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John Welwood: On Spiritual Bypassing & Human Relationship
"When we are spiritually bypassing, we often use the goal of awakening
or liberation to rationalize what I call premature transcendence: trying
to rise above the raw and messy side of our humanness before we have
fully faced and made peace with it. And then we tend to use absolute
truth to disparage or dismiss relative human needs, feelings,
psychological problems, relational difficulties, and developmental
deficits. I see this as an 'occupational hazard' of the spiritual path."
Spiritual bypassing is a term coined by pioneering author, clinical
psychologist, and psychotherapist, John Welwood. According to him, "If
there's a large gap between our practice and our human side, we remain
unripe. Our practice may ripen, but our life doesn't. And there's a
certain point when that gap becomes very painful." He shares more in
this fascinating interview.