What is Unnamed Path?
Unnamed Path is an ever-emerging spiritual tradition for gay and queer pagan men sourced in the ancestral current of the Tribe of Men Who Love Men. As an initiatory tradition, apprenticeship training comprises of the four parts of the Unnamed Path: Shamanic journey work and courtship, Energy healing practices, Deathwalking and spirit contact work, and Magic and Prophecy. Apprentices work on themselves as well to step into their personal power through shadow work, inner alchemy and developing relationships with our deties and the Ancestors of Men Who Love Men.
Initiates of Unnamed Path develop a personal spiritual practice and work to be of service to their community as members of the Tribe of Men Who Love Men. Currently there are initiates of Unnamed Path in the United States, Canada, Portugal and Australia.
Four Parts of the Unnamed Path
Journey through the under, middle, and upper worlds and build relationships with our deities, the Ancestors of Men Who Love Men, and spirit allies.
Channel healing energy using Unnamed Path’s system to restore harmony and vitality back to body, mind, emotions and soul.
Contact and work with spirits of the dead using mediumship and necromancy. Midwife the dying through death doula and psychopomp work.
Magic & Prophecy
Meet your magical goals through traditional witchcraft, spell work, and folk magic. Access information through seership, divination, spirit contact and possession work.
Unnamed Path is for all those who identify with the experiences of Men Who Love Men, those who love and have romantic connections with other men. It is empowered by our capacity to love as gay/queer men and is tuned to our unique energy current. An ever-evolving spiritual tradition that encourages the practitioner to seek their own truths through communication with The Ancestors, Spirits, and Deities in order to recover lore and practices that will best serve them in their spiritual reconnection to their power/truth and provide service for those in their community.
Ultimately the reconnection of power/truth that happens when walking the Unnamed Path is for the purpose of being of service to others. By being in our own power we can better help those in need in our community. We can provide our community healing, awareness, purpose, empowerment, protection, and connection.
Prominence of The Ancestors
Unnamed Path was awakened through the Ancestors of Men Who Love Men. They are motivating us to reclaim our position in society as spiritual leaders and they are guiding us with techniques and spiritual methods to accomplish that goal. As such, it is important for any practitioner who follows Unnamed Path to commune with or learn to commune with The Ancestors.
This can be done in many ways taught through Unnamed Path. We empower each student and initiate to craft their own personal spiritual practice.
The Tribe of Men Who Love Men is made up of our Ancestors as well as the Initiates of Unnamed Path. All Initiates have completed apprenticeship training. After this period some choose to deepen their involvement in the tradition and move into teacher training. This is also at least a year-long dedication after which the Initiate becomes a teacher capable of teaching and initiating others. Teachers start classes throughout the year and classes are open to all Men Who Love Men.
About the Founder Hyperion
Eddy ‘Hyperion’ Gutiérrez founded The Unnamed Path in 2007.
He was received guidance by The Ancestors of Men Who Love Men who began to teach him a way to integrate all of the separate parts of his vast spiritual knowledge into one path, while discarding parts that didn’t have anything to do with the energy current that gay/queer men naturally tap into.
He began capturing all of this in a series of lessons, and finally one day, his spirit guides instructed him to begin teaching classes.
Eventually, he put these classes in the form of podcasts to build awareness of the tradition, and in 2009 Hyperion initiated his first three students in California.
Hyperion has presented at pagan and academic events around the world, including Pantheacon, the Pagan Studies Conference, Los Angeles/Orange County Pagan Pride Day, Into the Green, May Magic, Between the Worlds, and was the founder of Stone and Stang.
Sadly to all those who knew him, Hyperion passed away in January of 2014.
His spiritual legacy of this tradition is now held by Unnamed Path Tribe along with the assistance of his mother Victoria Gutiérrez and his partner Clayton James, who run Dr. E Products, a folk magic supply destination started by Hyperion.
In the past, spiritual communities often offered spiritual care to people without asking their consent.
Today we can no longer justify this practice because of developments in society, and because the spiritual care relationship is characterized by inequality in vulnerability and dependency. This leads to an inequality in power.
Seeking informed consent is an important way to adjust this vulnerability and power imbalance. We, therefore, explore the different forms of consent and proxy consent.
This is why we propose a relational and integrated approach to consent: in the dialogue between all those involved, we strive for shared decision-making by combining the different forms of consent.
Important in this respect is the proposal of ‘inferred’ consent, whereby during the process of spiritual care, we actively infer consent or refusal from words and behavior.
The only consent is consent, and this is given through direct “yes” or “no”.
To ensure confidentiality, teachers and Initiates are aware of sensitive information and have implemented policies over kinds of information that warrant protection.
Based on that, they define a number of processes for the settings, devices, and persons involved in the handling of personal information and keeping records of sensitive information private.
Everything shared in apprenticeship training (including names, identities, and personal experiences) is regarded as absolutely confidential.
Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them.
Respect in our relationships builds feelings of trust, safety, and well-being.
Respect doesn’t have to come naturally – it is something you learn.
Community & Support
Community and support are simple.
The Unnamed Path is not just a set of teachings, it is a community of Initiates that support and care for one another and meet them wherever they may be, in success or challenges.
Self Empowerment & Healing
The use of actions, words, and rituals in a diverse selection of healing endowed with power and effectiveness, separate from and in addition to who they are.
Three specific features of ritual language contribute to its effectiveness:
- its function as objectification of power
- its transformative functions
- its performative aspects
One of the key factors in healing is mobilizing resources of power, especially enhancing the sense of personal empowerment.
All people need to learn to care for and demonstrate their love for others with acts of service.
It is important to demonstrate a willingness to help others, provide care, listen, love, and bring beauty into the world.
By teaching and being of service to others in our community one can truly express their power.
All Initiates and teachers of Unnamed Path should strive to provide community service in one form or another.
A powerful way to do this is by becoming a teacher of Unnamed Path, serving on the 501(c)(3) Board, or any of the many committees.
Celebration & Growth
An important part of growth and transformation is celebrating our growth which can help bring hard work into focus and make us feel more confident about our ability to progress even further.
Celebrating progress and growth doesn’t mean you’ve reached the end, it just means that we take the time to acknowledge everything that has gone into our progress so far and appreciate how growth has improved our lives.
You’ve probably experienced this: you set a goal, reach it, and then set another.
Our goals are constantly evolving, so waiting until we’ve achieved them all to celebrate means we might never get a chance.
When you get energized in the focus to move toward your next goal, we give our tribe permission to celebrate the growth we have already achieved.
Notice your growth, don’t minimize your hard work, share your success with others, and of course express gratitude.