In this episode, Janice dives into the topic of spiritual bypassing, and explains why the prevalent "feel good, vibe high" and law of attraction teachings in the spiritual/self-development spaces are not enough in: 1) addressing the complex challenges and social barriers that people face in trying to create the life that they want; and 2) promoting a comprehensive "spiritual toolbox" to equip people with in their spiritual development journeys.
Originally published: April 4, 2018
Read Janice's 4-years-later take on the episode here: "S1 | EP10: Are You Vibing High or Committing Spiritual Bypassing?"
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0:45: What we discuss in this episode1:32: A personal update on my life5:05: The book that triggered me to speak about spiritual bypassing 7:00: What is spiritual bypassing?8:11: The connection between spiritual bypassing and privilege8:46: My very important disclaimer about positive-thinking strategies10:35: The need for shadow work to experience greater alignment and authenticity11:53: How “feel good, receive good” teachings can be harmful13:03: How my past experiences of struggle have informed my views of the “law of attraction” approach16:09: The other things that people who lack privilege need to gain wealth and a “happy life”20:40: An illustrative journal entry from 10 years ago23:10: Recapping the episode so far26:30: How spiritual bypassing can result in feeling shame and failure30:56: My call to action to “spiritual leaders”33:02: My encouragement to my dear listeners on their self-development journeyResources mentioned in this episode:
"9 Reflective Writing Prompts to Explore White Fragility, Spiritual Bypassing or White Privilege" (Leesa Renée Hall)