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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 – Week 25

The weekly interactive newsletter sent out by Plukrijp to its members

For people living NOW the school of life

For YOU to send all your good news to

upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

Building communities of trust is fundamental to healing our collective wound. At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity. The
community allows people to encounter each other in truth and so develop trust.

New
on our website: Current Harvest

From now on you can find
all the current and upcoming crops with photo, location and name by clicking on the Current Harvest button in the menu on our website.

https://plukrijp.be/en/op-dit-moment-te-oogsten

We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow
man = UBUNTU.

What you can harvest now:

BERRIES !!! (yellow
raspberries foodforest
, red&black&white berries food forest, iosta berries food forest & open tunnel 1, gooseberries food forest & hei)
, pak choï at Hei, red
beets in closed
tunnel 3Rhalfway up, carrots in
closed
tunnel 3Rhalfway up, ripe peas in the closed tunnels, runner beans, bush beans, tomatoes ripening in
closed
tunnels 1&2, cucumbers in
closed
tunnel 4, salad red at Hei,
salad ice frilly at Hei, salad green at Hei, celery stalk at Hei & open tunnels, chards at Hei &
open tunnel 5, onion bushel at Hei, fennel greens, dill greens,
,
green celery, different kind of basil (red, cinnamon, genovese, thaï,
lemon, greek, …)
in closed
tunnel 1, chives closed tunnels sides, mint woolly&pepper, sage, kerrie plant, rucola wild & cultivated, thyme, rosemary, oregano, cherries food forest & hei, rhubarb, edible flowers
and wild herbs biodiversity.

Coming soon…

courgette at Hei, melon in tunnel 1&3 top raised bed,
grapes & bell peppers in closed tunnels.

This week @ Plukrijp

 

We did:
Cut away the immense plants of celery& catalogna salads we planted without water (dry farming!)
that suddenly decided to go to seed with the massive downpour we got this week. Cultivating early crops of bi-annuals (most of our veggie-food) for harvest in a garden with our climate without watering it has become risky: either they die from drought
or they freeze or they go to seed. On the other hand, if we want to eat locally produced veggies after all the winter crops have gone to seed, we need to take this risk. Our 5-in-a-pot plukpots have helped us reduce the risk since at least some of the 5 succeed.
This brings us, now, 21 June, spring festival time, an abundance of perennial fruits, because they are not so much bothered by the climate change since their roots are deep. And lots of tall & proud sweet corn plants for eating, coriander & rucola & salad
plants seeding themselves into a green carpet for Autumn/Winter. And the occasional celery, cauliflower, broccoli, red beet that survived & did not go to seed or was eaten by the birds (Plukrijp shares!).

We seeded salad leaf in many varieties for Summer/Autumn because growing bowl salad would force us to water daily. Can we convince the people looking for a small “football” of salad to taste the delicate freshness of young leafy salad ? Yes,
many have been convinced & come regularly to get their portion of heavenly mini-salad. We read that Richard Perkins sells this delicacy in Sweden at € 30/kg. Watch his YouTube channel & share his incredible adventure ! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g46YxxvuS9k

The next month(s?) it will be berry season at plukrijp; no more need for fridge-kept or imported fruits. We are enjoying & drying & freezing a palette of tastes: black, red, white, iosta, goose, cherry, ….just
for walking through the food forest. Prunes & apples & pears coming along later. Tough we were doubting the efficiency of our version of an edible orchard, this year it is proving its value: lots of fruits with little or no upkeep PLUS a considerable amount
of garlic, onion, chards, parsley, celery & other spontaneous veggies underneath the canopy. Here, the shade has clearly helped mitigate the extremes (cold/dry) of spring.

Care for our tomato/bean/melon/pepper/cucumber army: planting the last tomatoes, giving rope to all this aspiring verticality & guiding them into “mutual aid”. Tomatoes are ripening, cucumbers are in full swing, melons are getting bigger every
day, peppers show us their size if not yet their color, beans are starting to give extra long & tender green delicacies, all in the same space they have been growing for at least 35 years now. A shocking sight for those who still believe in the need to move
crops yearly.

