What Is Spiritual Bypassing?

Spiritual bypassing is the use of spiritual practices, beliefs, or experiences to avoid dealing with difficult emotions, unresolved psychological issues, or real-world problems. It can manifest in daily life through denying or minimizing negative emotions, using spiritual practices to avoid personal conflicts, adopting rigid belief systems, seeking out gurus instead of cultivating inner wisdom and intuition, and focusing on achieving higher states of consciousness without addressing underlying psychological wounds or traumas. Common signs of spiritual bypassing that people often overlook include dismissing other people’s struggles and using spiritual language to avoid dealing with real-world issues.