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Spiritual Bypassing
« on: May 05, 2014, 02:57:41 PM »
I found this and wanted to share it.

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"Life after spiritual bypassing and spiritual correctness is the beginning of authentic spirituality. No fireworks, no applause, no need to advertise ourselves as someone spiritual. No grandiosity, no fake humility. Over time, our increasing familiarity with the inner dynamics of spiritual bypassing helps us understand what we have been avoiding and why. Instead of being at war with our weaknesses, we bring them into our heart. Thus intimacy rather than transcendence becomes our path. Conscious alignment with the Real becomes not our goal but our ground. Our focus on what might be will yield to a focus on the here-and-now as hope for the future is replaced by lucid faith, a radical trust in life and its inherent ever-unfolding mystery. No matter how much knowledge we have, we keep opening to the Mystery, allowing revelation to be more central than heady explanation. And as we become more and more open spiritually, our individuality deepens and blooms……Robert Augustus Masters"

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My "avatar" graphic is Japanese calligraphy (shodō) forming the word shoshin, meaning "beginner's mind". --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoshin -- It is with shoshin that I am now and always "meeting my breath" for the first time. Try it!

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Re: Spiritual Bypassing
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 03:01:55 PM »
More - https://www.google.com/#q=%22spiritual+bypassing%22
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Re: Spiritual Bypassing
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 03:07:19 PM »
"True spirituality is not a high, not a rush, not an altered state. It has been fine to romance it for a while, but our times call for something far more real, grounded, and responsible; something radically alive and naturally integral; something that shakes us to our very core until we stop treating spiritual deepening as something to dabble in here and there. Authentic spirituality is not some little flicker or buzz of knowingness, not a psychedelic blast-through or a mellow hanging-out on some exalted plane of consciousness, not a bubble of immunity, but a vast fire of liberation, an exquisitely fitting crucible and sanctuary, providing both heat and light for the healing and awakening we need."

R. A. Masters

https://realitysandwich.com/74388/spiritual_bypassing/
My "avatar" graphic is Japanese calligraphy (shodō) forming the word shoshin, meaning "beginner's mind". --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoshin -- It is with shoshin that I am now and always "meeting my breath" for the first time. Try it!

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Re: Spiritual Bypassing
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2014, 03:25:22 PM »
"We have had quite an affair with Eastern spiritual pathways, but now it is time to go deeper. We must do this not only to get more intimate with the essence of these wisdom traditions beyond ritual and belief and dogma but also to make room for the healthy evolution, not just the necessary Westernization, of these traditions so that their presentation ceases encouraging spiritual bypassing (however indirectly) and, in fact, consciously and actively ceases giving it soil to flower. These changes won't happen to any significant degree, however, unless we work in-depth and integratively with our physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and social dimensions to generate an ever deeper sense of wholeness, vitality, and basic sanity." - R.A.M.
 
 from https://realitysandwich.com/74388/spiritual_bypassing/

I've been reading The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion by Richard Strozzi-Heckler, and this book is the first I've ever encountered (I'm a voracious reader) to provide a theory and discourse which seeks to integrate "our physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and social dimensions to generate an ever deeper sense of wholeness, vitality, and basic sanity."  How refreshing to read a book whose author deeply understands somatic psychology, embodiment..., and spirituality, and history and social matters... and the eco-social crisis we're in.... And that all of these things are profoundly and utterly intertwined, interrelated.

Not that he gets everything exactly and perfectly right. I'm not in total agreement with everything Strozzi-Heckler says. (I think his emphasis on--and interpretation of--coming of age rituals is off in a number of respects.) But he gets the big picture exactly right, in my merely human opinion.  Most importantly, he integrates the social reality and dimension into his exposition. This is the crucial missing piece in ever so much psychology, somatics, spirituality, etc.... If we're going to be holistic, we've got to include everything!
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Re: Spiritual Bypassing
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2014, 07:18:00 PM »
Hey JRM,

I think you might like this talk by Patsy Rotenburg on 2nd Circle and intimacy for actors.

I've been thinking lately about the death of intimacy as a result of the massive techno-social intermediaries that have been foisted upon us.

As always love your posts, and thoughts on such things.  :icon_sunny:


Patsy Rodenburg - The Second Circle


I found this and wanted to share it.

