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Editor's Note


Feature Section: Love and Joy

A Conversation with Neale Donald Walsch
Joel Anastasi


Heart Ralph Walker

Joy Like Lightning Dennis L. Trunk

Parental Love Catherine Tuerk

Miracles Around Us Gregory Fillar





Joy of Creative Movement Edward Jeffrey Hale

St. Aelred of Rievaulx on Friendship


Poetry: Gently the Boy I Was Franklin Abbot



Homosexuality is Spirit's Joy Gregory Kasperek

Effective Grass Roots Action




Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Well, at least be merry!

Robert Bahr ran a review of the book by this name by popular radio doctor Dean Edell in Celebrating the Self. A couple of citations are relevant to this issue of WCJ.

Actually contradicting the title, Edell says what can retard aging and age-related diseases is dramatically cutting protein and calorie intake. "Researchers at Cornell University found that restricting the number of calories eaten by lab rats resulted in the rats living longer--alot longer. A 40% reduction in food intake below that which the animal would have eaten on its own led to a remarkable 50% increase in lifespan. Applied to humans, that translates into another 40 years {onto an 80 year life]

He also reports that a study among a thousand men aged 45 to 59 showed that men with the lowest frequency of orgasms had twice the risk of death from all causes--most significantly from heart attack. The researchers concluded that the men with the greatest frequency of sex had a 50% reduction in mortality.

So, eat right, have a lot of sex--and maintain a healthy mental state. "Better moods and more positive feelings appear to pay more direct rewards than shedding a few pounds or dropping cholesterol points," Edell concluded.



Mindful Masturbation Bruce P. Grether

God in Drag Darren John Main


The Rapture Balance Janeson

Enter Your Temple Michael Goddart



Bodhisattva Watch: Joyful Participation

The spirituality of the Bodhisattva is called

"The Way of Joyful Participation
in the Sorrows of the World."

Try using that phrase as a mantra


Joseph Campbell: Oh, Wonderful!

According to [the] mysticism of sexual love, the ultimate experience of love is a realization that beneath the illusion of two-ness dwells identity: "each is both." This realization can expand into a discovery that beneath the mutitudinous individualities of the whole surrounding universe - human, animal, vegetable, even mineral - dwells identity; whereupon the love experience becomes cosmic, and the beloved who first opened the vision is magnified as the mirror of creation. The man or woman knowing this experience is possessed of what Schopenhauer called "the science of beauty everywhere." He "goes up and down these worlds, eating what he desires, assuming what forms he desires," and he sits singing the song of universal unity, which begins" "Oh, wonderful! Oh, wonderful! Oh, wonderful!" (The Hero with a Thousand Faces, p. 280)



Seeking, Finding, & Giving Love & Joy Jeff DeVore

It Is, After All, a Spiritual Journey David Jonson

Shadow Becomes Joy David Scherzer

Spiritual Travailing George Paris

Scatological Reflections John Steczynski







Reviews and Books

The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri Krandall Kraus


An American Family by Jon & Michael Galluccio


Stealing Jesus by Bruce Bawer Mike Green


The Direct Path by Andrew Harvey Toby Johnson


Christopher Isherwood: His Era, His Gang and the Legacy of the Truly Strong Man by David Izzo


Spiritual Journeys Along the Yellow Brick Road

by Darren John Main


Letters to the Editor


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Call for Submissions




Link to Toby Johnson's GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness

In a tie with Kraus & Borjas's IT'S NEVER ABOUT WHAT IT'S ABOUT Toby Johnson's GAY SPIRITUALITY was awarded a Lammy for Religion/Spirituality by the Lambda Literary Foundation, Chicago, May 31, 2001

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