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Spiritual bypassing-the use of spiritual practices or beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs-is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed in our culture. In the tradition of the landmark work Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa, Spiritual Bypassing casts a lucidly critical eye on our deeply entrenched misuse of spirituality, furthering the body of psychological insight into how we use (and abuse) our spiritual practice in often unconscious ways.
While other authors have touched on the subject, this is the first book fully devoted to explaining and working through spiritual bypassing. Longtime psychotherapist Robert Augustus Masters provides an in-depth look at the unresolved or ignored psychological issues that are often masked as spirituality, including self-judgment, "confrontation-phobic" compassion, excessive niceness, the demonizing of anger, and emotional dissociation. A must-read for anyone seeking increased self-awareness and a more integrated, compassionate relationship with themselves and others.
|Publisher:||North Atlantic Books|
|Product dimensions:||9.26(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
His uniquely integral, intuitive work, which he developed over the past thirty-seven years, dynamically blends the psychological and physical with the spiritual, emphasizing full-blooded embodiment, authenticity, emotional openness and literacy, deep shadow work, and the development of relational maturity.
At essence his work is about becoming more intimate with all that we are, in the service of the deepest possible healing, awakening, and integration. He works side by side and in very close conjunction with Diane. They live and work in Ashland, Oregon. His website is http://robertmasters.com.
He posts regularly on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/robertaugustusmasters
Table of Contents
1 Avoidance in Holy Drag: An Introduction to Spiritual Bypassing 1
2 Cutting Through Spiritual Bypassing 9
3 Let's Stop Being Negative About Our Negativity 15
4 Blind Compassion: Neurotic Tolerance in Caring's Robes 21
5 Healthy and Unhealthy Transcendence 29
6 Cutting Through Spiritual Shortcuts 37
7 Bringing Shadow Work out of the Shadows 43
8 What Generates Spiritual Bypassing? 51
9 The Anatomy of Magical Thinking 57
10 Why Don't More Spiritual Teachers Include Psychotherapy in Their Work? 67
11 Making Wise Use of Anger 75
12 Boundaries Make Freedom Possible 89
13 Don't Take It Personally? 99
14 Releasing Sex from the Obligation to Make Us Feel Better 105
15 Neither Romancing Nor Fleeing Relationship 115
16 Disembodied Spirituality and Embodied Being 123
17 True Responsibility: Heart, Guts, Accountability 137
18 Spiritual Gullibility and Cultism 145
19 Are We Responsible for Our Illness? 151
20 When Nondual Teachings Are Not Nondual 157
21 Bringing Shame out of the Shadows 163
22 When Our Honeymoon with Spirituality Is Over 173
Appendix I The Method of No Method: Intuitive Integral Psychotherapy 179
Appendix II Illuminating and Integrating Body, Mind, Emotion, and Spirituality 187
About the Author 205