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Spiritual Bypassing: The Only Way Out Is Through

Spiritual Bypassing is a term coined by psychologist John Welwood in the 1980’s to describe a prevalent tendency among spiritual practitioners to use philosophical concepts and copntemplative practices to avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, traumatic wounds, and unmet developmental needs. As many students unfortunately, and all too often, learn, the ecstatic highs from postures, deep breathing, chanting and meditation eventually wear off, and they are confronted with the demons of their past, unmanageable relationships, paralyzing fear and core shame. As greater cross-cultural dialogue and interdisciplinary research occurs, we are now coming to the recognition that we can’t avoid our past, and that the only way out of pain is through it. Giving this, could a sensible integration of East and West, science and spirituality, psychotherapy and yoga lead to effective healing and sustainable peace? Recorded live at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Center, Toronto.

In this workshop Buddhist psychotherapist Dr. Miles Neale:

~ reviews the concept of spiritual bypassing
~ describes case examples highlighting the variety of ways and reasons we spiritually bypass
~ discusses how psychotherapy and trauma work can compliment spiritual practices of yoga and meditation

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Spiritual Bypassing Handout by Dr. Miles Neale

Spiritual Bypassing: The Only Way Out Is Through

Sunday, December 07, 2014
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