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"The Double: An Archetypal Configuration" - Mitch Walker Gives A 35th Anniversary Reading of His Pioneering Jungian Paper -

In 1976, the Stonewall Rebellion was seven years old, the Briggs Initiative to fire California public teachers was still to come, and Jungian psychology was for the most part vigorously homophobic, when Mitch Walker's groundbreaking, homosexually-affirmative paper, "The Double: An Archetypal Configuration," was published by the esteemed Jungian annual, "Spring," the first by an out gay author in all of Jungian literature to that point. In this video presentation, Mitch reads this historic article, shares some memories and conversation with the audience, and discusses where gay Jungian psychology has come in 35 years and where it might be headed.

The full text of this article can be found at: http://uranianpsych.org/articles/The%20Double.pdf

"A New Theory of Male Homosexuality" - Mitch Walker reads his follow-up paper to "The Double"

Following his pioneering 1976 paper on "The Double" as a same-sex "soul image," Mitch Walker sought to expand a gay Jungian understanding to encompass important theoretical implications of the Double concept, such as a homosexual organization of the fundamental libido and of the ego-Self axis, the idea of "individuation as gay." In this video presentation, Dr. Walker reads his 1989 paper, "A New Theory of Male Homosexuality" (published as "Jung and Homophobia" in Spring 51), summarizing the growth of his considerations to that point, and shares comments on these ideas and where his thinking has gone since, followed by a lively conversation with the audience.

The full text of this article can be found at: http://uranianpsych.org/articles/Individuation.pdf

 

"Gay Liberation at a Psychological Crossroads:The Golden Opportunity to Birth A Homosexually-Centered Psychoanalysis" Lecture One

This lecture, the first of four delivered in 2009, proposes that today's gay person and movement face a critical historic choice between two possible future directions: either more assimilation and thus inevitable stagnation, or the cultivation of a homosexual psychological awareness alchemically leading to a new degree of liberatory healing and realization with profound implications politically, spiritually, and globally. The pioneering pertinence and possible shape of a gay-centered Jungian psychoanalysis in this regard will be focused on.
The full text can be found at http://uranianpsych.org/articles/GayLibCrossroads.pdf

The text of this talk is also available on amazon.com in a slightly edited version in the book, "Gay Liberation at a Psychological Crossroads," by Mitch Walker.
https://www.amazon.com/Gay-Liberation-Psychological-Crossroads-Commentary/dp/1439254028



"Gay Liberation at a Psychological Crossroads: The New Ethical Importance of Psychological Responsibility In Furthering the Next Stage of Homosexual Emancipation and In Founding the ICUP" Lecture Two

This lecture, the second of four delivered in 2009, amplifies the idea that developing a capacity for genuine inward reflection and confrontation with personal demons is urgently necessary for the fostering of gay and lesbian peoples' creative potentials and humanity's future survival. The text of this talk is also available on amazon.com in a slightly edited version in the book, "Gay Liberation at a Psychological Crossroads," by Mitch Walker.

The full text can be found at http://uranianpsych.org/articles/GayLibCrossroads.pdf

The text of this talk is also available on amazon.com in a slightly edited version in the book, "Gay Liberation at a Psychological Crossroads," by Mitch Walker.
https://www.amazon.com/Gay-Liberation-Psychological-Crossroads-Commentary/dp/1439254028

"Gay Liberation at a Psychological Crossroads:The History and Development of Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis as a Progressive Marriage of Gay Liberation Thought and Psychodynamic Methodology, One Gay Man's Story"
Lecture Three

In this lecture, the third of four delivered in 2009, gay activist and psychologist Mitch Walker uses examples from his own life experience to vividly illustrate the challenges involved in achieving genuine psychological self-awareness, and describes the creative development of his foundational ideas for an authentic gay-centered psychology. The text of this talk is also available on amazon.com in a slightly edited version in the book, "Gay Liberation at a Psychological Crossroads," by Mitch Walker.

The full text can be found at http://uranianpsych.org/articles/GayLibCrossroads.pdf

The text of this talk is also available on amazon.com in a slightly edited version in the book, "Gay Liberation at a Psychological Crossroads," by Mitch Walker.
https://www.amazon.com/Gay-Liberation-Psychological-Crossroads-Commentary/dp/1439254028

"The Problem of Frankenstein" - Mitch Walker reads his 1977 paper, a gay Jungian analysis of the novel.

After Mitch Walker completed his pioneering Jungian paper on the Double archetype and homosexuality in 1976, he became interested in extending that analysis to further literary and mythological examples, and so turned to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which had so inspired him while accidentally viewing the Christopher Isherwood TV version in late 1974. Upon carefully reading the novel, Mitch discovered a rich allegorical motif concerning sacred homosexual love, vicious cultural bigotry and the key importance of self-acceptance that resonates strongly today. In this video presentation, Mitch read this early gay-centered Jungian analysis of a serious literary work, and commented on its context, particulars and contemporary relevance, followed by a lively discussion with the audience.

