You Have a Transformational Story and the World Needs to Hear It

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There’s something important I want you to know: You have a transformational story.

And that story has the power to heal and inspire others.

I talk often about the power of transformational stories. In all my books and talks, I share my own transformational stories.

Why our stories matter

When you have an empowering message to share, it's your responsibility to get it out there | Gabby BernsteinI share my stories, and I encourage other people to share their stories, for an important reason: I know they will help other people.

You know how your ears perk up when someone says, “I have a story for you”? That’s because we love stories. We learn through stories. Stories inspire us to change our lives in radical and amazing ways. I’ve seen it happen countless times.

People tell me all the time how my story of getting sober, which I share in my book Spirit Junkie, inspired them to put down drinks and drugs, too. They also tell me how my story of spiritual surrender helped them find their faith and release the need to control.

And I can’t tell you how many times another person’s transformational story has been the catalyst for my own growth.

“What if I don’t have a transformational story?”

But even though we all recognize the power of transformational stories, I have noticed people getting hung up on something. When I talk about this topic, oftentimes someone will ask, “But what if I don’t have a transformational story?”

I want to call this out right now!

The fact that you’re reading this blog post means there’s a voice within you that wants to share your story. You wouldn’t have had a reason to click on this post otherwise. It’s proof that you have experienced some kind of inner transformation. You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t on a spiritual path.

Your story doesn’t have to be painful to be powerful

Your story doesn’t have to be a trauma story to have a major impact. This is a misconception, and it’s a harmful one. This myth leads us to think our pain has purpose and that we must suffer and struggle in order to succeed. It can keep us stuck in the story of victim.

Your story doesn’t need to involve overcoming trauma in order to be powerful. In fact, if you haven’t been through serious trauma then that is something to be deeply grateful for.

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Your story also doesn’t have to involve a total life overhaul. You don’t have to quit your job, sell everything you own and backpack around Europe for two years to gain beautiful insight. Deep inner transformations can happen in the most familiar and ordinary places and situations.

If your transformation did happen as a result of something very painful or traumatic, then I want to offer you a lot of love and support for being willing to heal and doing the spiritual work required. And I want to remind you that you don’t have to tell a story you aren’t ready to tell.

So let’s settle this once and for all. You are here because you have a story. And your story is what heals. Now your work is to embrace that truth and uncover your story.

There are many kinds of stories

In my talks, books, free trainings and digital courses, you’ll notice I include many different stories.

Many of them are not earth-shattering stories of life upheaval. Rather, they’re stories about mindset shifts around topics such as money, work, relationships and happiness.

Your authenticity is what matters most

Sharing your authenticity is the most transformational gift you can give the world | Gabby Bernstein | Your storyWhat matters about your story is that it’s authentic. Your truth is what heals. Everyone’s story is different. Remember that you got here today because you have a voice inside you that wants to share your story. Honor your own transformation for what it is. When you stand in your authentic truth, you give others permission to do the same.

Your transformational story may take place over a few months or a few decades. Regardless of your timeline, it’s likely that your “big” story contains smaller stories of more subtle shifts.

Take the example of Spirit Junkie. In it I told my story of detouring into fear and addiction, and then surrendering to spirit, getting sober and changing my life. That’s a major transformation. But it played out over many years. And in that time frame, I experienced many smaller transformations and revelations that added up to radical change.

In my 2011 TEDx Talk, I shared a very condensed version of my story. I had just 16 minutes for my talk, so you can see how I adapted my story for this format:

And, of course, my story didn’t end there! As you continue on your spiritual path and in your life, you will experience new spiritual assignments and miracles, and have more stories and lessons to share.

Now let’s begin uncovering your transformational story.

How to uncover your transformational story

Below is a fun writing exercise that will help you unpack your transformational story and bring it to life!

Step 1: Free write

Open your journal or a Word/Google document, and then free-write the answers to the following 3 questions. Don’t edit yourself at first. Just let the words flow.

  1. Where were you (literally or figuratively)?
  2. What happened?
  3. Where are you today?

Step 2: Review your story

Add anything you may have missed and edit your writing to make it clearer and cleaner. You can continue to revise and polish your story. Over the next few hours or days, other elements may come to you. Add them in.

Step 3: Learn how to own your story!

In my Spirit Junkie Masterclass Digital Course, you gain the confidence and practical tools you need to live your highest purpose, make an impact and earn for your great work.

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During this 8-week online course, I guide you to…

    • Identify and clear the blocks that keep you from living your highest purpose.
    • Clear blocks and transcend doubt with my Spiritual Deep Dive method.
    • Become unapologetic about accepting your divine purpose — and earning abundantly for your great work.
    • Use your gifts to serve others in big and meaningful ways.
    • Learn all the ways you can spread an empowering message, from books and live talks to digital products — and attract the audience who wants all of it!
    • And MUCH more…

Enrollment is currently closed, but you can get on the waitlist and be the first to know when it opens again in 2020!

Share your story

I encourage you to share your story if you feel called to do so. You can leave a comment on the video itself, or you come back here and comment below. I’ll be reading them all.

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  1. Hi Gabby,

    Thanks so much for the amazing work you are doing in the world. I have a story I need to tell for sure and have wanted to write my memoir for years, and I am just now starting to get serious about writing and while I am going to write a book proposal for my memoir, I am starting with a blog now.

    I grew up in an alcoholic family, a child of abuse and suicide. I was told I was nothing, that I was stupid and would never amount to anything and there was no loving support at all. I was lost and afraid for a very long time, spiraling into addiction, working for years as a stripper, multiple failed (some horrible) relationships and my life did not work. I did a lot of work over the years and made a lot of change, but it wasn’t until I left the last abusive relationship of five years that things really began to transform. I finally stopped running and faced my biggest fear of being alone and left him, finally facing all of my unresolved grief and pain. Once I did this and decided that I would never settle again for less than I deserve, my life really changed and I met my soul mate, moved with him to the mountains, bought a home, and am very happy, except for one thing…

    I have had a healing/life coaching practice since 2001, helping others like myself, and yet it hasn’t been going well since we moved, and I realize that this isn’t it for me. I am here to do MUCH more, and I feel SO disheartened and dissatisfied, because I am just not reaching many people, and I have not been doing it in the most optimal way so far. It is time for me to tell my story so that I can reach and help many more people. I have to, as I know that this is why I am here on this planet and that I must use what has happened to me and how I overcame it to help others.

    Over the last weeks, I have been drawn more and more to writing and blogging, so I am starting a blog now and will be making videos on YouTube as well. I trust that this will at least start me on the path that is best for what I am here to do. Thank you again for all that you do. <3

    1. Thank you for this brave and beautiful share, Karallyn. Continue to listen to your inner guidance, being gentle and patient with your process. You’re doing great work!

  2. Hi Gabby,
    I’m ready to share my transformational story. It’s deep, dirty and beautiful. Looking forward to getting in on a masterclass in 2020!


  3. Now I’m working on the step of your trainingsvideo’s to share my story, through a blog, through a fb live or a video. I just wonder what and how. In simply just sharing my story, I seem to be talking about myself, telling my story. On the other hand I hear say, your target audience isn’t interested in you and your story, but what’s in it for them, so I should talk about them, ‘you’. I wonder, how do I go with this?

    1. When you share your truth and from the heart, you’ll connect with just the right people. Continue to tap into your authentic truth and the audience will follow. <3

  4. Just enrolled the course and I’m so excited to start, so glad this opportunity came by, although I already bought quite some stuff about marketing and personal growth, this is it, I feel it. But first my story. Just wondering where the story starts. Was it the search for happiness/feeling unhappy while I was young. Reading all these self help books, the relationships that failed, my parents I lost early due to illness, me feeling lonely a lot of times because I feel different (now I know as a HSP), it it my decision to start traveling in Australia for half a year on my own, is it finding an being very happy with the father of my kids, is it becoming a mother, even twice, after thinking I would never get kids as I was end 30’s, is it my decision and determination to start and become a trainer of Conscious Parenting and starting my own business, because to my humble opinion in our youth lies the key for new generations, is it my struggling to get rid of my fear and go to get clients, is it my bankruptcy after putting all my money in the company of my partner, is it my nevertheless break up with him, the father of my kids, is it all the depressed feelings I tossed around, is it my becoming much more independent and feeling more and more free, is it starting to change my mind set for marketing reasons and end up changing them for personal reasons, is it getting back together with the father of my kids again, is it nevertheless getting in the same patterns again, is it my search for ways to make and market my product, is it me regardless of money struggles for many many years after having lost a lot of money, buying courses anyway and work, work, work to pay them and get in line again and grow, is it my enrollment in SJM that finally changed everything and got all the hard work into place (still a hope, (or decision) hopefully next year a fact :-). Where to start? What to take? This would be a story of 40 years. And still will be continuing. So where do I focus on? What is the big story and what are the small ones. What to share? Remembering I want to become a successful trainer Conscious Parenting.

