The Universe Has Your Back

From Gabby Bernstein, whose book – The Universe Has Your Back – hits shelves today!

Imagine you felt connected, supported and guided all the time. Wouldn’t it be nice if you saw opportunities instead of obstacles and felt at peace no matter what was going on?

I know this probably sounds like a pipe dream, but this serene way of living is available to us all. Most of us don’t experience this kind of connection for one reason: we’ve put our faith in the fears of the world. We believe pain has some greater purpose; we believe real success and lasting happiness doesn’t come without struggle. These ideas are deeply rooted in us, to the point that they feel like hard truths.

But they’re not. And I’m going to challenge those beliefs. I’ve spent the past eleven years as a devoted student and teacher of metaphysics and spirituality. Through my deep surrender to this path I have come to rely on a presence far greater than me — a presence of love and support that is always within us and around us.

In my new book, The Universe Has Your Back, I teach readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Making the shift from fear to faith will give you a sense of power in a world that all too often makes us feel utterly powerless. I’ve gathered six essential lessons from the book that will help you strengthen your faith and fearlessness. When day-to-day life seems a bit overwhelming, these tips will remind you that The Universe Has Your Back.

Even if this seems a little heady to you, be playful with these lessons and willing to give them a try. Follow the steps below and expect miracles.

1. Energy flows where your intention goes.

Each thought we have creates an energy flow within and around our physical body. This energy attracts its likeness. When you think high-level thoughts, you exude an energy of confidence and in turn attract great experiences into your life. In other words, each thought you have informs your energy, and your energy manifests into your experiences — thus, your thoughts and energy create your reality.

When you focus on positive thoughts, you raise your energy, elevate your presence and even boost your immune system. In short, positive beliefs make you feel good, and in the presence of feeling good you are very powerful. Your presence is your power, and when you dwell in positive energy the Universe brings to you what you desire.

2. Lean toward joy and you will be led.

Now that you understand how your thoughts, words, intentions and energy can influence your life, make a commitment to lean toward joy and peace.

Take a moment to reflect on the following questions. Jot down your answers in a notebook.

What brings you joy?

How can you proactively create more joy in your life?

How can you bring joy to the areas of your life that are not joyful?

What would your life be like if joy were your priority?

I spent decades leaning toward fear. But as I progressed on my spiritual path, I began to think, ‘What would my life be like if I just leaned toward joy?’ So I conducted a little experiment. I started to measure my success based on how much fun I was having. I went on a quest for fun. I began test-driving new hobbies, laughing at my small-minded thinking and going out of my way to seek joy in all situations — especially the more difficult areas of my life. Whenever I’d notice myself getting caught up in a negative story I’d challenge myself to try to see it from a joyful perspective. I’d say to myself, “What if I just chose for this to be fun?” Asking myself that simple question in any given moment immediately catapulted me back into a place of joy.

Seeking joy doesn’t have to come only from new hobbies or out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Joy can come from a simple decision to see things differently. You don’t have to struggle to make your life more joyful — joy is simply a choice you make.

When you make joy your priority, you’ll notice that it’s easier to make decisions. You’ll realize your relationships have become more loving. And you’ll start to trust that the Universe has your back.

3. Ask for your sign.

Here’s something that can be really fun: Ask the Universe for a sign that you’re on the right track. Asking for a sign means that you’re willing to collaborate with the Universe. It means that you’re committed to releasing your need to control how things work out and instead be led by a power greater than you. Asking for guidance is an exercise in receiving good, orderly direction that may be unrelated to what you think is right. Trust that the Universe has a better plan than you do.

How do you choose a sign? Don’t overthink it: Just pick the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe you picture an animal or a song or a book title. Let whatever appears in your mind become your sign. Often people receive signs as numbers in sequence like 1111 or 444. Or maybe your sign is a song, a fragrance or a name.

Let it come to you naturally and commit to it. Without overthinking, decide what your sign will be.

