“Seek not only one way” – from “The Light on the Path” by Yogi Ramacharaka – This aphorism jumped out at me today forcefully… When one embarks on a path of growth and evolution, when the practice begins to acquire a certain intensity and peak experiences start to manifest, it is easy to begin to […]
Spiritual bypass is a term used to describe the use of spiritual practices or beliefs to avoid dealing with emotional pain or trauma.
While spirituality can be a powerful tool for personal growth and healing, it can also be used as a way to avoid facing difficult emotions and experiences. This can lead to deeper issues and a lack of true personal growth even if there is a clear feeling of being “spiritual” and good.
The concept of spiritual bypass was first introduced by John Welwood, a psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher. He observed that many people use spiritual practices, such as meditation and self-help, as a way to avoid dealing with their emotional pain. Many believe that by focusing on their spiritual growth, they can bypass or avoid their emotional issues and become enlightened without having to deal with the “lower parts” of themself.
This approach however can actually prevent true spiritual growth and healing. Emotions are an important part of the human experience, and unconsciously avoiding them can lead to repressed feelings, unresolved trauma, and a lack of self-awareness.