Recently, I created something I like to call my “universe box,” and I’m so thankful for this practice. Here’s a little inspiration to encourage you to trust in the healing, organizing power of something much bigger than all of us.
“When we finally give up the struggle to find fulfillment ‘out there’ we have nowhere to go but within. It is at this moment of total surrender that a new light begins to dawn.” – Shakti Gawain
When it comes to the things we can’t control, or the things we’re struggling with, there’s a big difference between giving up and giving it up. Personally, I’ve found that surrendering to something larger than myself, like the organizing power of the universe, is a healing practice that strengthens my trust in the process.
Trusting in the process of the universe is a relatively new experience for me; it’s proven itself to be a way I can heal from the past, and from self-destructive patterns.
The inspiration I want to show up in my life comes more quickly and effortlessly when I identify what’s blocking me, and then offer it up. What’s blocking me might be identified as a fear, procrastination, an issue with self-worth, perfection, or some other self-defeating belief or habit.
If I’m struggling with work or a relationship, for instance, I have this practice that helps me get out of my own way.
This practice of surrendering to a bigger and higher order of things is the foundation for something often referred to as a “surrender box,” which I like to call my “universe box.”
Basically, my universe box is just a regular, decorative box that I already had in the home, but which I couldn’t find a proper use for. Since I enjoyed turning a regular glass container into a happiness jar, which I use almost daily, transforming this box into a sort of support system seemed like a good idea.
After all, there are days where I could really, really use some guidance.
The Attraction of Keeping a Universe Box
Thankfully, there’s an organizing energy that’s far greater than my own plan. Sometimes, how things turn out look similar to the vision I had for my life. Other times, life happens a lot different than the way I thought it would. If I consciously disconnect from my beliefs about how things should be, though, I’m usually pleasantly surprised.
Whatever it is you’re fighting against or struggling with, if you’re willing to give it up to a greater plan, you allow things to be reorganized for you, through you. Maybe it’s the desire to control the outcome, or fix something about yourself or someone else. Whatever it is, requesting assistance helps make space for new answers.
When I ask the universe for guidance or assistance, I always get it. Always. I may not see the solution or hear the answer in a time frame that suits my ego, but what I need comes to me exactly when I’m ready to receive it. There’s a better plan, and keeping a universe box helps me surrender to it.
In plain terms, this is what I’m saying: When I surrender my struggle to something larger than myself, I can move on.
This is how my universe box works: Whenever I’m struggling with a thought or behavior, I write a thank-you note to the Universe for releasing me from the need to carry that burden any longer. I can drop a note in on a daily basis, or as often or seldom as I feel the need.
I thank the Universe for transforming a block into a new pathway, for healing the situation I’m stuck in and unraveling the knots I can’t unravel myself.
What I’m really doing is thanking a higher plan for taking care of the things I can’t let go of. I’m giving up the fight, in general, and cooperating instead with a solution.
We all fight–with ourselves, others, situations, circumstances–and sometimes giving it up is what makes us stronger, not holding on. What Wayne Dyer once said is so true: “What I fight weakens me. What I cooperate with strengthens me.”
If I ask for cooperation, I open myself to receive it. If I don’t ask for guidance, I make it harder to receive what I need.
We’re always asking through mental energy; it’s a form of currency, and it’s a conscious choice what we spend that currency on. Getting in the energy of asking for guidance on a daily (or just consistent) basis provides a platform for shifting our energy and causing a movement to swell inside of us: We can move on.
You might want to create a universe box, too, to support yourself by opening yourself up to the support of whatever higher power you believe in.
Notes from My Universe Box
The notes from my universe box resemble thank-you notes, but they also take on the form of devotional prayers, positive intentions, requests for spiritual guidance, and affirmations for the highest good of all–all rolled into one.
A key, I’ve found, to getting the most widespread and pure assistance is to ask/give thanks for a solution that will benefit everyone and everything, not just myself.
The best way to get out of your own way is to ask for universal assistance; the best way to get out of the Universe’s way is to request what is needed for the highest good of all.
Here are some personal notes from my own universe box to help you understand how I use this system to support my overall happiness, and the happiness of all I touch through my mental energy. I start each note with “Thank you, Universe, for…”
- … taking care of the time frame and objective for me, reminding me that I just need to focus on how I’m being right now.
- … placing in my sight what is thriving in my life, and taking care of what I haven’t been able to grow myself.
- … pouring light on my troubling circumstances so that I can see my way through them.
- … shedding light on what isn’t mine to carry, and helping me shed the weight of it.
- … the good things that have yet to come, and for extracting my need to know how they will come.
- … releasing my need to be anywhere other than where I am.
- … taking my need to get it all done.
- … taking my resent and turning it into forgiveness.
- … replacing my expectation with appreciation.
- … helping me be a calm island in the middle of the drama.
- … writing through me.
It’s okay to be general and it’s okay to be specific. I think whatever works for you is the right way.
Everything Is a Practice
To start your own surrender practice, try writing a note and putting it in any container or space of your choosing once a day for a month, or 40 days. Trust that it’s being received, and that an offering will be given to you in return.
When you get in the habit of asking for help and turning things over, receptivity will become more natural to you, too. The willingness to ask is the willingness to receive. The willingness to thank is the willingness to receive more to be thankful for.
My universe box helps me approach my situations differently, with a little more faith that everything will be okay. Ultimately, the attitudinal shift I experience is the catalyst for joy, because I’m not so mentally constricted and emotionally closed off from solutions.
Seeing things in a new light is the light I’ve been looking for.
May you be inspired, too, to create for yourself whatever support systems you need in your life to make your life more enjoyable, and less worrisome. May you find new ways to heal, like I have.
- Have you ever heard of the concept of a universe box? What do you think of it?
- What healing practices have you started to help you trust the process, let go of outcomes. and deal with the things you can’t control?
- What’s something you’re frustrated or struggling with, and what thank-you note can you write in response to it?
Please share your thoughts, helpful and healing practices that better your life, positive experiences with the support system(s) in your life, and any inspiring stories with me in the comments.
Share this idea with someone who might be interested in making their own universe box.
When you feel like you’ve surrendered, surrender some more.
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