The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back , New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquis...

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Title:The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
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The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith Reviews

  • Aubree Deimler

    I LOVED this book. This is the first I've read from Gabby, though I've listened to her speak several times and was drawn to her energy. The core message within is to turn to love. The book is filled with exercises and meditations to help you be present, open, and surrender to the higher workings of God, the universe, however you describe it.

    My favorite tidbit came from the story of the monks who were sent into a city with a lot of violence and crime. Through focused meditation the monks were ab

    I LOVED this book. This is the first I've read from Gabby, though I've listened to her speak several times and was drawn to her energy. The core message within is to turn to love. The book is filled with exercises and meditations to help you be present, open, and surrender to the higher workings of God, the universe, however you describe it.

    My favorite tidbit came from the story of the monks who were sent into a city with a lot of violence and crime. Through focused meditation the monks were able to lower the crime rate. This is due to the change in energy of what Carl Jung refers to as the collective consciousness. So, by choosing to meditate, you increase positive vibes and the ability to heal the world.

  • ☘Misericordia☘  ✺❂❤❣

    Some parts felt a bit flaky. Some were seriously awesome. 4.5 stars overall, rounded UP.

    This is gonna be a fav and a reread.

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    Some parts felt a bit flaky. Some were seriously awesome. 4.5 stars overall, rounded UP.

    This is gonna be a fav and a reread.

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    Q:

    ... the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi:

    Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace!

    That where there is hatred, I may bring love.

    That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.

    That where there is discord, I may bring harmony.

    That where there is error, I may bring truth.

    That where there is doubt, I may bring faith.

    That where there is despair, I may bring hope.

    That where there are shadows, I may bring light.

    That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

    Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.

    To understand, than to be understood.

    To love, than to be loved.

    For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

    It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

    It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. (c)

    Q:

    “Thank you, Universe, for presenting me with this divine assignment for spiritual growth and healing. I am ready and willing to show up for this assignment with love. I welcome your support. Show me where to go, what to do, and what to say. I trust I’m being guided.” (c)

    Q:

    own. I believe in angels, spirit guides, ascended masters, and a community of loving entities who are always guiding us to lean toward love and unlearn the fears of the world. I believe that the Universe is the ever-present energy of love within us and around us. I believe that in any given moment we can align with that powerful presence of love through prayer, contemplation, and stillness. We can measure our peace based on our ability to align with this force field of universal energy. I trust in these spiritual guides just as much as I trust in my husband or my mother. I believe in them deeply, and I know they are working through me to strengthen my faith in the Universe. Most of all I believe that we are here in these bodies at this time to learn great spiritual lessons. As we come to embrace the light and transformation within these lessons, we’re guided to spread the light to the rest of the world. I nurture this faith daily with prayer and meditation. This certainty sets me free.

    It’s taken 36 years and many past lives for me to own these beliefs fully. And today I can say with full conviction that my certainty is the greatest blessing I have ever received.

    It is my mission to help guide you to know your own certainty. Maybe your faith lies in religious beliefs, or maybe you connect to the Universe when you go for a long run or spend time with your children. I don’t care how you find this connection: all I care about is that you establish a relationship with a higher power of your own understanding. The more energy and intention you bring to your faith, the more fearless and free you will be. Your fearless freedom will light up the world.

    When we witness certainty in others, we remember a truth that lies within us. It was Wayne Dyer’s certainty and absolute faith in the Universe that drew me to him. His faith strengthened mine. As I write this chapter, I celebrate Wayne’s life as he left his body only a few days ago. My heart is heavy, and millions of people throughout the world are deeply saddened by our collective loss. But deep down I know, with certainty, that Wayne’s spirit, enthusiasm, and guidance will never leave us.

    As we move on with the guidance and practices in this book, I will continue to encourage you to trust in your own spiritual faith. To help you further along your journey of certainty, I welcome you to take a moment to think about what the energy of the Universe, God, or spirit means to you. There is no right or wrong answer when you’re committed to love.

    Your faith in the Universe will grow and strengthen daily. For now, honor where you are and trust what you believe in today. One day at a time we can lift the veil and move from darkness to light, from fear to faith, and from disbelief to certainty. (c)

  • Yelda Basar Moers

    I'm going to let the title do all the talking here. It is a wonderful blessing and a sense of peace to know that the Universe is behind you, that it is not cruel or playing tricks on you. I have to be honest with you, there were moments in my life when I questioned the benevolence of the Universe. I'm sure many of us have experienced this kind of doubt at some point. For me it was when I watched the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapse right before my eyes. I was just two blocks away a