    1. Thank you for this brave and beautiful share Yvonne. Grateful that you are here and excited for our journey together. Trust that all of the answers will unfold for you. You are in the right place. <3

      1. Thanks Gabby and yes, I’m in the right place. I even invited my ex/partner?/father of my kids to join me, so maybe it will help him as well finding succes personally and business wise from the inside except of from the outside. We’ll see. I’m determined this is the way I need to go.
        I’ve decided to write everything down now, my whole life story, in a document, so I have an overview.

  5. Gabby
    I have always wanted to contact you . Last year I found out my boyfriend had been cheating on me and this blow on top of many other stressors sent me to the lowest point I had been in a long time. I have had many traumas and challenges in my life but also many opportunities .

    When my anxiety got to the point that I could no longer eat I sought out professional help . My therapist suggested that I read your book The Universe Has Your Back . I remembered the day I started to listen to it on my headphones while I mowed the lawn and I cried and cried . I never realized how fearful I have been and that moment that I heard you speak about fear has changed my life . You , My therapist and some other great authors .. you saved me .

    I think that I have made a lot of growth in the last year but as you say , when you grow the fear comes at you stronger . This week fear grabs me by the ankles every chance it gets but I am trying to shift my thinking back to love and working so hard to believe that the universe has a plan for me . I do believe that in the end it will all work out as it should .

    Thank you for guiding me and helping me to find some peace with your voice and your writing .

    1. You are awesome Sarah. Thanks for this brave, heartfelt share. Trust that inner guidance and continue to return to meditation, prayer, journaling, and spiritual practices that help you feel grounded and happy. You’re doing great work love. <3

  6. Thank you so much, Gabby, for your valuable teachings and for the simple 3-step writing process. This is so very helpful!! I really appreciate the simplicity of it, and how those three simple questions really get to the heart of what’s important to tell. This exercise has given me a starting place, and also the confidence to begin telling my story – by first of all unravelling it in written word … I feel I have a lot to tell, and your free video series, along with this exercise, has finally nudged me into feeling ready, having the confidence to put words on paper, and trusting that my story is worth telling.
    Thanks again …
    Much love!

    1. Extremely grateful that these videos and tools are serving you! Know that your story has the ability to inspire and uplift others! <3

  7. I picked up your book a few months ago! The Universe has your back. At the time I was going through sexual harassment at work. Which hit me hard since I was sexually abuse as a child. About 5 years ago I finally told my mom while we were taking a class called Secrets at Church. I revealed to the table of believers what my secret was. I felt so scared to tell my story but it released so much off my chest. The one thing that has stopped me from going to church was this moment when someone on my table wasn’t very supportive and she was judge mental. My strength and my story was still told after the fact. I know I was there for a reason and I’m truly blessed for the moment. Since this day I believe in having a relationship with the higher power and I am capable of the power with in. I’ve always wanted to be a speaker for teens. One day I know I will be doing what I came here to do. Thank you for your support and guidance!

    1. Thank you for this brave and gorgeous share Sarah. You and your story are a true inspiration. Keep shining and sharing! <3

  8. Hi Gabby,
    My story.
    I always dreamed of having a family. I was 36 and still no boyfriend. I met someone, who I found out later was not who I thought he was. We were supposed to marry, wedding planned, 3 mo. after we met. We got pregnant. I canceled the wedding 2 days prior.
    6 mo. pregnant and I broke up with my fiance. 5 mo. after she was born I asked him to come back. 16 mo. old and he went behind my back when I was at my lowest financially, and took me to court gaining almost 50% custody.
    I could not get this guy to even watch our child for 20 min so I could shop or go to the gym. Now grandma watches her during his custody.
    How is it that a man, only reason being his DNA, can go to court for custody of a child and even at a very early age gain nearly 50% custody? When I say early I mean under 2 and sometimes even under 1 years old.
    Mothers every month from the time they are approximately 12 yrs old go through menstrual cycles. These mothers have sometimes 2 weeks of cramping and pms, followed by a week of blood and pain. The mother then carries the child 9 mo., most often having to give up her career or job, or having to return to work within a very short period of time. Then, when a mother goes into her next phase of menopause she is no longer able to have children. Men do not have periods, and can also procreate much longer than women. So why is it that a man can get 50 % of a child? A young child I might add. Especially when mothers naturally, like in the wild, are made to nurture their young – unlike a man. No on can deny the boob or mothering instinct. Now I understand some mother would prefer for the man to have this kind of custody. I didn’t. I was forced into a court system that drained me and forced me into debt. And was a victim to the stereotypical role of SINGLE MOM. Who suffered most in all of this, the child. Although I must say, being forced to have a C-Section and then being forced to give up my child to an uninvolved dad was fairly traumatic to say the least. MY BODY…MY CHILD – at least during the tender years. Now I’m not saying dad shouldn’t be involved and have custody, but certainly not 50% and not overnights of a nursing child.

    1. Thank you for showing up and sharing in a vulnerable, honest way. I deeply honor your journey and your strength. Sharing your story as a mother has the ability to help inspire others who may have been through similar challenges. Keep showing up for yourself and your child. There is a lot of continued healing ahead. Please be gentle and forgiving with yourself. Sending you lots of love and peace.

  9. Hi Gabby,

    I grew up on Vancouver Island and my 2 siblings and I all ended up getting sucked down the vortex of addiction. Since I was 15 years old I was using some sort of a substance everyday until I was 23 years old. I would call myself a functioning addict and alcoholic. I still held a job but of course it was a Monday- Thursday job and by the time I was done work on Thursday I was on a bender until Sunday night… just enough time to sober up for work on Monday. This went on for years… I always tried to mask my pain with pretending to be happy…so from the outside looking in, it didn’t seem like I was doing so bad. However from the inside looking out I was dying, I was killing myself day by day.

    My whole life changed on October 15th 2o16. I went out partying as per usually and that one drink tuned into a thousand drinks and other things… I was sitting in my basement at the early hours of the morning and had this idea to run away. I had always wanted to go to New York City. It had always been a dream for me. So, here I was this little island girl living in Nanaimo, British Columbia and I some how managed to get myself to New York City on a one way ticket. A lot of the journey was a black out. I remember bits and pieces. Till this day my Mom has no idea how I got through customs or how I was even allowed on the plane in the state I was in. However when I used to drink, I could be very convincing and manipulative I had been doing it for 8 years….

    When I had finally came to my senses I woke up on a tattoo bed in Time Square with my visa racked up to $6000… I started to panic and instant anxiety set in. My phone was dead and I knew my parents wouldn’t be happy. My sister was currently in a rehab centre at the time for addiction and her I am just MIA completely from my life. When I charged my phone my parents just wanted me home ASAP. I knew my whole life was going to change. I liked to think for a long time that I flew under the radar because I wasn’t as “bad” as my sister or brother, but I knew this drunken adventure was going to change things for me.

    Within 24 hours of being home I was checked into rehab. I put up a fuss but at the time I was working for my mom and she told me I wouldn’t have a job if I didn’t go. I owned a house at the time with my ex and new I had my mortgage to pay and I just spent my whole savings account… so I knew I didn’t really have an option. I was an impatient for 2 months and did out patient care for 3 months after that. It was the toughest thing I have ever had to do. That first year of sobriety was one of the toughest things I have ever had to do. I ended up having to leaver my ex of 4 years who I owned my houses with because he was now living a different lifestyle then me and wasn’t ready to change. Although my friends were supportive I realized that we now had nothing in common because all we would do is drink together. It was a hard transition for me especially in my early 20s.

    I decided to apply for acting school and move to Vancouver because that was always a dream of mine. With the support of my parents and my friends in recovery that dream came true. I graduated acting school in December and I am over 2 and a half years sober. However I still have my challenges. Although I love acting I feel like there is more I want to do and other to the world. I am thinking about going into counselling for addiction and trying to help other people but I am feeling a little lost.

    Thats just part of my story but its the first bit that came to my mind. I really relate to you and you have been such an inspiration to me. Thank you for all your love and sharing your knowledge. The book “The Universe has your back” changed my life! My sign is a butterfly and I see them everywhere so I know I am on the right path I’m just looking for a little more direction!

