Finding answers in the universe (book review)

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I don’t remember how the book was first introduced to me; I just knew it was one I had to read. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein was just as I imagined it to be. Maybe better. I have written previously about wellness, living in the moment, and visualization, and this book touched on all of those concepts and so much more.

Throughout the book, I learned a series of meditations and practices to strengthen resolve, to reconnect with my power, to surrender more than I think is possible, to trust and place faith in the universe (holy shit, that one scares me), and (perhaps most importantly) to “transform fear to faith.” That last one? I needed it back in my life.

The book can be read in one sitting, or you can devour it in bite-sized pieces like I did (a little before bedtime, like a nightcap).

Gabby acknowledges that our minds are instinctually conditioned to respond out of fear and that to proceed with love requires patience and practice. I can attest to this. Ever since anxiety walked into my life, I anticipate its presence and have accepted it as a copilot. Training my mind to see things with love? Not so easy BUT unbelievably liberating to cast things out into the universe and release control.

Have you ever experienced weird synchronicities or coincidences in life? Maybe you think of a long-lost friend and she phones, or you remember that song you loved back in college and it suddenly comes on the radio? These are not delivered to us by strange design; they are actually natural gifts that we should thank the universe for (I love this). According to Gabby they happen when we place our faith in the universe. The more we believe, the more we begin to see these weird scenarios.

Here is a neat faith statement that I learned from the book: “I focus my attention on the love that is around me and I expect miracles.”

There’s a chapter where she discusses turning things over to a “holy triangle”—the three corners represent faith, love, and charity. The physical shape doesn’t matter—a simple wooden box is completely fine. Essentially you write your desire on a piece of paper and place it in this box (or triangle) for a week, thereby turning it over to the universe. After a week’s time, you trust the universe has heard your wish and you remove the paper and burn it.

On Instagram I recently discussed the idea of signs and how I’m asking the universe to send me avocados. Weird? Probably. Effective? Who knows. But it brings up a bigger issue and the concept of faith, which is something I think we all lose along the way. Why not ask the universe to send us a symbol to let us know if we are on the right path?

Our faith is tested constantly. Just this past weekend, I had a rather unusual out-of-body experience that I intend to discuss in further detail on the blog, but not today. I will say this–reading books like this helps me to stay grounded in my belief system and to trust that the universe does in fact have my back, especially at times when I need it most.

Have you ever read any of Gabrielle’s books? And do you have any to recommend to me?

11 Comments… add one
Olubukonla March 13, 2017, 4:29 PM

Lovely post! I remember my days of reading at least 3 books a day (mostly romance, lol) and how enlightened I would feel afterwards. What we read and digest impact on us greatly. As a Christian, I am in a way familiar with the holy triangle and try to live by it daily but what caught my attention is you saying that our faith is constantly tested. Yes it is and our understanding of that builds confidence that we can achieve what ever we put our mind to. I will surely look for this book. Lovely post!

Olubukonla March 13, 2017, 4:40 PM

What an interesting read. Back when I was younger, I used to read at least 3 books a week (mostly romance, lol) and I remember how enlightened I would feel afterwards. What we read impact on us greatly. As a Christian, I am familiar with faith, love and charity but what caught my attention was you saying our faith is constantly tested. Yes it is! This helps us build our confidence in understanding that during trials and tribulations, if we put our minds to something coupled with hard work, we will surely succeed. Lovely write up!

carma March 13, 2017, 5:40 PM

I definitely believe in “signs” – it is interesting too how you can return to the exact same spot years later under completely different circumstances that you never realized would bring you back to that same spot. that always blows me away. Sorry I have been so awful in reading blogs lately, but I was on TWD last night – ep 13 😉 Loved your description of the show sounding like sipping straws lol

Tamara March 13, 2017, 6:28 PM

I haven’t read it, but I want to. I have accepted anxiety as a co-pilot in my life too, actually. It’s a bit of a funny feeling.

ShootingStarsMag March 13, 2017, 7:59 PM

I don’t know the author, but I’m so happy to hear this one resonated so strongly with you. Thanks for sharing!

Akaleistar March 13, 2017, 8:41 PM

This book sounds fascinating!

lisa thomson March 14, 2017, 12:40 AM

This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for reviewing it here, Charlotte. I haven’t heard of this author, which seems ridiculous. I must be living under a rock.
As for Universe signals—I totally believe! I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences and signs when I’ve needed them. It doesn’t hurt to be reminded of these things. Plus, a note on fear. From my experience, absolutely nothing good comes from it (except flight or fight which is our human strength kicking in).
I’m adding this to my TBR!

Lindsay March 14, 2017, 5:50 PM

I’ve been wanting to buy this book for weeks and I follow this awesome on Facebook. She’s such an inspiring, uplifting and motivating spirit.
You’ve inspired me to take a step back and just have faith. Faith that the universe will show me the way and provide me with a life full of love and happiness.

I’m sure you wrapping up this book couldn’t have come at a better time, too, if you catch my drift. 😉

xoxo

Dean March 30, 2017, 11:23 AM

Adding this to my list! I’m totally trying to turn my fear into faith. I’m feeling more secure in the universe and I’m loving it.
XO

Catherine Gacad December 22, 2017, 1:20 AM

I just ordered it. Looking forward to reading!

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