Seed beans for September to November in the closed tunnels. The last line of basil is growing well & will be planted in the open spaces. Summer purslane is going to seed now. We like to “seed” with plants in seed since it combines ground cover
& spontaneous (unplanned) edible green covers.

We scratched the lines in between the closed tunnels to avoid weed-seed & to prepare for the repair of the plastic covering them. We also opened the sides to evacuate excess heat in the “hot” days announcing themselves.

We shared:

We shared & watched a lot, while continuing our search for obstacles to feeling.
Meanwhile, the group has discovered very funny ways of celebrating &living the joyful feelings
our closeness creates.
Wrestling bouts & swimming pool extravaganzas & catch-me-if-you-can child’s play resounds at Plukrijp.
Of course we are inspired by our youngest fun-resident: Nore, the grand-daughter of Frank&Martine, living next door & already reacting to the ringing of the bell by pulling her parents here & come & play with us on the trampoline & feasting on the berries.

We watched & enjoyed the autobiography of
Parahamsa
Yogananda,
describing the early days of “yoga in the west”

An evening on Coleman Barks reading Rumi
set us on a a-(Rumi)poem-a-day routine.
Living beauty&breathing it through his words.

Anthony was reading Pierre Louys
La femme & le pantin, so we watched Luis Bunuel’s surrealist adaptation
“Cet obsur objet du désir”
. It took us a few days to link the jute bag carried around through the movie with the “obscure objet”, but eventually we got it !

Anthony found a biography of one of Frank’s heroes, Chogyam Trungpa, an enlightened & provoking Tibetan monk who
came to England & America & turned the search for spirituality as it is “lived” by the westerners on its head with his own life (alcohol, free love, …) He succeeded in guiding 1000s of young people into a festive enlightenment, celebrating the bliss of life
in the here & now while teaching the essence of
Tibetan
Buddhism, a feat !

We read & commented Bernard Gunther on spiritual by-passing, the sickness pervading the new-(c)age fashion of fake-book
recipes for “instant karma”. So many forget to live while growing into a

blissful adulthood. Why do we take ourselves so seriously ? Is it not clear that most of the time we are practicing “spiritual
posturing” ? Is this the message we want to pass on to our children ? Is this our defective application of what the Amazon
Indians practice ? A continuum concept for educating
children without a village to carry it ? It look as though the birth of a child shakes us so deeply we never come to our senses any more, forcing us into a life long obligation to (s)mother the child under the illusion that we must “protect” it. From what are
we really protecting them ?
https://mens-en-samenleving.infonu.nl/pedagogiek/55142-het-continuum-concept-een-andere-manier-van-opvoeden.html.
Overfeeding the will of an infant makes a small tyrant out of him. Can anyone please show us examples of societies, groups, families, … where this over-protecting has brought forth responsible adults ?

Joshka gave us an evening on (post?-)capitalism as illustrated by Marten Toonder,
one of the
unknown geniuses of the 20th century in the
De
Bovenbazen” strip & soundscape.
Try to translate & see where it gets you!

Interesting Movies & Documentaries
Robert Bly Lecture: Passion and Purpose in Men and Women (1988)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyODCbK0VNY

Robert Bly makes a bold and sweeping appeal for the idea of purpose among men, building upon the thoughts of D.H. Lawrence in ‘Fantasia of the Unconscious.’ “There’s never a woman in the world that will ever be able to understand
the sacredness of the spirit of purpose in a man, and there will never be a man on this planet who understands the sacredness of feeling in a woman.” 

This is an exclusive recording of the 1988 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference by visiting
http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all have a yearning for lives of richness
and meaning; this five-day conference is a unique opportunity to enrich ourselves in a community of other men.

For those interested: we can provide you with the full text of the video (thanks to Pippa for the transcription!)

“There’s never a woman in the world that will ever be able to understand the sacredness of the spirit of purpose in a man, and there will never be a man on this planet who understands
the sacredness of feeling in a woman.”

extract from
Robert Bly’s lecture builds upon the thoughts of D.H. Lawrence in ‘Fantasia of the Unconscious.

Trungpa on the Development of Ego

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHiJKD62xZA

Excerpts from Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa (Shambhala Publications), highlighting his description of the five skandhas in terms of ego development.