    1. You are AWESOME Kyra! Thank you for showing up here and sharing from the heart. You are an amazing writer and this story will resonate and inspire so many. Keep shining your bright light!

  10. Gabby, you are wonderful, and thanks to you and Louise Hay, I also discovered that I AM WONDERFUL too. After years of having a low self esteem and being a complainer, I discovered you, Louise and Wayne Dyer in 2017, and learned that Thoughts can be changed, and dreams become reality! I am still learning and some days are a little difficult, but I learned now that I can stand for myself, love myself and do what I love because as you say “ the universe has my back” i want to become a writer and a motivational speaker and your suggestions are great and appreciated. Thanks Gabby!

  11. Dear Gabby,

    Thank you for generously sharing your heart’s work. I have been a writer my whole life, and I courageously shared part of who I am, and how yoga changed my life, after being introduced to consciousness work in 2016. You have impacted me in many ways, and I love your offerings. They inspire me and encourage my authenticity to share my whole self with the world.

    I’d love to have a place where your followers can share their stories. They are inspiring to read and powerful to share. I’d love to share my story too. Perhaps we can submit them to your assistant for publication on your website?

    With love and gratitude,

    1. You’re an inspiration, Joanna! I’m immensely grateful for your and our Spirit Junkie community who show up here and share from the heart. We’re keeping all of these comments live on the website, so they can uplift and inspire others. Thank you for showing up here and writing from the soul. Sending you big hugs. XOX

  12. Hi Gabby, first of all I wanna say that I feel very grateful for finding you. I believe the Universe sent you to my life at the right moment. I’ve been watching your videos and they are so inspirational to me that even made me cry. I think I have a story to share because I really want to help and inspire other people to believe in themselves, love themselves and live their truly own lives. My transformational’s change started with a marriage with an emotional abuser that was nullifying me. I was afraid of leaving him because I wasn’t sure if I could make it by myself, and also I was afraid of loneliness and not finding anybody else. But I also was scared living with him, so I finally realized that I wasn’t living the life that I wanted to live, and made the decision of leaving him. It wasn’t easy, I had to deal with a lot of emotional abuse and pressure from him until I was able to finally leave the house. All this story has lead me to understand that I have a lot to work on myself, a lot to heal, but also allows me to reconnect with the real me , the one who always has been ,but I always pushed away because I was trying to meet everybody else’s expectations. I consider myself a spiritual person and I’m trying to heal myself through spirituality. And although I would love to share my story, I think I still have to put in order and heal things in my life.
    Thanks for your videos Gabby, I feel they will help me in this healing process, I love what you say and how you say it, so real and genuine.
    Love you!

    1. Thank you Silvia for showing up and sharing in a brave, heartfelt way. It sounds like you may still have some things to heal before you are ready to share your story and that’s an ok place to be. The fact that you are writing here, shows that you are willing to heal and to share. Please be loving patient, and gentle with yourself. Take the time you need to do the healing work. You can help others by sharing the lessons you have learned or the bits of your story you feel safe sharing. Keep shining your light! <3

  13. Dear Gabby …many years ago I was stuck fast…depressed …..told I wouldn’t live another happy day without pills….I decided to study, meditate and pray ….i had a huge break through where I was shown all my fears, my fears inherited from my ancestors ….it took a while but I worked out a way to clear them …….now I look into my fellow human beings and can see their fears and how they connect to the ancestral inheritance…once cleared people meet their soul mates and marry them…..give up social fears…fly around the world…..feel lighter….follow their dreams..follow their hearts desire…off load years of physical and emotional pain ..anxiety and suffering ….I work with healers, coaches ceos ,students ,psychologists people like you and me and they are so over joyed…..but I’m still surprised by their results…I still think …….who me…despite the feedback….I’ve been lucky as good people with massive careers in the fields of healing ,coaching and intuition have been sent to me by the universe and they have coached me and helped me so much ……….I am so blessed but I still have to own what I do….like you say …..there are many more people in need than there are people who can help ….thank you for your videos ….bless you xx

    1. You are doing AWESOME work Michele! Thank you for showing up for others in this loving, powerful way. Sharing here is a gorgeous way of showing up for yourself. Continue to tap into what makes YOU feel good.

  14. Hi Gabby!
    You are truly precise when it comes to send me a message.
    I’ve been starting free writing my story and then always something seems to happen. I guess it’s because a I doubt whether it would be useful for others or if it’s just me having the need to get it of my chest and out to the world. Sometimes it feels like when I start to write I want to explain the reason why I’m so fucked up then I think… eh who wants to hear that! I feel like we humans can be so self absorbed and why would my story make a change when there are so many others story (like yours truly) from people that are more in tune with the universe them me. I have only been on this path of enlightenment for a couple of years and who can I help if I’m still struggling my self. At the same time I guess we’ll never stop struggling as long as we grow… just thoughts ‍♀️

    1. Hi Tuliany! It sounds like you may still have some things to heal before you are ready to share your story. The fact that you are here, leaving this comment, shows that you are willing to heal and to share. Be patient and forgiving with yourself. Take the time you need to do the healing work. You can help others by sharing the lessons you have learned or the bits of your story you feel safe sharing. Sending you love and light. <3

  15. Hi Gabby! 🙂
    I completely agree and honestly feel so compelled to share my story. I grew up around alcoholism and ended up in a 15 year relationship/marriage with an alcoholic/addict. I started attending Al Anon 12-step group meetings and through this was graced with the courage to leave my husband who had become increasingly abusive over the years.

    I’m 34 now and I really want to help others and speak out at meetings but I feel apprehensive about it because so much of my story involves this other person and I don’t want it to get back to him that I’m speaking out about my experience. Do you have any advice on this?? (Or anyone else reading?)

    Thanks, Gabby, and much love.

    Liza xo

    1. Most of our stories do involve other people, so you are not alone in this. You do not have to reveal people’s identities. You can change people’s names, or you can get their permission to share their story if you have both healed that aspect of your relationship. If you are sharing about someone whose identity you can’t really hide, then there a couple of things to do before sharing. First, clean up your side of the street and do the personal growth work you need to do in order to heal that relationship, even if it’s only with yourself. Be honest about your part in things and take responsibility for your own actions and thoughts. If you haven’t yet healed something, you don’t have to share it. If it still feels very raw, work on it first. Second, you can share about others in an artful way that does not expose them or feel like a betrayal. Use the most generous and compassionate language you can. Gloss over certain parts of your story and focus instead on the lesson you learned. What matters is that you are authentic. You don’t have to share every detail. XOX

  16. Thank you Gabby for being so inspiring & true to your calling! The meditation was amazing. I feel a sense of relief & clarity!!!!
    Although I may not have a profound transformational story, I have always had a deep heartfelt desire to bring Peace on Earth even if it’s for one day!!!
    When I was a little girl I saw an image of people holding hands circling the earth on a commercial and found it fascinating. What if all the people in the world gather around, hold hands and make united circle of love around the world? What if everyone decides to pause and meditate, pause and hold their neighbors’ hand, pause and love? What if everyone even if it’s for one day decides to drop their guns, their hate, their grudges, pause and just feel love for others?❤️
    Different countries, different continents, all people, all religions everywhere gathering together and not seeing their differences.
    It’s only appropriate to choose the Earth Day to do this.
    Even if it’s just for one day, all the connections & friendships that have been made to make the day possible is enough to carry us through generations & beyond!!
    No financial gain, no business plan, just a deep desire and a vision for a better world!!❤️

  17. Oh Gabby I love you books, your blogs, your meditartions, your story! (Meditating has definitely balances & cenetered my entire being)… I do have some truly out of this world story and I am finally OK with it all. I feel it can empower many many people and I would looove to share it somewhere. However, it is so full of little details and unimaginable things that I know it’s gonna be hard to believe, even if stating IT’S ALL TRUE EVENTS…. If I’m honest, even I have a hard time believing everything that happened to me. IT’S INSANE!!

    1. YES Marcela! Sharing here is a great first step in sharing your story! I honor your journey and sending lots of love your way.

  18. I was in my late thirties, just moved to a new country, feeling depressed and recovering from an eating disorder. To that added anxiety and panic attacks.
    I saw a therapist. I did my best to apply the cognitive behavioral therapy principles. They started to help. I found yoga. I continued to run. I continued to live out my Christian faith. I started to teach yoga. I decided to become a yoga teacher.
    Now I’m a newly graduated power yoga teacher. My main job is to run my English as a second language business but to that I wish to add teaching yoga. My goal is to rent a space and run my own lessons, applying the entrepreneur skills I’ve developed throughout my English teaching years. I feel like my story is that “there is a real way out from depression and anxiety. I have been there and I have skills to guide you out thru yoga, running, spirituality and learning to control your feelings”.

