What is "Spiritual Bypassing"?
How do we make the change we want to see in the world? Why do we bother when it seems like change is so far away?
If you’ve been on the planet for the past few months, I think you can agree...
2020 is here to wake us the ‘F’ up!
Our fellow humans are using this as an opportunity to finally use their voice and speak up about issues that matter… Not just to them, but to us as a collective! There is a transformation happening and we are watching it in real-time on local, federal, and worldwide levels!
For example, here are just a few of the wins that have occurred since the 2020 protests...
-Los Angeles reduced police budget by $150 million
-Choke holds outlawed in 13 major US cities as of June 2020
-Louisville unanimously passed Breonna's Law, which requires police to knock and announce their presence and purpose before entering
-Federal law now prohibits employers from discrimination on the basis of homosexuality or transgender status
-New York state police officers are required to wear body cameras
-Many confederate statues removed in Alabama, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky
-Walmart will no longer sell guns or lock up black hair products
-Juneteenth is now a paid holiday for some companies like Nike, Vox Media, and Twitter
-Editor in Chief of Refinery 29 and CEO of CrossFit resigned after claims of racism and toxic company culture
-HBO removed Gone With the Wind from their online library
-NASCAR banned confederate flag at ALL events
-NFL commissioner admitted they were wrong about kneeling protests
-Dallas PD now requires intervention from a fellow officer if one is using excessive force with a civilian
Laws and regulations are changing because our community is standing up and taking action!
But, while I cheer on the inside for the change that we humans are making, I’m taken aback with my scrolls through social media. It seems like I’m in a twilight zone episode of a pre-COVID 19 world where we’re doing business as usual… My feed is full of coffee mugs, beaches, lakes full of people, and large celebrations rather than the issues we are still out to change.
I thought, “WTF is going on? People are suddenly ripping off the band-aid while the wound is still open! What happened to the change we were out to make? They didn’t just disappear! Then it hit me...this is what spiritual bypassing looks like.
Spiritual bypassing is defined as “avoiding facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks”. Essentially, only wanting to feel THE GOOD and BYPASSING the deep personal work that WILL heal ourselves and the collective.
I understand the want to go back to "normal" and the way things were. Between the pandemic, murder hornets, bush fires in Australia, and racial injustice... some normal would feel pretty great right about now! But pretending things are okay when they are not is the epitome of spiritual bypassing, avoidance and repression.
Ignoring the issues happening in the world around us is not the road to the change we need.
This is our opportunity to become aware of the issues in our communities, have uncomfortable conversations, and look inward at what we need to tend to energetically. Because when we work on ourselves, and change our energy, the energy around all of us changes.
So ask yourself, what can you do to support the change we are craving as a collective? How can we pave the way to justice? What do you need to work on internally that would exponentialize change on the planet? Because you are brilliant! You are a contribution, and your energy creates ripples in this world that affect millions.
The road to social equality may not be easy, but it is necessary. During this time it is normal to feel angry, frustrated, and sad. And please let me give you the permission to FEEL it. This is not the time to AVOID these feelings, because feeling the emotions is the only way to move the energy. So in turn, we can return to our highest frequency of love and light.
WE NEED TO BE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD!
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