Everything is beautiful… in its own way. If any of our defense mechanisms could be called beautiful, it would be spiritual bypass. On the surface this looks good. I can be happy and I don’t ever have to feel sad again. But is this genuine? Truth is, it’s the same as any other defense mechanism; it leaves us feeling disconnected and numb. Instead of tuning in, we are tuned out and actually shutdown.
What is Spiritual Bypass?
There are many philosophies on spirituality but a collective link would be transcendence, connecting to something higher than ourselves, to divine energy, and to mystical experiences. Feeling deep states of inner peace, contentment, and joy.
This is true but some of us can become blissed out, intoxicated, distracted, and feeling trapped by these views of spirituality. We avoid our darker, painful or unpleasant emotions. This is the shadow side of spirituality. Using spiritual practices as a way of escaping our own reality will never lead us to our authentic self.
Instead of tuning more deeply into what is being projected back to us through our daily life, we skip over it: refusing to look at what is happening. We never have the opportunity to acknowledge, process, and integrate.
There can be an exclusive focus on the positive and repression of any negativity, anger or shadow parts, only allowing positive people and experiences. Avoiding our core wounds and holding the illusion of having arrived at a higher level of being and that WE live in a higher vibration.
This undermines our own personal growth and transformation although; we say all the right things we are not aligned with our integrity and truth. We are blinded to the fact that we are not actually doing our own inner work. If we do not deal with it… it will come back to us in one form or another.
In today’s world where social media continually puts out these fabricated scenarios where everything is picture perfect: it doesn’t allow room for things that do not conform to that idea. In reality there is such power in owning who we are, and yes, we have stuff still to learn and grow through.
This is part of the adventure of the quest we are on. This is where the real creative manifesting starts… this is the awakening process: uncovering wisdom, opening to love and giving ourselves the opportunity to transform. Take a breath and watch what can come through to you.
Developing a Spiritual Practice
It is easy to get lost in life sometimes and developing a practice can be an anchor keeping you connected to your own awakening process. A spiritual practice is something we do to quiet the mind, allow stillness bringing a state of inner peace, calm, equanimity. Taking on a daily practice nourishes your soul. It could be meditation, contemplation, just sitting, chanting, reading spiritual writings, journaling…
It’s very personal. You find the right practice for you, or sometimes the practice finds you.
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