  19. The universe keeps bringing you into my life at times where I need it most. I created the shell of a website to share my story I just haven’t written anything yet.

    I’ve been on a spiritual path for about 3 years now, I experienced my first panic attack and my future mother in law suggested I listen to the universe has your back as that’s how it started. From there, I took the message to heart and listened to the book about 6 times in total.

    When I’m stressed, worried, or unsure I pull out my deck of cards to reassure myself. If I see someone else struggling, I let them borrow the deck and make of it what they will.

    8 months ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 burkitts lymphoma. I completed 6 rounds of intense chemo therapy in March and I’m feeling better every day and as of my last scan I was cancer free!

    I also am compelled to stay positive as a bright light for others who may be struggling with other lessons. Some days I cry uncontrollably, some days I can’t get out of bed, but I always look for something positive to help me through.

    Recently, I received my first real, clear sign from spirit and I’ve felt at ease ever since. I also notice small synchronicities on occasion and just smile.

    When you respond to me on a post, I feel truly blessed. It gives me hope that I can someday share my whole story instead of just little bits here and there and possibly be heard.

    I am so thankful that the universe introduced me to you when it did.

    I hope to some day cross paths with you.

    1. You are a beautiful writer filled with so much strength and compassion. Thank you for continuing to show up here, for yourself and to inspire others. You rock Megan! <3

  20. I would think many of us have transformative stories – especially those of us who have been able to achieve and maintain sobriety as you have. I’m also one of those compelled to tell the tale.
    Had all of the trappings – business, marriage, houses, cars, kids, dogs, cats, snowblower, garden tractor.
    When I got sober I was renting a room on West 86th street in Manhattan. Mattress on the floor (someone else’s) , desk, chair, hopelessness and despair. That was eight years ago (roughly my sober date). Looking now toward another transformation out of a forty year career I’ve never been happy with.
    Thanks for the videos – completely understand their underpinnings.

    1. Thanks for showing up here Chris and sharing your inspiring journey. Honored to read about your transformation ahead.

  21. Thanks so much for your inspiration Gabby… I have a story that I have not really known how to go about sharing… here goes..

    9 years ago I had my first baby. I had planned to have a natural water birth, but at 38 weeks I developed what is known as HELLP Syndrome, a rare complication in pregnancy that can lead to death, either of baby or Mum. As a result I ended up being induced early, still hoping for my vaginal birth, however after a fruitless 12 hours of labour, and the decline of my physical health, I was rushed off for an emergency Cesaerean section under a general anaesthetic.
    I acted like everything was fine but I carried the weight of this traumatic for years, and even after the successful natural birth of my second son 2 years later, it wasn’t enough to shake the guilt and depression I still had looming over me from my 1st birth, Ayden’s birth.
    Last year I fell pregnant again. I knew, via an intuitive dream, that I would be having, or at least, planning, a home birth. I consider myself to be quite a ‘crunchy’ mum, I am a homeopath, we never see a doctor.. I love all things natural etc… so I just thought “yeah, I’m going to have a homebirth obviously, because I’m crunchy AF… of course!” Ha! How I laugh at my ignorance now….
    My homebirth was my biggest transformation to date.
    I healed parts of myself that were still stuck in Ayden’s birth that I didn’t even realise were still there.
    I healed childhood trauma that is not even in my conscious memory.
    I learned more about birth and my body than I ever knew before (seriously I went to antenatal in my first pregnancy really only for the tea, biscuits and new friends!).
    I overcame fear and doubt and I fully owned and embraced my body’s capacity to birth my baby naturally at home.
    I knew that I needed to do this, not because I wanted a natural birth for my baby (I wanted that too), but because I wanted to feel grounded in and connected to my body, a feeling that I was a stranger to. I wanted to feel strong and empowered to birth my way, even when I knew that if I walked into a hospital and asked for a c-section they would more than happily give me one.
    I wanted to feel the experience of an empowering birth to help me heal from my traumatic one, and I want to use my story of birth, growth and transformation to inspire others to be able to do the same xx

  22. Thank you for this writing exercise. I have a transformational story and I would love to share it with the world. What keeps holding me back is this chatter in my head “Who will listen to/read my story or that I am not a good writer and I can’t put my thoughts eloquently on paper.
    This video series is amazing!! Thank You!! I will be writing my story in the next few days! Love your work!!

    1. Excited that you shared here Soni. This is an awesome first step in showing up and a sign that you are ready for some big shifts! You’re doing great! <3

  23. My transformation started in 2018, when my life was tanking literally. I was headed for divorce and my mom was dying, I was drowning. I don’t remember where I was but there was this moment when I realized that I had to escape the negative mindset I was living in, mostly because I was a constant panic attack.
    I completely cut out everything negative in my life. Complaining, people, lack-minded thinking. It was such a simple thing really that led to educating myself on the Law Of Attraction and all things spiritual which really changed my life. I realized that as someone who already worked in Blogging and Social Media, I had a real opportunity to help people. It has only recently led to being part of my earning. Love your videos!

  24. I can’t help but think the Universe has brought me to you ♥️ I am freshly clean & sober – and I can’t wait to share my story to help others

    1. Grateful that you’ve connected here Jessica. I love the divine timing. Welcome to our beautiful Spirit Junkie community. XOX

  25. Aloha Gabby,
    I’ve been slowly writing a book about my life over the last 12 years, the plot keeps thickening so I’ve gotten sidetracked. In a nutshell, here goes. My Mom has Schizophrenia, my Dad has Aspergers, my 5 siblings and I grew up in an affluent suburb outside of D.C. but were later described as one of the worst cases of child neglect in that county. At 14 we all got split up between different relatives and foster homes. By 14 I was a mess, desperate for love and attention. My Mom believes that the voices in her head are God speaking to her so my upbringing with religion was confusing to say the least. Amongst the many things she did in “God’s name” one of which was to be catatonic mute most of my life. I remember times begging her to tell me she’d love me and getting as much reaction from a blank wall. It was extremely painful and I did not develop self esteem or self worth as a result. In my preteen years I attempted to kill myself on more than one occasion and came very close. My guardian angels were always working overtime.
    My Aunt and Uncle adopted me and I went on what I thought was a 2 week vacation across the country to Washington state. When I got there I was told that this was my new life. It was an incredible journey to grow into a young woman from all of that. There’s no way I could have done it without them. Several years later I was pursuing my artsy dreams (first fashion design then later and still painting) in Long Beach, California. While biking I was hit and run over by a van and dragged through the street. The front tire ran over my face, chest, and arm, the back tire broke my pelvis in half and fractured it in 4 places. I couldn’t feel my legs, I couldn’t move them. The first thought I had when I came to was amazement that I was alive. I lifted my hands and bent my fingers and decided right then and there “I can’t still paint, draw, sew, make art…I will not be stopped no matter what my limitations!” It was the most physical pain I’ve ever felt but I knew from the emotional suffering I endured this was not going to be the thing to stop me. My recovery was nothing shy of a miracle. Told I’d likely need assistance with a walker or cane for the rest of my life and that I’d definitely never run again, I did the impossible. 6 weeks after surgery I stood up out of my wheelchair and walked out of the hospital carrying my crutches and never used them. 2 months later I ran for the first time. The physical recovery was truly astounding. About a year later my mental recovery was just beginning to happen. I went into this dark downward spiral. I felt lost and hopeless. Deep within me has always lived the knowledge that I have a purpose to be here, if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have cheated death so many times. Years of struggling to learn to love myself, in and out of relationships and different states, on the move between jobs and time zones I ended up in Vegas. I was lonely, I wanted someone to share this life with. I would write in a journal “dear love” at the start of every entry. I’d write to the person I was meant to be with. Some pages were uplifting others were sad and depressing. I’d cry and calm myself by visualizing how I would feel with my person. I ended up in Vegas because of every little thing that happened since my accident, there some of my best friends helped me move to Maui on a whim. They had a friend who I stayed with who we know consider family. 2 hours off the plane I met my husband. He was staying with that friend. Our story has been surreal and so perfect in it’s authenticity. He was going through a divorce with 3 stepkids, it was absolutely something I never would have said yes to. However, he and the kids set my soul ablaze and the stars aligned and that became my life. I’ve never loved this much or felt this much love back. We went through the hardest of times together. Things that break up couples only made us stronger. I got sober with him to help support him and now going 2 years strong with that. We got married October 2018 and we are having a baby due November 9, 2019! This is a story about overcoming adversity and never giving up. I think I can help others by sharing what I’ve been through. I have about 40 pages written so far. I’m so inspired by what videos I’ve watched of yours so far! I (am embarrassed to admit) haven’t read your book yet but it’s next on my list and I’m so excited. Thank you for listening! Lots of love from my growing family and I in Maui!

