Many of us (myself included) have often said these well-meaning phrases. Things like “Let go and Let God,” “They’re (your loved ones who have died) are in a better place now,” “God doesn’t give you anymore than you can handle” are intended to “make people feel better,” but when they are in place of acknowledging … Continue reading “Everything Happens for a Reason,” “This too shall pass,” “Just Let it Go” and other forms of Spiritual Bypassing that Actually do More Harm Than Good.
People are beginning to leave toxic spiritual environments as a result of feeling judged, shamed, mistreated, demeaned or even abused. I call these folks religious refugees. It can feel lonely and scary to leave a toxic community. Even though there might be deep pain there, they may provide your only sense of community. Here are … Continue reading Religious Refugees: 10 signs of a toxic Spiritual Environment