Hello Seb, I was brought up a catholic and i think that is where i get a lot of my “spiritual” beliefs from. Unlike many i love the “catholic” spirit but as i got older an more significantly as i became more aware of my sexuality my beliefs changed……to cut a long story short……i do like to consider my “spiritual” but not in the theoretical sense. For me spirituality is about connecting the following (which aren’t in any order of priority)
1. I believe in the power of masculinity. I have lived with women but am gay. For me men only need men to survive (except for having children..lol) I believe that men are superior in terms of their mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and sexual power. For me it is these characteristics that define masculinity.
2. Men gain energy and power when they are with other men. I don’t know if you have noticed but even in a straight pub/bar the atmosphere is very different when it is men only. By themselves even straight men will play act with each other. HOWEVER, when a female enters the room (and it only takes one) the atmosphere is very different.
3. Where there is TRUST between men there is development. I am a strong believe and very respectful of trust, truth and respect. These three characteristics are the hardest to build yet are the easiest to destroy. Where they exist they enable men to experience fulfilment as it enable men to open their minds and to shine a light on the darkest corners of their mind. I suppose in some ways it makes the impossible possible and enables the perversions to be seen as normal and healthy.
4. Brotherhood. I believe we can all learn from and support each other. I don’t have any brothers so don’t know what it is like to have a natural brother. However, i appreciate the bonds of support and development that exists between men. I can only fantasise about what that energy is between supportive brothers. I do believe that laws should always be abided by and also believe that where men are consenting and give themselves freely is the best state. I know my beliefs are not mainstream and don’t really fit into any ‘institutionalised’ religion. I have searched and tried a few different religions most of which are Christian. I have recently spoken to a Satanist who did excite and inspire me but i think he was after a wank. I’m not sure if you understand my feelings but I do want to thank you for the opportunity to express them. All the best Mark
Mark, powerful stuff. A wank with a Satanist, now that sounds like fun. Would it be ok to publish this on one of my websites. I was also brought up as a catholic, and althouth i was never really connected to the instution of it, I think it embedded in me about being a good man, just like Jesus. For me my masculinity is my spirituality. I hope at some stage you might get down to London for one of our meetups. It would be great to get something going in Manchester as well. Dont know if you know the poet Rumi (a 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic), this is one of his poems.
The core of masculinity does not derive from being male, nor from the friendliness of those who console Your old grandmother says, “Maybe you shouldn’t go to school. You look a little pale.” Run when you hear that A father’s stern slaps are better Your bodily soul wants comforting The severe father wants spiritual clarity He scolds, but eventually leads you into the open Pray for a tough instructor to hear and act and stay within you -Rumi
Keep in touch, a big hug, seb cox