Steps to Spiritual Growth | Avoid Spiritual Bypass in Toxic Relationships

Namaste Podcast Steps to Spiritual Growth

Question: How do I deal with toxic (platonic) relationships in the workplace without spiritual bypass?

If you’re taking steps to spiritual growth and you experience a situation, person, or manifestation that’s less than ideal, it might be easy to simply ignore negative triggers. People on the spiritual path often feel like they can’t experience negative emotions. This is simply not true.

We call that Spiritual Bypass, and it can directly hinder your spiritual growth journey.

In this episode I discuss:

  • What is Spiritual Bypass
  • Why it’s important to avoid spiritual bypass when you’re on a self-growth journey/ hoping to manifest your best life.
  • How to know if you’re Bypassing
  • A step-by-step process for resolving toxic relationships
  • How negative/toxic situations can be used to enhance or guide your manifestation journey.

What is Spiritual Bypass

Spiritual Bypass Using your spirituality to navigate AROUND the regular developmental functions of life instead of resolving them.

According to Wikipedia: “tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks”. The term was introduced in the early 1980s by John Welwood, a Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist.

In relation to the Chakra system, Spiritual bypass means you’re developed and in alignment from the heart chakra upward, but your security, safety, sexuality, power, boundaries, emotions, vitality, stability, and individuality are under-developed or misaligned.

Why is it important in Personal Growth/Development/ Manifesting?

Anything that disturbs your peace is an opportunity for self-growth. If we don’t address these situations when they come up, we miss out on an opportunity to learn a lesson and grow.

How do you know if you or someone you love is experiencing spiritual bypass:

The goal is to be a healthy person in all areas, financially, spiritually, relationally, emotionally, physically, etc. It’s great if you’re comfortable speaking your mind but if your mind is not aligned with the good of all involved because it’s still stuck in the drama of your past, then you might be experiencing spiritual bypass.

Maybe you meditate and go to yoga but you don’t have a healthy relationship with money or cash flow.

Maybe you go on spiritual retreats or silent retreats but when you come home you’re still lashing out at your kids, partner, or co-workers.

Maybe you go to church on Sundays but live destructively every other day of the week. Whether that’s binge drinking, unhealthy eating habits, or poor relationship choices.

Basically, you’re on the spiritual path but you’re not on the path to healing in other areas of your life

In this Episode

I discuss action-steps that will help you to resolve these issues so they stop showing up in your life again and again.

I’ll share with you some real-life examples from my less-than-ideal workplace situations and how I used these negative circumstances to evolve and manifest the life of my dreams.

Listen to this episode

About the author, Katie

Katie Jones is a Yoga Instructor, Meditation Guide, and Manifestation Coach. She's currently living Pura Vida in Uvita, Costa Rica. Her interests include environmental sustainability, women's health, yoga, meditation, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), avocado, and surfing.

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