Embrace the 12 Laws of the Universe and Design Your Dream Life

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Many of us have heard about the law of attraction, but that law is only one piece of the intricate puzzle that involves using spiritual laws to shape and design your life. In fact, many other laws of the universe exist and can be called on to tune into your desired reality. The 12 laws of the universe are universal truths from the collective consciousness derived from multiple sources throughout time, says Megan Firester, aka Mystic Michaela, author, podcast host, and fourth-generation psychic medium.

Whether you live strictly by the law of attraction or have yet to figure out how it fits into your life, learning about these universal principles can help to expand your worldview, consider a spiritual perspective, and live a more aligned and fulfilling life. Ready to put these laws into action? Read on for intel from spiritual experts about what the 12 laws of the universe are, how they impact your life, and simple tips for aligning your life with them.

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How understanding the laws of the universe can transform your life

“Understanding the 12 laws shows us how to master life on all levels and gives us insights into what we can do to reach our goals,” says Novalee Wilder, a numerologist and author of A Little Bit of Numerology, who often works with the laws of the universe during sessions with clients. “They show us how we ended up where we are, how to trust, and how to create flow to get somewhere else.” In other words, the laws of the universe provide us with a roadmap of sorts for how we can live our best life.

The laws of the universe help us discover our place in the cosmos and unique reason for being.

According to Firester, the laws of the universe help us discover our place in the cosmos and unique reason for being. They connect us to our higher selves, pushing us to live in a more engaged and intentional way. “They give us the tools we can use to then channel our precious energy in the most natural flow of the interconnectedness which our ego selves constantly attempt to separate us from,” says Firester.  “When we align with our soul goals and contracts, we feel at peace and calm no matter what the state of the world may be.”

What are the 12 laws of the universe

1. Law of divine oneness

The law of divine oneness is the MVP of the universal principles in that it's the one upon which all the others build. “This law states that we are all connected through creation,” Wilder says. “Every single atom inside of you is connected in some way, shape, or form to the rest of the universe you move through.”

This means that everything we do has a ripple effect and impacts the collective—not just ourselves. To call upon this principle for self-improvement, simply remember that your actions both matter and make a difference.

Believing in and acknowledging this oneness is also comforting and satisfying. Research indicates that beliefs in this interconnectedness and the oneness of the universe are associated with greater life satisfaction (regardless of whether or not you are religious).

2. Law of vibration

“Everything in the universe has a frequency and a vibration,” Wilder says. “Nothing ever stands still, as everything is always either being pushed away or pulled toward something.” So, how does this affect your life? Items of a similar vibration are attracted to each other.

“If you are vibrating at a lower frequency, lower vibrational people, experiences, and opportunities will arise,” Firester says. “Rather, when you work on heightening your frequency with self-growth, meditation, mindset shifts, and energy cleansing, you become not only open to receiving higher frequency experiences but also comfortable with keeping them.”

According to Firester, you have to be operating at a certain frequency to be able to accept good into your life. If you want a loving relationship, you have to be operating at that loving frequency. If not, it might keep slipping away.

3. Law of correspondence

The premise behind the law of correspondence is that our lives are created by the subconscious patterns we repeat every single day, and these patterns either serve us or hold us back, Wilder says. Activate this spiritual law by becoming aware of your patterns, which are often passed down via family ties, and then consciously taking steps to break them. See things not going your way as a sign from the universe that your patterns need to change.

Firester recommends paying attention to small interactions in your life to get in touch with your maladaptive patterns that lead to a consistently frustrating life. “For example, spending time texting an ex who specifically told you they weren’t ready for the same relationship you wish to be in can be now seen as a pattern of wasted energy on a space that doesn’t mirror your own goals. Or, consistently paying past your share of expenses with a roommate simply because you are avoiding confrontation can be seen as a pattern of permitting mistreatment by others rather than having them dislike you,” says Forester. “ It's interesting to see how the little things we do pan out into larger themes through the law of correspondence.”

4. Law of attraction

“The basic principle of the law of attraction is that “like attracts like,” meaning, what you focus on, you become. With this in mind, understanding that your focus creates a reality around you can nudge your mindsets, attitudes, and reactions towards a higher frequency, says Firester. If your goal is to find love, she suggests embracing the love you have for yourself and being more aware of the love around you.

If your goal is to make more money, she recommends savoring what you have already, making choices that reflect a respect for abundance instead of a wasteful attitude, and noticing the abundance that exists around you.

“This is essentially the law of vibration in action,” Wilder says. You attract what is vibrating at your frequency—the good and the bad. “Many people get scared by the notion that bad thoughts or low vibrations can somehow destroy their life because they’re unaware,” says Wilder. “The law is not a punishment, but a very clear mirror of our self-worth and mindset. You’re surrounded by the outcome of decisions you’ve made in the past and are fully capable of making other decisions and attracting a different set of circumstances in the present and future.”

Which is ultimately to say, at any point in time, you can change your outlook and mindset and in so doing, change your vibration to start attracting people and things on a similar positive frequency.

5. Law of inspired action

While the law of attraction is about vibrationally aligning yourself with whatever it is you want, the law of inspired action is about taking action to bring what you want to fruition. So, you can certainly create vision boards, but Wilder says taking physical steps to move closer to your vision is much more crucial—even (and perhaps especially) if you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone to do so.

