincarnation?
How many lifetimes in an ego?
Emptiness & Religious Ideas
Experiencing experiencing experiencing
Going into the Light
Meditations for a Funeral
The way to get to heaven
Buddha's father was right
Advice to Travelers to India
The Danda Nata
& goddess Kalika
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
The Two Loves
Toby Johnson Believes
The Joseph Campbell Connection
Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy
The Nature of Religion
What's true about
Gay is a Blessing
Drawing Long Straws
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."
Let Me Tell You a Secret
Religious Articulations of the
The Collective Unconscious
Driving as Spiritual Practice
Step in Evolution
The Moulting of the Holy Ghost
is a Bodhisattva
The Hero's Journey as archetype
Immaculate Conception & Assumption
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
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
In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke
Karellen was a homosexual
About Alien Abduction
are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?
about Gay Mental Health
Ideas for gay
Kip and Toby,
and nicknamesake Toby Marotta.
Harry Hay, Founder of the gay movement
About Hay and The New Myth
About Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, the first
man to really "come out"
Michael Talbot, gay mystic
About Fr. Bernard Lynch
About Richard Baltzell
About Guy Mannheimer
About David Weyrauch
About Dennis Paddie
About Ask the Fire
About Arthur Evans
About Christopher Larkin
About Sterling Houston
About Michael Stevens
Our friend Tom Nash
Be Done on Earth
by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by
The Way Out by Christopher
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth
the Light by B. Alan Bourgeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay
Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by
Janet Planet by Eleanor
Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph
Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel
by Richard Alther
Future is Queer by Labonte & Schimel
by Charlene Spretnak
Spirituality 101 by Joe Perez
Cut Hand: A
Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark Wildyr
by Eleanor Lerman
Rizzoli by Felice Picano
to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo
The Door of the
Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar
by David Duncan
and Demion by Mel White
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L.
Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by Samuel Avery
Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love by Perry Brass
What I Learned from Joe Campbell
and mythographer, Joseph Campbell was the Great Teacher and "wise old
man" in the life journey of gay novelist, spiritual writer and former
White Crane editor Toby Johnson.
For five summers during the early 70s, Johnson
have worked on staff at a Jungian oriented conference center in
Northern California called The
Mann Ranch Seminars. There he met and
befriended Joseph Campbell. He corresponded with Campbell for over 10
I was in grad school at CIAS
in Jungian Psychology in San Francisco in 1971. I saw a notice on the
bulletin board that Joseph Campbell was giving a seminar at a
conference center in Ukiah California called the Mann
I’d read The Hero with a Thousand Faces a couple of years before and it
had opened my eyes to the nature of religion. I wanted to go.
Being a poor hippie flower-child student in those days, I
applied for a
work scholarship and so was asked to come up early. I hitchhiked the
hundred miles to Ukiah on Thursday, the day before the weekend seminar.
Campbell also arrived early and I had the chance to meet him personally
and make friends. After the seminar I was invited to join the Mann
Ranch Seminars staff. First at the Mann Ranch, then at the
"Reminding" lecture series at Dominican College in San Rafael and as a
volunteer for Barbara McClintock, Campbell's major contact on the West
Coast, over the next ten years, I was on the team that put on Joe’s
talks in Northern California. And I corresponded regularly with him in
thoughtful, mostly handwritten letters. Joseph Campbell was the Wise
Old Man in my personal hero journey.
Here's a photo I took of Joe
lecturing on the front
porch of the Mann Ranch rambling old ranch house.
There’s an Austin connection.
Flowers at the University of Texas edited the book The Power of Myth
from the 1988 TV series with Bill Moyers that made Campbell famous.
That’s the year Kip and I moved to Austin to take over running Liberty
We first saw The Power of Myth in a series of very
well-attended public showings Betty Sue Flowers hosted at Tarrytown
Joseph Campbell is known for his aphorism Follow Your Bliss. “If you
follow your bliss,” he said, "you put yourself on a kind of track that
has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you
ought to be living is the one you are living… Follow your bliss and
don’t be afraid and doors will open where you didn't know there were
going to be doors.”
Austin is a "Follow Your Bliss" kind of city… lots of doors opening
Toby is author of the book The Myth of the Great Secret: An
Appreciation of Joseph Campbell. Here's an excerpt.
Joseph Campbell was not
though he lived most of his life in a little two-and-a-half room apartment
on the 14th floor of a
building on Waverly
Place and Gay Street overlooking New
York City's Sheridan Square and Christopher Street. Perhaps he
watched from his almost monastic-like urban aerie as street riots
ensued from the police raid of the Stonewall
Inn in 1969. Though enthusiastically in love with his wife and
delightfully ribald at times about heterosexual attraction, in some
ways he lived like many a gay man. He was a college professor and
scholar. His wife, Jean Erdman, was an illustrious choreographer on
the New York scene. They were certainly both acquainted with the
sophisticated gay art world. From early on, they agreed not to have
"earthly children," but only "spirit children": books and plays and
creative productions. They chose a lifestyle other than normal
heterosexual family life for the sake of a larger contribution.
Campbell's all-inclusive ideas and his lovingly
sarcasm toward religious institutions provide a framework for
understanding religion that gay people can readily embrace.
Keeping alive this vision is the work of the Joseph
Campbell & Marija Gimbutas Library on the campus of Pacifica
Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara. Membership in the Library
supports the kind of revolution in religion most of us seek. Write
Campbell & Gimbutas Library, 249 Lambert Rd, Carpinteria CA
93013. (Toby Johnson is proud to report that two of his books are
included in Campbell's library, positioned on the shelves just as Joe
The Joseph Campbell
also supports and encourages Campbell's wise understanding of religion.
The Foundation offers internet-based conversations about Campbell's
vision. Please consider supporting both the Library and the Foundation.
Campbell is most famous
"Follow your bliss."
If we gay men were not actively following our
have come out in the first place.
said, "People ask me: 'Do you have optimism about the world, about how
terrible it is?' And I say, 'It's great just
the way it is.' What else can you say?"
Read about Toby's
"Secret of the Clear Light" from Joseph
From The Hero with a Thousand Faces,
a very wise statement about The
Nature of Religion
Read about Themes in Campbell's thought
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