Becoming Open Souls, Transcending Institutional Seduction & Cultural Rape is an examination of a life intensely lived. This work reflects on a series of stories lifted from the author's personal journals. It tells how his life journey has brought him to a spiritual place, where he is infinitely more open than he was, when he was part of one of the most fundamentalist hierarchies of religion in America. This book open the gate of an awareness of the foundational concepts of ancient Toltec Wisdom, as taught to him by a Mexica/Toltec master in 1990.
Becoming Open Souls also is a bearer of knowledge that is critical to our common survival of terrorists because it tells how a closed and fundamentalist society works. In the author's words, knowledge of how any closed, religious society works will reveal the common traits of all who seek to persuade seekers: "Understanding Mormons is important to the rest of us because the Mormon hierarchy works hard at understanding us" and "when we come to know the experience of institutional Mormonism then, we actually, look at the rest of ourselves, reflected in a cultural mirror."
Indeed, this book exposes the mistakes of the past because it tells the old memories of one who was once part of the inner circle, but who has since become far more open than he was when he particpated in the excommunication of others from his church because they were in love with persons of their own sex. Beginning with what he calls The Seduction, this spiritual journey takes the reader through the various stages of awareness and acknowledgement that carry any toward transcendance. However, because of six Mexican Indigenous families---[with whom the author lived, loved and learned]---Becoming Open Souls also includes the profound wisdom of Mexica/Toltec ancient wisdom which, the author gleaned from his "new mentors" who "celebrated" his same-sex attractions, rather than, condemn or judge them.
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Antonio A. Feliz is one of the pioneers of gay nonfiction writing in the U.S.A. Becoming Open Souls, Transcending Institutional Seduction & Cultural Rape continues the story which began with his first book, Out of The Bishop's Closet. Of the author's first book, Malcolm Boyd wrote that it imparts "spiritual hope to lesbians and gay men who have wrongly suffered rejection and betrayal in the name of God." Published in anthologies of notable writers such as Gandhi and Malcolm X---[Searching For Your Soul: Writers of Many Faiths Share Their Stories of Spiritual Development, Katherine Kurs, editor, 1999]---the author's work appeares in the 1996 Lambda Book of The Year For Religion---[Wrestling With The Angel: Faith and Religion in The Lives of Gay Men, Brian Bouldry, editor].
Once a Mormon bishop, high priest and Temple marriage sealer, Tony is one of the two founders of what became Gay And Lesbian Acceptance [GALA] now, affiliated with the Community of Christ, headquarters in Independence, MO. Embrasing his Native roots, he promotes Mexica/Toltec ideals in non-Indian contexts. Active in the movement for marriage equality, the author was a principal speaker at the historic, Marriage Equality California statewide 2004 Valentine's Weekend rally on the steps of the California State Capitol.
Today, through the Concord Circles Institute, the author works for world peace, global community and for social and political pluralism. Tony uses a diverse ancestry, his own experience as one of America's ordained and the awareness of a "two-spirit" man to bring the wisdom of his mother's Mexica/Toltec ancestors into greater focus for others.
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Book Description Concord Pr Intl, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110929582012