S3: EP7- Spiritual Bypassing with Lindsley Brooks

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Show Notes

Spiritual bypassing is the tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks.

Join Mary and her best friend Lindsley Brooks as they dig in deeper to talk about spiritual bypassing. When we experience emotions that feel “too big” or “too painful” we tend to find all kinds of covert ways to avoid “the work”.

Many positive things that we incorporate into our lives with good intention can end up being used to help us cope and bring us comfort when life throws hard things at us. Prayer, meditation, astrology, spirituality, and religion are all things we might find ourselves turning to in order to bypass our emotions, pain, and struggles.The intention is good, but these “tools” can often keep us in a place where we avoid or ignore the feelings pointing us to places where we need healing. 

 Part of being human is feeling a full range of emotions, experiencing highs and lows, and having a biological response to whatever is happening in our lives. When we choose to bypass our emotions, we self abandon and break trust with ourselves. When we choose to sit with our emotions and truly heal we create the opportunity to live fully alive!


What “spiritual bypassing” is

How we use positive things to bury our pain

How spiritual bypassing can feel like the enlightened choice

Creating space to accept our full range of emotions

Attaching morality to emotions

Giving ourselves permission to be fully human

The addiction of spirituality to escape reality

3 Steps to avoid spiritual bypassing

– And more! 



In this 8 part series we will be talking about Feeling To Heal in order to Live Fully Alive



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