I mentioned that I had written a Letter to the Universe in a recent weekly email. I thought I had talked about doing this before on FemmeHead, but I’m not sure I have. So, of course, I had to take a moment today to share the power of doing this.
I’ve never been a very religious person. I tried really hard growing up, I went to bible study, youth group, and church with friends and family. I worked to memorize where in the Bible the different chapters were because it was always so embarrassing to feel like I was the only one that couldn’t just flip to a chapter as it was called out.
I also grew up in small-town Iowa where everyone was religious. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it never resonated with me no matter how hard I tried. Eventually, I stopped trying to squeeze myself into that mold that I just didn’t fit in, and I feel like I’ve been able to connect to a level of spirituality that I never found with Christianity.
[This is not going to be me talking smack about Christianity, I promise. I just have to share how it wasn’t for me, and I think people shouldn’t force themselves into something that doesn’t work for them because there are plenty of options for discovering spirituality out there in the world. There is no right or wrong option as long as you’re not harming anyone or discriminating against anyone.]
I’ve never been able to wrap my mind around the idea that there is one entity in control. Instead for me, it’s more like there’s this energy that connects everything. And everyone has a different name for what this is to them. For me, I like to picture this “energy" as Mother Nature or the Universe.
Ok, that’s enough of me trying to explain all that. But it’s important for explaining why I love writing Letters to the Universe so much.
I first discovered LTTU from the lovely Vienda Maria. She was talking about them as a tool of manifesting in a course of hers. I wrote one for the first time back in 2015, and it’s been something I’ve been doing ever since.
So, what the heck is a Letter to the Universe” you might be wondering?
For me it’s like writing in my journal, but bigger. Because I’m not just documenting, or musing about something. I’m consciously putting a desire or wish into words and then releasing it to the universe. I’m asking for help with something I want to happen, or guidance on an issue I don’t have an answer to.
I start it like any letter you’d write, “Dear so and so” only the “person” I’m writing to is the Universe.
My most recent one started with “Hello Beautiful Universe” and went from there. I also like to date my letters for when I stumble across them again. I love to see what I asked for and to think about how that came to me, or didn't.
I always start my letters with something I’m grateful for. I say thank you for x y and z. From there I get into what I’m there to ask for. I like to get detailed in these letters. What is it exactly I want, why do I want that and how is that going to make me feel?
After I feel like I’ve adequately explained my request I’ll finish off the letter with even more gratitude and thanks.
Sign that letter with love, and then let it go.
I keep all of my letters in my Evernote because that’s where I keep everything I write (except for my journal of course). So they’re there if I want to look at them, but I rarely do.
You want to imagine it as taking what you want and releasing it to the Universe with the expectation that whatever you’ve asked for is going to happen. Because it always does in one way or another.
It’s all part of manifesting, the law of attraction, prayer, whatever you want to call it.
The great thing about writing these letters is that it forces you to get detailed about what it is exactly that you want. How often do we “want” something but when we sit down and think about it we don’t have a clear idea of what exactly that is, or how it would work out.
If we don’t know what we’re looking for we’ll never find it.
And once you put in the time of actually writing down what it is and how it would make you feel to have it, things start to happen. Opportunities come, you start making decisions to get yourself there, and the magic starts happening. It’s a way to open yourself up to different possibilities, a way to stay conscious so when something does come along you’re able to stop and say “Hey, this might be my answer from the Universe”.
In the end, there’s no right or wrong way to do this. People do it all the time in so many different ways. Writing letters is just one way I like to put my desires and intentions out there in the world.
Do you do anything similar to this? What does that look like for you, and what are some of the cool things that have come from it?