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?