Spiritual Bypassing

Spiritual Bypassing

When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters

Author: Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D.

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A “wonderfully significant and important” guide to genuine spiritual awakening and the ways we misuse religion to avoid painful truths (Ken Wilber)
 
Spiritual bypassing—the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs—is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed. The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of more seemingly enlightened activity. When split off from fundamental psychological needs, such actions often do much more harm than good.

While other authors have touched on the subject, this is the first book fully devoted to spiritual bypassing. In the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa’s landmark Cutting Through Spiritual MaterialismSpiritual Bypassing provides an in-depth look at the unresolved or ignored psychological issues often masked as spirituality, including self-judgment, excessive niceness, and emotional dissociation. A longtime psychotherapist with an engaging writing style, Masters furthers the body of psychological insight into how we use (and abuse) religion in often unconscious ways. This book will hold particular appeal for those who grew up with an unstructured new-age spirituality now looking for a more mature spiritual practice, and for anyone seeking increased self-awareness and a more robust relationship with themselves and others.

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Weight 0.7625 lbs
Dimensions 9.000 × 6.000 × 0.600 in
Format

ebook, audiobook, paperback

Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 224
Release Date: 2010-07-27
ISBN
Paperback 9781556439056
Ebook 9781583942925
Audiobook 9781583949283

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