Awake – The Life of Yogananda (on Gaia)

Featuring: Anupam Kher, George Harrison, Deepak Chopra, Russell Simmons, Ravi Shankar, Krishna Das

An unconventional biography about the East Indian mystic who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic
Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along…

The more deeply we perceive, the more striking becomes the evidence that a uniform plan links every form in manifold nature.

– Yogananda

Crazy Wisdom (on Gaia)
 

“Enjoying your senses is itself expressing wisdom”

Crazy Wisdom explores the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism in America through the story of Chogyam Trungpa, the brilliant “bad boy of Buddhism” who fled his homeland during
the Chinese Communist invasion. Trungpa arrived in the U.S. in 1970, and legend has it that he said to his students: “Take me to your poets.”

Trungpa eventually became renowned for translating ancient Buddhist concepts into language and ideas that Westerners could understand, while shattering all preconceived
notions about the way an enlightened teacher should behave. Judged harshly by the Tibetan establishment to begin with, Trungpa’s teachings are now recognized by Western philosophers and spiritual leaders, including the Dalai Lama, as authentic and profound.

Today, twenty years after his death, Trungpa’s name still evokes both admiration and outrage. What made him tick, and just what is “crazy wisdom” anyway? With unprecedented
access to Trungpa’s inner circle and exclusive never-before-seen archival material, Crazy Wisdom looks at the man and the myths about him, and attempts to set the record straight.

Human Zoos

https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/human-zoos/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=recently_posted_documentaries&utm_term=2020-06-16

The missing link was unveiled to the public during the St. Louis World’s
Fair in 1904. The scientific community devised a “human zoo” consisting of thousands of indigenous people who had been imported from remote regions in Africa. Darwin’s influential theories on evolution had been published less than a half a century before,
and many legitimate media outlets and professional scientists viewed this display as a groundbreaking extension of his work. These Africans were studied and exploited as members of the lowest rung on the evolutionary ladder – a link between the monkey and
the fully developed human species.
Human Zoos explores this shameful and largely forgotten chapter of racist history.

One of the earliest proponents of this twisted science was esteemed anthropologist William McGee. He propelled the notion that the black race was the closest relative
of the apes, a theory that was widely embraced by his colleagues. In fact, McGee’s theories were drawn from his deeply embedded prejudices against the African American and the Jewish populations. Under the protective umbrella of respectable science, he nurtured
a campaign of unspeakable dehumanization.

Two years after the St. Louis exhibit, nearly a quarter of a million visitors bore witness to a similar display at the Bronx Zoo. Only the religious community stood
in protest and protested the abuses suffered by these human beings.

In addition to Pygmies from the African Congo, the community also imported natives from Japan, South America and the Philippines. One large sector of the scientific
community placed these subjects to a series of tests to measure their intelligence, physical features and pain thresholds. Others studied the brains of the subjects who had deceased.

The film memorably explores how even the most admired and dependable fields of science were burnished by such blind hatred and discrimination.

Human Zoos
presents an astounding piece of history that has fallen under the radar. The film argues that the legacy of that history is far from a distant memory. Modern-day political movements promote a perverted view of Darwinism in order to deepen divides and promote
their cause of white supremacy.

Directed by:
John G. West

Inspiring Link

The Perilous Path Towards Awakening

By Bernhard Guenther, January 29th, 2017

https://veilofreality.com/2017/01/29/the-perilous-path-towards-awakening/

(Spiritual Bypassing is an extract of it – see below)

Inspiring Books

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa
Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered
yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and other celebrated spiritual personalities of East
and West.

Autobiography of a Yogi is at once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. The author clearly explains the subtle but definite laws behind
both the ordinary events of everyday life and the extraordinary events commonly termed miracles. His absorbing life story thus becomes the background for a penetrating and unforgettable look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence.

