Welcome 2019 with Spiritual and Fun New Year’s Rituals!

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Happy New Year! I’m so psyched to welcome 2019 and all the opportunities for personal and spiritual growth it offers.

New Year’s is a special and sacred time. We can feel gratitude for all that we’ve experienced. And we can set ourselves up to attract our desires and open up to spiritual guidance all year long.

5 New Year’s rituals to welcome 2019

Below are some awesome New Year’s rituals and practices with you so you can ring in the year the Spirit Junkie way — feeling aligned, energized and excited for what’s ahead…

1. Put your desire in a Universe box

I release the outcome and surrender to a plan far greater than mine | Spirit Junkie App by Gabby BernsteinThis is a great practice that facilitates manifesting and spiritual surrender. I’ve been teaching this for many years, going back to my coaching days.

First, create a Universe box. This can be anything from a shoebox to a glass or wooden box, it doesn’t matter.

If you like to get crafty, you can have a lot of fun with this! You can start with a simple cardboard box and decorate it in any way that empowers you.

Next, write your desire on a piece of paper and put it in your Universe box. By doing this you are surrendering your desire to the care of the Universe.

One week later, take your desire out of the Universe box and safely burn it (I suggest doing this over a sink). Burning the desire shows that you trust it’s being taken care of. Surrender your desire once and for all and know that your request is being heard.

2. Set intentions with friends on New Year’s Eve

I do this every year on December 31st! It’s a fun group activity that gets everyone excited for the New Year.

Put a bowl in the middle of a table with several pieces of paper inside. Set out crayons, colored pencils or markers on the table. Each person takes two pieces of paper.

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On one piece, you write an intention that you keep to yourself. (If you like, you can surrender this intention using your Universe box!)

On the other piece of paper, write an intention that you want to share with the group. Then take turns going around the table and sharing those intentions.

Let the energy of the group support you and uplift you as you commit to your intention. This activity often sparks great conversations and can be an awesome bonding ritual!

3. Give yourself a reading from The Universe Has Your Back deck

There are two ways you can do a New Year’s card reading using The Universe Has Your Back card deck. (If you have another way you like to use your deck, then feel free to do that instead.)

Pulling 1 card

The Universe Has Your Back card deck by Gabby BernsteinThe first way is to pull one card that will give you divine guidance for the New Year. As you shuffle your cards, be sure to call on the guidance of the highest truth and compassion to work through the deck.

You can say a prayer such as, “Guidance of the highest truth and compassion, thank you for revealing to me the card that will best guide me in 2019.”

Trust in the card you turn over. Each one is empowering. Even if you’re not sure of the meaning in your life right away, have faith that it will guide you. Once you pull your card, you may want to free-write about it in your journal for a few minutes, allowing inspired ideas to come forth.

Pulling 3 cards

Another way to use your card deck for a New Year’s ritual is to pull three cards. Just like above, as you shuffle your deck be sure to call on guidance of the highest truth and compassion.

You can say a prayer such as, “Thank you, guidance of the highest truth and compassion, for showing me the cards that give me insight into my past, present and future.”

Then turn over three cards.

The first card represents your past experiences. The second card represents the present moment. And the third card represents what you want to be, step into and create in the future.

4. Practice image making

I am the dreamer of my dream. | The Universe Has Your Back card deck by Gabby BernsteinThe images you focus on are the images that make up the dream that is your life, so practicing image making is a powerful way to know that the Universe has your back and begin awakening to the power of your own creations.

This is one of my favorite exercises from The Universe Has Your Back, and it’s something I take to a whole new level in my book Super Attractor! (Cool news: When you order Super Attractor, you’ll get my 2-hour Manifesting Jumpstart Workshop FREE! Click here to get the book + bonus workshop.)

Image making practice

Begin the practice of image making by answering this simple question: What do you want to see?

Be unapologetic about your answer. Maybe you want to see a world without war. Maybe you want to see yourself in a wildly romantic relationship or walking through life free from fear. Create the images that you most long for.

Write your answer in your journal. What do you want to see?

