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Tripping Up the Universe – How to Change Your Life One Pattern at a Time

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I know a lot of you are going through a major shift (or more than one!) and just so much transition right now.

Some of it feels good, some it sucks and some of it is just plain scary. New things. I like to call it “tripping up the Universe”. And then sometimes… the Universe trips YOU up, which is not quite as fun. So what am I talking about anyway?

The simple version of this: That saying that goes something like “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Tripping Up the Universe. Here’s my definition: that moment you realize you’re in a whole new pattern, you’ve broken out of an old destructive pattern, and things seem oddly uncomfortable, strange and new. It’s like you pushed the reset button and instead of being on repeat, suddenly it’s fresh and new, and the outcome is new too. It feels weird, unpredictable, because you’re creating a new groove in the path… or a new path entirely. Example: Last week I spoke my truth in a scary situation. I literally had tears from the fear. In the past, in similar situations, I wouldn’t have said anything… and I would have completely missed a beautiful opportunity. I wrote a bit about this in last week’s blog, From Playing it Safe to Playing with Passion.

So how do you trip up the Universe? I know it can be scary to step outside your comfort zone, so here’s a step by step:

STEP ONE: Do one different thing. I don’t care what it is, how big or small or easy or challenging… just do one different thing. If you’re feeling nervous, do something small and easy. Instead of ordering coffee with cream and sugar, use maple syrup instead of sugar. If you drive somewhere regularly, purposely take a different route. If you’re up for the challenge, do a BIG different thing. If you tend to get really anxious with big changes, do a small different thing and ease your way into bigger different things.

STEP TWO: Observe. This is field research, so you get to be the scientist here. Look for clues, for evidence that something has gone differently. Just notice. Pay attention to how your day goes, who you meet, how you feel, what you experience. My own example: Last week when I was about to speak my truth, I felt nervous, scared, awkward and my body was all tense. It was an email I sent, so then I had to sit with my nerves and anxiety (HINT: BREATHE INTO BELLY!) until I got the response. I also felt some relief when I sent the email. I was proud of myself too. Just being present with myself and acknowledging my inner little girl who was freaking out… made things so much easier than I thought it would be. The outcome was even better than I had hoped and imagined.

STEP THREE: Keep doing the different thing (or something like it) until it becomes the new pattern. Maple syrup in the coffee every day. New route to work every day. Speaking your truth in similar situations or with the same person, over and over.

STEP FOUR: Keep observing. Our brains are great at pattern recognition. Look for those patterns. Old ones. Emerging ones. Dying ones. Look at the pattern of the outcome. What has shifted? What’s different? What’s the same? Has there been a shift in intensity or frequency of something? Pay attention and journal about the patterns.

STEP FIVE. Do another different thing. You’ll notice it gets easier and easier, the more different things you do, the more you step outside your comfort zone. And you will notice your outcomes change, even if slightly at first, and then later on, it will be obvious.


It’s important that you give yourself a lot of LOVE and COMPASSION when you trip up the Universe. It’s not an easy task, and it is how you can change your life. It is how you can prevent yourself from being stuck on repeat.

Let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below!

Love & Blessings,

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman



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About Brenda MacIntyre

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her album “Picking Up the Pieces,” released in September 2019.

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