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
updated, revised & expanded eidtion from Lethe Press
with Afterword by Mark Jordan
Read Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The Dimensional Structure of
LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE
A NOVEL ABOUT HEALING.
Books on Gay Spirituality:
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 Jesus said about Gay
The purpose of homosexuality
Mesosexual Ideal for Straight Men
of Gay Spirituality
Why Gay Spirituality: Spirituality
as Artistic Medium
"It's Always About You"
The myth of the
Joseph Campbell's description of
Not A Wave
Toby Johnson Believes
The Joseph Campbell Connection,
The Nature of Religion
Gay is a Blessing
Gay Spiritual Functions
The subtle workings of the spirit in gay men's lives.
"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
Prostitution and the Nature of Evil
Hu: "God is present here"
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
and nicknamesake Toby Marotta.
Michael Talbot, gay mystic
About Guy Mannheimer
The One and The Many
course, is a psychological orientation toward life. It has only been
since the development of psychological sophistication and awareness of
the "unconscious" (dating to the time of Sigmund Freud) that we can
think in terms of something like a psycho-sexual orientation of
personality. In that sense, homosexuality is something relatively new.
There have always been people who have had homosexual sex, but prior to
modern times they didn't have a sense of themselves as homosexuals.
Homosexuality is a category of consciousness and a manifestation of
consciousness aware of itself. Both practically and metaphorically
homosexuality is self-reflexive. It is about the unity of the cosmos,
rather than the duality. Heterosexuality manifests the duality.
(Heterosexuals are often "unconscious" of being heterosexual, because
they experience their sexual feelings as normal, automatic, and
As a "psychological orientation"
homosexuality is a neurological dynamic -- most like lefthandedness.
Indeed, the incidence of lefthandedness and homosexuality are about the
same, between 3% and 10% of the general population. Similar also to
sexual orientation, the handedness category includes ambidextrous
individuals, just as the sexual category includes bisexuals. It is
possible for ambidextrous people to eschew use of their left hand as
dominant, just as it is possible for bisexuals to eschew their
homosexual attractions. Ambidextrous people who've renounced
lefthandedness and bisexuals who have renounced homosexuality appear to
have changed their orientation. Lefthanded people who are not
ambidextrous and homosexuals who are not bisexual do not change their
There is a wonderful article on the web by Chandler Burr about the
parallels between sexual orientation and handedness titled: The Only
Question That Matters: Do People Choose Their Sexual Orientation?
That homosexual orientation exists
at all tells us something about the metaphysics of the universe and the
nature of consciousness.
Hermetic philosophy and
metaphysical thought has considered the universe in terms of
and the Many." "From One come Two, and from Two come the Many" is a
Here is a simple aphoristic explanation of sexual
orientation in the style of that ancient Hermetic terminology.
The One divides into the Many
in order to experience the Many as the One.
Heterosexual attraction manifests the delight
the Many experience in its variety.
Heterosexual union propagates the Many,
from Two making many more.
Homosexual attraction manifests the delight
the One experiences in its Oneness.
Homosexual love witnesses to the One's desire to return to Itself and
to experience the multiplicity of the Many
as a reflection of the Self of the One.