"Spiritual Bypassing is the cancer of the spiritual world." Yes, yes it is. This is a nice, brief look at the topic from Teal (Tea Time with Teal) - The Spiritual Catalyst.
The best book on the subject, destined to become a classic text for spiritual seekers, is Robert Augustus Masters' Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters (2010).
Published on Apr 26, 2014
Spiritual bypassing (or whitewashing) is the act of using spiritual beliefs to avoid facing or healing one's painful feelings, unresolved wounds and unmet needs. It is a state of avoidance. Because it is a state of avoidance, it is a state of resistance. I personally, consider Spiritual bypassing to be the shadow side of spirituality.
The spiritual beliefs of any spiritual tradition, be it Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, New Age, Islamic, or even Self Help, can provide ample justification for living in a state of inauthenticity. They can all provide justification for avoiding the unwanted aspects of one's own feelings and state of being in favor of what is considered to be "a more enlightened state". In this episode, Teal Swan gives examples of spiritual bypassing and suggests ways that we can avoid doing it.
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