Spirit Junkie: Are You Ready to Be the Happiest Person You Know?

Gabrielle Bernstein Spirit Junkie

A few years ago I became a “Spirit Junkie,” taking up a daily meditation and making a commitment to journey inwards. My whole life changed! On this journey I also became a student of A Course in Miracles, the foundational text for my friend Gabrielle Bernstein’s new book, Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles. Unlike Gabby, I did not go down this path because of an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or an addiction to finding love in a romantic partner. For me it was about searching for inner peace, releasing my fears, and a deep desire to discover my true purpose. Like Gabby, what called me to become a Spirit Junkie was a loud inner voice (~ing as she calls it). From a young age I felt like I was meant for something big, a world changing purpose, and I wanted to be guided to discovering what that was.

I first came across Gabby nearly two years ago when I interviewed her for her first book, Add More ~ing to Your Life. I felt an instant connection to her and I’m so excited for her and all she has accomplished over the last couple years. Today I’m talking to her once again about happiness, work, and life as a Spirit Junkie.

Natalie: What’s the big difference between Spirit Junkie and Add More ~ing To Your Life?

Gabby: I often say that Add More ~ing To Your Life is like an appetizer. It makes you hungry to be even more spiritually fed. Spirit Junkie is the big meal that will totally fill you up! (fyi: I have chills as I respond to this question…) I love this book so much! Spirit Junkie is a memoir style guidebook. This book is based on my story of how spirit has been intervening in my life from adolescence the present. I share how I spiritually recovered from drug addiction, love addiction, food addiction, work addiction … you name it. Through my own personal recovery story I teach the reader how to do the same. This book offers a spiritual solution for all problems. My hope for this book is that it will be the conduit through which I share the beautiful lessons I’ve learned as a student and a teacher of spirituality.

Natalie: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned throughout your spiritual journey?

Gabby: I’ve learned that true happiness comes from a connection to spirit. This connection is unique for everyone. It’s our job to be willing and surrender so that we can cultivate a spiritual relationship of our own understanding. When you have spirit in your life you feel complete, whole and inspired. You know the Universe has your back.

Natalie: You tweet and post that you’re “the happiest person you know.” That’s pretty bold!

Gabby: As you’ll read in Spirit Junkie, I wasn’t always a self-proclaimed happy person. I was quite the opposite. But because of my steadfast journey inward I’ve connected to true inner peace. I maintain this peace and happiness through a daily spiritual practice. I often say that there isn’t a spiritual part of my life – it’s just MY SPIRITUAL LIFE. My happiness maintanance comes in the form of daily prayer and meditation – a moment-to-moment practice of forgiveness and a daily inventory of my actions. I have also chosen a life of sobriety, which truly keeps me straight and connected to spirit. I no longer need drugs or alcohol to make me feel good. I just feel it…

Natalie: What inspired you to start on your current path as a teacher of A Course in Miracles?

Gabby: My own personal transformation is what inspired me to teach. I have worked hard to shift my perceptions from fear to love and therefore know how to access true happiness. Undergoing this miraculous shift became the catalyst for me to teach what I had learned. How dare I not share my experience with the world. In addition, I believe that to teach is to learn. The more I teach others how to embrace happiness the more happy I become.

Natalie: I like to talk about “working happy” and I think a lot of us, at one point or another, have struggled with what you call work addiction. Can you share how you overcame an addiction to work and what working life is like for you now?

Gabby: I often meet many people addicted to work because they find their self-worth in their career. This was the case for me. When you tie your worth to your work you’re likely to get stuck in an addictive patterns and lose your life balance. The key tool to overcoming this addictive behavior is to become conscious of the pattern. It’s likely that you never considered overworking a problem because it’s “productive.” Therefore it’s important to witness your behavior and consciously choose to change. In addition, it’s helpful to establish inspiring hobbies outside of your career. These activities will provide you with a new sense of self beyond the workplace.

For more about Gabrielle Bernstein’s work you can visit www.gabbyb.tv and don’t forget to head to Amazon and pick up a copy of Spirit Junkie.

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10 thoughts on “Spirit Junkie: Are You Ready to Be the Happiest Person You Know?

  1. I have a question for Gabrielle – and it’s based on something that I’m noticing within the “self-help” literature. Often, these guides are not based in science or psychological research and are more a generalization from the writer’s own personal journey. 

    I’m wondering what kind of research went into these books beyond the writer’s own life experiences?

    1. Thanks for your question Tera, I’ll pass it along to Gabrielle. Her book is based on A Course in Miracles and the work of people like Marianne Williamson. I don’t usually spend most of my time at a bookstore in the business and leadership section rather than self-help but I think you’re right, there is usually no scientific research that goes into self-help books that you’ll find in bookstores today. So I guess it depends on what kind of book you’re looking to read and how much you can take away from someone else’s experience of something. What are your thoughts? Thanks again for your question 🙂

      1. You’re absolutely right – some people are looking for more of a non-fiction, personal approach to motivate their growth and personal development. I think the issue I have is with the term “self-help” and all the different types of books that tend to get lumped into the category. 

        1. I agree that there are a lot of books that get lumped into the self-help category now. I read somewhere that the self-improvement industry is approaching something like $12 billion a year. It’s huge! But yes, I think it’s all about personal preference and what motivates you.

  2. I am a gabrielle bernstein fan, and randomly I came across your website, Melissa, on a tweet of a social media guru that I am following on twitter. I am so pleased to see you are spirit junkie too !!! I asked for inspiration today from the universe and it lead me to your website which I AM SOO EXCITED ABOUT !! I love seeing miracles like this happen .. especially once I saw Gabby’s book at the top of your book club, I knew I didn’t come across your website just by chance. Look forward to learning more about you and your success. So inspiration. I as well, want to change the world and love seeing other women killing it out there in the business world!
    Peace, Love & Happiness !!

  3. I love that Gabby points out she “no longer needs drugs or alcohol to make (her) feel good. (She) just feels it….” 
    I think spirituality is a great part in someone’s life and that people who are spiritual have a greater connection to themselves, the earth, and all of those around them. 
    I don’t think being religious constitutes someone as spiritual either… Gabby says that she prays and meditates to be in touch with her spirituality but I think spirituality is something that stems from inside of you versus something that is told to you from a bible or a clergy member.  That is not to say that I think people can find their spirituality through religion, but I don’t think it’s necessary either. 

    Great post. I have never read Gabby’s books but I did love hearing about her experiences with spirituality!

  4. I feel like I might give Gabby a run for her money being the happiest person around! This was a great article and I have written down the book titles to pick up and read. We are spiritual beings in a material world and it’s challenging to walk that tightrope at times. Funnily enough, I wrote a blog post about what I did to be happier and it’s been one of my most popular posts yet. You can read it here. http://www.johannavoss.com/2011/11/28/how-to-be-happier-in-my-life/

    Happy holidays everyone!
    Johanna

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