Spiritual Bypassing

Thanks to the lovely Erin for sharing a concept I had never heard of before: Spiritual Bypassing.


I never heard of it because it isn’t really my problem.  I don’t use spiritual practice to bypass the hard stuff, to get around the difficult feelings and heavy lifting in my life.  I tend to plunge right in, knowing that “there must be a pony in here somewhere!

But I do know people who have run from me just because I am too prone to shovel the manure, which offends their delicate spiritual sensibility.   Personally, I can’t figure out how to find the jewels without shovelling the shit, but that just seems not pretty and not spiritual to them.   That’s why I often feel unsafe in overtly spiritual settings, where beauty and tranquility is valued over sweating and grunting and bleeding, all of which are vital to my spiritual process.

I’m not sure I need one more reason for people to find me too challenging, even people who think that they are spiritual, but I know it was happening anyway.

Now I have a name for it!

Thanks, Erin!

Have A Good Day!

Went to the mall, just to get out of here.  Took my time, breathed, sat a little.  It’s a little too late for black tights and uggs, but I made sure to include some bright summer colours.

I was feeling pretty good as I was leaving, feeling my hips roll as I walked.  That little femme wiggle.

And then I heard someone say, “Have a Good Day!”

I took a moment to figure out what was going on, realizing it was one of those half-good looking Sears salesmen saying it to me.

A nice man chose to wish me a good day.  Sure, he does it to dozens of gals everyday, but today I was one of them.

I smiled.

Why not smile?  After all, the universe decided to wish me to have a good day.