4. Converse with the Universe.

Now that you’ve received your sign, turn your desire over to the Universe with a prayer: “Thank you, Universe, for offering me clarity. Show me my sign if I’m moving in the right direction.”

Now be patient.

Try not to control your sign. I’ve had friends try to manipulate their signs. For instance, one friend chose the number 108 as her sign. If she saw a 54 she’d think that was her sign because 54 x 2 is 108. Let’s not overreach. Your sign will be crystal clear if you’re going in the right direction — and always remember that if it’s not clear, then that too is divine guidance. Expect your sign to be so clear that you cannot deny it.

Some signs come quickly and some take time. If you don’t get your sign right away, don’t worry. You may need to clear up some personal fears or strengthen your faith before you can get it. If you’re not getting your sign right away, consider that your impatience may be blocking it. That brings us to the next step. 

5. Be patient.

Often, when we’re impatient, it’s because we don’t trust in the outcome. If you’re impatient, maybe it’s because you’re afraid that something won’t happen exactly as you want or exactly when you want it. Remember that this need to control the outcome stems from your lack of faith in the Universe.

When you place your happiness and safety in a particular outcome, you lose sight of a plan beyond your own. You cut off communication with the Universe and disconnect from all the infinite possibilities that can occur. The key to releasing control is to surrender all your outside needs and obsessions and remember that nothing can take away your true power: the love and peace within you.

As soon as you embrace your inner sense of peace and surrender the outcome, the Universe can truly get to work. A powerful example I hear often involves women trying to conceive. I witness many friends obsess over when they’ll get pregnant or why it’s taking so long to do so. They track their ovulation, pee on sticks and have passionless sex, worried only about the outcome. When that doesn’t work, many turn to IVF for help. Interestingly, I’ve seen many of these women conceive just prior to the actual IVF procedure. Why? Knowing they had an appointment on the books allowed them to relax and trust in a plan beyond their own, giving nature a chance to do her thing.

6. Welcome creative possibilities.

Of course, asking for signs is just one way we allow the Universe to support us. We should also be open to creative opportunities. When we’re willing to design our life from a creative place, the Universe can come out and play.

If you’re ready to receive creative possibilities, say this prayer: “Thank you, Universe, for transforming limitation and doubt into creative possibilities.”

Use this prayer when your logical mind gets the best of you, and stay open to receiving new ways to perceive your circumstances. Maybe you’ll get a message from a friend. Maybe it’ll come from a song or a book. Whatever form it takes, some sort of clear direction will be placed on your path. Be willing to let go of what you think you need and allow the power of the Universe to lead you.

Practicing these tips will help you tap into a more playful energy. Your willingness to have fun and be creative opens up your channel to communicate with the loving energy of the Universe. I’ve found that joy is the ultimate creator. When I’m not having fun, I feel blocked and stuck. My inner guidance system is shut down. But the moment I choose to realign with fun and creativity and a sense of humor, I feel energy begin to flow and tingle throughout my body. That joyful energy is right in line with the love of the Universe. This is partly why children experience far more wonders and delight than adults. Give yourself permission to tap into your childlike self and commit to unlearning the limitations of the world. When you remember your true essence — love —  you will receive your signs and guidance will become natural.

What might happen if you chose to be more playful and have more fun? You might feel automatically resistant to this concept, because, as I said in the beginning, we’re taught to live in the opposite way. We’re taught that we have to struggle to achieve anything worthy. We learn that success comes from “making things happen” and that good things don’t come about without a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

I challenge you to move beyond these beliefs of limitation and suffering.

For a deeper dive into these divine practices, check out my new book. When you read this book you’ll begin to feel a swell of energy move through you. You’ll find strength when you’re down, synchronicity and support when you’re lost, safety in the face of uncertainty and joy when you’re otherwise in pain. Follow the lessons of the book and you’ll unleash the presence of your power and know, once and for all, that The Universe Has Your Back.

Click here to get a 6-hour digital course free when you order the book.

Want more tips from Gabby? Check out this post on how to be more positive. And click here to read our full interview with her.