There is something important I want you to know: You have a transformational story.
And that story has the power to heal others.
I talk often about the power of transformational stories. About how sharing your authentic truth not only helps you heal, but inspires others as well. In all my books and talks, I share my own transformational stories. It’s also a core theme of my Spirit Junkie Masterclass.
Why our stories matter
I share my stories, and I encourage other people to share their stories, for an important reason. It’s because I know they will help other people. There is a reason your ears perk up when someone says, “I have a story for you.” 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.
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 are reading this blog means there is a voice within you. 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 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.
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
When you read my books, you’ll notice I include many different stories. Many of them are not earth-shattering stories of life upheaval. Rather, they are stories about mindset shifts around topics such as money, work, relationships and happiness.
What 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.
And, of course, my story didn’t end when I published Spirit Junkie! As you continue on your spiritual path and in your life, you will experience new 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: Open your journal, a notebook or a Word/Google document and free-write the answers to the following 3 questions. Don’t edit yourself at first. Just let the words flow.
- Where were you (literally or figuratively)?
- What happened?
- 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.
Step 3: Learn how to own your story! This is a central element of my Spirit Junkie Masterclass Digital Course. In this course I teach you how to inspire others by doing what inspires you!
The first few modules of the Spirit Junkie Masterclass Digital Course make up my Spiritual Deep Dive, laying an important foundation for the money- and business-oriented lessons in future modules.
This spiritual work is truly transformational and will help you heal your fear and claim your transformational story!