On Youtube there is a very well made short documentary on the book:

Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi Mini Documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjpD1DKH2x8

Extract:

Peaceful Warrior

“Everything you did last night was done within a proper mood. You were controlled and at the same time abandoned when you jumped down from the tree to pick up the cage
and run up to me. You were not paralyzed with fear. And then, near the top of the bluff, when the lion let out a scream, you moved very well. I’m sure you wouldn’t believe what you did if you looked at the bluff during the daytime. You had a degree of abandon,
and at the same time you had a degree of control over yourself. You did not let go and wet your pants, and yet you let go and climbed that wall in complete darkness. You could have missed the trail and killed yourself. To climb that wall in darkness required
that you had to hold on to yourself and let go of yourself at the same time. That’s what I call the mood of a warrior.”

 

I said that whatever I had done that night was the product of my fear and not the result of any mood of control and abandon.

 

“I know that,” he said, smiling. “And I wanted to show you that you can spur yourself beyond your limits if you are in the proper mood. A warrior makes his own mood.
You didn’t know that. Fear got you into the mood of a warrior, but now that you know about it, anything can serve to get you into it.”

 

I wanted to argue with him, but my reasons were not clear. I felt an inexplicable sense of annoyance.

 

“It’s convenient to always act in such a mood,” he continued. “It cuts through the crap and leaves one purified. It was a great feeling when you reached the top of
the bluff. Wasn’t it?”

 

I told him that I understood what he meant, yet I felt it would be idiotic to try to apply what he was teaching me to my everyday life.

 

“One needs the mood of a warrior for every single act,” he said. “Otherwise one becomes distorted and ugly. There is no power in a life that lacks this mood. Look at
yourself. Everything offends and upsets you. You whine and complain and feel that everyone is making you dance to their tune. You are a leaf at the mercy of the wind. There is no power in your life. What an ugly feeling that must be!

 

“A warrior, on the other hand, is a hunter. He calculates everything. That’s control. But once his calculations are over, he acts. He lets go. That’s abandon. A warrior
is not a leaf at the mercy of the wind. No one can push him; no one can make him do things against himself or against his better judgment. A warrior is tuned to survive, and he survives in the best of all possible fashions.”

 

I liked his stance although I thought it was unrealistic. It seemed too simplistic for the complex world in which I lived. He laughed at my arguments and I insisted
that the mood of a warrior could not possibly help me overcome the feeling of being offended or actually being injured by the actions of my fellow men, as in the hypothetical case of being physically harassed by a cruel and malicious person placed in a position
of authority.

 

He roared with laughter and admitted the example was apropos. “A warrior could be injured but not offended,” he said. “For a warrior there is nothing offensive about
the acts of his fellow men as long as he himself is acting within the proper mood.

“The other night you were not offended by the lion. The fact that it chased us did not anger you. I did not hear you cursing it, nor did I hear you say that he had
no right to follow us. It could have been a cruel and malicious lion for all you know. But that was not a consideration while you struggled to avoid it. The only thing that was pertinent was to survive. And that you did very well.

 

“If you would have been alone and the lion had caught up with you and mauled you to death, you would have never even considered complaining or feeling offended by its
acts.

 

“The mood of a warrior is not so far-fetched for yours or anybody’s world. You need it in order to cut through all the guff.”

 

I explained my way of reasoning. The lion and my fellow men were not on a par, because I knew the intimate quirks of men while I knew nothing about the lion. What offended
me about my fellow men was that they acted maliciously and knowingly.

 

“I know, I know,” don Juan said patiently. “To achieve the mood of a warrior is not a simple matter. It is a revolution. To regard the lion and the water rats
and our fellow men as equals is a magnificent act of the warrior’s spirit. It takes power to do that.”

Poem

I am here~ Rumi ~read by Coleman Barks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo_-wup9LCs

Wisdom

Late, I learned that when reason died then Wisdom was born; before that liberation, I had only knowledge.

~ Sri Aurobindo

 

Once again I must repeat that the form of these aphorisms is purposely paradoxal in order to give the mind a little shock and awaken it enough for it to make an effort to understand. One must not take this aphorism literally.
Some people seem worried by the idea that reason must disappear for one to become wise.
It is not that, it is not that at all.

 

For a very long time in life, until one possesses anything resembling Knowledge, it is indispensable that reason be the master, otherwise one is the plaything of one’s impulses, one’s fancies, one’s more or less disordered emotional
imaginings, and one is in danger of being very far removed not merely from wisdom but even from the knowledge needed for conditioning one’s self acceptability.