Next, read your response and then immediately close your eyes and sit in stillness for five minutes. You can use the Image Making Meditation below (if you have The Universe Has Your Back, you can also download the audio from the resources page).

Image Making Meditation
Gabby Bernstein meditatingSit up straight with your palms facing upward.

Close your eyes and turn your focus inward.

Allow your inner spirit (your inspiration) to come forth and surrender to the images that you want to see.

Let the wisdom within you create images in your mind’s eye.

Surrender to this wisdom now.

Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth.

With each inhale and exhale surrender more fully to the visions that you want to see.

Consciously focus your attention on it.

Allow visions of what you want to guide you on a journey of new perceptions.

Sit as long as you wish.

When you’re ready, gently come out of your meditation and take a moment to jot down any images that may have come through.

5. Start the New Year with a 40-day Liberation Kriya practice

The Liberation Kriya is also known as the Kundalini meditation for a fresh start.

Practicing a kriya puts physical and mental changes in motion to simultaneously stimulate the body, mind and spirit. In Kundalini yoga it is suggested that you commit to a kriya or meditation for 40 days in order to create a new habit and experience long-lasting change.

Watch the video below to see how to practice this kriya as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and read this blog post for full guidance!

Transform fear to faith in 2019!

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby BernsteinRituals are powerful because they help us get clear around what we want and commit to spiritual practices.

In The Universe Has Your Back (which is now out in paperback!!), I guide you to establish a spiritual relationship of your own understanding so that you can know you are always guided.

COOL NEWS: The brand-new paperback edition includes the introduction to my next book, Super Attractor! Get a sneak preview of what to expect and get psyched for what’s to come.

Order The Universe Has Your Back here.

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  1. I really liked how you linked the Spatial energy with the human mind and body. Truly empowerment develops when it relates with the energy in the universe. Any untrained mind is bound to wander in lost space unless it finds a path which gives meaning to his or her life. I greatly recommend your readers to think about how Mindfulness can make a lot of difference in our daily struggles, If that invokes an intrigue in your mind, I highly recommend everyone read this – http://bit.ly/7MinsMindfulness

  2. Dearest Gabby,
    You are a dear friend in my head. I have a little self care program that I recommend keeping yourself surrounded by positive messages. Such as your book, it has a title that is a must to keep close at hand. So not only is it filled with uplifting information, but just looking at the title is a grand reminder of how the “divine forces” are looking out for us. We must walk in faith. My dear husband of 45 yrs has had 36 surgeries and now has a brain tumor so it’s imperative that we live and walk in the light. It’s a practice, that I’m thankful that you are a part of. I look forward to making this journey with you. We travel together on this amazing trip to bountiful.

  3. Great post Gabby! Thank you for sharing these rituals. I would like to try writing my intentions down + sharing with friends. That sounds like a lovely way to encourage each other.

  4. Thank you, Gabby. <3
    And happy, lovefilled new year back to you.

    I have two questions:
    – Do I put one or more desires in the Universe box per week?

    – Is there a smart way (app?) to monitor the three minutes sequences during the Liberation Kriya meditation that doesn’t disturb too much?

    All my love,


    1. Hi Hege! Starting out with one desire a week is great. It will help you get clarity and put energy towards specific things. Try using a timer or an alarm with a gentle ringer to keep track of the three minute increments. Big hugs from all of us at Team Gabby. XOX

  5. I’m interested in the Kriya meditation. I have a hard time keeping my mind focused on any kind of meditation – is there a mantra or specific thing to come back to other than breath when your mind starts to wander? Are we to ask for some kind of specific guidance from the universe?

