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    30 Gabby Bernstein Quotes for Faith, Trust & Love

    In this post, discover 30 beautiful Gabby Bernstein quotes to uplift your spirit, connect you to your highest self, and help you to surrender to the loving guidance of the Universe. Plus, download quote images to your phone or device to save or share!

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    Who is Gabby Bernstein?

    Gabrielle Bernstein is a motivational speaker, spiritual leader, podcast host, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of multiple books, including The Universe Has Your Back, Spirit Junkie, and Super Attractor. Her books primarily focus on topics such as spirituality, manifestation, and cultivating unconditional self-love, and her work is often inspired by the text, A Course in Miracles, which she also teaches from.

    One aspect of her work that makes it so appealing is her ability to write in such a way that it feels as though she’s speaking directly to the reader. She’s developed a close relationship with her fans and community, so much so that it feels odd to refer to her formally here as “Bernstein” or even “Gabrielle.” To most of her audience, she’s just Gabby, a name she uses in her hour-long Instagram Live shows as well as her Dear Gabby podcast, which was launched in Spring 2021.

    One aspect of Gabby’s work that first drew me to her is her focus on the concept of surrender. One of her most well-known affirmations is, “When I think I’ve surrendered, I surrender more.” I find myself coming back to these words often throughout each day as I’ve learned how to let go of how I think my life should look and trust that the Universe gives me exactly what I need.

    Below, you’ll find 30 of my favorite Gabby Bernstein quotes for faith, trust, and love. I originally was going to title this post, “30 Gabby Bernstein Quotes to Uplift and Inspire,” but something didn’t feel right about that title. It isn’t that her words don’t uplift and inspire; they do. It’s simply that some of these quotes feel more like a calming, soulful sigh of relief. They uplift, but they also ground you to the present moment and connect you to your true self.

    So I hope these Gabby Bernstein quotes uplift and inspire, but I hope they also connect you to the vibration of love, faith, peace, and self-compassion as you surrender your worries and trust the Universe to deliver exactly what you need in this moment.

    And if you want to learn more about Gabby Bernstein, you can find more about her courses and writings at gabbybernstein.com.

    Gabby Bernstein Quotes

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    1. “I am love. Everything in me and outside of me is love. Today I choose to repeat this, believe this, and commit to this. I am love. Anything else I have chosen to believe is false evidence appearing real. What I choose to see as real today is love and only love. I am love.”
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    2. “The key to serenity is trusting that the universe has your back.”

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    3. “Faith it til you make it.”

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    4. “I’m beginning to accept that the less I do, the more I will succeed – because the less I do, the better I feel.”

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    5. “The more time I devote to feeling good, the easier my life becomes.”

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    6. “True abundance is an inside job.”

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    7. “True abundance isn’t based on our net worth, it’s based on our self-worth.”

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    8. “I let go of my need to control and allow the Universe to do her thing.”

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    9. “If we want to live a miraculous life, we must raise the volume on the loving voice within us and turn down the volume of our fear.”

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    10. “When you loosen your grip and let Spirit lead the way, your life will become a happy dream.”

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    11. “The simple intention to surrender control is all you need to experience miracles.”

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    12. “I learned that real happiness doesn’t come from getting but from giving.”

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    13. “Praying is the time to ask and meditating is the time to listen.”

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    14. “Get naked with your truth, offering the world your greatest gift: your authentic self.”

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    15. “Much of our anxiety and stress comes when we’re focused on fear and disconnected from the voice of our inner guide.”

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    16. “Allow your passion to become your purpose and it will one day become your profession.”

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    17. “Trust that your wounds are exactly as the Universe planned. They were divinely placed in your life in the perfect order so that you could show up for them with love and remember the light within.”

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    18. “Whenever you notice your thoughts detour into attack mode, say out loud or to yourself: Happiness is a choice I make.”

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    19. “When you begin to dance with the energy of the Universe, your life flows naturally, incredible synchronicity presents itself, creative solutions abound, and you experience freedom.”

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    20. “When you see others who have what you want, celebrate it! Let their success mirror back to you what you’re ready to receive.”

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    21. “I recognize that I have chosen wrongly. I forgive this thought, and I choose again. I choose love.”

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    22. “Rejection is often the universe leading us in a different direction. See rejection as guidance rather than loss.”