 

But when one has managed to control all the lower parts of the being with the help of reason, which is the apex of ordinary human intelligence, then if one wants to go beyond this point, if one wants to liberate oneself from
ordinary life, from ordinary thought, from the ordinary vision of things, one must, if I may say so, stand upon the head of reason, not trampling it down disdainfully, but using it as a stepping stone to something higher, something beyond it, to attain to
something which concerns its self very little with the decrees of reason, something which can allow itself to be irrational because it is itself a higher irrationality, with a higher light, something which is beyond ordinary knowledge and which receives its
inspirations from above, from high above, from the divine Wisdom.

 

This is what this means. As for the knowledge of which Sri Aurobindo speaks here, it is ordinary knowledge, it is not Knowledge by identity, it is Knowledge that can be acquired by the intellect
through thought, through ordinary means.

 

But once again – and in any case we shall have occasion to return to this when we study the next aphorism –
do not be in a hurry to abandon reason in the conviction that you will immediately attain to Wisdom, because you must be ready for Wisdom, otherwise, by abandoning reason, you run a great risk of falling into unreason, which is rather dangerous.

 

~ The Mother

 

Fear
is always in the not now/not here (covidiocy?)

Sometimes humans are lost in revolving thoughts which return again and again to the same thing, the same unpleasantness which they
anticipate and which not only will not but probably can not happen in reality.

Those forebodings of
future unpleasantness, illness, losses, awkward situations often get hold of us to  such an extent that we become waking dreamers/nightmare-victims.

People cease to see and hear what actually happens, and if someone succeeds to prove to them that that their forebodings and fears were
unfounded in some particular instance(p.e.that covid is not contagious if one does not have symptoms-so no scientific need for lock-down or mouth masks), they even feel a certain disappointment, as though they were deprived of a pleasant expectation.

Very often humans leading cultured lives in cultural surroundings do not realize how big a role their fears play in their life. One is afraid of whatever is deemed
to be dangerous.

This is so in ordinary, normal times but, at such times as we are now going through, this all-pervading fear becomes clearly visible&the contagiousness of the fear
far exceeds the contagiousness of the illness.

It is no exaggeration to say that a great part of the events of the last months are based on fear and are the result of fear.

Human are possessed by all that surrounds them because they can never look sufficiently objectively on their relationship or their surroundings. Perception in the now,
based on perceptions
in the past, is difficult because of
projections in the future.

They never can stand aside and look at themselves together with what attracts or repels them
at the moment. And because of this instability they are identified with everything around them: media, family, background noise, pollution, …They seem to lack the honesty to remember what they were thinking or perceiving before a fear “hit”
them.

People have no idea of how much they get carried away by
fear. This fear is not easily defined. More often than not it is
fear of awkward situations, fear of what another human may think or say.

At times this fear becomes almost like a
mania.


Gurdjieff

Spiritual Bypassing

Written
by Bernhard Gunther (https://veilofreality.com)

Spiritual Bypassing (first coined by John Welwood in 1984) is the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs. We engage
in spiritual bypassing when we bypass necessary basic psychological work, believing ourselves to be more (self)aware than we actually are, and thus over-estimate our state of being. It relates to intellectualizing higher spiritual truths, ideas, and concepts,
and thereby distorting/diluting them in order to avoid facing our blindspots and conditioned personality.

Spiritual Bypassing also reveals itself when we judge negative emotions as something “bad”, “un-spiritual” – a virus to be avoided…believing that “being spiritual” means to always be nice, positive, smiling
and non-confrontational (resulting in a lack of boundaries and reality-avoidance).