    1. Hi Tracy! When you mind starts to wander, just notice the thoughts and then return to the breath. The mind will continue to get distracted, which is totally OK and normal. Gently noticing it and returning to the breath is a great practice. Gabby has a great blog posts with helpful tips for meditation which I recommend checking out here: https://gabbybernstein.com/beginners-guide-to-meditation/ XOX

  6. Just finished this book yesterday. What a perfect way to wrap up a difficult year for myself and my family. Your words carried me through the pain and is helping my husband and myself to heal. As I type this, he is doing your Abundance meditation from this September on my Miracle Membership (a true godsend!). Thank you for moving us forward and upward and bringing hope into what has been a very dark place.
    All the best to you, your husband and beautiful Oliver. And thank you from the depths of my being. Xoxoxo

    1. Thank you for this gorgeous share Lisa. Grateful that you’re part of the inspiring Miracle Membership community and that these tools are serving you. Sending lots of love from all of us at Team Gabby <3

  7. Thank you for being the mediator of the language I am meant to hear in my life….faith, trust, believing, surrender, staying focused, positivity, love…..

  8. I’ve read The Univetse Has Your Back, and the wisdom shared within has definitely inspired me as I move into this new year of hope. I’ll be pulling cards from Gabby’s card deck later today, when there aren’t 3 boys swirling around me. Thank you to Gabby for the spiritual guidance I’ve been missing and for helping me find the courage to forge a new path.

  9. Reading ‘The Universe has your back’ inspired me to leave my mundane job (that I took out of financial fears) and follow my path. This book and Gabrielle Bernstein’s articles helped me to release my fears and choose spirituality instead. Could not have seen the light without it! Xx

  10. The Universe Has Your Back has opened my eyes this year and has helped me to manifest one of my deepest desires to come true. I have fully experienced so many seemingly impossible signs and have felt so guided and loved the entire way. Thank you. I hope to change many lives for the better one day just as you have. So much love!

  11. Hi Team Gabby,
    I have read all the books and applied them in my life as much as possible, enjoying all the positive ways my life has improved.
    In October I was diagnosed with stage 3B Lung Cancer. I will be undergoing chemotherapy soon. I am looking forward to re-reading the Universe Has Your Back to remind me that I can fight this.
    I’d like to thank Gabby personally for creating an easy to obtain connection to the universe and self care. For people like me, who are facing a fight for their life, her words are comforting and encouraging.
    With heartfelt thanks,

    1. Thank you for this beautiful share, Sarina. Grateful that Gabby’s tools are serving you. All of us at Team Gabby are sending lots of love and healing energy your way. <3

  12. Hi Gabby! I am so glad I discovered you in 2018. When I count my blessings of the year , I think of you too! You are truly amazing ! I cant imagine starting my mornings without your podcasts and meditations. I am so used to them! Thank you for helping me grow and live lighter and happier life! I am so grateful for you and your awesome team! Cheers to you all! Happy 2019!

  13. Dear lovely Gabby,

    I thank you so much for this article and your book “The universe has your back”. I’ve been so heart touched by your writing and I’m sure your lessons will change my life in 2019.
    Thank you so much for your inspiration!

    Lots of love from heart to heart


    1. We’re grateful that Gabby’s work and these tools are serving and supporting you. Sending lots of love from all of us at Team Gabby <3

  14. Dear Gabby,

    I am so stoked for Oliver, for you and your husband. I am more excited than ever to read your books (I’ve ordered 3 and I WILL be reading all of them soon; can’t wait for supper attractor to launch!) My manifestation is to meet you live, in person, and you WILL remember me. I promise.

