In writing the inspirational ‚ÄúSpirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles,‚ÄĚ 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.
That‚Äôs when Bernstein‚Äôs love affair began -- not with a man, but with ‚ÄúA Course in Miracles,‚ÄĚ a self-study curriculum that focuses on forgiveness in daily life.¬†¬†It was the spiritual activist and author Marianne Williamson who introduced Bernstein to ‚Äúthe Course‚ÄĚ and eventually became her guru, as well. Helping to carry Williamson‚Äôs message into the twenty-first century, Bernstein writes: ‚ÄúThe 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 I‚Äôd awakened to the fact that if I stuck to the Course‚Äôs plan I could truly relinquish my fearful patterns.‚ÄĚ
Although she preaches the Course‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúGabbify‚ÄĚ her own language in relating its core teachings. She does that by coining words like ‚Äú~ing,‚ÄĚ which stands for inner guidance (as in, ‚ÄúAdd More ~Ing To Your Life," the title of her previous book). Hokey or not, it‚Äôs clear that ‚ÄúA Course in Miracles‚ÄĚ changed Bernstein‚Äôs life for the better: ‚ÄúWhat mattered most was the guidance the Course had to offer me at a time when I needed it most.‚ÄĚ Now a successful motivational speaker, life coach, and author, Gabrielle Bernstein emanates positive vibes and self-love on every page of ‚ÄúSpirit Junkie.‚ÄĚ Listen to the clip below to learn about the start of her journey to a healthy life.