We’re shifting gears for the third quarter of the year discussing something that can be challenging for many members of our community. I decided as a deeply spiritual person that it’s time for me to come out regarding the importance of gay male spirituality.
Spirituality versus Religion
Many of us cringe whenever anything spiritual is mentioned, and for good reason. Almost all of us have suffered to some degree at the hands of religions. But, spirituality is much more.
Religion is part of spirituality, but spirituality is much broader. Spirituality represents all the deeper dimensions of life. It includes personal growth, meditation, and non-traditional religious practices as well as traditional religions.
Even religion is more varied than we think. Humans have practiced many religious systems, ancient and modern. Any of them can be used to help us develop spiritually.
Why You Need to Engage Spiritually as Queer Man
There are four areas of life you want to have in balance to grow as a human being. They are physical; mental; emotional; and spiritual. Do you feel you’re in a healthy balance?
As a queer man, you likely take care of your survival needs and your body. You work with your mind regularly. You may even have done some work to become more emotionally mature.
In order to reach your full potential, you must also engage spiritually. That involves moving even deeper into yourself. Through the process, you’ll uncover beliefs, and values, that can be shifted allowing you to become a fuller expression of who you really are.
That is the purpose of religion. At their core, it’s what all religions were intended for. The many personal development strategies, traditional religions, meditation techniques, and shamanic practices, were all created to assist us in doing a deep dive in order to evolve.
The Importance of Your Growth to Queer Culture
Gay male culture is overly focused on the physical. From our obsession with looks and bodies to our focus on partying and fashion the physical has been elevated at the expense of everything else.
Western society as a whole is over-focused on intellectual pursuits. Most of us, even the creatives, have the mental realm covered.
You, like most queer men, have suffered trauma because of your orientation. Hopefully, that has led you to seek support to bring your emotional self into balance.
That leaves the spiritual. Engaging spiritually helps you develop a sense of oneness with all people. It helps you see the bigger picture leading to community contribution. The fight for the rights of everyone in the queer community becomes important. The spiritual brings us together. It creates strength and community. You get to contribute to that greater whole.
Why Gay Male Spirituality is Important for the World
Of course, all humans are equal. That insight comes with spiritual maturity. But, diversity is a hallmark of our species. Our variety has allowed us to thrive. Spirituality is about embracing unity, but also celebrating diversity.
Each group of people is unique and can contribute what no other group can. Queer men aren’t the same as straight men. The journey for bisexual men, and trans men is different from that of gay men.
As you sink into your core and develop you’ll discover your powerful individual essence as well as your connection to humanity. We all have experiences to share and learning that’s unique to us. These things are powerful gifts for the world. Your development will make you happier and more stable. It will also contribute to the growth of our species.
You are a unique spark, there has never been anyone like you before, and there never will be again. It is your right, and responsibility, to express that spark for the good of everyone.