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    23. “When I think I’ve surrendered, I surrender more.”

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    24. “Being in union with the Universe is like an awesome dance where you trust your partner so much that you just surrender to the beat of the music.”

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    25. “Be kind and loving toward others while creating clear boundaries that protect your good-feeling emotions. You can choose how you perceive your world. You are the dreamer of your dream.”

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    26. “Say out loud or silently, ‘I forgive this thought, and I choose to believe in love instead.'”

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    27. “How will you know when you’re ready to share your visions with the world? You will develop a strong sense of connection and certainty around your desire, and that’s when you know it’s time to share.”

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    28. “Today I no longer need to change the world around me. I just need to change the way I see it.”

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    29. “Each day when you wake up, say: ‘What miracles would you have me perform today?’ Then listen.”

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    30. “My definition of God is: the ever-present essence of love.”

    What are some of your favorite Gabby Bernstein quotes? Let me know your favorites in the comment box below!

    And for more inspirational quotes, plus a daily dose of positive affirmations and self-love, be sure to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest!

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    40 Positive Affirmations for Faith, Hope, and Trust

    In this post, discover 40 beautiful affirmations for faith, hope, and trust. These affirmations are designed to help you to remain steady and grounded, no matter what’s happening in your external world. Exhale your doubts and inhale trust using these gentle yet empowering words.

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    Releasing Doubt, Welcoming Faith

    Faith is a word that can mean many things to many people.

    For some, faith has a deeply spiritual connotation and is rooted in the belief in a higher power. Faith is often a word used to describe one’s religious beliefs. However, the word faith goes far beyond a person’s religion.

    To keep the faith means to trust that everything will work out, even when it doesn’t always feel like it.

    And to walk forward in faith means to trust your journey, even if you can’t see the entire path in front of you.

    Your own definition of faith is likely deeply personal to you. For me, faith means trusting the universe. I have faith that at all times, I am exactly where I need to be, and I believe that all experiences are meant to serve my growth. I have faith in myself to create the life of my dreams, and this faith comes from knowing that I am eternally connected to an infinite source of light and love. I believe the light of the universe lives within me (and you, and everyone else). This light connects everything and everyone; it is perfect, infinite, and knows only love.

    So what is faith? That’s for you to define. To help, here are a few quotes about faith and its extraordinary power:

    • Helen Keller: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”
    • Voltaire: “Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”
    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
    • Wayne Dyer:You’ll see it when you believe it.

    Below, discover 40 beautiful affirmations for faith, hope, and trust. Let these affirmations be an anchor on days when you’re feeling unsteady, ungrounded, and/or uncertain in your current life experiences.

    And for tips on how to use affirmations to get the most out of them, check out my post, How to Use Affirmations (So They Actually Work).

    Affirmations for Faith, Hope, and Trust

    • I embrace this new day with hope, courage, and love.
    • I release doubt and welcome faith.
    • I exhale worry and inhale trust.
    • I radiate calm, peace, and serenity.
    • I build my life on the foundation of faith, hope, and love.
    • I have unshakable faith in my divine path.
    • I am safe and supported, rooted in this present moment.
    • I feel peaceful and relaxed knowing I am exactly where I am meant to be.
    • I am aligned with the loving will of the universe.
    • I honor my inner knowing and trust my path.
    • I bravely let go and allow the universe to reveal its beautiful plan for me.
    • I trust that the universe gives me exactly what I need at exactly the right time.
    • I am divinely protected, inspired, and guided by the universe.
    • I am deeply and unconditional loved by a higher power.
    • I trust that everything I need comes to me at exactly the right place and time.
    • Everything is unfolding in perfect timing. I trust. I believe. I receive.
    • Even when the world is immersed in darkness, I walk forward in faith, love, and light.
    • I chose faith over fear and peace over perfection.
    • I release worry and choose to trust.
    • I trust and believe that everything is always working out for my highest good.
    • I am always gently held and lovingly guided by this universe.
    • I am trusting. What’s meant for me is already mine. I am exactly where I’m meant to be.
    • My energy is not reserved for worrying. I use my energy to trust, believe, and have faith.
    • Even when something doesn’t happen how I wanted, I know I’m on the right path.
    • I surrender my resistance and allow the universe to give me what I need.
    • I am willing to believe that things will always work out, even when they don’t feel like it.
    • In this moment, I am exactly where I am meant to be.
    • No matter what happens, I remain aligned with faith, trust, and love.
    • The universe always has my back.
    • The universe provides me with all that I need in every moment.
    • Love and gratitude flow to and through me in all moments.
    • I have faith that everything works out for my highest good.
    • I choose to relax and turn my worries over to the universe.
    • I release the need to control my life and surrender to a higher power.
    • I trust my intuition and listen to the wisdom of the universe.
    • I am always gently held and lovingly guided by this universe.
    • I am loved, cherished, and adored by this universe.
    • I choose to let go and trust.
    • Everything is just as it’s meant to be.
    • All is really well.
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    What Are Nadis? Nadis and Chakra Healing, Yoga & More

