The Unnamed Path is a four-fold spiritual tradition revealed to us from the Ancestors of Men-who-love-men. It is rooted in age-old techniques practiced around the world that foster relationships with the Divine, the ancestors, the spirits in the land and with each other. The four parts of the tradition are:
Magic and Prophecy
The Unnamed Path is solely for men-who-love-men because it is empowered by our capacity to love as gay men, and is tuned to our unique energy current. It is an ever-evolving spiritual tradition that encourages the practitioner to seek his own truths through communication with the Ancestors and Gods and recover lore and practices that will best serve him in his spiritual evolution.
Magic and Prophecy
Since the dawn of civilization mankind has felt that there is a deeper essence to the things of this world and that there was a correlation between the energies of this world and his ability to dream and feel things. Magic has been in our blood since we first emerged into consciousness. Magic is not anything dark or evil, it is merely the process of harnessing the power of your mind and your relationships with the forces of nature to manifest your will here in the physical world. If you can see it, then you can manifest it with Magic. Using Magic affords us the unique ability to experience our power as men-who-love-men and helps reveal to us that we are divine creatures that have all of the ability to create as the Gods do.
Prophecy allows us to both fortell the future as well as gain a greater perspective on all of the factors at play in any given situation in life. This helps us in making better decisions in life, in forecasting the efficacy of our Magic and also allows us to better facilitate the role of spiritual advisor to our societies. Throughout time our people came to us for our abilities to foresee events and to this day, it is the service we are most often asked for.
Shamanism involves the practice of shifting the consciousness out of the ordinary waking state into a trance or dreamlike state in order to move about in and communicate with the spirit world. Shamanism is one of the oldest spiritual practices around the globe and interestingly, men in every culture practiced it in an almost identical way (even cultures that had absolutely no contact with one another.) Through drumming, dancing and the use of entheogens, we can shift our consciousness and experience the “shamanic journey” – a visual journey through the spiritual world where we can receive guidance from our spirit guides, commune with the Gods seek out spirit medicines for those who are ailing, form alliances with totem animals or plant guides and deepen our spiritual connection and awareness of this world. Even in modern times, while dancing to the thudding base of a techno song in a club, the spiritual heritage we have as Shamans reveals itself quickly.
One of the first spiritual practices the Ancestors of Men-who-love-men revealed was that of Energy Healing. We have an ancestral heritage as healers, as medicine men, for our people. When illness would not clear itself from a person’s body we were sought out because of our extensive knowledge of herbs and our alliances and relationships with the spirit world. We knew how to channel and move energy to help facilitate healing within people.
The Ancestors have given me a technique for energy healing that appears similar to a laying-on-of-hands (or to reiki), but is unique in a few ways. Energy is channeled through the healer, not from him, using his capacity to love. Additionally, the healing technique uses universal life force that is guided by the Ancestors of Men-who-love-men. A series of symbols or sigils are used to direct the energy to the recipient and act as channels or beacons that continue to move the energy into the individual long after the session is complete. The energy helps the individual heal himself and brings balance and harmony back to the recipient’s entire body, mind, emotions and soul.
Our natural ability to cross back and forth between the physical and spiritual worlds gives us a unique role in society – that of the Deathwalker. We can help the dying by making their transition one of love, joy and peace. There is a huge cultural fear around death. We are sheltered from it, don’t want to be anywhere near it and even fear being near places where people have died in the past. This fear of death comes from our twisted perspective that it is a finality to life. It is not. It is a transition from physicality to spirituality just as birth is a transition from spirituality to physicality. The Deathwalker understands this, helps those who are dying in doing so with honor and anticipation in their hearts instead of fear and also helps them sort through any remaining issues or attachments they might have anchoring them here in the physical world preventing them from finally passing over.
Additionally the Deathwalker acts as a medium for spirit communication. They can reach through the veil between the worlds and communicate with the departed, assist them in the transition from that side, as well as forge alliances with spirits to work Magic and Prophecy as well as Energy Healing. The Deathwalker learns through this process, not to fear death, but to embrace it as a natural part of life and to perceive physical existence in its proper context.
These four schools of spirituality work in concert together to help build up a man’s personal power, help him understand his role in society and how he can make a difference, as well as to foster a deep connectedness to all things: the Ancestors, his fellow Men, the Gods, this world, the spirit world, and most of all, himself.
The Unnamed Path podcast will cover the breadth of this tradition and its practices in detail. Each episode, a different topic will be explored as the tradition is continually revealed.