    I'm going to let the title do all the talking here. It is a wonderful blessing and a sense of peace to know that the Universe is behind you, that it is not cruel or playing tricks on you. I have to be honest with you, there were moments in my life when I questioned the benevolence of the Universe. I'm sure many of us have experienced this kind of doubt at some point. For me it was when I watched the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapse right before my eyes. I was just two blocks away and ran for my life. I questioned everything from that moment on, and began to operate in a very fear-based way, a way that was very much opposite to my true nature. I turned to the comfort of books, many gave me the courage to believe that things would get better. And I began a search of my own through many different avenues including books, a steadfast meditation practice and a spiritual pilgrimage. In the end I was convinced wholeheartedly that the Universe DOES have our back, if we have faith in it. I believe Gabby had a similar experience of her own and made the journey to discover whatever truths the Universe had to offer.

    I enjoyed my time with this book very much! Gabby is a wonderful thinker, spiritual activist and inspirational figure. She is a follower of A Course in Miracles, a type of non-dogma spirituality that Marianne Williamson also follows. Gabby's book is brimming with positivity both inside and out; much love and light beams through her pages. She is right that we can live our lives fear-based or love-based. I never thought of this dichotomy, but it's true. One way gives us freedom to soar and progress, the other bounds and limits us. I believe courage is the key, when fear switches to love. And Gabby does what she can to guide the reader to courage and love. I believe she sincerely and deeply cares for her readers and wants them to live their full potential.

    I would try this one, at least to remind yourself that the Universe DOES have your back!!! I truly believe that if you are reading this, it is a sign to you that it does!

  • Frances

    I consider myself half Scully, half Mulder. I am skeptical.

    I believe that walking under a ladder is only a bad idea if it's unstable, that black cats are only unlucky if it's a panther that wants to eat you and the number 13 has no physical powers. I also believe that there's probably something out there (even if it's sea plankton), that positive thinking can improve your rate of healing, that religious buildings are nice spaces to be in; I meditate, I do yoga every day.

    I used to laugh at Brid

    I consider myself half Scully, half Mulder. I am skeptical.

    I believe that walking under a ladder is only a bad idea if it's unstable, that black cats are only unlucky if it's a panther that wants to eat you and the number 13 has no physical powers. I also believe that there's probably something out there (even if it's sea plankton), that positive thinking can improve your rate of healing, that religious buildings are nice spaces to be in; I meditate, I do yoga every day.

    I used to laugh at Bridget Jones and her self-help books (I still maintain "Men are from Mars..."is bollocks) because they all sounded ridiculous. However, I am always willing to have a look at the other side and I enjoyed this book.

    A lot of the "Power of the Universe" is about perspective and choosing to look at things a certain way. If you see a penny, pick it up then all day you may have completely average lucky but if that penny made you notice little joys or you gave it to someone and it made them smile then you're choosing to look at it in a certain light.

    I don't like when people imply that unimaginably horrible things were brought into your life because you weren't positive enough - sometimes life is horrible and hard and no amount of positive thinking will undo the terrible. However, very often 'this too shall pass' and we find, even though it may never be 'fixed', things get a little easier every day. That's a good time for this book.

    I won't get too personal but I wanted a little guidance and this book was good. A lot of it is Gabby explaining how something happened to her and this is how she found a new way of looking at things and that improved the situation.

    My personal mantra has long been 'don't be a dick' and I like that some of Gabby's stories are about how she realised she was being a, shall we say, diva? And chose to be more loving and empathetic and people reacted well.

    This book won't magically fix your life may help you be more aware, recognise patterns, take another look at things and gain some perspective

  • Tami

    I actually loved most of this book, but a few things bothered me.

    The main things I didn't like were:

    a) The "trying-to-be-relatable" stories that Gabby told throughout the book; most of them weren't relatable, they just seemed like rich girl problems and her solutions wouldn't work on more complicated issues.

    b) A LOT of the book seemed repetitive to me - especially the first few chapters. I feel like she could've done a lot more with them but she pretty much repeated the same info over and ove

    I actually loved most of this book, but a few things bothered me.

    The main things I didn't like were:

    a) The "trying-to-be-relatable" stories that Gabby told throughout the book; most of them weren't relatable, they just seemed like rich girl problems and her solutions wouldn't work on more complicated issues.

    b) A LOT of the book seemed repetitive to me - especially the first few chapters. I feel like she could've done a lot more with them but she pretty much repeated the same info over and over.

    Those points aside, I love the concept of this book and I did take a lot away from it. Even though some of her anecdotes weren't relatable, the lesson of the book was.

    I'm definitely a worrier. I have a hard time making big decisions without doing careful research, planning, and assessing. This book gave me insight into how to just trust in God instead of trying to anticipate and worry about what's going to happen all the time. Choosing to view your problems from a lens of love instead of fear can totally put your mind and body at ease.

