The Books on Marni’s Floor

A stack of books on the floor in Marni's officeWelcome to a new, regular column here on Feisty.  Let’s dive right in. So, why are the books on my floor, you might wonder, and not on the bookshelf?

  1. Because I have run out of bookshelf space.
  2. I have found that the ones I am truly loving and chewing on and underlining like mad are often stacked on the floor of my office.  See, truth be told, even if I hadn’t run out of space, I find that I sort of love to be surrounded by my favorite books when I’m in my office.  Now, before you go sending me instructions about creating more space in my life or telling me I need more bookshelves, let me just say, I’ve heard it all, and I have a problem.  I buy more books than I can house. And I’m okay with it.

But all of this insanity can benefit you, my adorable reader.  Because I want to introduce you to these books on my floor, one at a time, in the hopes that you will fall in love as I have.

The Book: May Cause Miracles: A 40 Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness by Gabrielle Bernstein.

For our first book, I am picking, May Cause Miracles.  Let me be straight about this—I didn’t want to like this book.  At All. And now my son and I are doing the 40-day program.

A Smidge About the Book: It’s a simple, 40-day plan for practicing the thinking in A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford. In Bernstein’s book, each day includes a topic inspired by A Course in Miracles, a morning reflection, journaling questions, affirmations and an evening reflection.  It helps you to keep focused on the miracle-minded topic for most of your day, even if it’s just dancing around your subconscious.

Question: Hey, Marni—What the hell is A Course In Miracles?

Answer: A Course in Miracles is a book that was first published in 1975.   It has slowly-then-rapidly drawn a following for its powerful message.  If you go to the ACIM website, they describe it as a “unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to love and inner peace is through forgiveness.” To learn more go to: https://www.acim.org/

Why I Didn’t Think I Would Like it:  I thought I would find it annoying, as in too-sweet-and-too-good-to-be-true type of annoying. I don’t know why, but I just thought—she’s not for real.  Plus, it seemed like a rip-off of Marianne Williamson’s book A Return To Love—which I love and highly recommend.  Williamson’s book is basically the same premise, reflecting on her thoughts about A Course in Miracles and her ten years of teaching it.

But since I am writing a book for female thought leaders who want to write their own books, I have been fiercely and ferociously studying successful books by female thought leaders.  So, there I was studying it. And then I started liking it. And then I started doing it. And then I got my son involved. And then we decided to do it together. And we are kind of loving it.

Why I Love It: If I had to boil down the message of the book I would say that we humans travel between two places in our minds:  love and fear. The book asks you to think about this concept in various ways, every day, and to consciously choose love.  Now I know this lesson. Or I feel like I should. So why do I forget it day after day? This book is basically a really good daily reset.

An Observation:  One thing I noticed while reading the book and doing the work—it wasn’t that miracles were happening out of nowhere.  It was just that I was actually allowing myself to create more miracles. Or I was allowing them to arrive. Before doing the work in the book I hadn’t realized that I had been sinking back into old lack and martyr thinking, which basically goes something like this: “Well, I can’t have that because…” The reminders in the book started to kick that old thinking in the ass. And I found a door that I thought was sealed shut started opening.

In fact, the experience has been so powerful that I am thinking of doing a 6-week class called “Journaling Through A Course in Miracles” based on Gabby’s book.  I can call her Gabby now, ’cause we’re old friends.

What are you reading that is rattling your bones, challenging your thinking or making you smile? Please share in the comments—I’d love to hear from you.

See you in the next edition of The Books on Marni’s floor 😉

 

Photo courtesy of Marni Freedman