Blessing is a way of sending unconditional love, peace, healing, goodness to a person or a situation, or simply seeing them bathed in that love. Blessing isn’t associated with any religious denominations. It can be practiced by anyone, and I have an atheist friend who purchased my first edition of The Gentle Art of Blessing, and even gave copies away!
The heart of the practice is reversing the material appearances, for it is becoming more and more apparent to a growing number of us on this planet that the material world we live in is, in some manner, a total dream (even though it can often be a nightmare!) and that we are here on earth to learn much-needed lessons (that we ourselves possibly chose before coming on earth).
Blessing's Immense Healing Potential
After (usually) considerable practice, it may simply transform itself into a constant state of consciousness and also a deepened sense of sensitivity to and awareness of the suffering of others. Personally, I cannot see any form of suffering anywhere without immediately blessing the person, being or situation concerned. It could also develop into an immense and deep yearning for the happiness of all mankind.
Blessing has an immense healing potential, not only on the individual level, but also for the world, hence the title of my new book 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World. Because this book wishes to be an instrument of world healing, it also attempts the not always easy task of calling a cat a cat and addressing numerous social, economic, environmental and other problems – some extremely challenging and disturbing – without ever attacking groups, companies or individuals.
As the old medieval saying goes, condemn the sin but not the sinner. Not always an easy task but I have done my best. I believe with many others that the number one issue, challenge and need in the world today is raising world consciousness, because the solution of every single problem ultimately depends on that. And here our collective blessings have an immense and perhaps decisive role to play.
I also wish to stress that blessing is a wonderful practice for living one’s spirituality in everyday life, and readers will find blessings for innumerable real life situations, from raising children to gardening, from driving, teaching, making love, from being a taxi driver to nursing and so many others and various qualities such as compassion, trust, love, etc.
Blessing: Is There A Right Way of Blessing?
I do not believe there is any “right” way of blessing. The intention and sincerity of the heart are infinitely more important than any so-called correct way of giving a blessing, and any formulas or rigid forms in this field are a direct route to failure. A blessing that is just on the level of the mind has no healing power whatsoever.
One can never stress too much that blessing is one hundred percent heart energy. I believe it has to be felt in the heart to heal.
Finally, a third quality in addition to intention and sincerity is, of course, perseverance. But then that is true of almost any honest human endeavour.
Blessing: A New Day
This poem was inspired by a text by Swami Chidananda. I have adapted it and transformed it into a blessing.
This day is a new day.
It never existed before and will never return.
May we turn this day into a ladder
so as to access ever greater heights.
May we not allow the sunset to find us
the same as we were at sunrise.
May we make this day into something unique.
Enrich this day,
thereby enriching yourselves.
This day is a gift of God.
It is not something extraordinary or fortuitous,
something that could go without saying.
It is specially offered to us.
May we take it into our hands with a feeling of fervor,
And return it enhanced to its Maker.
©2018 by Pierre Pradervand. All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher, O Books,
an imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd. www.o-books.com
365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World: Really Living One’s Spirituality in Everyday Life
by Pierre Pradervand.
Can you imagine what it would feel like to never feel any resentment for any wrong done to you, gossip or lie disseminated about you? To respond with full awareness to all situations and people rather than react from your gut? What freedom that would entail! Well, this is just one of the gifts the practice of blessing from the heart, i.e. sending out focused love energy, will do for you. This book, from the bestselling author of The Gentle Art of Blessing, will help you learn to bless all situations and people as you go through the day and add overwhelming joy and presence to your existence.
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About The Author
Pierre Pradervand is the author of The Gentle Art of Blessing. He has worked, travelled and lived in over 40 countries on five continents, and has been leading workshops and teaching the art of blessing for many years, with remarkable responses and transformational results. For 20 years Pierre has been practising blessing and collecting testimonies of blessing as a tool for healing the heart, mind, body and soul. Visit the website at https://gentleartofblessing.org
Watch a audio-visual presentation: The Gentle and Forgotten Art of Blessing