    What are nadis? In this post, learn all about nadis, the energy channels through which your life force flows. Discover the relationship between nadis and chakras, and learn how to keep your nadis clear and open so you can align with your highest self.

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    Your Energy Centers

    It’s likely if you have a spiritual practice, meditate, and/or practice yoga, you’ve heard of chakras, your body’s energy centers through which your life force (or prana) flows. Chakra is a Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “disk” and is commonly defined as a wheel of energy in your body.

    Your body has seven main chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. Each chakra has associated attributes and plays a distinct role in your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health and well-being. For instance, your root chakra (also known as your first chakra) is your body’s energy center for stability, security, groundedness, safety, and strength. As the lowest energy center in your body, it acts as your foundation. When your root chakra is open and balanced, you feel stable and secure. Without a balanced root chakra and stable foundation, it’s likely that your other energy centers will also become imbalanced.

    I won’t go into too much detail about chakras today, but if you’re interested in learning more, I’ve included links to some of my chakra blog posts below. I also encourage you to check out my Chakra Healing Bundle, which includes a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide.

    What I do want you to know about chakras today is this: even though each of your chakras plays a distinct role in your overall well-being, all of your chakras work together as one whole system. When one becomes imbalanced, it’s likely to affect the others. You can compare this to the physical organs inside your body: when one organ isn’t functioning correctly, this may negatively affect other parts of your body. All of your chakras play a significant role in keeping you in optimum health.

    While you often only hear about the seven main chakras, your body actually has 114 chakras, and some people believe there are even more. For instance, you have chakras in your hands, shoulders, and tongue, and there are even two chakras that reside outside your body.

    Finally, the last thing I want to note about chakras is that unlike your organs, your chakras aren’t an actual physical thing you can see in an x-ray. Rather, you experience them through feelings, sensations, and your own inner knowing.

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    What Are Nadis?

    So what are nadis, and how do they play a role in your chakra system?

    Nadis are the energy channels through which your life force flows; the word nadi is a Sanskrit word meaning “tube”, “channel”, or “flow.” (I’ve also seen it translated to “a flowing river.”) The points at which these nadis intersect are your chakras. You can think of it like a town with numerous roads and a building at each intersection. Your nadis are the roads, and your chakras are the buildings at each intersection. Cars, or your energy, are traveling up and down these roads to the buildings.

    When the system is working perfectly, these buildings are open 24/7, and the cars are continually moving in and out of them.

    This is the same as your energy centers: ideally, your chakras are always open so that energy can flow to and through them.

    While the buildings and chakras get all the attention, they only work when the system as a whole works: roads need to be made for cars to travel on, and nadis are needed for energy to travel through.

    Now, I do want to note that my road analogy isn’t a perfect comparison. Nadis are energy channels through which your life force flows, but they’are also intrinsically more than just a road to get to a chakra. If you’ve ever had an out-of-body experience, experienced an altered state of consciousness (often through meditation), or had a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel experience, it may be attributed to energy escaping through the body through your nadis. Nadis are also correlated to spiritual development and what you might consider “spiritual powers” (such as sensing or seeing auras).

    Many estimate that you have between 21,000 to 72,000 nadis in your body, though some people believe there could be hundreds of thousands or even millions of nadis within each of us.

    Just like you have over a hundred chakras but seven have been singled out as your main chakras, you have thousands of nadis, but three are believed to be most important: the Sushumna Nadi, the Ida Nadi, and the Pingala Nadi.

