Spiritual Bypassing

Psyched On LIfe   June 2013


Back on my feet again

It has taken a full three months to be able to walk comfortably again. But I'm happy to say that I'm up walking and trotting.  I enjoyed my healing time. It was a time of reflection, introspection and planning. Now I'm ready to move ahead and enjoy the rest of my life. it's going to be fun! Looking forward to new adventures. Hope your life is also looking bright.


Recipe of the Month: Fruit Nut Smoothie

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
1 banana
1 cup soy or rice milk
1 cup berries
1 cup diced melon
1/2 cup almonds
2-4 ice cubes
1.   Mix in blender for 1-2 minutes and serve.
Note: You can add other ingredients for added nutrition such as a spoonful of bee pollen, coconut oil, flax seed oil, spirulina powder or a scoop of protein powder.


Emotional Fitness Course

In order to live and enjoy the life you want, you need to understand your emotional patterns and the needs they meet within you.
The course on "Emotional Fitness" 
offers participants the tools necessary to grow in positive emotions as well as to escape the trap of “spiritual bypassing”.  Everyone can benefit from this course even if you think you are already emotionally fit.

Participants in Fairfield, Iowa, who attended the recent course on “Emotional Fitness”  reported that the course helped transform their life.   Here's what some participants said. " Great course. Profound knowledge"..M B... " Loved it! Would recommend it to everyone for personal growth..FG.
The third course is being offered in Fairfield on 28th to 30th June and will be offered in the Trinidad and Barbados in July.  You can read more on the course at www.psychedolife.net  or Call 786 361 9483. 


As a Strategic Intervention and Lifestyle Coach I will work with you to help you achieve your goals and increase happiness in your life.  Call or e mail davidl@psychedonlife.net.

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For many years I wondered why some people after years of meditation or spiritual practice still fall into depression, anxiety and frustration.  Don’t get me wrong. I believe in the power of meditation and prayers. I have been teaching and lecturing on the benefits of meditation for over thirty years and can testify to the great benefits that a proper meditation practice can offer any individual. However, as a lifestyle consultant I have also come across many serious long term meditation practitioners who seem stuck emotionally and continually have bad feelings.

 In my search to assist these individuals it became apparent that they were not dealing with the underlying issues that  are causing their bad feelings and fears.  In fact many were hoping that their spiritual practice such as meditation, chanting or prayers would permanently get rid of their negative emotions.  Whenever they would feel down and out their peers would advise them to meditate or pray more.  For long term meditators in a spiritual community it is somewhat of an embarrassment to admit that they are feeling emotionally unfit.  They try to deal with it in silence, hoping that their continued practice will make it right.  Unfortunately, even though their meditation tends to make them feel physically and emotionally better, it does not get rid of the underlying cause.  All they need to trigger an emotional upheaval is a disappointment or some unexpected change in their life or environment.

John Welwood author of “ Journey of the heart: the path of Conscious Love”, coined the term “spiritual bypass” and defined it as "using spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep personal, emotional 'un-finished business,' to shore up a shaky sense of self, or to belittle basic needs, feelings, and developmental tasks, all in the name of enlightenment."  Some people practice “spiritual bypassing” by pretending to be happy and alluding to achieving a state of spiritual bliss, hoping to psyche themselves out of their bad feelings. When they are around their peers they hide behind smiles, laughter and spiritual talk.  Their spiritual mask helps them to avoid rather than face their feelings. Their practice becomes a safe haven from their bad feelings.
Unfortunately, practicing “spiritual bypassing” prevents the person from achieving their spiritual goal of enlightenment or union with God.

To grow spiritually one has to release all negative emotions and feelings so that the power of universal love can flow freely throughout every breath of one’s life. Without having the proper tools to enable the individual to gain understanding as to why such feelings arise and how to create more positive intent in their life,they can struggle for many years with emotional upheavals and experience frustration with their spiritual practice.  For individuals wanting to grow spiritually but struggling with negative emotions, it is time to stop struggling and get the proper tools to live a healthy, productive, spiritual life. The course on "Emotional Fitness" is helping many people achieve this. To learn more go to www.psychedonlife.net and click on courses. Sign up for the next course.  ( see side bar)



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