Are You Overspiritualizing?

I often witness friends and clients overspiritualize their issues without dealing with them in an honest way. Some folks throw affirmations over their problems without getting to the root cause of their discomfort, while others spend hours talking about forgiveness with no real desire to let go. In this video I’ll help you get honest about how you handle your feelings and give you a concrete tool for truly moving through your issues.



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P.S. Here’s the link to EFT – Tapping to release pain that I referred to in the video.

Gabrielle Bernstein is the bestselling author of Spirit Junkie, Add More ~ing to Your Life, and  May Cause Miracles.

  • Corinne

    Is the EFT link above working? I got this message “Make sure the web address is correct”

    • I got the same message. I think something is wrong with the link.

  • “Overspiritualizing” our issues. Interesting take! I can see the truth it in for myself for sure. Now that I feel that I’m REALLY “getting it,” I look back and see how even when I thought I was before, I wasn’t quite. A major turning point for me was reading “The Untethered Soul.” I had resisted reading it for a long time. I don’t think I was ready til now. But anyway, “before” I was a big believer and doer of affirmations. And I DID find that they worked for me. BUT as you said, Gabby, they weren’t addressing the real underlying issue and emotions. It was more like a Band-Aid, I see now. Through affirmations I did GET much of what I asked for, but then the issues I had came up even more. Clearly I had stuff to learn and work through, and I’m grateful that I am now.

    But back to overspiritualizing… I’ve been “spiritual” for many years. And I always used spiritual words, messages, practices, to explain stuff. “Everything happens for a reason,” “It must’ve been meant to be this way,” etc. But I wasn’t going DEEP and addressing the deep fear there.

    Love this message, Gabby! Thanks!! 🙂


  • I like to give myself (and my clients) a “5 minutes of bitching” to get it out before we do any work around the issue. It’s not always necessary, but sometimes “letting it out” and admitting “it sucks” is the first step to get to the truth or the core of the issue. Pretending all is well or “it’s all good” when it’s not is just that: pretending! LOL

    My favorite way of “shaking it off” is cranking up a great tune and dancing like a wild woman! Second favorite is to do a cleansing kriya: gotta love the power of kundalini!