Has the Universe got My Back?
Updated: Jan 9
Hello Sacred Travellers,
‘The Universe has your back’ is a popular mantra in the new age world. There are influential speakers like Gabrielle Bernstein who has a book of the same name, or Esther Hicks who uses “everything is always working out for me” but what is your experience of this idea in real life?
Both Gabrielle and Esther align with the ‘law of attraction’ idea that our thoughts manifest our realty. I think there is truth in that. I’ve heard stories from friends and experienced examples of this happening in my own life. Holding a focused awareness that the ‘universe has my back’ even in sticky situations has seen miraculous turnarounds.
But regardless of what anyone believes, I’ve often wondered if there is a Higher Being, God, Goddess, Angels looking out for us anyway. And does this unseen help step back when we make questionable decisions or have negative thoughts?
In 12 Step programmes, they have a saying ‘Do the Next Right’ thing, and ask you to have the faith that those that do so, will be looked after and get help from a Higher Power. Again, I’ve heard countless real stories that have ‘proved’ this and seen it at work in my own life. Nowadays, I favour this approach because whilst ‘law of attraction’ works and feels exciting and magical when it happens, it seems to offer less opportunity for real and deep growth. There is less accountability; less ‘moral code’.
It can seem ever so old-fashioned to talk about moral codes in today’s modern world and yet, I feel more and more aligned to this idea. And by moral code, I don’t mean some strict, punitive set of values imposed by some external authority. I mean this internal compass, a sense of right and wrong that comes from within.
By following this intuitive knowing and doing the ‘next right thing’ even if it appears detrimental to us in some way, I wonder do we draw the unseen help closer and unknowingly attract things that are good for us? Sometimes the gift is a clear conscience - for example when we admit that we did the wrong thing and are prepared to take the consequences. Other times, we are rewarded with unexpected and positive outcomes or new opportunities.
A friend of mine had deliberately not paid any tax for five years. She hadn’t completed tax returns, had stuck her head in the sand, railing against the injustice of the taxation system. She lived in fear of ‘being caught’ and finally decided to ‘do the next right thing’. She sat down and went through the 5 years of outstanding paperwork. The unexpected reward was that there was nothing to pay. But the greatest gift was no longer living in fear and metaphorically ‘looking over her shoulder’.
Sometimes the ‘next right thing’ is more subtle than this. Perhaps it can be simply stepping outside of your comfort zone. When we are brave enough to take that kind of action, are we automatically ‘held’ by God? Are our angels on hand to support us or do we have to ask?
I don’t know; I’d like to think they’re cheering us on and have our back anyway but I don’t think it does any harm to ask.
Something special happened to me on one of my nature walks recently. As I walked I was wrestling with a course of action that would take me out of my comfort zone. It felt difficult and overwhelming. I felt scared. But part of me knew I had to do it. So in a temper I mentally shouted to God above:
‘Ok if I’m going to do this then I’m going to need your help! I don’t know what I’m doing or how to do it!’
I then started quietly crying as I continued walking. Up front I could see some wild horses grazing. They are jumpy creatures and I don’t like to disturb them. On this day I felt tired, tearful and a bit lost. I kept my head down and walked on. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw one of the horses stop grazing and pull her head up to look at me. She then walked several yards over towards me, and stopped directly in in front of me – right in the middle of my path. I stared at her, tears still flowing down my cheeks. I tentatively put my hand out and stroked her nose. She stepped forward and leaned her head against mine. This made me cry harder! My head was resting against her mane and she just stood there emanating tenderness. I felt nurtured and cared for. ‘Thank you, thank you’ I whispered.
There was no doubt in my mind that this was a sign I must take that uncomfortable step and I would be looked after no matter what.
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