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 contemplative practices to avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, traumatic wounds, and unmet developmental needs. We now recognize that we can’t avoid our past, and that the only way out of pain is through it.

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

Recorded live at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Center, Toronto.

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