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Also on this website:
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
THE FOURTH QUILL, a
novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil
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
Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"
The Gay Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and the "Statement of Spirituality"
You're 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 & Nepal
The Danda Nata & goddess Kalika
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
The Two Loves
Be Done on Earth by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by Souldancer
The Way Out by Christopher L Nutter
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth A. Burr
Extinguishing the Light by B. Alan Bourgeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by Kenneth Low
Janet Planet by Eleanor Lerman
The Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
Wrestling with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph Ballentine
The Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
The Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel by Richard Alther
The Future is Queer by Labonte & Schimel
Missing Mary by Charlene Spretnak
Gay Spirituality 101 by Joe Perez
Cut Hand: A Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark Wildyr
Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman
Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano
The Key to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo
The Door of the Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar
Occam’s Razor by David Duncan
Grace and Demion by Mel White
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L. Rigoglioso
The Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by Samuel Avery
The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love by Perry Brass
I've been seeing the world a lot the way Samuel Avery proposes in THE DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS. It fits right in with my understanding of spirituality. My notion is that the appropriate content--what Joseph Campbell calls "the focal point of human wonder"-- for religious/spiritual thinking today is the nature of consciousness itself.
So Avery's analysis of what the material world is in consciousness is "mind-expanding" in exactly the way I think "right concentration" is supposed to do.
In that context, I have been thinking about the Western tripartite model: spirit, mind, and body.
I have been mentally playing with the sentence: Experiencing experiencing experiencing.
Where the first term is a gerund, the second a verb in the present progressive tense, and the last a present participle.
That's what consciousness is: experiencing experiencing experiencing
And that's spirit mentally processing sensory input from the body.
So the gerund, verb, participle correlate to spirit, mind, body.
Experiencing (spirit) experiencing (in the mind) experiencing (the sensations of the body).
Well, so then I wonder if the apparent tripartite model of consciousness is actually an artifact of language. It's because we have sentences that have the form subject verb object that we experience our consciousness as divisible (sortable) into the three parts of spirit mind body. Indeed, spirit mind body is itself in the form of such a sentence. "Spirit minds the body"
The myth of the Blessed Trinity means that the apparent three are in fact one.
Genitori, genitoque, Procedenti ab utroque
See Michael Talbot's discussion of The Holographic Model of the Universe:
Samuel Avery's ideas in The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness referred to above are discussed in a review of Avery's book by Toby Johnson.As the religions of the East have long upheld, the material world is Maya, an illusion, and although we may think we are physical beings moving through a physical world, this too is an illusion.
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
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of
Human Consciousness was published in 2000. His Lammy-nominated
PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe was published by Alyson in 2003. Both books are
available now from Lethe
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