Recently, the great therapist and teacher John Welwood passed on. John was the wise mind who first coined the phrase “spiritual bypassing.” Spiritual bypassing is the art or unconscious movement of using spiritual concepts, teachings or experiences to deny, transcend or ignore our human life. If left unchecked, the art of spiritual bypassing leaves us deeply divided in our spiritual and human self. We may have great spiritual insights and experiences, but if we are proficient at spiritually bypassing our human lives, we just may become deeply unintegrated, detached and defended in our spiritual super ego. The more we spiritually bypass our human lives, the greater the chance our shadow will haunt us or cause trouble both in our human and spiritual experience.
Craig with Thomas Hübl at SAND 18 I am just returning from teaching at this years Science and Nonduality Conference on the west coast and the Victory of Light festival in Cincinnati. The SAND conference is one of my years great highlights. At the conferences I had so many wonderful meetings with fellow teachers [...]
When I was quite young I met an extraordinary spiritual teacher named David and apprenticed with him for 20 years. During that time, he met me with such love, compassion, honesty and integrity—that I was forever changed. Beyond this training, I also spent time with Adyashanti, and a few other mature, adult, grounded and deeply enlightened teachers. I thought having access to a great teacher and good solid teachings was “normal.” I can humbly admit that I took my relationship with my root teacher David for granted. I had open door access to a great Master who lived by impeccable Divinity and simply expected the same of all spiritual teachers.