    It also taught me how to set my judgments of other people aside in order to see things from their point of view for a minute. I mean, we're all going through life together, we all have struggles, but sometimes we just perceive things differently. Choosing to see other people through a lens of love and understanding instead of fear and judgment can help us all live more peacefully.

    Basically, this book teaches you how to choose love and to consciously make the decision to choose love every day through meditation, prayer, and mindfulness. A lesson that I think we could all use nowadays.

    I feel like I'll probably end up reading this book again!

  • Jennifer

    Call me a skeptic, or maybe I'm just too old to be part of Gabby's target audience. In her 5th book, Bernstein is back at it calling on her "Spirit Junkies" to say "yes" to the love of the Universe, stop living a life of fear, and open themselves to love, miracles, and abundance.

    Some of Bernstein's advice is sound. She advocates meditation (which science is even proving to have health benefits), cultivating an attitude of compassion, and aiming to have a positive attitude. I start to raise my ey

    Call me a skeptic, or maybe I'm just too old to be part of Gabby's target audience. In her 5th book, Bernstein is back at it calling on her "Spirit Junkies" to say "yes" to the love of the Universe, stop living a life of fear, and open themselves to love, miracles, and abundance.

    Some of Bernstein's advice is sound. She advocates meditation (which science is even proving to have health benefits), cultivating an attitude of compassion, and aiming to have a positive attitude. I start to raise my eyebrows when the book implies that good things don't happen to a person (or bad things do happen to a person) because their vibe is "blocking positive energy" or some other silly nonsense like that. I don't know why bad things happen to good people, but I'm darn sure than in most cases it isn't their fault.

    I've read a few of Gabby's books before, and there's not much here that's new. Her tribe will love it, but I've recognized that while I was once on the periphery of that tribe, it's time for us to wish each other well and part ways. Namaste.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Hay House for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Bella

    I really like the idea of the universe having my back. I can believe it. However, this book ... I can't put my finger on it but it felt empty or lacking something, as if the author was holding back the real "meat" (i.e., full truth) behind the premise behind the book. The examples felt shallow and I highly doubt the author is shallow, so that's why I say there is something behind the scenes not fully in the light. The book has a premature birth vibe and prob could have taken more time to let div

    I really like the idea of the universe having my back. I can believe it. However, this book ... I can't put my finger on it but it felt empty or lacking something, as if the author was holding back the real "meat" (i.e., full truth) behind the premise behind the book. The examples felt shallow and I highly doubt the author is shallow, so that's why I say there is something behind the scenes not fully in the light. The book has a premature birth vibe and prob could have taken more time to let divine right timing do its thing.

  • Anne

    Lots to take in here and plenty of ways to think about losing the fear that guides our lives, but ultimately this is a narcissistic, simple minded belief system. What about systemic racism and poverty? What about the ways that people struggle and can't manifest mountain houses? If the author addresses this, I must have missed it.

  • Riva Sciuto

    Call me a cynic, but absolutely nothing about this book resonated with me. Prompted by her mid-yoga anxiety attack, Gabrielle Bernstein's superficial advice ignores the deeper and more meaningful aspects of suffering and the growth that can come as a result of it. She fails to acknowledge that it's OK to be sad, fearful, doubtful or angry sometimes -- in fact, not only is it part of life; it's often where we experience the most growth.

    Instead, she suggests we should all blindly let the universe

    Call me a cynic, but absolutely nothing about this book resonated with me. Prompted by her mid-yoga anxiety attack, Gabrielle Bernstein's superficial advice ignores the deeper and more meaningful aspects of suffering and the growth that can come as a result of it. She fails to acknowledge that it's OK to be sad, fearful, doubtful or angry sometimes -- in fact, not only is it part of life; it's often where we experience the most growth.

    Instead, she suggests we should all blindly let the universe "take the wheel" and trust that everything will turn out great if only we have a little faith. While such a suggestion is nice, it completely ignores the deeper complexities and realities of life. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes things don't happen for a reason. Sometimes we will experience tragedy and heartache and the only way to get through it all is to feel "negative" emotions. And that's OK. Because life is messy sometimes and being "joyful" all the time isn't real.

    While she provides some helpful reminders to refrain from judgment and negative self perceptions, most of her advice is laughably superficial. "Living with certainty is so much fun!" (If only it were that easy!) "When you let go and let the Universe guide your relationships, it's like booking a session with an invisible therapist." (Forget all the work that goes in to maintaining a healthy relationship -- just let the Universe take over! 🙄)

    While I envy Bernstein for the faux utopia in which she lives, I just couldn't take this seriously. One star for (her ghostwriter's) effort. 🌟

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