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Spiritual Bypass

Hi Cara

Thank you very much for your reply.

You’ve really answered my initial question/request for information!

So clearly, within a therapeutic setting, “spiritual bypass” is a term that is rather specific and using it in this setting is clearly appropriate, particulary with a competent therapist.

What I feel sometimes happens is that it is used by those who are not competent therapists and in settings that are just the run of the mill, ordinary life situations and about people who only qualified people should be diagnosing (and then usually with their permission). It’s so easy to look at someone and say, “this is what’s wrong with you”. In terms of spiritual practice and psychological growth, I feel this is a purely personal business and people should only interfere if invited to do so.

Many thanks again Cara.

With Metta

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