Remember Unikitty from the absolutely brilliant The Lego Movie? Her forced “everything is awesome!” attitude and her eventual explosion into uncontrollable rage makes her the perfect poster child for Spiritual Bypassing – and for our upcoming challenge.
Spiritual Bypassing is the shadow side of spirituality — which means that most of us naturally engage in it, usually without being aware of it. So, like our own shadow side, we need to consciously bring it to the surface, understand it, and integrate it. Because ignored for too long, spiritual bypassing WILL bite us in the ass. (I’ve been there, my friend. Ouch.)
This bold 6-day challenge will help you get real about how Spiritual Bypassing is getting in the way of your joy and freedom. You’ll explore how Spiritual Bypassing manifests in your relationship with yourself, friends, and lovers . . . and what do about it! You’ll also experience new ways to use spirituality and self-help in a way that moves you TOWARD your own truth and humanity, not away from it.
how to know when you’re using Spiritual Bypassing to avoid dealing with your real feelings
the dark side of positive thinking and how to deal with shame around “negativity”
why the way manifestation is taught in the mainstream self-help industry just doesn’t work; and how to do it right!
how to express your anger and other difficult emotions in a way that feels almost GOOD
how to respect your needs and boundaries and quit loving everyone but yourself
why you shouldn’t force yourself to meditate and what to do instead
why embodied and grounded spirituality is the spirituality of the future
how to harness the raw power of desire to create a life you LOVE
This 6-day group exploration of Spiritual Bypassing is perfect for you if you’re on the journey of spiritual and personal development and find yourself continually struggling with things like low self-esteem, challenging relationships, and seemingly unbreakable patterns. It’s also for you if you’re ready to bring some spice into your life and let go of your desire for perfection!
Each day you’ll receive an email diving into one aspect of spirituality that is often misunderstood or misused in order to bypass crap we don’t want to deal with or feelings we’d prefer to ignore.
You’ll also receive gentle prompts (assignments) to help you inquire into parts of yourself you may be hiding by using spirituality and self-help practices. It’s time to come out of our caves! (Nahkho Bear, hollaa.)
Then, we’ll meet daily in our private Facebook community where you can voice yourself in raw + honest conversations about the struggles, triumphs, and cliches on your journey to liberation, whatever that means to you. (Oh! and there will be some great prizes up for grabs for sharing your assignments in the group.)
Day 1 : “Positive Thinking”
Day 2 : “Non-attachment”
Day 3 : “Anger”
Day 4 : “Compassion”
Day 5 ” “Enlightenment”
Day 6 : “Desire”
Note: The above words are placed in quotations because a huge part of what we’ll be doing together is challenging mainstream notions and stereotypes about things like “anger” and “desire.”
It’s not easy to get honest about the dark side of the spiritual path. But I guarantee you you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the amazing depth of your being, stimulated and nourished by your fellow participants, and inspired to take your personal journey to the next level. Time to toss off that angel halo (or monk’s robes or . . . you get the idea) and embrace being YOU.
Stephanie Lin is a certified coach and creator of Devotion Sessions. Her philosophy is that in order to really find (and keep) your happiness, you have to enter your pain. She’s a big fan of radical honesty with self and others, which is the direct opposite of the “spiritual bypassing” that’s so common today. Using her natural gifts of listening and energy sensitivity, combined with her experience in coaching and psycho-spiritual work, Stephanie helps her clients unravel unconscious conditioning and address emotional wounds. As a result they overcome painful patterns and step into the fullness of being human: joyful, fiercely alive, and free to create amazingness. Stephanie is also a published author in the bestselling Adventures in Manifesting series and holds an M.A. in Buddhism from Columbia University.