"Risk itself is a process of constant unfolding. And taking risks is the process of peeling back the layers of what you are and who you want to be." PHOEBE ENG
There is always the option to refuse the invitation to transformation. Eventually, of course, Love will have her way. There are consequences of refusal or trying to bypass the invitation to the field of openness. This is the cause of much suffering.
Aspects of spiritual bypassing include exaggerated detachment, emotional numbing and repression, overemphasis on the positive, anger-phobia, blind or overly tolerant compassion, weak or too porous boundaries, lopsided development (cognitive intelligence often being far ahead of emotional and moral intelligence), debilitating judgment about one’s negativity or shadow side, devaluation of the personal relative to the spiritual, and delusions of having arrived at a higher level of being.
The Journey will help the pilgrim navigate these aspects of refusal. Allies will help guide the sojourner through the amazing possibilities of waking up to then gift of life.
“Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society,” the linguist Edward Sapir writes.
Notes for the Way
This is a space for Journey Guides to post "field notes" and observations along the path.