Enlightened or Asleep?

An awakened being still has feelings, including anger, sadness, and fear, only a self-deluded ego will pretend to have transcended their feelings to prove their supposed enlightened spiritual status. The biggest difference between an awake and an asleep individual is that the awake person is conscious and aware of their feelings, and has the capacity to understand why they are feeling them in the first place, while the sleeping are too busy suppressing theirs, blaming […]
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Beware of Spiritual Bypass

A good reminder to be present with our feelings as we continue to grow spiritually, otherwise, we may find that our spirituality is taking us further into stagnation rather than evolution… >>Over the years, I’ve become fascinated with the ways in which we try to feel endlessly good. We’ve gotten progressively more skillful in our methods: turning away from drugs or alcohol to alter our consciousness and turning towards things like self-help books, meditation, yoga, […]
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“Spiritual Bypassing” Book Quote

“Spiritual bypassing, a term first coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, is the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs. It is much more common than we might think and, in fact, is so pervasive as to go largely unnoticed, except in its more obvious extremes. Part of the reason for this is that we tend not to have very much tolerance, either […]
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Healthy Transcendence Includes Supposed Negative Qualities

Those who have made a spiritual virtue out of bypassing what they deem to be “negative” fail to realize that healthy transcendence is neither a flight nor a disconnection from “lower” things and qualities, but rather a going beyond them that does not exclude them. Through such radical inclusion, we expand both horizontally and vertically, opening ourselves to include a particular quality while at the same time not identifying or fusing with it. There is […]
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Spiritual Bypassing at its Finest

“Very often people say to me, ‘Mooji, I am so unhappy but you don’t seem to care or even want to know what is going on.’ And actually, it is true. I don’t want to know what you think is going on. And, I don’t believe you. Nothing is going on. You are happy by nature but think you are unhappy. Your unhappiness is totally made up. You are just too lazy to look inside […]
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Avoiding Being Present Through Presence

Being a professional EFT practitioner and working with emotions for several years, with literally thousands upon thousands of hours exploring emotional patterns, pain, and suffering, we can definitely attest that it is imperative to meditate with the intent to understand your Self, especially your emotional dark side. Clearing emotional pain with understanding creates a clear mind, body, and spirit, while meditating to clear the mind without attempting to understand your Self, we have found to […]
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Spiritual Bypassing

Having an enlightened ego, what Robert Augustus Masters calls “spiritual bypassing“, is the tendency of the ego to hide behind spirituality and enlightened actions and language to protect itself from being seen or eradicated.  In what ways has your ego played the enlightenment game of spiritual bypassing?  Do you avoid your pain to act enlightened and spiritual?  Why do you think you do this? “What spiritual bypassing (the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our […]
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