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The wonderful organization Humanity’s Team, an international spiritual movement whose purpose is to communicate and demonstrate the timeless truth that We Are All One, asked me in 2016 to write a blessing for Global Oneness Day. (In 2019, Global Wellness Day is October 19th.) Here is that Blessing. I would like to preface it by a few lines from that great Sufi master and poet Hafiz:
Look, one gets wings and gifts to the world
Music each morning;
One turns into such extraordinary light
He actually becomes a sustainer of a whole planet.
We bless ourselves in our ability to express the light we truly are at the heart of our being, and thus to become willing tools to uphold, heal and sustain our beautiful planet.
We bless ourselves in our deeper understanding that we are all one, and that my neighbor truly is myself, and vice-versa – but also that all living beings are equally my neighbors.
We bless ourselves in our profound yearning to build a win-win world that works for all, animals and plants included, and to never, never give up until that glorious day is here.
We bless ourselves in our inspired understanding that all life on earth, all beings, are meshed in the most intricate and miraculous manner, and that our every thought, word, and deed impacts the whole planet far beyond anything we ever imagined possible.
We bless ourselves in our desire to become caring stewards and consumers of the planet, with the added intelligence to take the needed steps to do so without a trace of guilt or self-condemnation when we have not met the standards we set up for ourselves.
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We bless those who out of greed, envy, or an unconscious fear of lack suffer this insatiable lust for “more, more” that they be brought to an understanding that a wise stewardship of the planet will provide true and unending abundance for all. And we bless ourselves that we may replace any anger or condemnation we might have felt for them with the overflowing, caring love that sees them as Divine Love’s children and cherishes their peace as we cherish ours.
Finally, may we reach that unshakeable trust that “He’s got the whole wide world in His hands” and that the Supreme Intelligence which so lovingly crafted this incredible marvel, this precious little planet – our home – will not allow ignorance, fear or greed to destroy it, but will guide us through “the valley of the shadow of death” to the Fertile Valleys awaiting us all.
Blessing for Global Oneness Day reprinted
with permission from Pierre Pradervand's blog.
The Vision That Grounded My Life
Many years ago I was attending the board meeting of the largest grass roots peasant-farmer movement in Africa, of which I was a founding member, in Ouhigouya (Burkina-Faso in the Sahel)
The last day of the meeting I contracted dysentery and as at the time I was following a path of pure spiritual healing (no medicine) I worked on it spiritually. On the plane the next day I was still working on the issue with my spiritual texts, affirmations, prayers and the like. Next to me was an unaccompanied young boy, and the stewardess caring for him was incredibly loving. At one moment she spoke to him with such kindness I was suddenly overwhelmed by what I can only describe as a sort of cosmic gratitude which enveloped her and everything.
And suddenly, I was projected into a space which was timeless and beyond material space and where I was aware of nothing else but infinite Love. I felt in my very essence that unconditional Love was the only cause, effect, substance, power, being, reality, identity, presence in the universe, that it was literally All-in-all.
The most wonderful thing of the whole experience is that my ego had completely disappeared. I had no sense anymore that anyone called Pierre Pradervand even existed.
For an indeterminate period (as I was no longer in time) the divine consciousness WAS my consciousness, which is why this was the most glorious experience of my existence : infinite love manifesting as total freedom. The human mind (intellect, mental reign) had just vanished, all was on the level of this extraordinary feeling of the divine.
And suddenly, I was back in my seat on the plane. I felt something moving in my bowels and in a matter of seconds, the dysentery had disappeared. But even that healing, however welcome, was nothing compared to the vision which brought with it a quality of knowing that human words just cannot describe - because it was far beyond normal human experience. I now feel with such a depth of certainty, of spiritual groundedness that Love is the ultimate reply to all and any problem, be it personal, social or a world issue.
And you and I are one with that Love. We are litterally welded to Love and nothing will ever be able to change that, even our own doubts and fears. Love is our home, our haven, our springboard and our resting place – for always.
Because we are literally divine Love expressing itself.
Reprinted with permission of the author.
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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.
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