I love reading about a person’s own spiritual journey. It helps to see how I can relate to and learn from their lessons. I recently read a book that does this. It’s irreverent, touching, honest and healing. Reading this book is like being at a slumber party and an ashram all at the same time. I felt like I was hearing deep, dark secrets and yet receiving divine wisdom all at the same time. I was.
The book is Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein. I’ve been following Gabby since November of 2009, right before her 1st book “Add More ~ing To Your Life” came out. This woman and her work have transformed me and my spiritual practice. Yes, I did the work, but Gabby, and many of the women I’ve met through her social network herfuture.com, was a catalyst for me. I feel so blessed to call these women, including Gabby, a friend.
Spirit Junkie is Gabby’s memoir. It recounts her journey from childhood, but mainly early adulthood where she has morphed from a high-stress, drug-addicted PR consultant to a sober, motivational speaker with a serious spiritual practice and a passion for forgiveness. She’s honest…very honest and shares her recovery with chill, approachable language. Don’t let that fool you for a second though. This girl is wise. Every problem has an insight, every insight a call for love & forgiveness.
Woven into each chapter are written meditations you can practice to deepen your experience of the lessons in the book. I have the meditation album as well (it’s available on iTunes). The music is cool & calming. Gabby’s voice is kind & compassionate. I highly recommend it.
Throughout the book she uses quotes from “A Course in Miracles” and breaks them down so that even a novice can understand. I rarely talk about it here on this blog but I am a loving, slightly obsessed student of “A Course in Miracles”. This channeled text has changed my life in all areas. It would take a book to get into how much I have been changed by it…so maybe one day I’ll do just that 😉 Gabby references what she’s learned from The Course often. She even gives gems of her own like this one:
“Remember, the ego takes the fear from the past and projects it onto the present and the future.”
Amen sister. I have faith in my inner guidance system, but I also know that Spirit speaks through others. It speaks through Spirit Junkie. Writing about how listening to the Holy Spirit has helped her with addictions, she says the following:
“My addictive patterns began to subside. The years I spent tormented by issues around food-overeating and obsessing about calories-were over. Within a few short years those issues seemed to disappear. I no longer needed food or a relationship or a credential to fill me up. I was finally full.”
I have had glimpses of this feeling….sometimes even long observations. What I work toward hourly is having this as my constant experience.
Spirit Junkie is a calling. Read Gabby’s words, live through her journey, but know the work is yours to do. It does not have to be daunting. You have a guidebook now, and so do I. I am committed to healing. Let’s do it together.
For more information on Gabrielle and her work, visit http://gabbyb.tv