    1. Coralynn this is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your inspirational journey and amazing miracles! Please continue to share your story and your light, as you have a gift to inspire others. Big hugs to you. XOX

  26. I have started writing my story in hopes of helping others out of the same situation. I have had lots of help along the way from people like you and I have managed to bring my life from bleak to blinding. I never used to shine and now I shine so brightly that people notice and tell me. Thanks for always being our cheerleader!

  27. I clicked on your blog post this morning, Gabby, and then picked my head up an hour and a half later having done a 15 page typed free write on my transformational story I’m now ready to own. I seriously just outlined an entire book…THANK YOU! Exactly what I needed today without knowing I needed it! xxx

  28. Hi Gabby, just a quick question … yes, I have a transformational story. But I find that I censor myself a lot because the reason of what happened to me began in very traumatic circumstances as a tiny child, and I feel that it I shared the details that (a) it could traumatise others and (b) look like I was still in victim mode. I was in fear for over 5 decades before my story changed. I am in my sixties and now empower others in the work I feel called to do now. I follow you, and listen to your videos, and read your books etc.
    So, my question is how to show/talk about how serious the disassociation was without causing harm to others, but to dwell on the transformation and what I can help others with now who choose to work with me?
    Many blessings.

    1. You’re doing amazing work, Karen. Know that it’s ok to share only parts of your story, the things that you feel safe sharing, the things that you feel will help inspire and uplift others, and the things that you feel grounded in putting out there. Trust that the clients that show up to work with you will connect with your truth. Sending you lots of love and appreciation.

  29. Gabby … what can I say ?? You have launched me head first into a new and exciting career opportunity with an incredible business partner .. I have been a hairstylist for 37 years .. talking to women on a daily basis about their lives .. I have a transformational story to tell and I am now going to be owning it and sharing it as a motivational speaker and women’s life coach .. I’m also claiming back my maiden name and owning that too .. Bex Toogood ..The Women’s Life Coach .. I cannot tell you how transformational your video course has been for me over the last week .. bring on tomorrow’s video training !! Ps I was a follower of yours already and your meditations are ‍♀️
    Thankyou .. x

  30. I am a retired teacher and when I started teaching third grade, I had to learn how to teach children at that level because that’s when they first take the state’s test for growth and understanding. I didn’t even know where to start, but I needed to work and had to try. Coworkers and team leaders gave me tools that I developed to understand what my tasks and goals were going to be. Long story short, my students excelled on the test and I felt accomplished. You have to understand that the majority of these children no knowledge of Castilian Spanish and come from low income homes with uneducated parents.

    A lot of colleagues are in need of the tools that I learned and how to use them. I also believe that the educator needs to have a real motivation and dedication to achieve success. They also have to believe in children’s possibilities and not discard that because they are poor and with uneducated parents, they won’t be able to succeed. I don’t know how to relate that. When I watched your first video, I started jotting down ideas that came to mind. I feel that needs to be my target: “How to transform negative individuals that believe nothing can be accomplish with that type of students into ones that are positive and want their students to excel.”

    1. You’re doing amazing work Carmen! Continue to return to journaling and meditation and trust all the messages that you receive! <3

  31. Hi Gabby,

    My name is Roderick; I am also known as Balthazar. Six months ago, I didn’t want to celebrate the new year, I wished that fate removed me from the face of the Earth. I felt like a failure and I felt like I didn’t achieve anything, despite reaching my late 30’s. I compared myself to people of my age and those who are older than me and achieved greater things than me. I also questioned my own existence on this planet because, for years, I’ve always failed to figure out how to live in the end of my desires. Something miraculous happened, and I began to understand conscious creation and I began to gain confidence and take my power back. I am at peace with myself and I only take inspired actions. Now, I have already visualized myself living in the end, starting a new life in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I can already see myself living in my dream home in that city and do the things I enjoy there. I now let go of the need to manipulate, force and control; let the Universe do its job and its will. When I last wrote to you, I was suicidal and I felt like I had no reason to live, but now, I am free. Thank you for praying for me. Infinite blessings.

    Kind regards,


    1. This is beautiful Balthazar. Know that your story has the power to inspire and uplift others who are on their own journey towards peace. Keep shining your bright light! You will continue to be in my peaceful, healing prayers.

  32. Dear Gabby – You have been a beacon of light for me for years and I’m finally shining my light in part because of you! So thank you for all you do.
    I am a writer and my most recent book project is my transformational story. It is a gift book about finding one’s voice. It’s called “The Singing Girl” and I hope it will inspire girls to sing their souls’ songs – the way you do!
    “She sings her songs the whole day through. They make her feel alive, anew. They’re her purpose, her calling, her genius, her prayer. They’re her reason for being, she must tend them with care.”
    Mallika Chopra generously just gave me a promotional quote and I would be so grateful if you would write one as well! If you can send me an address to forward my manuscript to that would be amazing!!! I can be reached at
    With love and light!!!

    1. You rock, Benecia! Sharing “The Singing Girl” is going to uplift and inspire so many! I’m currently dedicated to spending time with my baby and preparing for my upcoming Spirit Junkie Masterclass launch, and therefore not doing outside promotional writing. Your energy is magnetic and your work will reflect that! Keep shining your light! XOX

  33. I love the video . They are very inspirational . I have gotten away from journal writing and building my business . I am hoping to get back to it . I hit a few stumbling blocks and seating giving up .
    Thanks for the encouragement Joann

  34. A leap of faith- or how it all began…

    For those of us on a Spiritual path, sometimes things happen to us that are simply life changing. We are open to spirit, (or are more sensitive if you like) and therefore perhaps take more notice, or are more aware? Books like The Celestine Prophecy reiterate that when you get the same message twice, from different sources. you should take note. Nothing is a coincidence.

    Thirteeen years ago, my life changed unequivocally.

    I have been clairaudient since the age of twelve, and had been told at the age of fifteen that I would eventually work as a medium. However, my life took a more conventional route and after a wild teenage period, a two and a half year period in Australia, (telling my mother on the Monday – getting married on the Wednesday at the tender age of eighteen) I returned to London to resume my career in retail management and eventually recruitment.

    I became successful, a Managing Director, bought the company etc. My Spiritual path was always with me, but in the background. I attended courses, classes, and retreats and was comfortable giving readings to friends. In 2005, things started happening in the house; music came on in the middle of the night, the phone would ring and no one was there (not registering on 1471) articles were flying off the shelves. I asked my tutor at the College of Psychic Studies in London what it all meant? He told me “Spirit is telling you to get on with your Spiritual work”.

    In June the same year I attended a week’s course at the Arthur Findlay College, Stansted Hall, Essex. During that week there were sixty of us from all around the world divided into three groups. In my group, there were just ten of us from Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France, Belgium and the UK.

    We split up in the mornings for tutoring, but often got together for tutorials with the whole group. We witnessed the most amazing phenomena. So many different things happened. On one particular day there was a group healing done by our tutor in trance. We all watched mesmerized. When we regrouped in the afternoon, I thanked our tutor and said that it was an incredible thing for us to feel and a privilege to watch. He was very nonplussed about the whole thing and more or less said that it was just what he did. Then he said he felt his Guide coming through and he wanted to talk to our small group of ten. The Guide then spoke to us for half an hour through the medium. He told us that we had been chosen to work for Spirit and that if we dedicated more of our lives to working in this way, that no matter what, they would provide for us. It was an incredible experience, there we were, this random group of international spiritual travellers, all at different levels on unique spiritual journeys that all lead to the same destination! At the end of the week we reluctantly left this amazing place with memories that would have a lasting effect on us.

