Spiritual bypass

How To Avoid Spiritual Bypassing

How To Avoid Spiritual Bypassing

I sometimes shy away from using the term Spiritual, because there are so many practices that fall under that moniker which are really spiritual bypass.

Spiritual Bypassing - although it is an unfamiliar concept to some, is incredibly common. It could be considered a shadow side of a lot of spiritual practice.

In essence, it is present whenever we use spirituality to disconnect from - or bypass - things that are challenging, difficult to look at, painful, or that we are ashamed of.

It is in action when our spirituality enables us to disconnect from or gloss over what really matters. And it seems to happen in most spiritual traditions. Many Christians bypass their sexuality, many Buddhists their anger (yes, these are generalizations), and so on.

But why does it matter?