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Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters By Robert Augustus Masters Spiritual Bypassing When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters Spiritual bypassing the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings unresolved wounds and developmental needs is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed The spiritual ideals
  • Title: Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters
  • Author: Robert Augustus Masters
  • ISBN: 9781556439056
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters By Robert Augustus Masters Spiritual bypassing the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of seeminSpiritual bypassing the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of seemingly enlightened activity When split off from fundamental psychological needs, such actions often do much harm than good.While other authors have touched on the subject, this is the first book fully devoted to spiritual bypassing In the lineage of Ch gyam Trungpa s landmark Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Spiritual Bypassing provides an in depth look at the unresolved or ignored psychological issues often masked as spirituality, including self judgment, excessive niceness, and emotional dissociation A longtime psychotherapist with an engaging writing style, Masters furthers the body of psychological insight into how we use and abuse religion in often unconscious ways This book will hold particular appeal for those who grew up with an unstructured new age spirituality now looking for a mature spiritual practice, and for anyone seeking increased self awareness and a robust relationship with themselves and others.
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    1. Robert Augustus Masters

      Robert Augustus Masters was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1947 From an early age he was an avid artist, but in high school switched to the sciences, with which he stayed until he found himself at the age of 21 in a PhD program in biochemistry Little than a year later, only a few hours after a dream of dying, he left his doctoral studies, and began an odyssey of intense travel, initially outer, then inner.As he did so, his passion for the arts reemerged, especially through writing He began meditating, doing yoga, and exploring cutting edge therapies and trainings By 1978 he was working as a therapist and bodyworker From the beginning his work was integral and creatively structured, combining the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual Structure was not and still is not preset, but was and still is allowed to emerge in fitting accordance with individual and group needs.In 1981 he won his first literary prize an all expenses paid trip for two to Hawaii for his story of a particularly perilous Indonesian adventure he d had 8 years earlier This spurred him to immerse himself fully in his writing He also deepened his psychospiritual work, which spread worldwide in the late 1980s.In early 1994 his life abruptly and dramatically changed, following an extremely harrowing near death experience, which is described in his book Darkness Shining Wild Since 1986 he had been leading an experimental psychospiritual community also described in Darkness Shining Wild , which had gradually gone strongly awry He had become and of a guru, abusing his power, not seeing that what he was leading had become a cult His near death experience brought this to a halt, breaking him down so deeply that he could not resurrect his former way of being A half year later, still shaken to the core and overcome with remorse, he disbanded the community, soon thereafter beginning a very different journey, that of fully facing and working through what had driven him so far off track.A year later he resumed his work, but in a much compassionate, radically inclusive manner, centered to a significant degree by the practice of becoming intimate with all that we are high and low, dark and light, dying and undying He became a student again, completing a PhD program in psychology at Saybrook Graduate School in 1999 his dissertation received the highest award dissertation with distinction In 1998 he co edited the Fall issue of ReVision A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation the theme of the issue being Intimate Relationships and Spirituality.Evolving in fitting parallel with his relationally rooted psychospiritual work has been his writing He is the author not only of fourteen books, but also of numerous essays In 2000 his essay Wrathful Compassion won the Editor s Award for the best article of the year in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology His essays have appeared in a number of publications, most recently Spanda Journal His books have received critical acclaim Christiane Northrup, Jean Houston, Ken Wilber, Harville Hendrix, and Jack Kornfield are among those who have strongly endorsed his writing In 2008 his book Transformation Through Intimacy was a Nautilus Book Awards finalist Silver Winner His latest book is To Be a Man A Guide to True Masculine Power.

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    1. While I do not agree with everything Masters asserts, I agree with much of what he observes about spiritual bypassing and its barriers to experiencing a mature spirituality and our own wholeness This is an important and timely book for anyone who identifies as having a non dual spiritual belief system From my experience, in myself, and from my interactions with those in spiritual community, spiritual bypassing seems to be the modern version of the tradition hypocrisy of traditional Christian chu [...]


    2. An important book for anyone who counts themselves as a seeker, or as being on a spiritual path.Robert Masters challenges our use of spiritual methodologies, asking us to consider in what way we re using them to deny our pain, our own issues Do we use meditation to keep a distance from the real world Do we make excuses for the behaviour of others in the name of Love, to obscure our own denial Is our spiritual seeking simply an alternative to alcohol, drugs, food or any other addiction you care t [...]


    3. Please be informed that Robert Masters was once the leader of a Cult named Xanthyros where he used brain washing techniques and damaged the lives of many of its members This cult ended in 1994 when Robert had a drug induced near death experience that left him in need of constant care, at which point the members disbanded Please, do not trust this man with your emotional and psychological well being Truly, he should not be able to practice any form of psychology with the atrocities he committed i [...]


