If gay men put as much energy into world peace and cooperation as they do into drugs and sex we would have almost instant global transformation. Crowded together in city enclaves many gay men live in a universe of their own creation, parallel to the polite and sensible world of professional life and nuclear families, but with very different values. Most exist in both the mainstream and the subculture, sometimes battling to keep up commitments to work, friends and relatives as a result of the all consuming power of the gay ghetto life, with its sexual allure, constant parties, incessant stimulation, air of celebration and scent of ecstasy, either sought or found.
T, K, C, G, E, V, MDMA, should be the mantra chanted at gay pride.
T K C G E V, MDMA>WE ARE HAPPY AND WE ARE GAY
WHY CANT THE WHOLE WORLD LIVE THIS WAY
Many men live an indulgent, sex-focussed, perhaps self-centred life, some preferring nsa (no strings attached) sex to the work of building relationships. Pleasure in itself is not the problem – after centuries of repression is it any wonder that the gay spirit of humanity wants to have fun. Most men would say that sex and drugs have brought wonderful things to their lives. The thing is that the pleasures we get from them can make the rest of life seem dull and not worth the bother. There is a global shift going on a profound level, and gay liberation was one of the early signs of it. But the gay universe that has emerged is a competitive, commercial one built around good looks and high times, and is short on qualities such as compassion, awareness and spiritual wisdom.
Are we gonna announce to the world at pride in london this year that most gay people take drugs and find they enhance their lives enormously? That ecstatic experience is a key part of a happy human life? Some of course get lost on the way, become lovers of the drug rather than life, but these people can recover and learn to love themselves well, which they almost certainly were not doing in the first place. Are we gonna tell the world that we are smiling so much because we get high without guilt or fear and have as much sex as we want to? And that society might like to learn from our example, and our mistakes. No, we pay lip service to the mainstream majority, we just ignore their laws and morals and do what we want to anyway.
But, maybe its conditioning, gay people rarely say what they really thinking. We have been trained to hide our true natures since childhood, and while we are smiling, happy, dancing, consuming, nobody outside our universe seems to notice, or care, that we are breaking laws with abandon, existing in our own gaytopia of boundless blissful possibilities. It doesnt matter what laws there are, we live the lives we want to live. We have had good training over the centuries as we pursued our sexual passions despite the disapproval of law, church and society.
Having hidden our love for so long, the liberated air that has built over the past decades has given us the chance to pursue the sexual heights. Freeing ourselves from guilt and shame around sex we go on to discover its infinite pleasures. We may find balance and love on the way, or we may get caught in a spiral of sexual connections that can become obsessive, leave many drained and doubting the possibility of real lasting love. Some have given up hoping for that altogether, and keep their sexual connections purely functional and genital.
Drugs feed a need in us to transcend life’s regular demands and burdens. Every human needs to rise into their spirit, feel the ecstatic embrace of the soul. This has always been part of human life, every culture addresses this need in some way, or tries to suppress it. In our age the spirit has been taken out of ecstatic being. Religion took the fun out of life, secularism has given us the chance to put it back, but without the spiritual roots and wisdom that ancient peoples the world over had when they took substances that would shift their perceptions and danced into ecstasy. Gay men are playing in realms of consciousness that belong to the gods.. and many of them know this, from the experiences they have had on their trips, but are not likely to be telling anybody about it. Not even each other.
Young men of 20 or less are quickly catching up with their elders, some of them having lived extremes of sexual and drug experience that men in their forties .. and older.. ..are still discovering. Maybe we are squeezing as much in as we can before the apocalypse, secretly afraid that the judgement of a christian god we no longer pay respect to will fall heavily on us. We have been told it often enough from the pulpit. And if we are already damned, it kinda makes sense that we would chase the devil harder and faster, leaving the rest of the world to drown in the sea of ecological, economic, sociological problems humanity has created for itself. That we would huddle together for warmth as nuclear families explode under the pressure of life today, trying to cope without the gay uncles who might once have shared much of the childcare and brought love into the community, who are out somewhere in the city getting trashed.
Nero fiddled while rome burned. Gay men shag as the world collapses, unaware that we are the healers, the peacemakers, the spiritual souls who have evolved beyond religious regulation and bring transcendent spirit to the world, and that we are needed, because there is power in our love making – spiritual power, that was once honoured and respected by native peoples the world over, and is still remembered today by some. The Dagara tribe of western africa calls our kind the ‘gatekeepers’ because our special sexuality opens doors to other dimensions. Native American tribes are again honouring the ‘two spirits’ who connect heaven and earth. On the fringes of our gay universe, faerie gatherings and queer spiritual spaces provide opportunities for us to unlock the mysteries and gifts of our nature.
This is the calling of the twenty first century queer, to learn to unite the sexual and the spiritual and find the balancing, healing, role we play in the human family. Our voyages into ecstasy are openings to spirit, with the potential to reveal to us the multidimensional, vibrational reality we are part of. Because of the attitudes of religion most of us do not choose to explore the spiritual urges we find on our trips, but if we look beyond the limited scope of our gay universe there is a rainbow of avenues for us to explore and express our talents in. The world is shaking and it needs our healing gifts.
THIS SATURDAY 30TH JUNE LOVESPIRIT AND THE BRAHMA KUMARIS PRESENT A FREE EVENT, ‘GLAD TO BE ME’ … CHECK FACEBOOK EVENT FOR DETAILS
LOVESPIRIT FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE IN CENTRAL LONDON ON SEPTEMBER 22ND, A DAY OF WORKSHOPS, ACTIVITIES AND TALKS CELEBRATING THE SPIRITUALITY OF LGBT PEOPLE