Deep down, I have lacked trust in the Universe for most of my life. I’ve followed a path of personal growth, and spirituality for about 30 years and somehow, I expected things to just flow with ease. I believed that if I could just say positive and kind, only great things would come my way.
I won’t say that life has been terrible, but it certainly hasn’t gone as planned. Perhaps you can relate? You focus on trying to manifest more money, and suddenly, somebody rear ends you and you’re stuck with a bill for $1000. Or you decide that you’re truly ready to fall in love and all you seem to attract are people with tons of commitment issues. Or perhaps you’ve strived to get back in shape and put your health first, only to throw your back out after a week at the gym. Sound familiar?
It is only within reason then, that we develop a lack of trust in the Universal energy that guides us. Somehow, we feel that it is sabotaging our success. Doesn’t it want us to be happy, healthy, and rich? Everything we have read tells us that only good is available to us if only we can get into the flow.
I recently had a man write to me after he attended our Money Manifestation Breathwork and Soundbath to tell me that immediately afterward, his boss started docking his pay and he was receiving less than ever! I went on to explain that sometimes, the Universe pushes us when we need it. I told him that perhaps this is a sign to either let go of this position and find his true work which would ultimately allow more abundance, or to speak up and ask for what he is worth.
You see, the Universe does have our back. I have since learned that all of my difficulties were leading me towards more self-love, self-acceptance, and self-forgiveness. Does the Universe want us to thrive in all areas? ABSOLUTELY! But will we need to go through crap to get there? Yes, most likely.
That’s the part that most of us don’t want to hear. We all want a quick fix and an easy life that serves us champagne and Hors D’oeuvres on a silver platter but sometimes we need to eat the pub grub in a cardboard box first.
Our main mission as humans is to grow, expand, and learn to love ourselves and others more freely. We are here to figure out how we can serve and help mankind, and that road is often very bumpy. Many of us want to give up throughout the obstacle course saying “how much more of this can I take?”
I can’t give you a guarantee that you’re going to have everything you dream of. I also can’t say that you will never hurt again in this lifetime. But I can tell you that if you do the inner work, plug in your spiritual and emotional batteries daily, and you commit to becoming the best you can be striving to overcome all limitations, you WILL arrive at a place that feels really good!
Am I there now? I’d say yes I am. Do I still have work to do? Of course. We all do. The inner growth and expansion doesn’t end but the journey does become easier over time.
Here is the irony. Once we get to a place of self-love and self-forgiveness, we no longer need outside validation. We don’t require people to tell us how amazing we are, or for the next designer bag to boost our ego. No…we become good with what is, even when what is, isn’t truly what we expected. When we arrive into this more peaceful existence, things, opportunities, money, and love begins flowing in because we have surrendered and given our trust back to the Universe. We learn to say “okay I give up, I don’t know what’s best…but you do.” “Take me, show me the way.”
I truly believe that when we can allow the Universe to guide us while doing our inner work of releasing fear, blocks, hurt, shame, and negative programming, what comes for us is something far greater than we anticipated, something that energizes us and gives us meaning. Our job is to trust, breathe, let go, and surrender. Everything is going to be more than okay, I promise.
Jay Bradley is a BreathWork Healer & Teacher Living in Los Angeles.
He is the Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!