Last year Hay House sent me an amazing book: “The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein. Punctually, a year later, the book has been followed by a 52-card Deck, by the same title, to share the book’s message in a different way, and of course, I had the pleasure to review this gorgeous new release.
The book (find my review here) is an awesome guide to understanding why things are happening to us, and how to shift every single outcome towards the one we want. Not that we have to perform magic or control anything at all, in fact, the book’s message is about anything but control, it is about listening to the messages being shared with us.
At times we are so focused on one direction that the reason why we are not getting what we want, is that we are meant to go the other way, for a better cause! The Universe has your Back allows you to follow your bliss by understanding that truly everything happens for a reason.
So, Gabby’s cards are a way to step back and, when we need guidance, ask for it. Since receiving the deck last week, I have been enjoying daily readings; especially as I was ill and I was at home feeling that I had no control over my to-do list.
I started to have doubts about a few things that had to happen last weekend; scared that I would be unwell or that I would fail.
I pulled 3 cards on Friday and they made my weekend a blast!
- “I always trust the direction of the Universe and know I am being guided”
- “The moment I embrace my peace within and surrender the outcome is the moment that the universe can truly get to work”
- “When I am connected to my joyful presence I attract support from the universe”
I had to trust that everything was going to fall into place and instead of directing fear towards my events; I had to direct hope and love towards them! I listened to the messages and the magic happened!
To give you an example: One of the things I was worried about was not having enough people at my day retreat and I was stressing all week about the worse case scenario! After picking up the cards I said to myself “I will let it be!” and visualized abundance. Well… we sold out! Full house and all guests were happy!
My personal experience was just a reminder that we need to listen, as things happen the way they should, if we stay in the flow. We are also powerful enough to choose the direction of that flow. We can get stuck in a flow of resistance, where all we meet is obstacles, or we can be in a flow of abundance where we see the growth of what we start in our lives!
And when things don’t go the way we want, we need to ask why! But never in a victimizing manner, rather, in a loving way as we can always draw a lesson and see that the temporary “halt” is actually a platform to get to a better outcome!
I am honestly sure of this, and the book, as well as the deck, is a daily reminder that it is the case.
Visually, the cards are pretty and simple and I love that Gabby teamed up with a small brand owner in NYC, Micaela Ezra, illustrator, textile designer and writer, to bring the cards to life. It also shows the support for other women entrepreneurs and small companies, which Gabby always seemed to care about! This is the way forward!
On how to use the cards: I personally enjoy creating a little altar for myself with candles, frankincense, some crystals and flowers and just enjoy the magic space I have created to do some meditation and ask for guidance.
If in a hurry or for a quick reading, I always like to light a couple of candles, and have a few objects that make me feel calm and connected as well as a cup of my favorite Turmeric Latte by Wunder Workshop.
Nothing needs to be perfect or even planned for, just listen to your intuition and let it happen, after all: The Universe Has your Back!