    Sushumna Nadi

    The Sushumna Nadi is believed to be the most important of all the thousands of nadis that exist within your body. Running up the base of your spine to the crown of your head, this energy channel runs through all of your main chakras and is believed to be connected to your highest self. When it’s unblocked and energy can flow freely through it, you are aligned with your true, highest, most authentic self. You also become open to experiencing a profound spiritual awakening, feel a sense of deep inner wisdom, and know deep inner peace and true harmony within your mind, body, and spirit.

    Ida Nadi

    Your Ida Nadi is associated with your feminine energy and starts at the base of your spine (at your root chakra). It then runs through your core to your left nostril. It is associated with right-brain dominance and what you might describe as softer, darker energy. It is also associated with the moon.

    Pingala Nadi

    Your Pingala Nadi is associated with your masculine energy. It starts at the base of your spine (at your root chakra) and runs through your core to your right nostril. (The Ida Nadi and the Pingala Nadi flow upwards criss-crossing each other at your chakra points.) It’s associated with left-brain dominance and what you might describe as stronger, lighter energy. As the Ida Nadi is associated with the moon, the Pingala Nadi is associated with the sun.

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    Unblocking Your Nadis

    A lot of attention is paid to opening, healing, and unblocking your chakras, but it’s just as important that your nadis remain open and unblocked. Again, to return to the road analogy, in order for cars to get to the intersections where the buildings are located, they need to be able to travel freely up and down the roads. If a road is blocked, this not only inhibits the cars to travel through that road, but it affects neighboring roads as well.

    If any of your energy channels become blocked, energy can no longer pass freely through it, inhibiting your energy from reaching your chakras. This can have negative effects on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self.

    So how do you ensure your nadis remain clear for energy to easily pass through? Here are a few methods:

    Alternate Nostril Breathing

    Have you ever noticed that you may breathe easier through one nostril than the other? If not, you can try a quick test right now. Gently press any of the fingers on your right hand against the right side of your nose, closing the right nostril. Place the fingers of your left hand below your left nostril. Exhale through your nose, noticing whether you can feel the warm air of your exhale against your left fingers. Then try this with your right nostril.

    If you’re able to feel air moving easily through both nostrils, that’s a good sign! If not, one of your nadis may be experiencing blockages. Alternate nostril breathing, also known as Nadi Shodhana, is one method to clear your energy channels so energy can flow freely through them. There are several ways to do this, so I’ll explain the method I use below, then link to some articles that discuss a few other methods.

    1. You can start in your preferred meditation position, sitting cross-legged on the floor or on a chair with your feet planted on the ground. (Just not laying down.) Keep your spine straight and your head lifted.
    2. Lift your right hand. With this practice, you’re going to use three fingers: pinky, ring, and thumb. You can take your index and middle finger and fold them against your palm, so only the pinky, ring finger, and thumb are sticking up.
    3. You may want to take a few deep breaths first and spend a minute or two grounding yourself to this present moment. Take as much time as you need.
    4. With the right thumb of the right hand, close your right nostril. Inhale deeply through your left nostril.
    5. At the top of your inhale, pause. Lift your thumb from your right nostril and close your left nostril using your pinky and ring finger. Exhale fully through your right nostril.
    6. Then inhale through your right nostril, exhale through your left nostril.
    7. Inhale through your left nostril, exhale through your right nostril.
    8. Continue this pattern for several minutes, pausing at the top of each inhale and exhale. You can continue this practice for as long as you’d like.

    Since the Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi both start at the base of your spine, criss-crossing each other and running through your left and right nostrils, respectively, it’s important to really follow your breath as you practice alternate nostril breathing. When your right nostril is closed, follow your breath from the base of your spine to your left nostril; when your left nostril is closed, follow your breath from the base of your spine to your right nostril.

    Here are a few articles that discuss alternate nostril breathing and various methods for completing this practice:

    Hatha Yoga

    Hatha yoga is the type of yoga the general public likely thinks of when they hear the word “yoga”: yoga that pairs poses, or asanas, with breathing techniques, or pranayama. When you’re looking at a course catalog for your local yoga studio, you can typically be certain that anything titled Hatha Yoga will move a little slower and may include breathing exercises, static postures, and possibly even a meditation to start or end the class.