    My late husband met me and started talking about things that had been going on in my business and I told him that I didn’t want to hear about them. I needed time to gather my thoughts and to assess everything that had happened during the previous week. The following day, I sat and talked with him. (He was a non-believer) I told him that I had decided to give up my very lucrative job and work for Spirit full time. I promised him I would be self funding. I went to work on the Monday morning and started to put my plan in motion. It took me six months to extricate myself from the company. My business partner was less than happy – my husband in shock. So in January 2006, we moved to a different part of the UK, (A spiritual oasis) where I knew no one and started to think about working as a medium, giving readings full time. In the back of my head there was the Kevin Costner film “Field of Dreams” with the strap line “Build it and they will come”. And you know what? They did. I came into contact with like minded people who were generous with their time and contacts. Everything seemed to just fall into place, but I knew that Spirit were making it happen and keeping their side of the bargain.

    I now have a full time International business that continues to grow. I earn less than 20% of what I used to earn, but I have never been happier. When I look in my diary and the appointments are lean for the following week. I sit down and ask Spirit, and the Universe to provide. They never fail me. I do not advertise much and rely on recommendations. I may not be rich in the conventional way any more, but I am spiritually wealthy beyond all measure.

    1. This is gorgeous Alison! Thank you for sharing such an awesome example of how the Universe responds when we fully show up as our authentic selves! XOX

  35. “A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.” When I was 16 years old, I was diagnosed with extreme hyperopia and convergence insufficiency. I was told by my second optometrist that I would be blind by the time that I was in my mid-20s. Another ophthalmologist told me that he had never seen someone as farsighted as me before, who did not have cataracts. The more I believed their prognosis the worse my condition got.

    Today, I am 26 years old, and I am a professional visual artist practicing in Indianapolis, IN. My most recent artistic undertaking was to embroider, tat, bead, and applique a 3’x6′ piece of stretched fabric by hand without the use of corrective lenses, magnifying glasses, contacts, surgery, or physical therapy. My vision is clear, and my eyes are perfect just as they are. It is certain to me now that I am part of the same source that gives life to this world, and within me, I have the power to heal myself. What separates one individual with the same condition as another individual undergoing the same treatment who recovers versus the other individual who does not? All medicine is metaphor; whether or not you prefer pills or crystals, it only works because you choose to believe in it. I choose to believe in love.

    If you are interested in seeing my artwork you can follow me on Instagram @jamielynnwilliamsart or visit my website at

  36. Hello Gabby,

    Thanks so much. I am truly inspired. Selling my story is my problem because where I come from, people don’t read books much, yet my story is in two books, an abusive and neglected childhood that led to two extremely abusive relationships. Selling is my main issue.

    Thanks so much again.

    1. Major congratulations on getting your story out there and in two books. The exciting thing about books is that you can reach people all over the world. So many people purchase books online these days, so your message isn’t limited to your area. Keep sharing and shining your light!

  37. It does not surprise me in the slightest that this should pop up today… in the world of wellbeing, the encouragement to identify with yourself is a huge aspect and all im hearing lately is “tell your story ” “make friends with yourself” my focus has always been and will continue to be to help others through education on holistic approaches, counselling and mindfulness tuition… but the true healing of self is within a told story.. just have to find where to begin, and i beleive it starts now. So thanks once again, right place right time, for the inspiration. Amy

  38. Hi Gabby, I just listened to your video on gaining confidence and how part of it is sharing your story in a public way. I am not sure I am ready to do that with people I know or in person for a lot of reasons so I am going to share my transformational story here since I know others in this community may relate. Here is what I wrote in my journal entry:
    The truth is I am not sure if I am ready to share my story to the world. I guess it starts with a little girl who grew up in a house with a lot of anger and emotional abuse. I never wanted to make my Dad upset for fear of the consequences so I shut down, repressed emotions and became compliant.
    Not only until I was about 32 did I fully understand the ramifications of growing up like this. I had already gone through a relationship with a guy that was bipolar and dated another that was an alcoholic. It was then that I realized how screwed up I was. It was hard to admit the roles I played in getting int these relationships and that’s when I had to change. The change of patterns starts with me. I refuse to repeat the cycle of my past but man do I find myself repeating patterns at times.
    I have figured out that this tumultuous past has caused me to be codependent in relationships. I am trying to apply the things I learn in CODA and to have healthy romantic relationships but boy it’s hard to do that when you didn’t grow up with that. That’s why it’s so painful when people ask why I am not dating or married. The truth is because I am not sure that I trust myself fully to not repeat my mistakes or feel like I can find someone who is healthy so for now I just focus o my career and being the best person I can be for myself.
    I have realized that the work I was doing was not making me happy but I also took a huge pay cut to make a career change so some days I struggle.
    I know deep down after experiencing it myself that money doesn’t buy you happiness. I try and focus on the positive things I have like two adorable nieces, great friends, a career that I am proud to be building and that knowledge that I am so much better off than so many others.
    I am learning to surrender and trust that if I am meant to find a life partner that the person will come along when we are both ready. I have Gabby and man others for helping me trust in this.

    1. Thank you for this gorgeous, heartfelt share Jackie. Know that sharing in this way will inspire others on their own spiritual path. It’s OK to not share in your personal circles. Continue to journal from the heart and take loving care of yourself. Showing up for yourself is the biggest gift. <3

  39. Hi Gabby,

    The universe has a funny way of working which you already know. I have been encouraging everyone else around me to tell their stories yet I haven’t told my own. I haven’t owned my story which is crazy… Im in the processing of owning it and came across this blog post which made perfect sense. Its what ive been telling everyone else but myself.

    I have had a crazy 5 years – one transformation after another I diminished it because I didn’t think my story was enough.. But recently after telling a few people my story, I was able to change their lives which changed me… if one story could do that then I have to tell it.

    So long story short.. I have a publishing house wanting to publish my book.
    I never thought of myself as a writer let alone have my own book.

    Hearing your story, and how your life unfolded has inspired me.

    So I want to say thank you! I am so grateful for you and your work.

    Thank you for giving me the courage.

    Lots of love


  40. Gabby I need your help!

    I have recently been connecting with what I believe to be my spirit guide. I first discovered by sign following the example you gave on your book “The Universe Has Your Back” on how to identify our sign. Since then, I have been asking the universe for a sign every time I have a deep concern or question about something. Every single time I ask for my sign, I find my sign in the most mysterious and unpredictable ways, right in front of my face like a billboard. I’m reaching out because I believe i’m connecting with my spirit guide, but someone else told me, I might not be connecting with MY spirit guide. I might be connect with any guide and not all guides are necessarily good guides. So how do I know when I’m connecting with my guide and not a BAD guide? because right now I feel a little hesitant and unsure on whether I should keep connecting or not. Gabby please help me! I hope to hear from you soon. Love, Karina.

    1. Karina, when you’re feeling unsure, check in with your gut. Your intuition always has the answers. If you feel connected from a place of love, your intuition is leading the way. If you’re being led by a place of fear, it’s the ego rearing its head. Asking for and receiving a sign will feel loving and connected. <3

  41. Dear Gabby
    I am new in my spiritual journey, but I am not sure why it’s calling me to learn more on spiritually and this path. I have had some momments of “wow this is beautifully real” but what’s my purpose, who/what/how? I feel confused because I’m not sure where I’m going, but something is telling me not to stop this spiritual growth. I’ve seen many spiritual healers on social media, but I am always most drawn to You, Thank you for what you do. I am learning to truly surrender in hopes of hearing the voice of what I am called to do.

      1. Wow you replied! Thank you Gabby, this was another sign for me, much, much love….i will re-watch this video through better eyes and deeper trust

  42. Your words speak to my soul and they have for years and years! Thank you for sparking a fire as well as inviting a softness that I’ve desired for a long time. (and it was always in me – right?)

    I’m wondering what story do I choose? What if I feel there are multiple stories from many angles? How do I narrow it down to “THE STORY”?

    I welcome any feedback and suggestions.
    In loving respect and gratitude,

    1. Most of us have more than one story, Stacy. The narrative of our life contains many different stories. But those stories are often related. Can you see the connections between your stories? Do they have common themes? Did you experience transformations that took you deeper along a path? If you can’t really connect them, that’s totally fine. You can choose whichever story or stories you want to share and the lessons you learned as a result. But if you do some work to connect the dots you’ll likely see that they’re all connected. xo

  43. Thank you so much Gabby! Acknowledging and being aware that trauma is not necessary to have and own a transformational and inspiring story was relieving for me. And being grateful for that is opening to flow and ease by appreciating it. Thanks for sharing your stories and confidence. Is there a way you can ad the option of increasing video speed with vimeo as it´s usualy enabled in youtube embedded videos? Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  44. Dearest Gabby,

    I first learned about you when Lewis Howes interviewed you on his podcast. I was inspired by your story…and i immediately started to follow you on social media. Ive been a bit out of balance for some time now….and had been thinking of buying your book “The Universe has your back”. Something about the book kept tapping me. Right before I bought it, a very good friend who went to your event in NYC a few weeks ago gave it to me as a gift. I read the first chapter without knowing what was about to happen….I binged read it in 2 days. Through out the book many times i felt you were speaking to me directly…I even got emotional a few times. I have a health/wellness and fitness podcast in Spanish. I have a story…but i’ve been holding back. Ive asked the universe….if It was ever the right time to tell it to give me a sign. Today I receive this email….and your topic is about telling our transformational story. You were the sign I was waiting for. Thank you, for the motivation and inspiration to do so much more! Wishing you the very best.

