When I first discovered the principles of “A Course in Miracles,” I instantly felt a connection to the material. It resonated with me as truth, and since then, I have gravitated toward its teachings and the authors who interpret them. So when I received a copy of Gabrielle Bernstein’s new book, “May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness,” to review, I decided to take the 40-day challenge!
Having completed it, I can honestly say my perception continues to shift every day as a result, and I highly recommend the book. “A Course in Miracles” is a nondenominational, spiritual teaching that focuses on reconditioning the mind from a focus on fear to love, or from ego to spirit. Bernstein starts the book by having readers examine their self-perception, and then moves into applying the principles of the “Course” to body image, relationships, finances, and the way we view the world and our role in it.
“Our negative self-perception creates every other problem in our life,” she told me when we sat down for our interview in January. “You could go out and put a band-aid on the financial issues, but if underneath it all you still feel ‘I’m not worthy of earning,’ then it won’t work. You could say all the affirmations and do the forgiveness work, but it won’t work because you’re not getting to the root cause of the condition, and that comes from your self-perception.”
In every moment we have the chance to choose love or fear. Are the thoughts we have based on fear and separation, or love and connection? Are we attacking and judging ourselves and others, or are we in a state of gratitude and forgiveness?
A miracle according to “A Course in Miracles” is a shift in perception from fear to love, and by this definition, miracles are available to us in every moment. Bernstein’s goal is to help us live a life where miracles are everyday occurrences.
“When we choose the energy and vibration of forgiveness, we can’t hold the fear anymore. Fear and forgiveness cannot coexist,” she says in the cover story, explaining gratitude works the same way. “When you are focusing on what you have, you’re creating more of what you want. The energy of gratitude really takes over and creates more of an empowered and enlightened life, while the act of forgiveness untangles the fear.”
So many of us feed into the fear we perceive, but the truth is only love is real. If we can tap into this perception, even if only for a moment, we can shift our view of the world and everything around us.
One of my favorite affirmations in the book is on Day 3. It says, “I forgive myself for choosing fear. Today I choose love instead.” The next time you find yourself spiraling into a web of fear, take a breath and recite this affirmation. I promise you, choosing love feels so much better than feeding fear.
Blessings and love to you all!
For the full cover story with Gabrielle Bernstein, see our March 2013 issue.