It’s a new year, and I want to continue our exploration of the nature of an Integral approach to Gay Spirituality for what how it guides us as gay people — and by extension for the light it sheds on bisexual, lesbian, transgender, and hetero/straight spirituality. I write using the term “gay”, as I have said, not to exclude other groups out of meanness, but to put focus on the distinctive gay dimensions of spiritual life which in turn makes more clear the distinctive fruits of other spiritual approaches.
An important step in gaining insight into Gay Spirituality is by situating your own perspective and that of other perspectives you know in terms of a basic typology of spiritual perspectives. By using this typology, you can recognize whether a spiritual perspective is coming from a magical (PURPLE), hero-mythic (RED), traditionalist (BLUE), modernist (ORANGE), postmodernist (GREEN), integral (YELLOW), or super-integral (CLEAR LIGHT).
My last post on this blog described some of these types in a bit of detail from a different perspective, just enough to explain that this blog will be exploring an integral approach to Gay Spirituality. Actually this is only partly true. The intent of this blog must include the exploration of all seven of these types of spiritual expressions including the post-integral expressions which I did not previously mention. Because this typology is a fruit of analysis situated at a post-integral level, by simply learning the typology and beginning to apply it to your own life you can begin to expand your consciousness and evolve your spiritual outlook.
The typology described offers a way of looking at Stages of spiritual growth. There are other important features of an Integral Gay Spirituality that are important to mention at the outset: States, Quadrants, Lines, and Types. These are the principles of the Integral Framework as described by the pioneering writer Ken Wilber as well as in my own previous writings such as Rising Up.
In the months ahead, I will be looking at each of these in detail so that there is a clear foundation for understanding spiritual perspectives and claims, so that this vision of Integral Gay Spirituality begins to become more embodied.