A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles.

Gabrielle Bernstein is both a teacher and a storyteller, looking to the truth she’s found in her own everyday experiences to mine the gold that is her gift to others. She realized years ago—as I once did myself—that if there were a force that could turn her messy life around, then she’d be compelled to share her story.

Spirit Junkie teaches clearly and entertainingly how to apply spiritual principles to practical concerns, by demonstrating how Gabrielle has done so herself. From love to career to other issues involved in simply being alive in these times, you can see her trip, fall, and come right back up. Then you see her get to the point where she doesn’t even fall anymore. And, ultimately, you realize that you’ve learned so much from her that you think you can get there, too. A miracle for her has become a miracle for you.

Gabrielle has reminded me of our first encounter. Years ago, having stood in line to speak to me after one of my lectures, she asked how I would apply the principles of A Course in Miracles to people her age. To that I responded, “Read and study the Course. Then ask God how you should share it with your generation.” I figured that that was her job.

I was right. And she has done it well.

This book is the story of Gabrielle’s personal journey, but it is a story that instructs us all. Her sincerity, her willingness, and her true humility before the teachings of A Course in Miracles give her the requisite power of a genuine teacher. May her teaching grow, flourish, and deepen with the years.

Introduction.

For more than twenty years I kept a journal. In it I wrote about heartbreak, anxiety, and eating disorders. I wrote about trying to quit drugs while high on drugs. Pages and pages are filled with self-loathing, self-doubt, and a running calorie count. I wrote the same romantic mini-drama with dozens of different names attached. My journal entries were my only outlets from the turmoil and deep-rooted pain I lived with every hour of every day. Through writing I’d release my fears onto the page and get honest about my sadness as I scribbled over my tears.

Today my journal entries are much different. They reflect an empowered woman who is happy and bleeds authenticity. Instead of dwelling on my diet or obsessing over romance, I use my journal to honor myself. The words on the page are tinged with pride and compassion. I’ve overcome my addictions to love, drugs, food, work, fear—you name it, and I’ve recovered. I worked hard, and man, was it worth it. Today each of my journal entries shows a deep desire to continue growing from the inside out.

My primary guide on my journey to self-love has been the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles. The Course is a self-study curriculum emphasizing practical applications for relinquishing fear in all areas of life. The Course’s unique thought system uses forgiveness as the road to inner peace and as a guide to happiness. I was first introduced to the principles of the Course through the spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson, known throughout the world for her best-selling books and her international speaking circuit. Marianne is the leading teacher of A Course in Miracles and is a straight-up spiritual rock star.

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