    1. Hey Liz! What´s the name of your podcast? I´m a native spanish speaker passionate about nutrition and wellness. I´m actually just launching an online detox with a friend. Lets connect!

  45. Hi Gabby,

    Thank you so much for posting this. I watched the first video (and the second!) in your new training series the other day, and it made me want to tell my story – but it left me wondering how. This post is so perfect for me – it helped give me a way to act on the inspiration you gave me through the video I have one question. In Step 1 above, you say to answer the question “Where were you (literally or figuratively)?” How do I know what time in my life to write about? It sounds strange, but I guess I’m wondering what my story IS! Any advice on identifying what in my life experience can help people? THANK YOU!!

    1. Great question Hannah! Come back to the meditation and then revisit the writing exercise and see what comes through for you. Be gentle with yourself and your process. There might be some healing in your story, so make sure to create space and lots of love. XOX

  46. Synchronicity at its finest Gabby! It was only yesterday I was talking to new friends about the past 4 years for me, when I realised what a total 180 my life has turned, and I had a story that may be inspiring to others. I woke this morning to your email and felt that meant I had to share!
    4 years ago I left my husband for a woman. At the time I thought she was my world. She was my happiness, my everything. Over time she became very abusive. I was the sole provider, she didn’t work. We bought a house together and she never contributed. She was cheating on me, and emotionally and physically wearing me down. I still felt I could fix this, make her happy. In the end I lost me.
    I realised if I had the strength to stay in a relationship that was so wrong for me, believing I could help her, then I had the strength to put me first and end the cycle of codependency.
    I left her. I sold the house. I left my 20yr career to follow my dream of becoming a midwife, and am now a full time mature age student. I have rekindled friendships I had lost and created new ones. I am completely alone and not wanting or looking for a new relationship any time soon. I am still healing.
    I am at peace. My journey of awakening I know is only just beginning, but I see this chapter as a complete and necessary blessing. Some days are hard, but there is nothing but total gratitude for this life. Xxx

  47. Amazing synchronicity. I want to write a book about my cancer journey but just today I was wondering (and fearing!) what may happen if I am too open and share my innermost feelings and challenges with family life with everyone. I just felt I had to open your email today and now I know why 🙂
    Thank you! Lots of love.

  48. I was just thinking about this earlier today! Cosmic. I have a light load to share and a heavy load which I’m not ready to share but either way has me thinking of getting my voice. Thanks for the inspiration and timely messages. <3

  49. This is such a wonderful post. I have watched video 1 & 2 of the free training and was so inspired that I started a blog. I do have a question. How do you mitigate the fear you feel from judgement of others after sharing your story? I fear that some parts of my story may shock people or make them think I am unstable.

    1. When you feel judged by someone, try to make someone else feel loved <3 Expressing love and gratitude for someone else is awesome way to turn around the energy. It's natural to want to defend yourself or even attack back, but instead try turning the energy around. Perhaps call or text a friend and express your gratitude for the friendship or whatever feels best in the moment.

  50. Dear Gabby,

    The Universe and synchronicity brought you to me and it couldn’t have happened at a better time.

    I’ve been on and off my spiritual path since a little over 5 years now and I had a major awakening two months ago and I’m now embarking on a transformational phase. I’ve been doing a lot of inner work and meditations lately and suddenly felt drawn to share my spiritual journey with the world through writing (via creating a blog or a book). But the heavy voice of fear and self-doubt are still holding me back. I also have another obstacle and would love to have your advice. I’m from the french part of Canada and English is not my first language. And it’s not just a language barrier. I’m an accountant and I’ve been working in the accounting/finance field for over 10 years where it’s not mandatory to write very well (very corporate environment where we mostly write memos that are short and conciseand the contents are mostly about numbers). I thought about writing in French first then having it translated, but even in French, I struggle. I feel I lack vocabulary and structure due to the fact that I having done “literature” in so long and I have no background in communication. I’m willing to do the work, take some classes if required and have my copies corrected and arranged but everytime I start to write, it comes out all wrong and I get discouraged and give up. I recall watching one of your interview where you mentioned that you haven’t studied English for many years either. Can you please tell me how you found the courage, inspiration and abilities to write and convey your messages so beautifully?

    You are such a gift to this world and I thank you for inspiring us and lighting our spiritual path.

    God bless

    1. You DO have a gift for sharing your story. Just by reading these words, I can see that you have gifts within you that you’re ready to share. Remember to start where you are, give yourself time and space in the process, and always be loving and gentle with yourself. You’re doing great! <3

  51. Gabby thank you for this beautiful reminder. I am in a HUGE transition right now and I keep forgetting that’s it’s OK to be “RIGHT WHERE I AM”. We own a successful video business (as you know:) and I am now moving into mentoring women leaders and entrepreneurs and it scares the bejes*s out of me. All those thoughts: “does what I say matter, who am I to do this and do I really know what I am talking about” all play havoc in my head. Time to own up, and as Oprah would say, let the “what I know for sure” to come out and play. It’s time to not take ourselves so seriously, and find the joy in sharing our stories and perspectives to make positive shifts in our world! We need everyone to rise up and your work is needed now more than ever. It’s time to “be supported for our great work” 🙂 Sat Nam Gabby.

    1. GORGEOUS Adera! I see and feel your amazing shifts. Yes, being in your joy and knowing you are exactly where you need to be, will continue to create momentum! XOX

  52. I have felt the call to share my story for years. I have journaled and healed and transformed myself over the years, yet feel so scared to share all of who I am. I experienced sexual abuse as a child and my instinct for the past 40+ years is to hide, stay small, don’t speak out and I’ll be safe. I’m feeling so confused about the religion I grew up in and in many ways love, yet I don’t feel like I fit in there. Because of my beliefs I don’t feel like I fit in with the spiritual communities or the transformational communities or the 12 step communities. I guess I’m feeling that little girl’s terror at the thought of sharing all of me. Keeping quiet was life, speaking out meant death, threats, rejection. I’m feeling untethered, floating alone in the abyss. I’m staying with it, feeling the “white hot lonliness” that Pema Choudrin speaks of. Meeting myself with love and compassion. It’s all I can do right now. Be with it and remain open to receive.

    Growing my heart.

  53. Hi Gabby,
    Your posts, videos etc always seem to come to me when needed the most. They always seem to help boost my confidence & know that I am on the right path. After watching video 1 the other evening I came across your video on addictions. Yes….. I am an addict of Nicotine…where you said except your addiction & surrender……I realized that’s it….all that I am doing to make my life healthy, calm, loving, letting God back into my heart this addiction is eating away at me…its a battle. I realized then I must except I have this addiction….& surrender it to the Universe God the world…so that is where I am at the moment. I have my pad here in front of me to write my story along with a vision that has come to often showing me helping others with addictions. So thank you I’ll write my story there is so much more to this story but God willing it will help me to stay focused & on this path to where deep inside of me I want to be. I hope this makes sense…
    Love to you & thank you!

    1. Beautiful Kimberly. Thank you for sharing from the heart here. Continue to return to the mediation and writing exercise, and be loving and patient in your process. <3

  54. I learned that not sharing my story is actually being selfish. My story can help inspire and transform. Being sexually abused brought me right here, right now! I like here…yoga, teaching, travelling and being a part of the Africa Yoga Project is my passion. Gabby you are my inspiration and your story is really amazing and I listen and read all your offerings, always transforming my way of being. Thank you ♥️

    1. You are amazing Melanie. Your authentic story will absolutely help inspire and heal others. Keep sharing your light <3

  55. Good Morning Gabby,
    When I saw this email in my inbox this morning, I was floored. I literally texted my sister yesterday with the title of my book for my story. When I read your message, I swear it felt like you were talking directly to me. I believe we will meet one day. Thank you Gabby!

