The Universe Has Your Back (book review)


The Universe Has Your BackI received an advanced, complementary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

“The practice of being on a spiritual path isn’t about being the best meditator, or the kindest possible person, or the most enlightened,” author Gabrielle Bernstein writes early in her new book “The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith.  “The practice is about surrendering to love as often as possible.”

If you feel a lack of love in your life, the Universe Has Your Back is the book for you.  Drawing from principles she has learned from A Course in Miracles, Bernstein’s new work is all about seeing the circumstances in your life through the eyes of love instead of fear.  “Every experience you perceive on the movie screen that is your life gives rise to one of two choices: to learn through the perception of love or to learn through the perception of fear,” Bernstein says.

The Universe Has Your Back is more than pithy love sayings.  Bernstein is very open in sharing from her own life experiences.  “I was living a life far beyond my wildest dreams,” she writes describing her current career as an author and speaker. “I had spent a decade growing my spiritual practice, healing old wounds, and deepening my faith. And I was finally free—or so I thought.” I liked the vulnerability Bernstein showed in getting her love message out.  The author wrestles with fear thoughts, too, just like us.

Bernstein summarizes her main points throughout the book with “Universal Lessons”.  Such as:

  • The Universe will always conspire to lead you toward solutions of the highest good when you open up to receive them.
  • Our happiness, success, and safety can be measured by our genuine capacity to tune in to the loving vibration of the Universe.
  • When we surrender our will to the power of the Universe, we receive miracles.

I found these sayings helpful.  They are short, concise reminders of the essence of the book.

“Whenever you notice yourself stuck in your low-vibe story, witness it and say, I am determined to see this with love,” Bernstein writes.  I suspect we all have our own “low-vibe stories” (I know I do).  The Universe Has Your Back led me to take a fresh look at the perceived negatives in my life and reframe them in a positive, loving light.  “As each individual lights up his or her life, the world becomes brighter. In our light that darkness cannot co-exist,” Bernstein says.  The Universe Has Your Back will help light up lives when it is published later this Fall.

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