The Shadow Side of Lightwork
I believe it’s important for us to know the signs of spiritual bypassing, in ourselves and others. I’m going to discuss the 5 most common ways we bypass the real inner work, and the 5 steps to achieve the healing and wholeness we’re looking for.
What IS spiritual bypassing?
I want to start with a definition. The term was first coined by the psychologist, John Wellwood, in 1984, and he defined it as “using spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing uncomfortable life issues unresolved emotional wounds or psychological developmental stages.”
Really, it is an ego defense response. It’s the ways that we’ll avoid feeling uncomfortable. The ego will avoid feeling uncomfortable at all costs. In the spiritual community, especially, we see this escapism to use ideas and concepts to avoid and bypass the difficult but necessary emotional healing, or what’s also called Shadow healing, and those important psychological developmental stages.
WATCH my 30 minute video talk to learn the 5 most common spiritual bypasses, and 5 ways we can repattern this tendency in ourselves.