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    Spiritual Bypassing

    I came across this article earlier today:


    How to Know if You’re Spiritually Bypassing


    Can Spirituality Damage your Growth?

    I first heard about spiritual bypassing on one of my favorite podcasts, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour.

    For those of you that haven’t had the privilege of hearing Duncan orate, it’s kind of like listening to a raspy hybrid of Alan Watts and Jim Breuer — wise enough to capture your attention, with a certain stoned goofiness that keeps it all playful.

    Duncan talks about spirituality in nearly all of his interviews — most guests will happily indulge him in doing so. Naturally, spirituality is a big reason why people tune in to the podcast. So it took me by surprise when he mentioned that spirituality, as a set of ideas and practices, could actually be self–sabotaging.

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    https://upliftconnect.com/spiritual-bypassing/
    Any thoughts about the article?

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    I haven't read the above article yet, but this one has come up since yesterday. Note: It's Shambhala who is publishing this.

    https://medium.com/@bescofield/spiri...r-b58366f3ddb7

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    I don't know who that is, Lise.

    I think the term "spiritual bypassing " has been around since the 1980's.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_bypass

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    I don't know who he is, but apparently a lot of people do as it was posted in one of the Facebook groups I am in for survivors of abuse by Buddhist teachers.

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    It's a useful concept to bring to any practice. Are you using the practice to develop as an individual, with all the self-analysis it involves, or as a way of hiding from your problems by overlaying them with a shell of beliefs and practices?

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    It's worth noting that in the article #1, the author said:

    The concept was developed in the spirit of Chögyam Trungpa’s Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, which was one of the first attempts to name this spiritual distortion.
    ...so I thought I'd add the text of "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" (1973) to the topic, for anyone who's interested in reading it. (Please note the copyright restrictions).

    https://archive.org/stream/pdfy-WB1F...alism_djvu.txt

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    Thanks for posting this. I have never read it, and even now that you have posted it and I have downloaded it, I probably won't read it. CTR turns my stomach.

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