The Impact of Spiritual Bypassing - Touchy Subjects Podcast

Episode 5

Published on:

27th Aug 2023

The Impact of Spiritual Bypassing

In this episode, we delve into the topic of spiritual bypassing and its impact on individuals dealing with chronic health issues. Our guests, Brooke and Tay, share their personal experiences and insights on how well-intentioned but misguided spiritual responses can affect those who are struggling with serious health conditions.

We discuss:

  • How people with chronic illness has impacted our personal lives, as well as our deconstruction
  • The need for boundaries and self-care rituals when you have a chronic illness
  • What Spiritual Bypassing is, sounds like, and how it affects people
  • How to create a supportive environment for someone with a chronic illness

About our Guests:

Tay Francis is more than a brand consultant - she is also an award-winning researcher and a human design expert. A Caribbean native with advanced degrees in psychology and population statistics, Tay has dedicated her career to understanding how people behave and communicate.

During the global pandemic, Tay left corporate market research and launched her own consulting firm: The Empowerment Axis Consultancy. Today, she uses her unique background and human design expertise to help coaches and entrepreneurs build better relationships with their clients and themselves.

Brooke Gurrad is a liver transplant recipient, wife, mom, and chronically ill human. After a diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis in 2005, she received a life-saving liver transplant that same year. She has a Bachelor's in Music, Vocal Performance from Lee University and a Masters in Teaching from St. Martin’s University.

Brooke has accumulated quite the repertoire of jobs, but they all come back to teaching, coaching, and helping people. With experience using tools of EQi (emotional intelligence), Strengths Finder, Myers-Briggs, and Enneagram, she developed a 2-year Self Awareness curriculum to coach clients as they go through job transitions, discover new dreams, navigate relationships, and dig into emotional health. Brooke is now honored to use those same tools to support my community with chronic illness, focusing on transplant patients.

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Touchy Subjects Podcast
The Touchy Subjects Podcast has been designed to unpack the proverbial elephants in the Church- i.e. the topics no one wants to talk about! We want to create space for an open dialogue on issues like social justice, mental health, women in leadership, homosexuality, legalism, and more. 

The panelists that are speaking on this podcast have been intentionally chosen to tell their story from their perspective without censorship. Some panelists are pastors or church leaders, some panelists are deconstructing their faith, and some panelists are subject matter experts on a topic whose guidance can help this audience.

Our mission is not to expose the Church, but to have conversations that will open eyes, open ears and open hearts toward growth, healing, and unity.

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Erin Billings

Erin is the owner of CLIQ Management, a luxury done-for-you content creation and media management services agency. Erin gained her expertise working in the music industry for over ten years as a professional musician, music director, and producer working with artists from American Idol, The Voice, and Tony and Grammy Award-winning artists.

As a pastor's kid and church music director for over 15 years, Erin witnessed great things as well as experienced tumultuous times in the church, which led to her deconstructing her faith. Because of this, she has started the Touchy Subjects Podcast.