For a long time now I’ve wrestled with a recurring question: What is the spiritual significance of being transgender? In my tradition, questions are more important than answers, so I respond to this question with more questions.
Each of these queries points towards possibilities in trans experience, lenses this life has offered me. This investigation is both intensely specific and ultimately universal. I ask about the spiritual meaning of being trans because it is a profound, formative, and raw experience for me. Any experience will do. Circumstances provide us all with doorways, superficially unique yet essentially identical, in that they all lead to the same place. Countless roads have one destination; all of reality empties into the Infinite. All tears, like all rivers, flow to the Sea.
- When society turns you away, where can you go?
- When axioms crumble, what remains?
- Who is this you, whom neither body, nor society, nor life history define?
- Who is the one who can accept the unacceptable, do the undoable?
- When you are on the outside looking in, where are you?
- When you lose everything, what do you have?
- When everything changes, what stays the same?