From the popular and exciting author of Spirit Junkie and Add More ~Ing to Your Life comes this practical and fun 40-day guidebook of subtle shifts for radical change and unlimited happiness.
Are you ready to work miracles? Gabrielle Bernstein believes 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 this inspiring guide, Gabrielle offers 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, listeners can expect incredible transformation in 40 powerful days: simply by adding up subtle shifts to create miraculous change.
©2012 Gabrielle Bernstein (P)2012 Random House Audio
"Gabrielle is the real thing. I respect her work immensely." (Wayne W. Dyer, best-selling author of The Shift and Wishes Fulfilled)
"Mistress of Miracles, Gabrielle Bernstein, offers the compelling message that anything is indeed possible with a few simple shifts that almost all of us can make. Recognizing that we are the authors of our own experience, Gabrielle leads us step by step through the thorny terrain of false beliefs, and helps us find our way home to our deepest truth so that we might manifest a life that is filled with light and love." (Katherine Woodward Thomas, best-selling author of Calling in 'The One' and co-leader of the Feminine Power Global Community)
"Gabrielle Bernstein has taught me to love myself, my work, and my ability to create subtle change in any arena of my life. In May Cause Miracles, she reminds us to use fear as a landmark of our longing to be strong and clear. She implores us to witness our journey as the beautiful commitment it can be. Her meditations are potent, precise, and perfect. Get ready - this book may cause miracles in your seeing and your ways of relating to everything and everyone in your life." (Elena Brower, author of Art of Attention; Founder of VIRAYOGA, NYC)
To anyone who is struggling with the confusion of being alive this beautiful, honest, candid and wise work is for you!
Thank you Gabby for your wonderful guidance that had helped me demystify and bring definition to a sometimes cloudy subject matter.
As an on and off student of the course of the last six years your book was a reminder of why it is so so valuable as the very foundation of my life and all the wrong places I have been looking for meaning and worth in my life.
Pure big bountiful love sister!! Respect!
Yes, It provides practical information to help perform shifts in personal thinking.
It's ability to help you meditate
Herself--and her own personal story.
Just a guy trying to make sense of it all.....
I probably would not try another book from Gabrielle Bernstein and/or Gabrielle Bernstein. Look, I hate to point out the proverbial turds in the punchbowl but I got about half way through this and couldn't continue. With all the daily affirmations, meditations, special preparations, etc, I started to wonder if anyone actually lives like this? I don't have time to meditate, reflect, pray, and set hourly reminders to say affirmations about the topic of the day. To the best of my knowledge, I don't know anyone that does. Does that mean everyone I know is unhappy? I don't think so. After listening to a couple of these self-help books from different authors, I've come to the conclusion that the only people that DO advocate these types of self-help books are self-help authors/speakers themselves!!! I've seen others walk with this trance-like self-hypnosis going on in the deeply religious and have to say that there are many similarities, but I digress.
Mainly, I had a hard time getting past the terminology she uses. The first term on the block is EGO. Gabrielle's definition of the EGO is that it is the harbinger of FEAR. Now, it's been a long time since I took philosophy in college, but as I recall Freud's definition was different. Basically, Freud said the EGO comprises psychic functions such as " judgment, tolerance, reality testing, control, planning, defense, synthesis of information, intellectual functioning, and memory." To merely cast the EGO into the role of FEAR-monger is dismissive of the other (ie - good) aspects of the EGO. I would rather Gabrielle would just say that FEAR in your life/mind is what is preventing LOVE from being a part of your life. Let's leave Freud out of it. He has other issues to atone for.
Next is "ING", which stands for INternal Guide. While it doesn't bother me that she constantly refers to her ING as a female and implies that the reader/listener should too, I was very unclear on what the role/function of the ING really is. Gabrielle defines the ING as "a power greater than you", but is careful not to use the G-word. Some of the meditations/affirmations instruct the reader/listener to thank the ING, while other times the reader/listener is told to write some observations to the ING in a journal. This sounds a lot like a set of thought practices and instructions addressed to your MIND/SELF that are constantly hammered into your psyche in order to elicit change in the way you think about things. So why not just say this? I guess it's easier to have a catchy term to refer to the allusion of a deity-like being within ourselves.... I know that's confusing, but how can the INternal Guide be "a power greater than you"?!?!?
Lastly is MIRACLES. Admittedly, I probably didn't get far enough into the book to get a clearer picture of her definition of the word. But I did hear one example where she was away from home, deathly ill and had a speaking engagement the following day. After praying for several minutes, a friend called her and told her to ask her doctor for a referral to a local doctor. When she did this, her doctor did refer her to a local doctor (holistic practitioner) who told her to pray over an injection of vitamins. Now maybe we do live in a time of lowered expectations, but that's what passes for a MIRACLE these days?!?!?! Back in the day it was the parting of the Red Sea, and now its the bright idea of a referral?!?!?!? I thought watching Oscar Pistorius run in the Olympics could be called a modern miracle of technology, but evidently that's nothing compared to a vitamin shot. COME ON!!! I have a problem with calling a referral and a vitamin shot MIRACLES. Why doesn't she just say "Look on the bright side!" and be done with it?!?!?!
Other minor infractions come from the author referring to herself as a "spirit junkie", and "having a rockin' good time throwing down the F-word!" (SPOILER ALERT: the F-word is Forgiveness) I got this picture in my mind that Gabrielle is kind of a self-help cheerleader.
With all this going on, I think Gabrielle genuinely wants others to be as happy as she purports to being. I think her message is basically two ideas:
1. Love yourself instead of beating yourself up all the time, and
2. If you love yourself, others will love you.
But in all this confusing terminology babble, the message gets a little obscured. Also, the book seems to be geared a little more towards women than men, but I'm getting the feeling that this is built into these types of books, as the same can be said of her mentor's books, Wayne Dyer. If I'd known that, I would not have purchased this book.
While I was able to discern the message, I must be a natural born cynic. I don't consider myself to be unhappy, but am interested in ways to be happier. (Who isn't?!?!?!) But with these turds in the punchbowl, I can't really drink the kool-aide.
I love anything I can find on ACIM but this is so bad. Somehow, I don't feel like I'm getting words of wisdom from a teenager. I could swear this voice was Drew Barrymore in her earlier years. I couldn't finish this one - maybe it gets better.
Her reading was enthusiastic. I had no problem with the performance, it was the substance that was lacking.
I cannot choose one particular scene, but I remember thinking that it was taking a long time to develop from the start. So, I skipped ahead to other parts of the book and there still seemed to be a lack of substance and clarity from my perspective.
I only listened to about an hour of this book, so perhaps I just did not make it to the good parts.
Her voice is very annoying.
I don't know. I couldn't get past the first chapter or two because the reader's voice was too annoying.
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