 

Signs of spiritual bypassing:

  • exaggerated detachment (intellectual/stuck in the head)

  • emotional numbing and repression

  • overemphasis on the positive

  • anger-phobia (most often resulting in passive aggressiveness and a “make nice” mask)

  • blind or overly-tolerant compassion/weak boundaries

  • lopsided development (cognitive/intellectual intelligence often being far ahead of emotional intelligence —> lack of embodiment)

  • debilitating judgment about one’s negativity or shadow side

  • devaluation of the personal/physical relative to the spiritual – separation illusion

  • delusions of having arrived at a higher level of being

  • forceful efforts to kill/eradicate the ego, or judging it as “bad”

  • using statements (absolute/higher “truths”) such as “everything is perfect”, “it’s all an illusion”, “we are all one”, “love is all there is” as philosophical (intellectual) concepts to avoid dealing with
    the not-so-pleasant aspects of every day life in this 3D duality (bypassing responsibility and lessons of our 3D incarnation)

  • using spiritual practices to escape unpleasant emotions; for example, using meditation to dissociate from emotions, rather than transmute them.


 

When we’re immersed in spiritual bypassing, we like the light but not the heat. And when we’re caught up in the grosser forms of spiritual bypassing,
we’d usually much rather theorize about the frontiers of consciousness than actually go there, suppressing the fire rather than breathing it even more alive, espousing the ideal of unconditional love but not permitting love to show up in its more challenging,
personal dimensions. To do so would be too hot, too scary, and too out-of-control, bringing things to the surface that we have long disowned or suppressed.

But if we really want the light, we cannot afford to flee the heat. As Victor Frankl said, “What gives light must endure burning.”
And being with the fire’s heat doesn’t just mean sitting with the difficult stuff in meditation, but also going into it, trekking to its core, facing and entering and getting intimate with whatever is there, however scary or traumatic or sad or raw.

Spiritual bypassing is largely occupied, at least in its New Age forms, by the idea of
wholeness and the innate unity of Being — “Oneness” being perhaps its favorite bumper sticker — but actually generates and reinforces fragmentation by separating out from and rejecting what is
painful, distressed, and unhealed; all the far-from-flattering aspects of being human.

The trappings of spiritual bypassing can look good, particularly when they seem to promise freedom from life’s fuss
and fury, but this supposed serenity and detachment is often little more than metaphysical valium, especially for those who have made too much of a virtue out of being and looking positive.

A common telltale sign of spiritual bypassing is a lack of grounding and in-the-body experience that tends
to keep us either spacily afloat in how we relate to the world or too rigidly tethered to a spiritual system that seemingly provides the solidity we lack.
We also may fall
into premature forgiveness and emotional dissociation, and confuse anger with aggression and ill will, which leaves us disempowered, riddled with weak boundaries. The overdone niceness that often characterizes spiritual bypassing strands it from emotional
depth and authenticity; and its underlying grief — mostly unspoken, untouched, unacknowledged — keeps it marooned from the very caring that would unwrap and undo it, like a baby being readied for a bath by a loving parent.

Spiritual bypassing distances us not only from our pain and difficult personal issues but also from our own authentic
spirituality, stranding us in a metaphysical limbo, a zone of exaggerated gentleness, niceness, and superficiality. Its frequently disconnected nature keeps it adrift, clinging to the life jacket of its self-conferred spiritual credentials. As such, it maroons
us from embodying our full humanity.

Cutting through spiritual bypassing means turning towards the painful, unwanted, scary shadow elements of
ourselves.
To do this we must cut through our numbness and defenses, approaching it with as much care as we can. If doing so seems to heal our heart, we are on the right
path. When heart heals, it opens and expands, not shatters. When we denumb and become more comfortable with our own comfort we see what drove us into spiritual bypassing. This is a challenging journey to say the least.

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.”


Robert Augustus Masters, Spiritual Bypassing

Spiritual Bypassing also ties into Spiritual Materialism, coined by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and defined as “a
distorted, ego-centered version of spirituality
” where we “deceive ourselves into thinking
we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques
.” It relates to getting “addicted” to spiritual teachings and
practices, with people continuously looking for the next workshop, the next teaching, the newest guru in town, going from one seminar to the next, traveling all over the world to find “truth”, going from healer to healer, “master” to “master”, in the hopes
of someone healing them or bringing them “enlightenment”. Spiritual Materialism also shows itself by building a library of spiritual techniques that their ego likes to “show off” to prove their worthiness – to reveal how much of a “properly spiritual” person
they are, and how much they have read, “know”, and practice.

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