Full text of the paper can be read online at http://uranianpsych.org/pages/FrankensteinWalkerFinalR.pdf

The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Gay-Affirmative Retelling by Mitch Walker

The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the great stories about homosexual romance, evolving out of the historical mists of writing's origin in 3000 B.C.E. Sumeria, compiled into a comprehensive written form by around 1500 B.C.E., and afterwards forgotten by later Western cultures until its rediscovery in the 19th century. In this video presentation, Mitch Walker, longtime gay activist and psychologist, invites his audience to participate in experiencing this tale as it was originally intended—orally. Mitch reads a version prepared in the early 1990s to reflect a more gay-affirmative perspective on the story's overall integration as a full arc of individuation. After relating the saga and time permitting, Mitch also shares the first sections for his gay Jungian analysis of the epic, "The Romance of Gilgamesh," the remainder of which was the topic of the following month's Uranian Psychoanalytic Club meeting.

“The Romance of Gilgamesh: A Jungian Commentary”A Gay-Affirmative Analysis of This Ancient Epic Poem

Douglas Sadownick Reads Mitch Walker’s 1980s Paper,

As a follow-up to the previous month’s presentation of The Epic of Gilgamesh by Mitch Walker, at this Uranian Psychoanalytic Club meeting Doug Sadownick finished reading Mitch’s 1980s commentary on the tale, “The Romance of Gilgamesh,” of which Mitch shared the initial two sections directly after relating the story itself yhe previous month. The evening’s talk included “World of the Gods,” “The Star From Heaven,” “The Sacred Marriage and Fight with Humbaba,” “The Bull of Heaven and Loss of the Soul,” “The Journey to the Spirit-World” and more, followed by an opportunity to share audience reactions and questions.

 

On The Road to a Gay-Centered Psycholog,y Part 1 : The Intent and Promise of Visionary Love (1980) - A Conversation With the Author, Dr. Mitch Walker

After Mitch Walker finished his pioneering essay "Visionary Love" in the first half of 1976, his interest in "practicing the vision"—that is, living each day increasingly in a gay-centering psychological manner, only became greater, and thereby was he led to undertake what he considered a form of contemporary "gay shamanism." In this video, Mitch focuses on sharing how he learned about this fey occult practice, some of what it amounted to subjectively and interpersonally in its particulars, and will consider its nature as an early forging of  "gay-centered inner work." He also reads from the essay and answers audience questions.

Mitch Walker has been a gay activist and scholar all his adult life, and was the first "out" homosexual writer to be published in the serious Jungian literature, with his groundbreaking paper on "The Double" in Spring 1976. He is the author of Men Loving Men (1977), Visionary Love (1980), The Revolutionary Psychology of Gay-Centeredness in Men (1999), The Uranian Soul (2008) and Gay Liberation at a Psychological Crossroads (2009), and co-founder of the Radical Faeries, Treeroots and the Institute for Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis.

On the Road to a Gay-Centered Psychology, Part II: The Genisis and Significance of Men Loving Men(1977)  A conversation with the Author, Dr. Mitch Walker

As Mitch Walker struggled in young adulthood to come out of the closet as homosexual, he also became increasingly interested in combining his long-time interest in psychology with his growing gay sensibility, and one of the first results was Men Loving Men: A Gay Sex Guide and Consciousness Book, which appeared in early 1977. More than being the first full-length work published by that particular press, Gay Sunshine Books, or merely being a gay version of then-available heterosexual "sex guides" (as the "Introduction" explains), Men Loving Men is notable historically because of its concern with nurturing a transformative procreative possibility in terms of what would later be called being "gay-affirmative," an attitude which continued to develop more intensively in the author himself, who then produced a subsequent book, Visionary Love, which concerns a "gay-centered" standpoint of further appreciative refinement.

In this talk, Mitch discusses the historical and situational context which led to Men Loving Men, how that book tried to approach the question of affirmative sensibility at that time, and why the discussion therein wound up pointing toward the more focused standpoint found in Visionary Love, which was the following month's topic. Mitch also reads from the book, and answers questions from the audience.

On the Road to a Gay-Centered Psychology, Part III The Practice of “Becoming Gay Shamanism” (1977) A Conversation with the Author, Dr. Mitch Walker

After Mitch Walker finished his pioneering essay "Visionary Love" in the first half of 1976, his interest in "practicing the vision"—that is, living each day increasingly in a gay-centering psychological manner, only became greater, and thereby was he led to undertake what he considered a form of contemporary "gay shamanism." In this video, Mitch focuses on sharing how he learned about this fey occult practice, some of what it amounted to subjectively and interpersonally in its particulars, and consideres its nature as an early forging of "gay-centered inner work." He also reads from the essay and answers audience questions.

