Online Zoom Forum: Spiritual Bypassing: Individual, Collective, and Intergenerational Perspectives.

Date: Wednesday 9 November 2022.
Time: 7pm-9pm (UK time).
Event Description:

Format: There will be up to five talks, each of 10 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion among the speakers, the chair, and the audience, followed by Q & A.



Phyllida Anam Aire:

Bio: I just love being a fully paid-up participant in this amazing drama of Life. Somehow, I don’t see it as MY Life rather, I have the awful privilege of being called to experience a very short spiral in this dramatic and dynamic mystery of Love made flesh.

Nearing my 80th birthday is such a rich and splendid privilege, one that fills me with deep gratitude to Life Itself. Joy has been a constant companion these past years.


Croilán Greta Pattison:

Description: Croilan will share from her experiences how emotions, feelings, grief and shadow influence our presence/consciousness. And how by understanding religious indoctrination and conditioning that supports spiritual bypassing, I am growing in the joy and compassion of integrating shadow.

Bio: Croilán Greta Pattison MBACP (Snr Accred) has been working as a psychotherapist, bodywork therapist, trainer and yoga teacher for over 25 years. Her early career was in contemporary dance performing and teaching. In her journey of personal healing and search for understanding of holistic health, she has engaged in 25 years Shamanic experiencing, including Dzogchen (Tibetan Buddhism), Atman teachings (Hinduism/Yoga Philosophy) and has latterly found roots in Celtic Consciousness. She is an Initiate of Brigid of Ireland and Guardian of the Teachings from the Cauldron of Brigid. Croilan is known for her sincerity, warmth and dedication to healing and consciousness.

Dr Christine Kupfer:

Description: In her contribution, Christine will explore how spiritual practice and spiritual philosophy can be used to bypass developmental tasks and necessary steps towards psychological and relational wellbeing. She will focus on how turning away from darkness and what is experienced as “negative” emotions can be problematic and will speak about how to become intimate with and integrate darkness, for example through shadow work. We will look at metaphors that are used around the terminology of transcendence as ascension, and how this needs to be balanced with grounding and connection. Further topics that will be touched upon is a jumping ahead towards a “pseudo-nirvana” through misinterpretations of emptiness, no-self, non-attachment, and bliss as proof of spiritual advancement."

Bio: Dr Christine Kupfer is a pluralistic therapist and a researcher, and she teaches at Abertay University (Counselling & Psychology). Her background is in social and medical anthropology, education sciences, psychology, and counselling. She has carried out a wide range of research projects, e.g., a study on children’s mental health in India, a citizen science project on depression, ethnographic work with Ayurveda patients to understand their conceptualisations of health and healing, and research on Rabindranath Tagore. Her ongoing project is on the “Dark Side of Meditation”. She has published articles and book chapters on her research and has written a book on philosophical anthropology and transcultural education.

Ken Webb:

Title: Reflections on and responses to "Psychological and Spiritual Bypassing in Enneagram Theory and Practice" by Carl Marsak.

Description; My talk will focus on how an understanding of the Process Enneagram, as introduced and taught by Gurdjieff, can help us avoid the spiritual bypassing that tends to occur, and that Carl Marsak identifies as a problem, when people simply restrict themselves to the later and more popular Personality Enneagram.

Bio: Born in China and brought up in Burma, Ken Webb graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, University of London to practice medicine first in the UK and then, for many years, in Thailand. He went on to study theology at Trinity College Bristol, graduating in 1992, and was ordained into Anglican ministry after a further year of post graduate study. He spent the last five years before retiring in 2017 overseeing the training of those preparing for authorised ministry in the Scottish Episcopal Church’s diocese of Edinburgh.

Ken has, for many years had an interest in and practical experience of working with the Enneagram in accompanying people on their own spiritual journeys and growth paths.

Marie O'Neill:

Title: Spiritual Bypassing in Therapy

Description: Spiritual bypassing in therapy is often a form of avoidance, a protection against painful emotions. The most effective way I have found of working with this (as with every other coping mechanism) is to resist the urge to judge it and look for ways to explore it safely, with compassion.

Bio: I’m a holistic psychotherapist and interfaith minister with over 15 years experience working in the helping professions. My unique approach is rooted in my extensive training, as well as my personal and professional experience of therapy, meditation and inner practice. Using a holistic perspective, I draw on a wealth of sources from modern psychotherapy and neuroscience to ancient wisdom and modern spiritual practices.


NB: There will be no refund if you cancel your booking.


Spiritual Bypassing

Cost: By Donation. For a Registration Form:
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