Spiritual Bypassing | Robert Augustus Masters, PhD. Spiritual bypassing, a term first coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, is the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs. It is much more common than we might think and, in fact, is so pervasive as to go largely unnoticed, except in its more obvious extremes. Part of the reason for this is that we tend not to have very much tolerance, both personally and collectively, for facing, entering, and working through our pain, strongly preferring pain-numbing “solutions,” regardless of how much suffering such “remedies” may catalyze.
Because this preference has so deeply and thoroughly infiltrated our culture that it has become all but normalized, spiritual bypassing fits almost seamlessly into our collective habit of turning away from what is painful, as a kind of higher analgesic with seemingly minimal side effects. True spirituality is not a high, not a rush, not an altered state. Spiritual People Don't Say Fuck. It’s interesting. Since I launched the site and pulled the curtain back on Open Source Spirituality, there’s been one response that I’ve received more than any other.
From moms to metalheads to former-Mormons. The people are very different, but the message is always the same: Thank you for putting yourself out there. And for showing that it’s okay to be me. The funny thing is, the reaction usually comes before they’ve even had a chance to dig into the ideas. More often than not, it starts with the silly Fuck Spiritual.
So why is that so shocking? Why should that, of all things, make any difference to anyone? Because we’re all afraid to reveal who we really are. And because “spiritual” people don’t say fuck. We’ve been handed this idea of what it means to be spiritual… Peaceful. It’s easy to be “spiritual.” It’s easy to pretend. It’s easy because it’s safe; and it’s fake; and it comes with a roadmap. All we have to do is follow the stereotype and project the right image. Being authentic is scary. The Risky Music of Psychedelic Spirituality. Don't worry. The point of this article isn't to blast psychedelic spirituality. The only thing I hope to get across is that psychedelic spirituality is in fact a "thing. " To me it's like a musical genre a whole lot of people love. And I wish more people in the psychedelic spiritual community saw it this way.
We might be taken more seriously by mainstream liberal thinkers, academics, artists and scientists if we learned how to extract some of the residue of old Babylonian, Egyptian, Persian, Judaeo-Christian, Pagan, Gnostic, Hindu, and Buddhist cosmologies from our rhetoric. But as long as we've got a transcendent state of consciousness to sell, a world to save, a personal transformation we must go through in order to find wholeness, and a set of scapegoats to blame, we're not selling anything new. I'm calling this brand of spirituality "psychedelic," but in larger, archetypal terms we are referring to what astrologers (I'm an astrologer) might call "Neptunian" spirituality.
Spiritual Addiction by Adyashanti. Spiritual Addiction by Adyashanti A spiritual person can become addicted to spiritual highs and miss the experience of Truth. Spiritual addiction occurs when something great happens and it feels as if you have received a hit of a great drug. As soon as you have it, you want more. There is no drug more potent than spiritual experience. The intellectual component of this addiction is the belief that if you just had enough of these experiences, you would feel great all the time. It’s like morphine. You get a hit of it in the hospital because you break your arm, and you think, “If I had a little drip going all the time, life would be relatively pleasant no matter what happens.” Soon you find that your condition is not much better than that of a common drunk, except that drunks know they have a problem because it’s not culturally acceptable to be a drunk.
In our culture, with most kinds of addiction, the addict is understood to be miserable. This puts a spiritual seeker into a dilemma. The Psychic Realm and Psychic Powers. Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.: 10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases. It is a jungle out there, and it is no less true about spiritual life than any other aspect of life. Do we really think that just because someone has been meditating for five years, or doing 10 years of yoga practice, that they will be any less neurotic than the next person? At best, perhaps they will be a little bit more aware of it. A little bit. It is for this reason that I spent the last 15 years of my life researching and writing books on cultivating discernment on the spiritual path in all the gritty areas—power, sex, enlightenment, gurus, scandals, psychology, neurosis — as well as earnest, but just plain confused and unconscious, motivations on the path.
My partner (author and teacher Marc Gafni) and I are developing a new series of books, courses and practices to bring further clarification to these issues. Several years ago, I spent a summer living and working in South Africa. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Beware of spiritual materialism. The Tibetan teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, warned of the trap of spiritual materialism. He says we must be ever diligent to spot the ego’s use of the spiritual journey to further its own ends. If ego’s wants underlie our desire for spiritual connection, we may be using spiritual techniques to strengthen our egocentric sense of who we are. We may think it’s spiritual to yearn for divine connection. And yet, if the longing is to fill an emptiness inside, just how does this differ from the one who yearns for money or possessions to fill the inner void? Do we look to our spiritual practices as proof of our evolved consciousness or as protection against fears?
Do we humbly but with just a touch of pride share our disciplines with others, comforted by the prestige of that spiritual identity? We must really BE somebody if we practice meditation or pray daily or … Any time we use spiritual disciplines to maintain our identity and security, we are not yet on the path of genuine spiritual development. The Allure of Narcissistic Spirituality | Rabbi Alan Lurie. Has Spirituality Become Another Ego Identity? Spirituality in the West has been severely distorted; being a marketplace of trinkets, self-help gurus, healers, a huge variety of spiritual practices, substances and so on. Somehow this culture has taken something very pure and simple and turned it in to something commercial, something competitive and into that which it is not.
Our western mind is moulded into wanting to attain something and some people on the spiritual path have spent their entire lives trying to attain, only to be as stuck and bound as they ever were. It’s this very desire to attain something, this wanting to reach a ‘higher state of consciousness’, which is what keeps people bound and seeking. By definition, to be a seeker, you have not yet sought, and therefore those who are always seeking do not find. “Meditation is based on three fundamental factors: first, not centralising inward; second, not having any longing to become higher; and third, becoming completely identified with here and now.”
Enlightenment Surrender. Spiritual Bypassing. Spirituality 2.0 (How to Set Yourself Free) - Teal Swan - 5 Potentially Hazardous New Age Myths. Via Blair Glaseron Jun 3, 2015 From the countless “spiritual” websites, Youtube videos and infographic memes that cross our social media channels daily, to the glowingly fit, Sutra-spouting vegan teacher at our local yoga studio, the abundance of uplifting and life-improving information available to us at this time is astounding.
Even Siri can provide bits and pieces of life advice when requested. However, spiritualisms, metaphysical truths and platitudes which are intended to uplift can also be used to shut us down in the name of higher consciousness. I’ll never forget coming face to face with the many ways I was using my spirituality as a defense. Years ago, I walked out of a metaphysical lecture on a mind-blowing high until I discovered that my new and pricey business investment—a smartphone—was awash in a water-bottle failure at the bottom of my bag. “This is a test,” I thought, trying to remain tranquil by holding on to all I had just learned about quantum physics. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.