 

"The Uranian Soul" is a groundbreaking new book by clinical psychologist, Jungian scholar, and gay community activist Mitchell Lynn Walker, Ph.D.

It is a soaring imaginal journey into the most profound symbolic meaning of same-sex romantic love, and an unprecedented reconciliation of homosexuality with the sacred. The fruit of three decades of dedicated research, "The Uranian Soul" is a serious scholarly effort and also a sonorous poetic odyssey of grand proportions.

"'Princely' Goddess Inanna Initiates Her Devoted Priestess Bride: How Ancient Lesbian Wisdom Traditions Can Inspire a New Vulvically Vivifying Lesbian-Centered Myth of Meaning for All Women."  

January 21, 2006. This was the first talk in a series called "Singing the Heavenly Muse of Lesbian Individuation for All Women: Introductory Series on the Theory and Practice of Sapphic Psychoanalysis," and was presented by Sandra Golvin, JD, LMFT, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and educator who was at the time in the process of developing an authentic lesbian-centered psychology as well as a new organization to support such a development, which was called The Center for Sapphic Psychoanalytic Studies.

Sandra's work was in large part a re-interpretation for lesbians of the work Mitch Walker had previously done for gay male psychology, and her Center, along with this lecture series, was sponsored by the Institute for Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis, which Mitch Walker co-founded in 2005 (www.uranianpsych.org). But tragedy struck during the planning for this lecture, which was intended as the inaugural seminar for the Center for Sapphic Psychoanalytic Studies, as Sandra was diagnosed with ocular melanoma. When she gave this talk, the diagnosis was still relatively new, and Sandra was still in the early stages of figuring out her treatment options. Despite the rapid deterioration of her health, Sandra courageously moved forward with this lecture, and four more in the following months. Sadly, Sandra passed away on August 3, 2006, but she leaves behind a remarkable inspiration around the possibilities for further development of vulvically vivifying lesbian-centered psychology.

"Singing the Heavenly Muse of Lesbian Individuation for All Women: Introductory Series on the Theory and Practice of Sapphic Psychoanalysis," Part 2

Presented by Sandra Golvin, JD, LMFT, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and educator who was at the time in the process of developing an authentic lesbian-centered psychology as well as a new organization to support such a development, which was called The Center for Sapphic Psychoanalytic Studies.

Sandra's work was in large part a re-interpretation for lesbians of the work Mitch Walker had previously done for gay male psychology, and her Center, along with this lecture series, was sponsored by the Institute for Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis, which Mitch Walker co-founded in 2005 (www.uranianpsych.org).

Lesbian Child Development I: Working Through Early Maternal Failures of Mirroring.March 18, 2006

The first talk in a series called "Basic Concepts of Lesbian-Affirmative Psychotherapy & Inner Work for All Women," and was presented by Sandra Golvin, JD, LMFT, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and educator who was at the time in the process of developing an authentic lesbian-centered psychology as well as a new organization to support such a development, which was called The Center for Sapphic Psychoanalytic Studies.

When this talk was delivered, Sandra had already been fighting a virulent form of ocular melanoma for about four months. She passed away on August 3, 2006, but she leaves behind a remarkable inspiration around the possibilities for further development of lesbian-centered psychology.

"Lesbian Child Development II: The Challenge of Healthy Gender Embodiment." April 15, 2006 This was the second talk in a series called "Basic Concepts of Lesbian-Affirmative Psychotherapy & Inner Work for All Women," and was presented by Sandra Golvin, JD, LMFT, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and educator who was at the time in the process of developing an authentic lesbian-centered psychology as well as a new organization to support such a development, which was called The Center for Sapphic Psychoanalytic Studies.

When this talk was delivered, Sandra had already been fighting a virulent form of ocular melanoma for about five months. She passed away on August 3, 2006, but she leaves behind a remarkable inspiration around the possibilities for further development of lesbian-centered psychology.

"Lesbian Child Development III: Oedipal Romance with Mother." May 20, 2006,

This was the third and last talk in a series called "Basic Concepts of Lesbian-Affirmative Psychotherapy & Inner Work for All Women," and was presented by Sandra Golvin, JD, LMFT, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and educator who was at the time in the process of developing an authentic lesbian-centered psychology as well as a new organization to support such a development, which was called The Center for Sapphic Psychoanalytic Studies.

When this talk was delivered, Sandra had already been fighting a virulent form of ocular melanoma for about six months. She passed away on August 3, 2006, but she leaves behind a remarkable inspiration around the possibilities for further development of lesbian-centered psychology.

 

 

 

 

 

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