  56. Just told my story this morning to a group of people and mentioned how the universe delivered Spirit Junkie to my doorstep and read that book in one day. This book was the spitting image of my life 10 years ago. I got sober, stopped my idolizing relationships and turned my coaching practice into a successful business. My story started when I received your tools. Becuase of this I will be forever grateful. You are a walking angel.

  57. I was just sitting outside reading a book called Love Does by Bon Goff and I thought I could tell my story. It may only help one person but it would be worth it. Even if it only clarified things for me!! Then I came in the house and saw this article. Oh how I love the Universe. And oh how you have my back!! Thank you Gabby. I bless the Universe for the day I found you. Much love. Kylie

  58. What an awesome exercise! Thank you! It feels great to see how far I’ve come and that the best is yet to come. It’s nice to do this exercise post SJM in NY. It was such a pleasure meeting you. You are a rockstar!! Love and light. XoxoM

  59. I’m proud of my story and own it with both hands and my whole being . Sure enough it is scattered with traumatic experience’s but that in no way makes me a victim . It actually makes for an interesting and inspiring colourful backdrop to a sucsess story.
    I look back over decades and realise how brave I was and continue to be . I didn’t know it then but everything happens for a reason right ?
    I’ve manifested a life that I have been designing in my head since I was a tiny girl . I’ve physically got to the space in the world with the people I love in the mindset I’ve strived like hell to unravel.
    With the help of your books and others , meditation , yoga and self believe I’ve healed myself to around 80% the rest will come .
    I’m ready for my next chapter, I’m here and I need to maintain it financially.
    I literally have bailiffs at my door and court orders because I desperately had to take physical time to heal and also be here for my son ( another story x)
    I won’t loose what I’ve worked hard to achieve so my story , my work needs supporting.
    I have big challenge’s ahead but I’m not scared …. I’m excited! !!! I know I can achieve anything , with your guidance and my other spiritual practice’s I’m going to secure my future for my children and my husband and inspire as many people as possible x

  60. This came to me at exactly the right time . I have ideas and feel inspired and confident to move into my next chapter of transformation. I just needed help organising my busy mind and knowing where to start .
    I am so proud if my story and yes it is probably built around traumatic experience’s but in no way does this make me a victim – it’s my story , I own it and boy have I been a brave , kick Ass , Warrior.
    I didn’t realise at the time how brave I was being and my positive attitude of gratitude saw me through – unknowingly.
    I’ve benefited hugely from your books amount others . I filled my head and being with spiritual lessons until my truth poured out and became my reality.
    I’ve manifested the life I have been designing in my head for decades. So now I’m here I need to maintain it . I’m skint financially and can’t loose what I’ve worked so hard spiritually and physically to produce . I literally have bailiffs at my door however I’m ready to push down my blocks and move inot phase 2 – sustaining my family financially without loosing my inner peace …… it’s a challenge but I’m not scared , just excited !!!

  61. Thank you and love you Gabby. I’m grateful for having come across you in life and the knowledge that your share with us always ❤️

  62. Gabby, this is such a helpful message and practical exercise. I am founder-editor of a conscious lifestyle website and have been sharing my transformation stories only when I have bursts of confidence.

    But you have reminded me to always come from that place of service.

    P.S. Thank you for addressing the idea that we need to have had something traumatic happen to us before we are qualified to share our story.

    I realise this has idea has held me back. My story is about the abusive self-talk and self-beliefs that were happening on the inside for many years that kept me in constant pain before I realised I could actually choose and break free from the cycles of self-abuse, even those inherited from my lineage. This is the transformation I am called to share.

    Thank you for the abundant, supportive resources.

  63. Hi Gabby,
    I love your videos and look forward to the others to follow.
    I have been on my own spiritual journey for the last 6 years , with some amazing progress in the last 2 years and particularly the last 3 months.

    I am not surprised that the universe has put this / you in front of me at this time.

    I have been getting closer and closer to the belief and realisation that I should / need to share my story , as while many women are connecting spiritually in many different modalities , unfortunately there are not many opportunities for men (or boys / teenagers) to hear another mans story. I intend to change that.
    I had tried to send the above comment after watching your first video , but I couldn’t get it to send , (technology and I are not great friends yet). I am so glad I have another opportunity.

    Many thanks for your Great Work


    1. Hello Gabby, I’m sitting here thinking should I do this I hesitate then I think my life has been very very different than a lot of people have been through quite a bit do people really want to know but if I can help anyone through anything with my story and I did have purpose meaning. I’m not one to really tell a story or speak very much and not very open I’ve had quite an interesting life hard as it is I have had many many blessings as well. I don’t know how to tell my story I’m just going to voice text it so here it goes… I was young girl raised in Los Angeles California born in 1962 tituba beautiful people that I love and respect although they are gone now I still feel they look after me at my age at 57. I had two brothers from my mother and father and one still with me although we really don’t speak that often. I lost my brother Roberts going on 5 years ago. But let’s start from the beginning I was raised in Los Angeles and we moved to Victorville California in 1971 and this is where my life really changed my mother was married prior and had two boys and two girls well one of those Brothers of mine set my life on a totally different pass he molested me three times when I was a young girl from ages 9 to 11 well I ran from that memory didn’t tell anyone it was happening and used drugs started with crosstops at the age of 13 moved on to crystal meth and whatever drug that I can find thereafter to run from the thoughts that were in my head in the pain in my heart.that wasn’t working obviously but then I met a gentleman who I thought was just the most amazing beautiful man on Earth that was going to save me and it couldn’t be no further from the truth he was straight out of the pen I just found him to be so sexy well I got pregnant by this guy and during the time of my pregnancy he would beat me up well he beat me so much but he never really hit my stomach thank God my baby was born she was a beautiful little girl when she was born weighed 3 lb is 9 1/2 oz when I found out that I was pregnant I quit all drugs stop smoking cigarettes and never drank a drop is alcohol she was born with trisomy 18 syndrome most beautiful little girl I named her Brandy after the old song back in the 70s well I lost my little girl she live for 29 days I lost her alone he never went to the hospital during that time there’s a lot more to the story I just can’t go any further or I don’t know how long I can talk on here and how much this is going to type well after I had my little girl and she passed away the whole town was saying I was using during my pregnancy you know how rumors can fly in a small town but it was not true. needless to say that did break my heart because I did everything in my power not to destroy this little life that was inside me. And being me addicts that I was higher I started using again once you stop and you go back you just seems like you’re even further and deeper in you just get even worse each time you stop and go back well I ended up meeting someone else 3 years later the love of my life also where I got my drugs when you’re in that life will do anything for those drugs you know that being an ex addict Gabby. well to make a long story short we ended up having three beautiful daughters and we went into the military I was a military wife kids were raised military brats we both got clean and sober and then he cheated on me then I cheated on him to get even and once you do that it ruins a relationship I knew that I was going to end that marriage but I needed to get back to where I wanted to be so we moved back into to Tahoe.what war happened in the years which I’m not going to leave on here there’s a lot to my story a lot of pain but in a lot of joy as well my spiritual journey ended after my second husband but that’s a story in itself I could go on and on about all my experiences in life. I’m very grateful for the spiritual journey I’m on now you know there was a lot of things happened in life and without those experiences I wouldn’t be the woman I am now and on this beautiful spiritual journey I know that I could probably write the most amazing book I just don’t know how to put it all into words I have 10 beautiful grandchildren 6 girls for boys ranging from the ages of 18 to 4 years old. I would love to get my story out there quite a lot of experiences at night really help other people to show that there is light after these bad experiences you can still find love and joy and peace within you that sounds that everything I’ve searched for all of that happiness and joy that I looked outside of myself for it’s actually within me . I’m not going to read any more of this I’m just going to send it to you as I spoke it so hopefully everything came out and made sense.
      Gabby you have been such a wonderful part of my spiritual journey oh my love to you and what you do for everyone bless you I was so grateful for you I’m sure many many people are you truly are a blessing.

      1. Thank you for sharing from such a heartfelt, brave place Juanita. Continue to share, whether it’s journaling or verbally sharing with others and returning to your spiritual practices. You are an inspiration. <3

    2. Dear Gordon, I read your comment and I believe men need to show up in these times as guidance for other men ; It seems that the world has now opened up for women to share their stories on the idea that we are the only one to have a vulnerable and emotional side ; I know and you do too that it is BS ; Please stand up for all the men who needs to hear your story to re empower them in being as authentically human as we all can be . Looking forward to hearing what your story is , All the best. Audz

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