    Ha is translated to mean sun, and tha is translated to mean moon. If you remember from the bulletpoints on the Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi above, the Ida Nadi is associated with the moon, and the Pingala Nadi is associated with the sun. The practice of Hatha yoga aims to balance these two energies – moon and sun, feminine and masculine – to bring the Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi into equilibrium. (Note: The literal meaning of the word “hatha” means “force,” “effort,” or “exertion.”)

    Positive Affirmations and Intentions

    Have you ever heard the phrase, “Where your attention goes, energy flows”? Your mindset plays a powerful role in the harmony of your mind, body, and spirit. For instance, if you easily become overwhelmed and have thoughts that correlate with stress and anxiety, this negative energy will manifest in physical, emotional, and spiritual turmoil. When you’re able to cultivate a mindset of inner peace and tranquility, your energy is able to flow more freely throughout your body. Note that this isn’t a call to engage in toxic positivity, which is just as dangerous as stress and anxiety. You should always honor all of your feelings, even those you deem as negative. But you don’t have to stay with those negative thoughts. As Paulo Coelho wrote, “You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.” Use positive affirmations that truly resonate with you, and set the intention each day to remain grounded, stable, and peaceful, no matter what occurs in your external world.

    Gentle Movement

    If the weather allows it, go on a calming walk outside somewhere you feel safe and breathe in the fresh air. Engage in gentle movement that feels good to you and doesn’t put too much stress on your body. If you’re able to jog without breathing too heavily, you can do this as well. But don’t feel limited to these options. For instance, I’ve exercised using a weighted hula hoop and found this to be extremely effective in stimulating the movement of energy throughout my body. (Plus, it’s fun!) Gentle movement stimulates the flow of energy within the body in a way that can be both nurturing and calming.

    Final Thoughts

    While chakras rightfully get a lot of attention when it comes to the total well-being of your mind, body, and spirit, it’s important not to forget the role your nadis play in your overall health. Your nadis also play an essential role in connecting to your highest self and experiencing spiritual growth. When these energy channels are open and clear, you are able to find alignment with your true self and maintain optimum health: spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

    For more chakra resources, positive affirmations, self-love tools, manifestation inspiration, and more, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram!

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    35 Beautiful Affirmations for Peace and Serenity

    Peace begins within, and you have everything you need within you to create a life of true serenity. In this post, discover 35 beautiful affirmations for peace, calm, and tranquility.

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    Cultivating Peace

    How often in your life do you feel truly peaceful?

    Do you find that you feel the most at peace when you’re at a certain place or with a certain person? Do you experience true peace when you’re alone, separated from the external noise and happenings of the world?

    When you strip away external circumstances and experiences, you’ll likely find that peace is your natural state. Peace is who you are at your very core. It may not feel that way sometimes, but that’s only because outside factors can sometimes cause this part of you to become obscured. At any moment of any day, you have the opportunity to return home to yourself.

    To return home to peace and serenity within.

    Take a deep breath. Feel the air rising through your lungs. Let it all out in a deep, soulful exhale.

    Know that peace is available to you in every moment as soon as you decide to release the external noise and return to this present moment.

    Below are 35 affirmations for peace and serenity. Use these affirmations to come home to yourself when you feel off-balance and misaligned. When the world begins to feel heavy, let these words be your anchor.

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    Affirmations for Peace

    • All is well with my soul.
    • I know deep inner peace.
    • Eternal peace flows to and through me.
    • I am calm, patient, and peaceful.
    • I radiate calm, peace, and serenity.
    • I am safe and supported, rooted in this present moment.
    • In this moment, I have everything I need.
    • I feel calm, relaxed, and at peace.
    • I embrace my ability to remain calm in all situations.
    • I choose to be patient with myself and others.
    • I choose peace over worry.
    • I feel peaceful, grounded, and secure.
    • I chose faith over fear and peace over perfection.
    • I hold space for myself and honor my needs.
    • My heart is grateful and my mind is at peace.
    • I inhale peace. I exhale worry.
    • I am at peace with my past; I am in love with my present.
    • I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen.
    • I feel relaxed. I feel whole. This is exactly where I’m meant to be.
    • I give myself the gift of unconditional love, compassion, and peace.
    • Deep inner peace is my natural state.
    • My inner world is filled with peace and serenity.
    • Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
    • When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I allow myself space to pause and breathe.
    • I trust that everything is working out for my highest good.
    • There is beauty to be found in slowing down.
    • I release the need to control my life and surrender to this present moment.
    • I bravely let go and allow the universe to reveal its beautiful plan for me.
    • I trust that the universe gives me exactly what I need at exactly the right time.
    • I have faith that everything works out for my highest good.
    • My energy is not reserved for worrying. I use my energy to trust, believe, and have faith.
    • I am exactly where I’m meant to be.
    • I allow myself to slow down and find beauty in this present moment.
    • Everything is unfolding for me in perfect timing. I release worry and choose to trust.
    • Life is beautiful. I have time. All is well.
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    Abraham Hicks’ Emotional Guidance Scale Explained

