SPIRITUAL BYPASS

Definition of Spiritual bypass: a mystical go past or round.
Synonyms of Spiritual bypass: a mystical detour, diversion, circuitous way, etc

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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John Welwood originated the term spiritual bypassing, defining it as ‘using spiritual
ideas and practices to sidestep personal, emotional ‘unfinished business,’ or to shore up a shaky sense of self, or to belittle basic needs, feelings, developmental tasks, all in the name of enlightenment.’

Literal interpretations of literature, spiritual practices or principles, or another’s conception of recovery can lead to spiritual bypass. The ultimate truth is when someone investigates what truth means to himself that real meaning is cultivated.

The goal is to enable more consciousness about what you are doing and why you are doing it –Recovering Spirituality/Ingrid Mathieu Ph.D. p.125 | More…

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