In writing the inspirational â€śSpirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles,â€ť Gabrielle Bernstein is well aware of the mass appeal of a good spiritual transformation story. In her early twenties, Bernstein was a typical Manhattan party girl -- she looked to men, nightlife, drugs, and material possessions to make her happy. She ran a public relations firm and buried herself in work to avoid facing feelings of deep dissatisfaction. Then in 2005, she hit rock bottom was forced to shift gears and seek a healthier lifestyle.
Thatâ€™s when Bernsteinâ€™s love affair began -- not with a man, but with â€śA Course in Miracles,â€ť a self-study curriculum that focuses on forgiveness in daily life.Â Â It was the spiritual activist and author Marianne Williamson who introduced Bernstein to â€śthe Courseâ€ť and eventually became her guru, as well. Helping to carry Williamsonâ€™s message into the twenty-first century, Bernstein writes: â€śThe more I committed to this new belief system, the less I replayed my past in the present. In time I began to release those fears and witness miraculous changes. This realization was revelatory in that Iâ€™d awakened to the fact that if I stuck to the Courseâ€™s plan I could truly relinquish my fearful patterns.â€ť
Although she preaches the Courseâ€™s unparalleled benefits, the potential for criticism of its jargon is not lost on Bernstein. She warns readers of this from the outset and promises to â€śGabbifyâ€ť her own language in relating its core teachings. She does that by coining words like â€ś~ing,â€ť which stands for inner guidance (as in, â€śAdd More ~Ing To Your Life," the title of her previous book). Hokey or not, itâ€™s clear that â€śA Course in Miraclesâ€ť changed Bernsteinâ€™s life for the better: â€śWhat mattered most was the guidance the Course had to offer me at a time when I needed it most.â€ť Now a successful motivational speaker, life coach, and author, Gabrielle Bernstein emanates positive vibes and self-love on every page of â€śSpirit Junkie.â€ť Listen to the clip below to learn about the start of her journey to a healthy life.