â€¢ Religious wounds are the self-limiting, judgmental ideologies that pervade our thinking even though we no longer participate in organized religion
â€¢ Religious wounds manifest in our lives as we try to fit into a heterosexual model of living with no success, when our drives, desires and tuning is completely different from heterosexual men
â€¢ These wounds not only cause us to have dysfunctional lives, but also create divisions amongst us in our own community of men-who-love-men
â€¢ Religious wounds need to be healed in order to progress in your spiritual development: questioning all “should” statements in your ideology is a good place to start
â€¢ Create your own world-view as a representation of the truth you’ve experienced in life, not out of others’ beliefs you’ve been spoon-fed
â€¢ Spirit Possession is a temporary altering of the consciousness, a displacing of the spirit and identity in the medium to allow an entity to enter into his body and communicate directly with others
â€¢ In ancient cultures Spirit Possession was considered one of the most crucial methods of connecting to the divine and was expected to happen in religious or spiritual contexts
â€¢ Possession occurs on a spectrum of intensity from as light as a simple trance to as deep as a complete displacement of the medium’s identity by the spirits
â€¢ Spirits of the dead, Spirit Guides or Gods can all possess an individual
â€¢ Spirit Possession requires that the medium be skilled in psychic “listening” techniques and that he have an established relationship with a spirit
â€¢ Magical Cleansing it the process of breaking apart and removing negativity or chaotic energy and replacing it with peaceful, divine, protective energy
â€¢ Magical Cleansing is used in Spirit Contact work throughout the ceremony to facilitate communication, clear off negative energy or heal other people
â€¢ You can energetically cleanse things using several techniques including smoke, fluids, or energy
â€¢ Good cleansing herbs that can be used include: sage, hyssop, frankincense and myrrh, rosemary and others.
â€¢ Call upon your spiritual relationships to your patron deities, guides, the ancestors or the spirits of the plants you are using in order to have the most effective Magical Cleansing possible.
â€¢ There is a marked absence of effective spiritual leadership in our community
â€¢ Men-who-love-men need to learn leadership skills in order to move into our place in society as spiritual leaders and assist our brothers in coming together and bettering our communities
â€¢ The qualities of leadership are: Love, Integrity, Compassion, Transparency, Humility, and Patience
â€¢ Learn ways of cultivating leadership within yourself by asking what Love would do, or asking yourself how you’re helping any given situation
â€¢ As Spiritual Leaders we are servants to our people – we are accountable to them – we have no authority over their free will, nor do we lord over them
â€¢ Respect is commanded, not demanded – Spiritual leadership is something you cultivate within yourself, and in response, others will request that you move into that position.