    Love and light,


    1. Hi Linda! You can get updates on all of Gabby’s in-person events here 🙂 Happy New Year from all of us at Team Gabby!

  15. Gabby, this is the first time I have ever left a comment on your website (or any website), but I just had the most extraordinary experience and I had to share: I read your suggested intention activities for 2019 just now, on the afternoon of Dec. 31, and decided to pull one card from “The Universe Has Your Back” deck as my guidance for 2019. I shuffled the cards with my eyes closed and one card fell out, so I felt that should be The One. I read it: “The Universe works fast when I’m having fun!” But listen to this: In late 2017, after reading “The Universe Has Your Back” book and purchasing the deck, I started the habit of choosing one card a week and tucking it in my bathroom mirror, then replacing it on the bottom of the deck and choosing a new one, on a fairly regular weekly basis (although sometimes I left a card up for several weeks). Months ago, I had already used and “posted” that card — the one that said “The Universe works fast when I’m having fun!” — on my bathroom mirror. So this afternoon, when I “chose it,” I returned it to the deck, and continued shuffling, intending to pick a new “fresh” card. I shuffled and shuffled, until I felt an impulse to slow down, stop and choose a new card. I did. I pulled out the card, held it in my two hands before reading it and said the guidance prayer one more time. Then I read the card. It was the same one!!! “The Universe works fast when I’m having fun!” Though a part of me expected something “deeper,” I feel now that this is truly the message the Universe is trying to send to me. I think I was expecting something else, but this is what I must need, and I should listen! And trust a higher power. I have not been “having fun” for a very long time, for lots of reasons, some of which I know and some of which I don’t yet understand, but I am going to trust that the Universe will guide me to allow myself to have fun — and see what happens! Your books “The Universe Has Your Back” and “Judgment Detox” have helped me in so many ways, so I am going to trust this intentional card choosing activity as well. Thank you for showing many paths to placing one’s trust in a higher power.

    1. Thank you for this gorgeous share Jamie! Gabby always reminds us that the Universe presents us with the messages we need to hear and see. You are on a beautiful healing path. <3

  16. Thank you Gabby, your blog appeared in my inbox just as I was creating some rituals to begin 2019. 2018 was an enormous year of change for me, with guidance from you I have had the strength to become myself. I’m excited to welcome the new year and wait open heartedly for new adventures and miracles! <3

  17. Thank you so much for your continued guidance! I wish you all the best in the New Year! Many blessings to you and your family. I so look forward to news of your baby’s arrival:)

    1. Thank you Sandi! Gabby gave birth to a sweet baby boy. Sending big hugs from all of us at Team Gabby <3

  18. I listen to Universe Has Your Back over and over again on my daily morning walks… it really has changed me for the better or should I say its empowered me to bring out what was always there inside… I just received my Universe Has Your Back journal and my intention for this year is to write in it EVERY day after my mediation.. ( another set intention)… Im very excited for 2019. Thank you for all you do… for the Universe! And congrats on being a mom! He’s a lucky lucky boy!xoxo

  19. I’ve already started most or the meditations in that book. I perfectly planned out 2019. The Universe led me to this moment,Gabbs. It’s finally my year of freedom. It’s why I’m launching my coaching business with a bonus New Year,New Chapter program free!
    I finally feel called stronger than ever!
    I also know I MUST do this. With a divorce on my horizon, trusting the Universe is the only way to free myself.

    1. Wow, i was reading these comments here and Brian, you mentioned some things here that resonated a lot with me as well. I have felt an incredible shift to do things differently in my life for 2019, i too am starting my own business and i also feel this incredible sense of freedom and strength for the year ahead. I am on a trusting wave and feel that the universe really does have my back:) Thank you Gabby for being authentic and for being a light to show us all of us how to be authentic too. You really are incredible and your words are always filled with wisdom. You are an important teacher in my life!
      Wishing you huge success Brian!

  20. I’m going to put all these tools to use for the new year! 2018 provided some extremely low moments related to my family’s health and divided sides fueled by pain. I pray to find forgiveness and set myself free from the past.
    “ these mountains that you carry you were only meant to climb”
    And so it is..

  21. Dear Gabby,

    I just want to thank you so much, the words in your book ‘The Universe Has Your Back’ is changing my life for the better. I’ve struggled to let go of the past, even when I thought I had it’s somehow remained in my subconscious, I realise now that it’s there to teach me more and guide me through other aspects of my life. I have finally started meditating after years of having the intention to do it. I purchased two more books for both my best friends with the hope that they will also learn as much as I have done from you. It brings me so much joy to see that you have had the little baby you envisioned as well!

    I’ve never left a comment for an author before, this is the first time! But just wanted to say thank you and wishing you a happy 2019!

    Many thanks,

    (Indian girl from London)

    1. Thank you for this gorgeous share, Janki! Grateful that Gabby’s tools are serving you and that you’re spreading the love. Sending big hugs from all of us at Team Gabby. XOX

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