Forewarned is Forearmed.
When I first began down the path of spirit, I did what most people do. I Googled the sh*t out of it. 😂😂 There is so much, and as with anything you Google, there's the good and the bad. You will inevitably come across articles such as ''The Dark Side of Spirituality, The Dangers of Spiritual Bypassing or 10 Symptoms of Spiritual Bypassing.'' Its all very ominous and the images they use are quite dreary. When I first began, these headlines made me quite uncomfortable and I avoided the articles like the plague. I was so insecure at the beginning and I already thought that I was going crazy.
Fast forward a few years and I am well rooted in my beliefs and no longer shaken by the gloomy titles. I majored in Psych. and actually find it quite interesting so, I started to read and soon found that I was hooked. If your not aware, the most basic definition of spiritual bypassing is: Avoidance. Using spirituality to avoid facing fears or dealing with traumas and/or emotional issues. It is not just ''spiritual people'' who do it, religious people do it too. People using faith to shield themselves from the unpleasant. Examples: When a person thinks about someone from their past and experiences deep shame or anger. ''Rise above, this emotion is not serving me - good vibes only.''
In theory that is quite spiritual but in this case the person is not healing, they are bottling and possibly heading for an explosion down the line. When a person gambles away their last penny because ''The Lord will provide'' they too are spiritually bypassing. It is really interesting. Have I done it? YES. Ha haaaa. 😬 In the beginning, I really did. Not to any serious extremes but I minimised some things by clinging to the idea of ''all solving'' positivity.
So why write about it? It does seem counter productive to my cause.
Because the more I read the more I found and the more fascinated I became. Most people who have experienced spiritual awakening will tell you that it is no walk in the park. Today I watched one of Jason Wolverson's videos, and he too confirms that most growth and development come -mostly- from discomfort. The direct opposite of spiritual bypassing. Deep pain, severe self doubt, depression, grief and intense introspection. These are our most effective teachers. Given that it is so grueling, I can see how people end up in that space. So my advice is read!!!!!!! Go there, check yourself. Forewarned is forearmed. Arm yourself...know what these things are so that you can make sure that you don't end up there.
All the reading really got me thinking and as a result I named my own spiritual psychology:
Recently I've been carrying some serious 'stuff'. It consumed my mind and led to loop thinking and panic. I knew I had to go in, but I didn't want to. I dodged journaling, meditating, tarot. I was really disconnected. All in an attempt to escape a truth that I already knew. When I eventually mustered up the courage to go in, the message I received -very clearly- was: ''Stacey. You cannot just make poor decisions in the physical and then come here and expect us to clean it up spiritually.'' OMG!!!!! My guides are so hectic. But they were right. Meh.🙄 Go in, be brave, clean out.
Don't be a Spiritual Dodger. 😁
🤦🏻♀️ Bless me.