The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

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Title:The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
Author:Gabrielle Bernstein
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Edition Language:English

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Orchid

    I do things that make me hate myself; one of which was buy and read this book. Everything about this title annoys me, but I’m still giving it a three and a half star review.

    First, the title: unless you’re an animist or pantheist, the universe isn’t a sentient being with an intention or direction for us, but “The Universe” has become a safe little catch-all word for a higher power when talking to people who’s faith you don’t know (like, people who might buy your book) and to whom religion has all

    I do things that make me hate myself; one of which was buy and read this book. Everything about this title annoys me, but I’m still giving it a three and a half star review.

    First, the title: unless you’re an animist or pantheist, the universe isn’t a sentient being with an intention or direction for us, but “The Universe” has become a safe little catch-all word for a higher power when talking to people who’s faith you don’t know (like, people who might buy your book) and to whom religion has all kinds of negative connotations. So right off the bat, there’s a kind of chicken-shit, non-exclusionary, marketing-friendly approach to the message that pisses me off as being insincere and uncertain about what exactly it is has your back while claiming certainty that something is definitely behind you and not in a creepy way.

    That being said..

    The book talks about how to move from feeling like I needed to anticipate, predict and plan for every future outcome— something that had occupied so much of my life for so long— being full of self-judgment for “bad decisions”, being full of anxiety about making the “wrong” decision in the present (and thus avoiding them in some cases), into being more open to possibilities I can’t foresee, more trusting that when I jump, a net will appear (or whatever the metaphor is), instead of my approach which is to thoroughly research the various ways successful jumpers had jumped, make a detailed jumping plan with jump metric targets and review dates to reassess how to and when to jump.

    It talks about how to move from being resentful and judgmental (two of my favourite hobbies) into at least being awake enough to stop that inner narrative and forgive myself for it and let it go. To be more happy with my life today instead of waiting for a future, more perfect version. And it does this without really telling the reader what to believe in. That’s up to you and completely open.

    So, the flaky sounding title isn’t so flakey, after all. She doesn’t subscribe to any one faith, and just reads from different spiritual teachers for the underlying message of

    , ignoring the sticky business or who or what it is those teachers have

    and what rewards/punishments they offer-which works for me.

    And yes, it did this with examples that made me clench my fists and need to take rant breaks (the story about having a meltdown during

    ? Really?) and listing examples I just couldn’t see as real turmoil (not being invited to an acquaintance’s – who she spends some time trashing- birthday. Gee, her life is hard).

    In the end, irrespective of whether I saw those examples as ‘hardships’ or not, I could relate to the symptoms: anxiety, self-judgment, self-doubt, fear of change, fear or things I can’t predict or control, defensiveness, isolation, judgement of others.

    And all of these things were holding me back.

    So for that realisation, and for making me ready to let the reins fall a little bit and enjoy what is right now in my life, it’s earned 3.5 stars out of five. Four overall for her reading of the audiobook.

    It

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    (in english and sanskrit)? there’s a lot of them in this book. If these annoy you, find another book.

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    The yoga mat meltdown, the birthday invite that didn’t arrive, not finding the perfect flat in LA quick enough, her not being invited to a global public speaking event..these can test the patience. If you can look past the examples into the feelings being them (self-doubt about life choices, exclusion, impatience, not feeling worthy) then the stories are helpful, but if not, find another book.

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    like, writing down things you want to work out for you and burning them? If not, this book isn’t for you.

    - the chapter on judgment and where it comes from is great.

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    , opting to making your own from various teachings or philosophies, this could be for you. She talks about how to write a faith statement, for example.

  • 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.

  • JoAnn Horner

    I was eager to read this book and got few reminders from it but was unimpressed. It is more of a book for beginners to "enlightenment". I've read so many books over the years with far more substantial material and thoughtful insight as well as better quality writing. I immediately got the impression that the author was more about promoting herself. Maybe it was the writing style but I felt like I was reading her diary. I've never had that i

    I was eager to read this book and got few reminders from it but was unimpressed. It is more of a book for beginners to "enlightenment". I've read so many books over the years with far more substantial material and thoughtful insight as well as better quality writing. I immediately got the impression that the author was more about promoting herself. Maybe it was the writing style but I felt like I was reading her diary. I've never had that impression with an author. I looked at the covers of her books and saw that all of them had her photo on it. There isn't any new insights offered in her book and it is very simplistic. I just couldn't help but think it was just a way to garner her followers. I didn't care for being duped in the last chapter with her political fears. It was way off track and had no place in the book.

    There was a section where she encourages readers to develop their Kundalini, but from what I've read, the Kundalini should only be awakened with lots of knowledge and great caution.

    However, some followers will love her book and will be inspired to make change in their life.

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