Published by Harmony
Publication date: January 1st 2013
Genres: inspiration, Non-fiction, self-help
Gabrielle Bernstein is already well-known amongst the inspirational set. Her books and speaking tours draw large crowds, not necessarily because her message is so new but because her optimism is infectious without being gag-inducing and her ideas not only inspire but feel practical. In her latest book, May Cause Miracles, Bernstein is back with a 40 day plan of small shifts that add up to radical change. Her basic premise is that
the ego is synonymous with fear and produces judgment, attack, jealousy and all the negativity that separates you from your loving truth.
For Bernstein, fear stands for: False Evidence Appearing Real. Dismantling the ego and fear via her plan includes a daily program of morning meditation, affirmations, an evening exercise, and journaling. Each day works on a specific state (witnessing, surrender, gratitude, forgiveness) and each week addresses a different aspect of life where most people are stuck, such as relationships, self-perception, and finances.
A Buddhist proverb says, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” A simple statement but one that is especially true when it comes to spirituality and self-help. Unless you are in a place of change May Cause Miracles may seem both confectionary and like too much trouble—a spiritual and emotional boot camp. And yet, I found it to contain much guidance worth considering, especially in the fear department. It is almost impossible, in this day and age of mass shootings and fiscal cliffs, not to find oneself consumed by fear but Bernstein’s exercises, while not negating the reality of this world, serve to keep the reader focused on the work of the self and on how love and acceptance are tools of change. Even the concept of miracles does not seem so mystical when viewed as simply a shift in perception.
Like any program or practice May Cause Miracles does require attention and follow-through from the reader. For those looking for a change in their life, taking the time for the necessary reflection, meditation and exercises is simply a worthwhile investment in self-growth.