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Don’t go back to sleep

Sleep Rumi

Don’t go back to sleep

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill.
Where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

Rumi, sufí, persian, IVth century a.C..

Andrew Harvey

Andrew-Harvey

Andrew Harvey was born in India in 1952, where he lived until he was 9 years old. He then went to several English private Schools, and studied at Oxford University where he later taught Shakespeare and French Literature until 1977.

He is an author, religious scholar and teacher of several mystic traditions, especially Hinduism and Sufism.

Harvey also emphasizes the Divine Feminine, as expressed with different names throughout the history as Isis, Kali, The Virgin Mary, or Mother Earth.

Harvey is widely known for his books on spiritual and mystical topics, among which should be highlighted Dialogues with a modern mystic, The Direct Path, The Essential Mystics, The Essential Gay Mystics, The Return of the Mother and Son of Man.

As an scholar and an expert on Rumi, he has written several books on the subject, namely The way of Passion, Celebration of Rumi, and Perfume of the desert.

In 1990 he col-laborated with Sogyal Rinpoche and Ptrick Gaffney in the writing of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Throughout his work he synthesizes different mystical explorations and tries to reconcile eastern and western mysticism.

He is the founder of the Sacred Activism movement, to which he dedicates much of his time and energy. In The Hope, A Guide to sacred Activism, he defines this movement as “a spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic and social institutions, a holy force – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born. This force I define as Sacred Activism”.

Andrew Harvey is one of the sixteen gay writers interviewed in Mark Thompson’s nook, Gay Soul. In the book Harvey among other things states that “gayness is a large wound, but also a large opportunity”.

The BBC edited in 1993 a documentary called The Making of a Modern Mystic, based on Harry Harvey’s life and works.

Harvey lives now in Arkansas where he continues to write, and travels around the world lecturing, and organizing travels to sacred sites around the world. The Watkins mind Body Spirit Magazine nominated him as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential People in the World.

More about Harrey Harvey’s life, books and Sacred activism can be found at: www.andrewharvey.net

Sources:
Andrew Harvey: Institute for Sacred Activism, www.andrewharvey.net
Mark Thompson. Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature. 1994, HarperSanFrancisco.
Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Harvey

Three Joyful Mysteries

LUIS CERNUDA TRES MISTERIOS GOZOSOS

The singing of the birds, at dawn,
When the day is mildest,
Happy to be alive, already slips
Between sleep, and the contagious
Joy of one waking to the new day.

Happy smiling at his poor
And broken toy, in the door
Of the house the little child plays alone
By himself, and in happy
Ignorance, enjoys being alive.

The poet, dreaming upon the paper,
His unfinished poem,
Finds it beautiful, rejoices and thinks
With good reason and madness
That nothing matters, his poem exists.

Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (1902-1963)

Men of Spirit, the interview

MENOFSPIRIT

Roger, the creator of the Men of Spirit website, has agreed to answer some questions about this project for the readers of MindfulGay.

Roger, could you define what Men of Spirit is, and what is the main purpose of it?

Men of Spirit is a website that was created with the intention of raising awareness of men’s gatherings. I often attended workshops and talked to the attendees about other retreats and realized that many of these men had not heard of  the other workshops going on in various retreat centers through out the US. The criteria for the Men of Spirit calendar of events consists of gatherings that focus on advancing personal growth, spirituality, sacred sexuality, the connection with Self, nature and other like-minded men. Its purpose is to help others explore events, teachers, programs, schools and gatherings that create greater awareness of who and what we are. Events that help us align our lives with our deepest desires. All of the events listed on this website are for men who love men. 

How did you come up with the idea of creating this project?

I have been attending men’s workshops since 1998 and the impact of my first workshop changed how I would live my life forever. I also witnessed others having similar experiences and I realized the importance of this type of work. For years, I spent hours online looking for workshops and spirit related travel opportunities that interested me. I kept a personal calendar of these events and used this information through-out the year to plan my travel according to the workshops that were interesting to me. The process of finding and documenting the workshop information from multiple websites was time consuming. I often thought about how convenient it would be to have a website that listed all these events in one online location. Obviously, such a website didn’t exist and my method was the best I could manage. 

In 2012 I attended a local college to learn web design to help promote my design business. The students were asked to develop their own websites as their project for a final grade. I started building a website for my business, but I quickly realized that it would take weeks to prepare the photo content suitable for a design business. I then started using images that I found online and paired them to the workshops that I was planning to attend in the future. This was a very effective way for me to learn to use the software without spending countless hours on preparing content. I needed a domain name and Men of Spirit seemed fitting and it also happened to be available. It came together very quickly. Essentially, it was developed as a homework assignment.

I continued working on Men of Spirit website to practice my software skills not knowing that I’d actually publish it someday. I posted my first event in March 2013 and haven’t stopped since.

Would you say your website covers all areas of physical and spiritual exploration and development for a gay or bisexual man?

I think that Men of Spirit is reflective of the type of workshops available today for men who love men. I don’t think that the website reflects all areas of Spirituality for gay/bi men because Spiritual paths are not exclusive to men. The Men of Spirit website posts events that are exclusive to men. In fact, it’s very specific and limited in the realm of most men´s Spiritual development.

At the moment the information you give is about venues located in the United States, have you got plans to expand it to Europe and the rest of the world?

It’s difficult for me to post an event that I’m not familiar with in some way. I seldom offer personal opinions about an event, but I think there may be an implied recommendation by my posting an event on the website. My experience of workshops has been expanding over time and I’m starting to learn and recognize that there are many workshops in various countries that the Men of Spirit audience would be interested in attending. The Men of Spirit audience is global and the viewers are from all over the world. However, the vast majority of viewers are from North America and Europe.

Have you got any additional plans or ideas regarding Men of Spirit in the years to come that you would like to share with our readers?

I would like to see Men of Spirit sponsored workshops and events. However, I solely support the existence of the Men of Spirit website. It’s a free service to the facilitators and venues of all the events listed. Without additional financial resources and others to help with the growing process, I don’t know how that would be possible. I believe that this project will continue to move me towards a greater purpose. I’m just not sure what that will be during the infancy stage of Men of Spirit.

It has been a real pleasure  to have you at MindfulGay. Thank you so much Roger for sharing your time and your ideas with us.

ROGER from MEN OF SPIRIT