A Spiritual Journeybook for Gay Men
By Andrew Ramer
A White Crane Book
Published by Lethe Press at Smashwords
copyright ©2005 by Andrew Ramer
All rights reserved.
White Crane Books Paperback edition 2005:
ISBN 1-59021-023-9 / 978-1-59021-023-9
This book began in 1980, as a series of small channeled pieces. That's still a word I'm uncomfortable with, channeling. It implies to me something odd, weird, queer perhaps, so I ought to be more comfortable embracing it. A more accurate way to describe this book might be to say that it's a series of essays on gay spiritual life that came to me by listening to the still small voices that speak inside me. It's a received book, an inspired book, and I'm pleased to see it coming back into print in this series.
I've always been surprised by the letters I've received from men who were touched by this work, and by the ways that men have used it on their own journeys. For me this has always been a handbook for gay men in general, and two men in committed partnerships, specifically. But over the years I've gotten letters from around the corner and as far away as Wales and New Zealand, telling me that it's been used both with partners and in group sex rituals. Once I was leaving a new friend's house and turned to say goodbye at the top of the stairs, only to see my name beautifully inscribed above words from this book. He and his partner had used them in their commitment ceremony as their Ketubah, their Jewish marriage contract, without realizing that they had invited their author to dinner for the first time. Another time, I met a man at the annual Gay Spirit Visions Conference in North Carolina, who'd tattooed one of the glyphs in this book on the back of his neck (I couldn't resist licking it). As he was leaving the tattoo parlor, two straight men came in, liked what he'd done, and picked out two other images from the book to be inked with.