On the Trap of Spiritual Bypass
Coffee cup in hand, I say good morning to all you coffee drinkers out there.
This little gem of an insight was found in one of my journals from the late nineties. It has been years, literally, since I’ve read through the writings I’ve done while on this journey. This little trip through the archives has made me realize how much I’ve learned from the journey that I’ve already forgotten I knew.
So what do I mean by ” spiritual bypass”? I had this insight after having to take a good look at myself. When this whole awakening process started to happen for me, so many things changed in my life that I forgot some things had not. It was a good five or six years into this journey before I had this awareness about spiritual bypass.
It took a few years for me to realize I had been so focused on the awakening process itself (energy surges, changes in perception, awareness of other energies around me, the cycles of the heat in my body, the new ideas that seemed to be just dropping into my brain) that I was not tending to the trash I’d collected.
I’m referring to all the baggage we seem to carry around, packed full from our human experience. It’s all of those things we don’t want to look at, or deal with, especially now that we’re a “spiritual being”.
Some of us eventually figure out that a necessary part of this journey is introspection. We must deal with our baggage. Some of us do not figure this out. This is what I call “spiritual bypass”.
The image of the character Pig Pen in the Charlie Brown comic strip comes to mind here. He walked around in a cloud of dirt and dust. Oblivious. Yet everyone around him could see, and smell, him coming from a mile away.
Just because you’ve discovered spirituality, metaphysics, angels and guides, the power of now, chanting, prayer, meditation, yoga, past life regression, the list is endless; does not mean you get a free pass. The dysfunction, the pain, all of it, will wait, patiently, until it is recognized.
We cannot be free, truly free, to express who we authentically are as long as we carry that distortion in our energy field. So, we must roll up our sleeves and get down to the business at hand. Acknowledge it. Whatever ” it” is. Use whatever tools are available to you to work that “it” out of your system. It really is all about dropping density. These things weigh you down, whether you’re aware of it or not.
The paradox here is: you will not realize how much you are weighed down until after you no longer are! And know this: if you set your intention to be free of your “stuff”, you will begin to find yourself in unique situations that will provide you with a perfect opportunity to address it. (Speaking from experience here).
I’m still a work in progress.
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