Sara smilingAt the recent San Francisco retreat, “The Alchemy of Character,” Dr. Sara Winter  spoke about the tendency to avoid ego development needs and the messier issues of our lives through spiritual bypass, i.e.  a state of premature transcendence, trying to circumvent the developmental issues of the self in the name of spirituality. Unresolved emotional issues and wounds can sabotage spiritual practice, interfering with our meditation and zhikr.

Part one: the talk.