What is Spiritual bypassing?
*An excerpt from The Happy Empath's Workbook
Spiritual bypassing is a "tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks". - John Welwood.
Spiritual bypassing is something I have experienced on my own awakening journey and have witnessed numerous accounts of others experiencing this defense mechanism as well. It is a common thing for one to experience.
When one goes through an awakening/ascension process, It can feel so overwhelming that one can make the decision not to deal with issues that they are being called upon to heal head on.
Awakening is tough enough on its own. I totally understand. However, it is important not to hide away from that which has been illuminated and needs to be healed in your life.
None of us like to deal with pain, but it is the pain that leads us to figuring out who we are, what serves us and what no longer serves us, so we can live in wholeness. This is what facing the shadow is all about and the sooner one gets to work on facing and healing the shadow self, the sooner things will begin to turn around in a positive direction. Below you will find 5 common signs of spiritual bypassing.