    4. Authentic spiritual life is the opportunity of a lifetime It is a constant dying into a deeper life Emerging from our own ashes becomes no big deal it s just the way things are Here the ten thousand sorrows and the ten thousand joys intermingle in unparalleled song, we their infinite notes and the music that goes on, in the moment that is all moments Chapter 22.This book is likely to tear you apart into pieces If you can enjoy that process, all the better


    5. Just so folks know, my completed review of this book was lost by I spent hours writing a review of this book last night 11 25 17 but when I went to save upload it to the page, it completely disappeared and I lost all of my writing Lesson learned NEVER write your review in their pop up window ALWAYS write it in your own word processor that auto saves your work So there s my review until I find another 2 3 hours to rewrite the damn thing.


    6. Along with Eyes Wide Open by Mariana Caplan you have a foolproof bullshit detector which will keep you from fooling yourself and avoiding the the ersatz, megalomaniacal gurus out there in the spiritual marketplace


    7. I picked up this book within 24 hours of my yoga teacher in New York Jivamukti studio folded mention of it into his dharma talk if I could recommend one book to everyone for the next ten years, it would be Spiritual Bypassing, he said.Since he spoke with such resonance on other matters, I trusted him Glad I did This book is essential We are going through a powerful shift and the human collective is gaining so much access to information and experiencing a transition into being seekers as a genera [...]


    8. This book is a very important for anyone interested in spiritual growth The main point is to identify ways in which we use spirituality as a way to avoid pain and emotion The concept is powerful and the exploration of the specifics of such spiritual bypassing is thorough The style is also simple and incredibly easy to read My main qualms is In focusing on the ways in which we use spirituality to build our egos and avoid emotions, Masters rarely shows the positive aspects of spiritual practices O [...]


    9. some chapters Let s Stop Being Negative About Our Negativity The Anatomy of Magical Thinking Making Wise Use of Anger Disembodied Spirituality and Embodied Being Bringing Shame Out of the Shadows Spiritual bypassing distances us not only from our pain and difficult personal issues but also from our own authentic spirituality, stranding us in a metaphysical limbo, a zone of exaggerated gentleness, niceness, and superficiality Its frequently disconnected nature keeps it adrift, clinging to the lif [...]



    10. There were lots of interesting and valuable insights on offer in this book about how the abuse of spirituality can actually harm us, the very opposite of what s intended in healthy spirituality It is easy to skip steps and assume a transcendence but unless we actually do the work of facing our pains, our angers, our fears, those shortcuts are empty and we are just floating above our pain rather than transcending it The book does slip into some overtly Buddhist spirituality toward the end that mi [...]


    11. I found this book accessible I only had to look up one word in the dictionary numinous It is just under 200 pages excluding index In this current book my only point of reference for this author I found an insightful, helpful, intellectually rigorous, down to earth, common sense, and even confessional e.g in Ch 19 he uses his own personal medical issue as an example of how to consider the question of whether and to what extent, if any we create our reality by thinking, wishing, or affirming His d [...]


    12. This book is for anybody who is sincere about the totality of spiritual liberation Masters really cuts through all the new age spiritual fallacies which have become as pop culture as reality TV With humor and a tender heart Masters re orientates our focus to the real spiritual liberation which does not exclude the physical or psychological planes of consciousness In understanding that time and eternity are the back and front of each other, so to speak, Masters beautifully explains that the perso [...]


    13. Important book, although my observation on this book is that those who could benefit most from the contents would probably also be the least likely to read Good challenge to the most precious, self serving and less grounded or compassionate viewpoints posited by spiritual leaders of all types whilst not dismissing the spiritual Emotions and the emotional experience as important and as significant as spiritual experiences Huh Heresy in some quarters yet an important point Probably worth 4.5 stars [...]


    14. I thought about giving this book 4 stars it has some apparent biases, for example while acknowledging that tantric practices can serve our wellbeing p 110 Masters uses several pages to cover how such practices may in fact be inhibiting the resolution of sexual issues, which comes off as dumping on tantra where that may not be the case It s not a quick read It demands careful reflection It deserves as much there is some deep insight and a profoundly healthy perspective at work here.


    15. A good book about psychotherapy, spirituality, and life Spiritual Bypassing is common to all of us who don t want to face certain emotions This book teaches us how to live with awareness in the present moment and to embrace the emotions and experiences that come our way.


    16. A very uncomfortable book to read Although the author has never met me, he is very good at calling me on my crap I think it s a message to take to heart and to be given considerable thought and reflection.


    17. I found it quite interesting over all and think its save to say that a couple of its chapters where actually life changing.


    18. Pretty traightforward stuff about many of the ways humans pull the wool over their eyses when it comes to their own spiritual beliefs and growth.




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