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It’s time for gay people to stop playing victim

andrewharveyIt is essential that gay men and lesbians not shy away from the wound inflicted on them by patriarchal culture and religions, but also not to dwell on it. We must use our suffering to become ‘sacred activists’ – warriors of compassion and justice for all, according to author and spiritual teacher Andrew Harvey who gave a talk on sexuality and spirituality during his recent tour of Australia. Katrina Fox reports.

31 May 2012

In 1993 Andrew Harvey and his husband Eric received several death threats, including bombs being thrown through their windows. Their ‘crime’, according to Harvey, was to expose the homophobia of an Indian female guru known as Mother Meera. For 10 years previously, Harvey was a devotee of Meera. “She introduced me to the single greatest experience of my life which was the mother side of god – or chi, source, universe – whatever you want to call it, that is the unconditional loving of all beings. She gave me an immense force of love that gave me the confidence to plunge into a mystical reality,” he said.

However, when Harvey met the man who was to become his lover and soul mate, he says Meera instructed him to reject his homosexuality and marry a woman. Harvey was devastated.

“That day changed my life and forced me to accept and explore the terrible wound keeping people in the gay community trapped in despair and paralysis and abandonment,” he said. “My whole life went into terminal heartbreak. The love I had for Meera was the purest thing in my life and I revered her. I was her chief disciple. Everything I built my whole life and work on was destroyed and I had to make a choice – whether she was mad or if I was; if her version was the divine version or if the version in my own blood and soul was the authentic divine.”

Harvey, 60, now blesses the experience. “If this betrayal hadn’t happened I would have been trapped in fake mystical joy instead of becoming the radicalised rebel I hope I will be till I die,” he said.

His talk on sexuality and spirituality was part of an Australian tour Harvey is embarking on to promote his work of ‘sacred activism’ – the bringing together of the best aspects of spiritual and mystical knowledge, understanding, compassion and peace with focused, wise, radical action carried out to achieve social justice and stop the destruction of the planet.

“It’s rare that gay people get together to discuss the authenticities of spirituality. It’s essential for our radical empowerment and unfolding of our lives as divine beings and to live a life inspired by that. This message has never more important for gay people than it is now,” he asserted.

Harvey was born in India, moved to the UK when he was nine and became the youngest Fellow at All Soul’s College at Oxford University at the age of 21 before becoming disillusioned with academia shortly afterwards. He returned to India where he underwent a series of mystical experiences. A lifelong study of religion, spirituality and mysticism (he is the author and/or editor of more than 30 books including The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and The Essential Gay Mystics) has led him to reject the worst aspects of religion along with “corporatised, narcissistic new age” spirituality.

Yet he implores gay men and women not to reject the divine completely, arguing that it’s imperative for us to stop playing victim and engaging in self-destructive behaviours and instead use our suffering to liberate ourselves and save the world.

Harvey proceeded to outline the five key factors – or “great truths”, in his opinion, necessary to achieve this lofty, yet important, goal.

The following is an edited transcript of his words:

“Firstly: Do not throw out the divine with the terrible, stupid, vulgar, patriarchal interpretations of it or the institutionalised understanding of it. Do not confuse the extraordinary truths given by mystics that you are essentially divine with the bullshit patriarchal religions have tried to tell you about yourself.

“Understand that you don’t need the priests, the dogma makers, the gurus and the fancy rules. All you need is a heart open to mystery and that knows, that no matter what happens, that it is in direct relationship with the divine at all moments.

“So claim this direct relationship – do the inner work, the practices that move you. Do meditation, be of service and you will be taken through the experience with the divine and see clearly everything patriarchal religions tried to tell you about yourself is a lie that exposes their terror and hatred of the feminine, and it’s a lie that doesn’t need to influence your life anymore because you are holy and blessed and loved in your fundamental gay nature.

“Secondly: In early cultures where the mother was worshipped and diversity celebrated, homosexuals were not only tolerated, they were revered. When a person is born homosexual they are born into a full expression of the mystery of god because god is male and female.

“Patriarchal religions have been so homophobic because their agenda is one of separateness. You can make a male warrior, a robot, corporate arsehole serve an agenda of domination and power. And if you can separate the female from her hidden male aspect, you can impose on her a vision of such humbling, degrading truth that she will be disempowered and unable to protest against the killing and domination. Robotic slaves and submissive slaves are perfect for patriarchy and for division.

“And it would have worked if it were not for gay people.  Everyone is here to embody divine consciousness and the divine male and female within to achieve liberation.

“Thirdly: It is essential as a gay person who knows these first two things not to shy away from the wound inflicted on us by patriarchal culture but also not to dwell on it. The problem of the gay community and other marginalised communities is woundology – using the excuse of your own wound  as if it is worse than any other wound and gave you permission to drown yourself in drink, become addicted or promiscuous around your adoration of that wound.

“That is a catastrophe spiritually because the point of being on earth is to go through the door of your unique wound into understanding at the deepest level that every human being is wounded, including those who are degrading you.

“We must claim our status as marginalised and dispossessed but use this frightening and terrible wounding as way of understanding that patriarchal culture is destroying the world, hurting animals, humiliating women, reducing straight men to automatons that serve the death machine and creating a worldwide nightmare.

“And if you cling on to your own wound you will never understand the grief of the straight African American man imprisoned in chains, or the agony of the tigers begging us to stop annihilating them, or the grandmother scrabbling for food on a rubbish dump in the Philippines – you will be stuck in your suffering instead of using your suffering to overcome suffering in the world.

“Use your wound as a door to the universal wound that’s caused suffering to become free and initiate you into yourself as a source of divine love. Our suffering has been given to us to become warriors of compassion and justice. Let’s get real and stop playing victim.

“Fourthly: It’s not just about claiming your divinity on behalf of your cock or vagina. My divinity is a vision of tantra – the divine love is sexual too. Sex can be holy communion – drinking someone’s sperm can be as sacred as drinking communion wine, and if you know that, you know you can have direct access to the energies of god in your own bedroom.

“When you make love with the whole of yourself with another person, you experience the divine bliss energies which brings your head, heart, stomach and genitals into alignment over time. It’s a whole new level of energy that we need to be powerful enough and juicy enough and wild and uncontrollable enough to say a vast ‘no’ to the death machine and ‘yes’ to becoming midwives of the birth of the new way of sacred activism.

“So I want to say to the gay community: Don’t confuse this authentic tantra with crazy promiscuity. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with sex for its own sake and lots of it. It can help get rid of internalised homophobia, but it’s not tantra, it’s sex. Tantra is between two beings on a spiritual path, who are devoted to each other and they try to create a container, for an immense experience to happen – they worship each other as sacred beings.

“It’s like the difference between champagne and stale cola. For the gay community to get to it, we have to look at our habits not with blame or self-judgement. It’s a whole new agenda beyond promiscuity and it requires vulnerability and connecting with our souls.

“Lastly: The first four I’ve outlined above are in the service of the fifth. It is time as gay people who have been wounded that we go beyond our narrow definition of our role and claim it as sacred androgynous priests of divine reality to become sacred activists – not just for the gay community but for the planet, which is dying.

“Gay people who do claim those first four concepts turn up with a level of passion and freedom, liberated truth and wild energy and power that is enormously influential. We have to stop mouthing spiritual platitudes and start living them in a selfless way.”

thehopeAndrew Harvey is director of The Institute for Sacred Activism. His latest book is The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. For more information, visit his website.

 

 

 

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