    Abraham Hicks’ Emotional Guidance Scale is a powerful way to raise your vibrations and elevate your emotions in a healthy and profound manner. Below, learn all about the Emotional Guidance Scale, including why and how to use it and practices you can utilize to lift your emotions.

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    What is the Emotional Guidance Scale?

    I first learned about the Emotional Guidance Scale when reading Esther and Jerry Hicks’ Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires. In Chapter Twenty-Two of this book, we’re introduced to the Emotional Guidance Scale, a list of commonly felt emotions that range from emotions that we typically associate with being the most positive, such as Joy, Love, and Empowerment, to those we usually deem most negative, such as Depression and Grief.

    In between those strong emotions are a bunch of other commonly felt emotions, such as Contentment, Boredom, Disappointment, and Doubt.

    The Emotional Guidance Scale is used to assess where your emotions are now and to always reach for a better feeling thought. For example, if I assessed my emotions right now, I might say I’m pretty content. Content isn’t a bad place to be, but what if I could feel even better? What practices could I do to lift my emotions? What thoughts feel good to me right now? I might look at my vision board and visualize all my desires coming true. I imagine what it will feel like when all the dreams on my vision board are my reality, and I allow myself to feel those feelings right now. And it works: I’ve moved from Contentment to Optimism.

    The Emotional Guidance Scale is kind of like a ladder. Optimism might turn into Positive Expectations, which turns into Enthusiasm, then Passion, and finally, I’m feeling Joy, Love, and Freedom.

    Below is the Emotional Guidance Scale in full. In this post, I’ll explain why you would use it, how to use it, and methods to utilize to keep climbing the ladder so you can align with the highest vibrations possible.

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    Why Use the Emotional Guidance Scale

    Have you heard the phrase raise your vibrations?

    Personally, I see these words several times a day on Instagram, Pinterest, and other various websites. As I discuss in this post, I’m actually not entirely sure how I feel about the phrase. I love the positivity in it, and that’s why I continue to use it, but I think when we say that we’re raising our vibrations, we’re leaving out something pretty monumental: the fact that you, yourself, are already the essence of high vibrations.

    What do I mean by this?

    Those highest vibrations at the top of the Emotional Guidance Scale? Joy, Knowledge, Empowerment, Freedom, Love, and Appreciation. Those are your very foundation. Those feelings are who you are at your core. They can never be taken away from you, not even when you’re having a bad week or month or even year. (Insert Friends reference here.)

    So you’re not truly raising your vibrations; you’re releasing anything that weighs you down, leaves you feeling low, and takes away from who you truly are. You’re getting rid of the bad stuff that causes you to lose sight of yourself.

    You are a high-vibrational being. High vibrations are your essence, being, and birthright. And all those emotions at the top of the Emotional Guidance Scale? You deserve to be aligned with them every single day.

    Which is why the Emotional Guidance Scale is a profound way to get yourself into that good-feeling state you were always meant to be in. And if you believe in the Law of Attraction and manifestation, you know the importance of high vibrations. At the heart of manifestation is the belief that what we give out into the world is what we receive in return. So if you emit joy, love, and positivity into the world, you’ll receive even more of this right back to you. (Not to mention, you are worthy and deserving of a life where you feel joyful and loved and positive every single day.)

    The Emotional Guidance Scale allows you to gauge where your current emotions are and reach for an improved feeling. And this is important. You see, often times, when someone uses the phrase raise your vibrations, we automatically think we should go all-out and feel joyful and passionate and all that good stuff. But what happens if you’re feeling grief or depression? What if you’re in a state of complete despair?

