If you have been reading TDL for any amount of time, you know that I am a pragmatic guy. I don’t believe in the woo woo. Two scientists raised me and I try my best to bring you the most grounded and pragmatic solutions so that you can live an amazing life!
One of my favorite Wayne Dyer quotes is, “I am realistic, I expect miracles.” I believe that miracles are a natural part of life. And we are taught through the teachings of A Course in Miracles that when miracles are not happening in life, something has gone wrong.
You also know that I hardly EVER endorse anything because not that much impresses me and I want to make sure that you have the best stuff on earth to actually change your life.
And yet – every once in a while something comes around that I just have to tell you about.
What is that? Well – it’s that miracles are natural and miracles should be happening in your life. If they are not, something has gone wrong.
My dear friend and TDL blogger Gabrielle Bernstein has written a fantastic book called May Cause Miracles. Please check it out and support Gabby – grab a copy of here book by clicking here.
I fell in Love with Gabby when we really got to know each other while we were taping Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. Since then we’ve been besties. We have a lot in common including a healthy addiction to Kundalini yoga and a desire to shake the planet with Love.
I sat down with Gabby and did a bestie Q&A for your enjoyment and inspiration:
Mastin: So Gabby, what the heck is a miracle anyway? Are the clouds going to part and then angels come down from the sky?
Gabby: A “miracle” is simple: a miracle is a shift in perspective from fear to Love. A miracle can be the moment you choose to forgive your ex-lover and let go of decades of resentment, or the moment you recognize that losing your job was not a tragedy but an opportunity to follow your true calling. Simply put, each moment you choose Love over fear is a miracle. And the more miracles you add up, the less likely you are to perceive life through dark-colored lenses. When you choose to perceive Love over fear, life begins to flow. You feel peaceful and you see Love in all situations. Your hang-ups subside and your life feels guided.
Mastin: What is the number one thing that blocks miracles from happening in people’s lives?
Gabby: Fear is what blocks us from experiencing miracles. I Love the acronym for FEAR – F Everything And Run… Fear makes us play small and blocks our capacity to experience miracles. As you mentioned in your intro, A Course in Miracles teaches, “Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong.” Let’s take that in… What has gone wrong is that we’ve chosen fear over Love and therefore disconnected from our capacity to live a miraculous life.
Mastin: What’s been the biggest miracle that you never saw coming in your life?
Gabby: I’ve experienced many miracles in my life. The most significant miracle was on October 2nd, 2005 when I chose to get sober and follow a spiritual path. My life was a mess, I was addicted to drugs, Love, work, you name it. That day was a miracle because I chose to see things differently. I chose Love instead. That decision changed my life forever and helped me step into my power and live a miraculous life.
Mastin: Do people have to believe in “God” for a miracle to happen? Is it a religious thing?
Gabby: Much like you, everything I teach is totally non-denominational. I teach metaphysics and my primary intention is to help people establish a God of their own understanding. Call it God, call it Uni-verse, call it spirit, call it ~ing (inner guide) or simply call it Love. Get over the semantics and embrace the true gift that is accepting a power greater than you into your life. When you surrender to a higher power, your life will never be the same.
Mastin: Can not getting what you want ever be a miracle?
Gabby: I have experienced many instances throughout my life when things did not work out the way I’d planned. These experiences were great miracles. We must trust that The Uni-verse has a much better plan than we do. When we live with a miracle mindset, we can begin to accept that not everything happens on our time and in the exact way we expected. The miracle isn’t always that things work out the way we planned, the miracle is that we are at peace no matter what happens.
Mastin: Is a miracle something you have to earn by doing good deeds and pleasing God or The Divine?
Gabby: Miracles are our birthright. We don’t need to earn them, we just need to accept them as our truth. The only thing blocking us from living a miraculous life is our disbelief. Our lack of faith karate chops the miracle and disconnects us from our power. The only thing we need to experience a miracle is the willingness to see Love over fear.
Mastin: Can anyone have a miracle or is it only for people who are spiritual?
Gabby: Miracles are for everyone.
Mastin: Whenever we write a book or teach, I believe that we are sent to learn what we are teaching. What has writing May Cause Miracles taught you?
Gabby: While writing May Cause Miracles I took myself through the 40-day course. I always apply the principles that I teach. Writing this book really helped me amp up my own connection to spirit. May Cause Miracles spawned from my own spiritual practice. I begin each day with prayer and meditation. Throughout the day I use affirmations and positive intentions to move through blocks, and each evening I close the day with self-reflection and an inventory of my growth throughout the day. These three steps are offered in each day of this 40-day course.
I believe 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 my new book, May Cause Miracles, I offer 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, readers can expect incredible transformation in 40 powerful days, simply by adding up subtle shifts to create miraculous change.
Mastin: What’s the greatest challenge in your life right now?
Gabby: Today my life is really big. I am so grateful for the worldly gifts I have received and I know that they are a direct reflection of my internal condition. When you live with a miracle mindset, your bucket list becomes your reality. This is awesome. Though at times it can feel overwhelming to accept the responsibilities and fast-paced life. Today I work very hard to balance my work life with my personal life while always putting my spiritual practice first. This can be challenging but it truly helps me stay committed to my path and my purpose. There’s no room for playing small when you commit your life to miracles.
Mastin: What is Kundalini yoga and why do you Love it so much? It is at all related to Linguini Alfredo?
Gabby: What Kundalini and Linguini have in common is that they’re both AWESOME! Kundalini yoga and meditation has changed my life. I’m almost done with my Kundalini teacher training and I feel so blessed to share this technology with the world. My dear friend Shauna explained Kundalini like this, “If you want to manifest your desires, do yoga. If you really want sh*t to happen fast, do Kundalini yoga.” Kundalini yoga busts through your blocks FAST and helps you create radical change in your life. I wish the Kundalini practice upon every being in the world and I’m so psyched to share the gifts I’ve learned.
Mastin: If someone never read your book and just read this Q&A, what would you want them to know most?
Gabby: The payoff for sticking to the principles of May Cause Miracles is that the more you choose forgiveness, gratitude and Love, the more miracles you experience.
My dedication to living this way has changed every area of my life. I’ve let go of addictions to romance, drugs, work, food—you name it. I’ve learned to choose forgiveness whenever resentment creeps into my mind. Fear of financial insecurity has lifted and my internal abundance, my zest for living a Love-guided life, is reflected in external abundance. Today I see obstacles as opportunities and know that The Uni-verse has my back. Most important, I feel a sense of certainty that there is a power greater than myself supporting my every move.
Mastin: What do you know for sure?
Gabby: What I know for sure is that there is a powerful presence far greater than me supporting my every move. And the same goes for all of you! Expect miracles.
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