Toby Johnson's books:
GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe
Articles and Excerpts:You're Not A Wave
The Dragons of Eden
C.G. Jung hypothesized the collective unconscious as a kind of planetary memory to explain the similarity of myths, legends and symbols around the world.
Even no-nonsense science guru Carl Sagan acknowledged the curious phenomenon that, while the dinosaurs had been dead for millennia and the Earth had totally renewed itself before primates appeared, human beings somehow knew about dinosaurs. Human myths and legends were full of stories of dragons and huge lizards.
In The Dragons of Eden, Sagan hypothesized a mammalian collective memory going back to the first primitive shrews that lived contemporaneously with the real dragons and that managed to survive their cataclysmic die-off.
Could the myths of the Flood and of Atlantis be planetary memories of the die-off of the dinosaurs?
Or perhaps of the collapse of some sort of underwater cetacean society that predated the human conquest of the land? And, for that matter, what is the contribution to the planetary mind of the consciousness of the whales and porpoises that “meditate” all day long as they glide through the seas, chanting epic poems in grand worldwide choruses?
Our traditional paradigms of intelligent life on Earth do not even include cetaceans except as “big fish” and sources of blubber. Yet modern research shows they have brains at least as developed—and bigger—than ours.
Toby Johnson, PhD is author of eight books: three non-fiction books that apply the wisdom of his teacher and "wise old man," Joseph Campbell to modern-day social and religious problems, three gay genre novels that dramatize spiritual issues at the heart of gay identity, and two books on gay men's spiritualities and the mystical experience of homosexuality. In addition to the novels featured elsewhere in this web site, Johnson is author of IN SEARCH OF GOD IN THE SEXUAL UNDERWORLD and THE MYTH OF THE GREAT SECRET (Revised edition): AN APPRECIATION OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL.
Johnson's Lammy Award winning book GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness was published in 2000.
His Lammy-nominated book GAY
PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe was published by Alyson in 2003.