Table of Contents for Root Meanings

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  • Root Meanings is a work in progress that will continue to emerge and evolve until the Mind of minds is absolutely clear. The definitions below are subject to evolution.
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Revision: 1 Aug 2023

Spiritual bypass

  • Engaging in spirituality as a means of avoiding the frightening or uncomfortable work of exploring and healing the psyche.
  • Using spiritual ideas as a basis for avoiding uncomfortable material or challenging situations.
  • Although the one who is bypassing may believe that the behavior is advanced or awakened, avoidance is a tendency of unawakeness.
  • The process of awakening typically includes engaging with uncomfortable and/or challenging situations in order to release or resolve unconsciousness.
  • All the same, if one discerns with clarity that engaging with a situation is not optimal, then that is not bypassing. It may not be “theirs to do.”
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