The significance of the title, One Soul/One Mind can be found in Leonardo Da Vinci's writing: "The same soul governs the two bodies." Both mother and child, physical and mental. - G.M. Walser

Excerpts from One Soul/One Mind

I now realize that my daughter is the source of all the insights that have changed my life for the better: all the peace and happiness that have come to me in truly knowing who she is, how she feels about herself, and how much she has loved me. She thanks me now for the way I have always shown my love, and I thank her for all the love and support she has shown me in my struggle to survive.

It is shameful to know that much of the suffering in this world is due to a lack of knowledge. Knowledge is the secret to un­derstanding creation. We suffer and cause others to suffer unneces­sarily not only because of ignorance but also because of our lack of compassion. My motivation in writing this book about gender identity and homosexuality in general is to promote respect and empathy for people who are at risk for violence, abuse, and exploitation. In addi­tion, I want people to understand that there is nothing these children and adults have done to be this way. We are all born with differences — mental, physical or spiritual. Sexual orientation is not a choice for them; instead, that is who they are from birth, and even in utero.

The path to understanding my daughter taught me the most important things I needed to know about myself. My deep­est desire is to spark a meeting of the minds that control our beliefs, feelings, and attitudes about gender identity so that we may become of “one soul/one mind.”

God, our Creator, meant for humanity to be like a symphony, in which everyone plays a note and these notes, played together, make beautiful music. Yet some of us seem to have missed the Creator’s intention. The stubborn igno­rance of such people has made our world a chaotic and hateful place. I understood that as a parent of beautiful children and as a woman who understood her responsibility to others, it was my duty to do all I could to stay in harmony with other people, to love them, and to help them even when they were in some way responsible for painful inner feelings. This teaching was plain to me in the Bible and impossible to ignore.

I would never be a scientist any more than I would be a profes­sional painter after making that critical decision all those years ago. But if I stayed firm in my quest to understand the science that was in­volved in what had happened to my daughter and learned everything I could about the possible mechanisms involved, I might come up with things that would someday get a scientist’s attention.

© 2016 G. M. Walser