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Do You Want Miracles? Be A Spirit Junkie!

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Do You Want Miracles? Be A Spirit Junkie!

In a world overflowing with self-help books about absolutely nothing, my dear friend Gabrielle Bernstein’s new book Spirit Junkie is a cool drink of mint iced tea on a blazing September day.  Like a Band-aid on a wound, balm on the soul, and a breath of fresh air (I’ll cut it out already with the clichés now), Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles is about something that really matters.

Many books about spirituality are hard to swallow. Either they’re so tainted by human dysfunction in the form of religious doctrine that you feel like you’re choking down a pill you think must be good for you (but winds up burning your throat). Or they’re so dry and boring it’s like swallowing mothballs.

Spirit Junkie suffers from neither of these afflictions.  First off, with the ever-adorable Gabby Bernstein (who has been called “the Carrie Bradshaw of the new millennium”) as the central protagonist, there’s nothing boring about this book. With her signature authenticity, vulnerability, and witty truth, Gabby flings the doors of her heart and soul wide open so you can peer into her party girl, drug-addicted, boy crazy, fearful, anxious past and witness her miraculous transformation into the calm, centered, blissed-out spirit junkie she is today, leaving you to feel like if she can connect spiritually, anyone can – even you.

What if I’m an atheist?

Plus, as a Jewish teacher of A Course In Miracles, Gabby’s version of “spirit” is so accessible, even atheists will find a way to connect using her loose “it’s all good” theology. Never once did I notice the word “God” (except when she told the story of her pilgrimage to see John of God). And although The Course is written first person as Jesus, the big “J” doesn’t get a mention either. Instead, she calls her version of a higher power either “Spirit” or “Ing” (as in “inner guide,” mixed with that thing you add to a verb to make it zing!)

In other words, even if you don’t believe in a higher power outside yourself, you can still tap into the wellspring of the kind of spirituality Gabby teaches. (And if you do believe in a higher power – whether it’s God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Quan Yin, Goddess, or Captain Crunch), then you’re golden, and everything you will learn while reading this book will just add icing to your spirit cake.

In other words, there’s something for everyone who wants to heal themselves by deepening their connection to the Divine.

Mostly, it’s about choosing love over fear, which the Course teaches IS the miracle.  I’ve been a student of the Course myself, and I get this concept. But it wasn’t until reading Gabby’s book that I really felt this concept.

Every time I let fear take over – fear of failure, fear of being attacked, fear of success, fear of financial disaster, fear of winding up alone – whatever form my Gremlin takes at any given moment – I am failing to choose love, failing to have faith, failing to demonstrate my 1000% belief that I am held, supported, nurtured, and adored by a Divine spirit so infinitely loving that all of my needs are always met, exactly as they’re supposed to be, in divine timing, according to the Master Plan.

Every time I choose fear over love, I am choosing anxiety, worry, guilt, shame, jealousy, and neediness.

Every time I choose love and send my Gremlin to time out, I choose inner peace and serenity.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities - HealHealthCareNow.com and OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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12:24PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

sounds like something I would love to read! Will get this book. :)

3:23AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Great article, thanks for sharing

4:02AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Thanks.

9:27PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

We have a body but we can't afford to ignore our soul.

4:35AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

I have to admit whenever I read things about fear vs love I think of the movie Donnie Darko, which really doesn't help me examine the issue at hand!

This book sounds very interesting. I'm a big fan of "Eat, Pray, Love" and this sounds like it has some similar themes so I'll look into it. They also have it on Audible.com read by Gabby herself, so I'll probably get it on audio book!

Thanks for the recommendation!

9:11PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

I ain't no saint. I'm a junkie. lol

9:10PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

One thing Spirit has taught me is to do different things in different ways. It's a secret of creativity; even brushing your teeth beginning with the top if you usually start at the bottom. Better yet, go from the middle bottom left to the left top right...whatever. You'll get more creative!

I recently entered a meditation class. Their process is to chant a mantra silently while trying to avoid other thoughts. No, they don't turn off the thinking machine. Don't ask me why not! lol

It's rather humerous to try to think a mantra and not think at the same time. Oh, well, to each his own.

But I got one of THOSE ideas. What if instead of contemplating the same word, I just accepted whatever thoughts wanted to come to mind, let them come and offered them up with all their programing, obstinancy and chatter up to my Higher Power. All this time, continue to chant the mantra.


Wow! Some pretty big issues began surfacing to my consciousness and I just lifted them up to HP with all of the emotions, resentments, whatever. After several minutes that issue would exhaust.

Then up to consciousness would rise another issue or maybe just chatter. I would surrender it, without any attempt to cease, just lift it up in surrender to HP. Then return to the mantra.

I have experienced release from so many issues and the release is coming so quickly it's fantabulous.

I like.

4:15AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

ill read anything...doesnt mean ill buy anything

11:53AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Looking forward to reading this book.

8:17AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

The wheel turns and the wheel turns
and the wheel turns,
We are all bound to the wheel.

The sage said,

"Free yourself from the wheel.
The wheel is illusion."
The sage took her own advice.
She freed herself from the wheel.
Illusion vanished into nothingness.
And the sage knew why
the wheel turns and the wheel turns.
We are all bound to the wheel.

Laugh out loud,
turn cartwheels!

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