Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters

Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters

by Robert Augustus Masters


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Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters by Robert Augustus Masters

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556439056
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 252,602
Product dimensions: 9.26(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Robert Augustus Masters, PhD, is a relationship expert, an integral psychotherapist, and a psychospiritual guide and trainer, with a doctorate in psychology. He is the cofounder, with his wife Diane, of the Masters Center for Transformation (MCT), a school featuring relationally rooted psychospiritual work devoted to deep healing and fully embodied awakening. He is also the author of many books (including Transformation Through Intimacy, Spiritual Bypassing, Emotional Intimacy, and To Be a Man) and an audio program: Knowing Your Shadow.
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

Acknowledgments 197

Index 199

About the Author 205

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