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"Thus intimacy rather than transcendence becomes our path. Conscious alignment with the Real becomes not our goal but our ground. Our focus on what might be will yield to a focus on the here-and-now as hope for the future is replaced by lucid faith, a radical trust in life and its inherent ever-unfolding mystery. No matter how much knowledge we have, we keep opening to the Mystery, allowing revelation to be more central than heady explanation. And as we become more and more open spiritually, our individuality deepens and blooms……Robert Augustus Masters"

http://makebelieveboutique.com/tag/spiritual-bypassing/

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Re: Spiritual Bypassing
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2014, 10:26:58 AM »

I think you might like this talk by Patsy Rotenburg on 2nd Circle and intimacy for actors.

I've been thinking lately about the death of intimacy as a result of the massive techno-social intermediaries that have been foisted upon us.

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I did enjoy the video, thanks!

Your speculation on the "death of intimacy" is interesting. One of the fascinating things about the word "intimacy" is how very diversely the term is used. Ask ten people what it means and you're apt to get ten very different interpretations.  Some people use the term exclusively as a euphemism for sexual intercourse. Others tend to think of intimacy as emotional "closeness". Still others think of intimacy as having multiple facets: emotional, intellectual, spiritual, physical, sexual....

I read Stephanie Dowrick's book, Intimacy and Solitude: Balancing Closeness and Independence, years ago, and her emphasis in describing or defining intimacy was on knowing--knowledge.  She spoke of self-knowing and other-knowing as forms of intimacy.  This association of intimacy with knowledge/knowing felt, to me, a very partial truth. For it seemed (and still seems) to me that interpersonal intimacy must also include a healthy dose of not-knowing. At least in a certain sense. We can't be fully close to others unless we make a lot of space for not-knowing of both self and other. Too much knowing crowds out discovery and unfoldment, or deepening. And isn't intimacy an opening into a depth? To deeply encounter one's self or another -- or their "interbeing" -- requires a kind of spacious openness of heart and mind, body and soul.... So intimacy relates to "presence" -- and presence involves a  kind of flowingness and spaciousness which, it seems to me, must acknowledge knowing without clinging to it, however subtly.

Words are curious things.

What I'm trying to "get at" is an emerging and mostly tacit sensibility in our use of the word "intimacy". Knowing/knowledge, we tacitly know, can both nourish and hinder/inhibit intimacy.  What is most "inward" (Latin intimus "inmost" - http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=intimate&allowed_in_frame=0 ) is most -- and mysteriously -- tacit, ineffable.  It is knowable only in not being known. Only in not knowing it can we know it, get near to it, become intimate with it.

" ... death of intimacy as a result of the massive techno-social intermediaries that have been foisted upon us."

Yes, these intermediaries (and there are so many particulars and kinds!) create a kind of dis-association. Or dissociation. AKA, fragmentation. Did you know that the word "crazy" comes from craze, which means "to shatter"? http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=craze&allowed_in_frame=0 and to be "full of cracks" - http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=crazy&allowed_in_frame=0  It's the same root in the ceramics term "crazing," which is ceramics with "a spider web pattern of cracks penetrating the glaze" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazing#Ceramics

So while the techno-social intermediaries are causally implicated in our collective craziness, or lessening and weakening of association, our coming undone ("falling to pieces"), our brokenness, shattering..., these are also symptomatic of such already existing fragmentation. And I think it is an intimacy with our fundamental wholeness--which we can not know in the usual sense of knowing--which is necessary for the healing to begin.

Heal - Old English hælan "cure; save; make whole, sound and well"
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=heal&allowed_in_frame=0

Like crazed ceramics, our cracks (dis-associations, fragmentations) are but a surface appearance.  And when we see this in ourselves we are most intimate with ourselves, most inward. Most contactfull. And so it is when we see and reflect this with others.  And so intimacy is a special gift we give and receive. If I cultivate my own direct apprehension of fundamental wholeness it will shine from my eyes and when I look at you (or vice versa) you will see your fundamental wholeness reflected.  what could be more intimate than that? Or more healing?

And if such eyes are the windows of the soul, what knowledge is there which is not rapt, dazzled, inarticulate silence?

The eye/i is a we.


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My "avatar" graphic is Japanese calligraphy (shodō) forming the word shoshin, meaning "beginner's mind". --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoshin -- It is with shoshin that I am now and always "meeting my breath" for the first time. Try it!

 

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