    Are you supposed to force yourself to jump straight to joy? (Again, if you believe in the Law of Attraction, you might think you’re supposed to be feeling joyful and that your current state is inherently wrong.)

    No. Absolutely not. In fact, this can be detrimental to your healing and often makes a person feel even worse. For one, jumping from depression to joy would be nearly impossible, so if you’re not able to get yourself into that state of joy and love, you might feel like you somehow failed. And forcing yourself to make this jump likely means you’re suppressing emotions, which keeps the negative emotions within your body, not allowing you to fully heal so you can release them.

    The Emotional Guidance Scale offers a gentler solution. It reminds you that you don’t have to jump straight into a high-vibe feeling you’re not ready for. Rather, you can continually reach for a better feeling emotion, climbing the ladder one rung at a time.

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    How to Use The Emotional Guidance Scale

    I do want to make one important point before we go any further: the words on the Emotional Guidance Scale aren’t actually all that important. They shouldn’t be used as guidelines or instructions for how you should feel next. For example, if you’re in a state of Anger, you don’t need to look at the scale and say, “Okay, next rung up is Discouragement, then Blame. Those should be my next feelings.”

    Rather, you should simply focus on reaching for an improved feeling, no matter where you are and no matter what the “next rung up” looks like. Focus less on the words on the list and more on how you feel and the actions you can take to help yourself feel better. Another reason you shouldn’t focus too much on the words on the list is because these words might mean different things to different people. My personal relationship with feelings of Guilt and Unworthiness might be different than yours. My perception or definition of those emotions might also differ.

    So how do you use the Emotional Guidance Scale? It’s less of a tool to instruct you on what you should feel next and more of a tool to help you gauge where you are now and to feel empowered when you recognize that you have the ability to lift yourself up.

    It all starts with this thought, from Ask and It Is Given: “Right now I am going to find the best-feeling thought that I can. I am going to reach for more relief, more relief, more relief.”

    So let’s say that I’m at a point in my life where I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. I lack purpose and direction. It feels like I’m eternally numb and that nothing will ever change that. I recognize that I’m experiencing depression.

    What is the better feeling thought here?

    It seems strange to think about, but hatred, revenge, anger, and blame are all better feeling thoughts.

    So if I think about past experiences and start feeling angry about events that have occurred, and then I start blaming others for those events, at least I’m starting to feel again. And I can recognize that feeling anything is better than the numbness I experienced before. Maybe other people won’t understand why it’s a good thing that I’m feeling angry, but that’s okay. They don’t have to understand. As long as I understand that I’m at a better feeling than I was before, that’s all that matters.

    I’ll let myself feel the anger for a while, as feeling this emotion is part of my healing journey, but I won’t stay there forever. I feel the anger, work through it, and finally, I release it. Now, I find that I’m in a state of disappointment, but I’m not angry. And disappointment is a better feeling thought than anger.

    This is where the Emotional Guidance Scale comes in. You don’t have to look at it every day and assess your feelings, but spend some time consciously recognizing that you’re at a better feeling than you were before. Why? Because this recognition allows you to feel empowered. You recognize that you have some control over your feelings. As explained in Ask and It Is Given, every step higher up the scale speaks to your feeling of self-empowerment, and every step lower speaks to your feeling of disempowerment.

    When you first start using the Emotional Guidance Scale, you likely will have to make a more conscious effort to gauge your emotions. It may not feel quite as natural when you’re just beginning. However, with time, it won’t just become easier, but you’ll possess a deeper and more profound understanding of your own inner world. You’ll be able to easily recognize your emotions and understand the methods you can utilize to get yourself into a better feeling state.

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    Methods to Climb the Emotional Guidance Scale

    So how do you get yourself in a better feeling state? Different methods will work for different people, and it may change depending on where you are on the scale. For instance, a practice that may work for you when you’re feeling bored may not work so well when you’re feeling depressed.

    Below are some suggestions for practices you can utilize. You can try some of these and see what works best for you. You also might already know of some methods that help you raise your vibrations and lift yourself into a better feeling state.


