A few years ago, I met Gabrielle Bernstein, an amazing person who’s been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next-generation thought leader and the author of the bestselling books Spirit Junkie and Add More ~Ing to Your Life.
On New Year's Day, Gabrielle released her latest book May Cause Miracles, a practical and fun 40-day guidebook for those of us looking to radically change our lives.
In her new book, Gabrielle shows us how simple, consistent shifts in our way of thinking can improve all aspects of our daily lives.
So after finding out about what the book was about, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to interview Gabrielle and ask her some questions about how all of us could live a truly miraculous life.
1.) What inspired you to write May Cause Miracles?
I write my books based on what my readers need and want. I was hearing the call from my readers that they wanted a real-deal spiritual plan for dissolving all boundaries and fear. In effect, they wanted to be told exactly how to do it. It was time for me to offer a step-by-step guidebook to help readers release their negativity, achieve more happiness, and experience a greater connection to the universe. It was time.
May Cause Miracles spawned from my own spiritual practice. I begin each day with prayer and meditation. Throughout the day I use affirmations and positive intentions to move through blocks, and each evening I close the day with self-reflection and an inventory of my growth throughout the day. These three steps are offered in each day of this 40-day course.
I believe that simple, consistent shifts in our thinking and actions can lead to the miraculous in all aspects of our daily lives, including our relationships, finances, bodies, and self-image. In my new book, May Cause Miracles, I offer an exciting plan for releasing fear and allowing gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through us without fail. All of which, ultimately, will lead to breathtaking lives of abundance, acceptance, appreciation, and happiness. With May Cause Miracles, readers can expect incredible transformation in 40 powerful days, simply by adding up subtle shifts to create miraculous change.
2.) What can people expect from this 40-day guidebook?
The payoff for sticking to the principles of A Course in Miracles, which is my guiding text, is that the more you choose forgiveness, gratitude and love, the more miracles you experience. If you’re wondering what I mean by “miracle,” it’s simple: a miracle is a shift in perspective from fear to love. A miracle can be the moment you choose to forgive your ex-lover and let go of decades of resentment, or the moment you recognize that losing your job was not a tragedy but an opportunity to follow your true calling.
Simply put, each moment you choose love over fear is a miracle. And the more miracles you add up, the less likely you are to perceive life through dark-colored lenses. When you choose to perceive love over fear, life begins to flow. You feel peaceful and you see love in all situations. Your hang-ups subside and your life feels guided.
3.) Tell us about the 40-day program. Why was it important to give people a plan?
Like any effective practice, true transformation occurs with daily repetition. Begin with a 40-day commitment and start experiencing positive results immediately. Why 40 days? Metaphysicians and yogis place much emphasis on the repetition of a 40-day practice. Mythical examples range from Moses’s 40 days and 40 nights spent on Mount Sinai to the story of the Buddha reaching enlightenment on the full moon in May after meditating and fasting under the Bodhi tree for 40 days. The number has scientific significance, too: research has shown that after repeating a new pattern for 40 days, you can change the neural pathways in your brain to create long-lasting change. So let’s take a cue from the mystics and the scientists and commit to this 40-day fear cleanse. It’s the simple, consistent shifts that count when you’re making change—so I’ve outlined this journey to be fun and achievable. I will guide you to keep it uncomplicated and stay on track. And one day at a time you’ll become a miracle worker.
4.) In the spirit of the New Years, how can this book help people make their resolutions stick?
The daily repetition of this course will help you make change stick. Creating positive permanent change is simple: it comes from willingness and the repetition of new ideas. That’s what May Cause Miracles offers, along with structure and guidance.
5.) Along that route, who or what inspires you most?
The people who inspire me most are those who are willing to see the world from a loving perspective. People who perceive obstacles as opportunities and problems as spiritual assignments. People who choose love.
6.) As a person who chooses love, may I ask why do you do what you do?
I’ve worked very hard to transform my fearful delusions into loving beliefs and I am committed to maintaining this way of being. How dare I have the tools for finding serenity and not share them with the world? I believe it is my duty to share these gifts I’ve learned.
7.) Ok, now one more question, are there any artists or music that you’d recommend for those of us embarking on our own Spirit Junkie journey?
I recommend Helios, Sigor Ros, Peter Broderick, Sia ... all fab to meditate to!
For more information on Gabrielle Bernstein and her new book May Cause Miracles visit http://gabbyb.tv/may-cause-miracles-earlybird
Mike de la Rocha is an LA-based musician, writer and the founder of onestorymanyvoices.com. To find out more about Mike visit mikedelarocha.com and follow him on Twitter @mrmikedelarocha.