Looking for motivation? The Manifesting: A Day and Night Reflection Journal can help. It’s outlined with a general overview, which includes space to jot down key health, career, wealth, family, love, and lifestyle goals, as well as daily AM and PM spreads to reflect on the actions you’re taking to manifest them.

6. Law of perpetual transmutation of energy

The law of perpetual transmutation of energy (wow, that’s a mouthful) means that even the smallest action can have a profound effect, Wilder says. “Like the seed of a mighty tree holds all its promise in its tiny shell, you also have the power within you to move mountains.” To put the law into action on a practical level, Wilder recommends doing small things every day that uplift you, whether that's singing in the shower, dancing like nobody's watching, meditating, expressing gratitude, or anything else. Remember, small shifts add up to major results over time.

If you’re looking to take up meditation, you’ll want to create the perfect environment to do so. For starters, make sure you have a comfortable place to sit up straight. Perching atop a meditation floor pillow, like the Sunday Citizen Crystal Meditation Pillow, can lend to a tall, straight back and a comfortable, relaxed posture. If you’re new to meditation, you may need help getting into the quiet mind groove. Guided meditation apps like Calm can work wonders, as can the Core Meditation Trainer, which physically grounds users to the breathing sequences of guided meditations.

As for establishing a gratitude practice, it’s as simple as jotting down what you’re thankful for in a notebook. If you feel a bit stuck with the process, a guided gratitude journal, like the Papier Gratitude Journal, can ease you into the daily practice.

7. Law of cause and effect

The law of cause and effect states that any action causes a reaction, Wilder says, and that whatever you put out—good or bad—you get right back. This spiritual law is also known as the universal law of karma. To harness the power of this law, be aware of how your actions and decisions are affecting not just you but everyone around you. Focus on dismissing the negative energy that isn’t serving you and prioritize positive vibes.

8. Law of compensation

The law of compensation is about reaping what you sow. “It instills trust in us that we will be compensated for our work as long as we’re open to receiving it in all the many ways that the universe can deliver,” Wilder says.

To be clear, compensation in this sense isn't limited to employment arrangements or financial compensation. Rather, it's about receiving compensation for all of your contributions to the world around you, including the love, joy, and kindness you spread; it is all rewarded in unique ways.

9. Law of relativity

“Nothing and no one is inherently good or bad,” Wilder says. “Everything is a spectrum of expression, and there is more than one perspective on any situation or challenge.” In other words, we are the ones who assign meaning to things, so we can choose to regard things as “bad” or as happening in our favor.

This spiritual law goes beyond the glass half full or half-empty bit; it challenges the very way we see full or empty. Why does half full or half empty have to be seen as negative or positive? Maybe you can even find a positive in a glass being half empty. The point is that your perspective is up to you, and changing your perspective can transform your reality.

10. Law of polarity

Everything in the universe has a polar opposite: If there’s an up, there’s a down. If there’s light, there's dark. One cannot exist without the other. The warmth of happiness wouldn’t be as strong if we never felt the ache of sadness. Understanding this polarity law can help you realize how necessary both sides are and appreciate your experience with both of them.

Wilder says encountering these polarities is part of the human experience and that they help us learn from our mistakes, support us in identifying what we don’t want, and gain clarity surrounding what we do.

11. Law of rhythm

The law of rhythm explains that life isn’t a linear event; it's full of cycles that have their own ebbs and flows, says Firester. “The ego mindset of us all expects a consistent leveling up and detests plateaus and moments of perceived setbacks.”

Aligning your life with this law means practicing patience and embracing grace in different seasons of your life, says Firester. When you adopt this mindset, “setbacks become moments of valued reflections, plateaus become restful, and inevitable flows of abundance become more appreciated and thus taken advantage of to their fullest extent,” says Firester. “Seeing life as full of seasons is a way in which to incorporate the law of rhythm into your daily mindset.”

12. The law of gender

The law of gender refers little to the biological state of the sexes or even gender as we know it and more symbolically to the two types of energy we balance in this lifetime, says Firester. She says that, in this case, the divine masculine is confident, strong, and actionable energy and the divine feminine is flowing, settling, and absorbing creative energy.

This law operates under the idea of these two converging energies (name them what you please) and the interaction between them in different areas of life. It’s important to learn when it's time for either an outward or more inward type of strength in each situation that presents itself to you, says Firester. “Overdoing it on either energy can take away from a balanced mindset and experience in life.”

How to align your life with these spiritual laws

Now that you know more about what the 12 laws of the universe are, you may be wondering how you can take advantage of them in your life and begin designing your dream reality. Rather than viewing these laws as something to master or as content to be memorized for a test, Firester recommends taking a gentler approach and reminding yourself that these laws of the universe are something to work on throughout your life. "Working on them is what is important; letting go of the need to master any will make the work we do more effective,” she says.

“Writing them down on post-it notes on your desk at work, creating a lock screen on your phone which displays some of the ones you are working on, or simply meditating upon them while in your daily actions is a great way to align your thoughts, actions, and life with these laws,” says Firester. When you are consistently reminded of the laws, you’ll be more likely to adopt the mindsets of them.

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