    Gratitude is one of the quickest ways to shift your mindset from one of negativity to one of positivity. It’s also a way to change your perspective from lack to abundance. When you choose gratitude, you’re no longer focusing on what you don’t have but rather on what you do have. And when you can look around you (and within) and see abundance in every area of your life, more abundance is drawn to you.

    There are numerous ways to approach a gratitude practice, so find one that works best for you. Simply listing 3 things in your current world that you’re grateful for might be enough to lift you into a better feeling state. You might also look around your current environment and express appreciation for everything that is around you. You can also choose to express gratitude for all that’s within you: your heart, your breath, your talents and abilities, all the cells in your body that make you you. You can also choose to utilize a gratitude journal to help lift you into a better feeling state. (You can check out my gratitude journal prompts here.)

    As mentioned above, some practices that work well when you’re already in the upper half of the Emotional Guidance Scale may not work as well when you’re in the lower half. For instance, when you’re feeling depressed, grieving, or fearful, this gratitude practice may not work as well. And that’s okay! There are other practices that may help when you’re feeling those lower emotions.


    I once heard the term visualization referred to as “intentional daydreaming” and it’s been my favorite way to describe this practice ever since. Visualization can mean a lot of things, but for purposes of lifting your vibrations, visualization is a tool you can use to align with the feelings of your dream life (and your highest self). While my favorite way to utilize this practice is when I have ten to twenty minutes to sit in quiet meditation, you can also do this when you only have a few minutes.

    If you’re meditating, find a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted. I sometimes like to play soft instrumental music in the background. Visualize a day in your perfect, dream life. How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Where are you? Who are you with? What kinds of things do you do during your day? See all the details of this perfect day play out before you, and allow yourself to feel the feelings of this beautiful dream like it’s happening right now. If you imagine that in your perfect life, you’ll feel peaceful, joyful, abundant, loved, and free, then allow yourself to feel those things right now.

    You might also choose to utilize a vision board to help you in your visualizations. If you’re on the go, create a My Future album on your phone and save photos to it that represent your dream future. Look at it when you want to boost your mood and allow yourself to feel the positive feelings of having everything in those pictures right now.


    Scripting is similar to visualization, but instead of visualizing your dreams in your mind, you’re writing them down on paper. In a journal or on a sheet of paper, describe your dream life, and don’t hold back. No dream is too big. The key here is to write in the present tense, as if everything you dream of is happening right now. So instead of saying, “I will be . . .” you’d say, “I am . . .”


    When nothing else helps, I can always return to nature to guide me to better feeling thoughts. Walking outside, standing in the sunshine, or even a practice like gardening can help to connect you with your inner self, a higher power, and the universe as a whole. When I’m walking, I try to focus on my breath, and instead of drowning under my anxious thoughts, I pay attention to the world around me: the sky, the trees, the birds, the flowers, and everything in my outer environment that represents beauty and life. I’m a bit of a speed walker, so I’ve found that this works best if I consciously slow down and take my time. Where’s your favorite place in nature to be? See if you can go there for a little while. (And if you can’t, are you able to visualize it and experience the feelings of being there within?)

    Other Ideas

    • Meditation
    • Yoga
    • Journaling
    • Self-Care Activities
    • Creative Activities
    • Chakra Healing
    • Talking to someone you trust
    • Affirmation Cards
    • Gentle movement that feels good to you
    • Breathing Exercises

    For more practices, I’d definitely recommend checking out Ask and It Is Given, which gives a list of 22 practices to help you elevate your emotions and lift your spirits.

    Final Notes

    I mentioned this above, but I think it’s worth returning to and emphasizing: there may be people in your life who won’t understand this process. They may not understand why you’re glad to feel angry and even enraged. They may not get why doubt or worry are improvements over what you were feeling before.

    And that’s okay.

    Nobody else has to understand.

    The important thing is to not let others get to you. You may hear things like, “Just be happy!” Someone may try to make you feel bad for choosing anger. Don’t let them.

    Remember that you are allowed to feel whatever you need to feel in order to heal. You don’t want to stay in an angry or worried state forever, but you also don’t have to falsely force yourself to move past it before you’re ready.

    Feel what you need to feel as you continue to work toward the better feeling thought.

    Do you have any other questions about Abraham Hicks’ Emotional Guidance Scale? What practices help you get into a better feeling state? Share your questions and tips in the comment section below!

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