Table of Contents
Also on this website:
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
Is there a "uniquely gay
The purpose of homosexuality
The Reincarnation of Edward
The Gay Succession
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
Brilliant, Absolutely Brilliant
The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness:
A Physical Basis for
By Samuel Avery
Compari Press, pb,
10.00 108 pages
Reviewed by Toby Johnson
not a gay book, but it is such a treat--and a challenge--that I want to
share it. I think it would be of very special interest to "spiritually
oriented" gay men.
Dimensional Structure of Consciousness is a relatively succinct
presentation of the proposition that instead of consciousness as an
artifact in the material universe, rather the opposite is so: the
material universe is a creation of consciousness.
Beginning with the "experience" of a single-celled microorganism in the
primal oceans, Avery shows how sensory experience generates dimensional
representations of patterns as consciousness sorts its experience of
itself. Those single-celled organisms, for instance, have only one
experience and one sort of choice. The sense is taste; when a new
chemical enters the cell it will be "experienced" as a good taste,
i.e., food, or a bad taste, a chemical the cell can't use (or perhaps
that kills it). The choice is whether to let new molecules through the
cell wall. The cell executes this by controlling the charge along the
wall, keeping the molecules that comprise the wall tight packed
together or relaxing and opening up space for outside molecules to come
in. That charge, mediated by potassium and sodium ions, is the basis of
consciousness. When a new molecule comes inside, it is tasted. The
sensation happens inside the cell wall.
physical senses correlate with the dimensions of the experienced world.
That first dimension is taste; it's opening or closing the cell wall.
So a series of patterns of open and closed--which in modern math is the
binary pattern of 1s and 0s which can be represented along a line of
second sense is smell. The cell learns to sniff around looking for good
tastes by picking up chemical clues to its environment outside the cell
wall. Not only does the cell experience being open or closed, it
experiences being here or there in relation to the other molecules
around it. It moves around seeking good tastes by sensing good smells.
And thereby generates the second dimension.
senses would generate five dimensions. Sound is the third dimension,
light the fourth, and touch the fifth.
observes that our normal model of the material universe actually is of
five dimensions: three spatial and two temporal. The second temporal
dimension is a novel concept in this book. The clue to the second
dimension of time is the squared unit of time in the formula for
acceleration: A = d/t2. We say, for instance, that the acceleration of
a falling body is 32 ft per second per second.
second dimension of time is mass. It is experienced as inertia. The
reason you have to push hard on a massive object to get it to move is
because it is moving at a slower rate of time than you. What seems like
resistance to motion is drag in relation to the second dimension of
neat idea! What a challenge to conceive.
whole book is a series of arguments, thought experiments, and
discussions of how to see that materiality arises from consciousness
rather than the other way around. It never gets "spiritual"--in the
sense of talking about meaning or of the content of religious myths
(like God). Though the argument does hypothesize an "observational
realm" by which consciousness is conscious of itself within its
dimensional projection of space.
the way, Avery offers explanations for what matter and light are that
solves the various paradoxes of quantum mechanics. He explains mass in
a way that physics has never been able to, leaving it simply as one of
the undefined elements of space, like distance or time. He even
explains the speed of light.
You should read this
book! (For more about the nature of reality, look at Michael
Talbot and the Holographic Universe and "Experiencing experiencing
Available from Barnes
In 2013 Samuel Avery had a
new book titled The Pipeline and the Paradigm: Keystone XL, Tar Sands,
and the Battle to Defuse the Carbon Bomb. Here's the publisher link