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It is important to remind ourselves that blessing often flies in the face of material evidence, because when we bless we affirm an omnipresent spiritual reality that can only be contacted through spiritual vision and a deep trust in this Other Reality. We bless ourselves in our trust in the divine Omnipresence which is the ultimate reality of our existences and the All-power of Spirit on which true blessing rests.

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A Blessing for Ukraine

We bless our Ukrainian brothers and sisters in the deep courage and grit needed to face the terrible invasion totally unsettling their lives and their government. And we bless the Ukrainian government that it may be given the wisdom to make the extremely tough decisions that are called for. We bless the individuals and families, including the children, fleeing the fighting often on foot, in cold weather and with a minimum of – if any – resources.

We bless them in their courage and their trust in the possibility of rebuilding their lives. And we bless the Russian invaders so that, despite the plans of their leaders, they may, even in this impossible situation, manifest compassion rather than cruelty and destructiveness, and be reminded that the civilians they pursue or destroy could be their own families.

We also bless the UN and the international community, so that in an apparently clear cut situation of no possible dialogue, they may find ways, despite all odds of shortening the conflict and alleviating the tremendous suffering.

And we bless ourselves that we may remember that Ukraine is in our mental garden and the Ukrainians and Russians truly our brothers and sisters.

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And finally, we shower President Putin with love so that his plans may sooner or later give way to wisdom and compassion.

Yes, this blessing seems to be totally contradicted by material reality and it is. But once more we are affirming the presence another reality that the eyes cannot see. The other day, in my daily period of spiritual silence, I received the compelling order, « Love Putin ». Which I am learning, not unsuccessfully, to do. It is a wonderful feeling. Only heat can melt ice, not snow or more ice.

Loving Vladimir Putin

Recently, during my quiet time, I received what was clearly an order from “above”: “Love Putin!”.

And since then, I spend a moment almost every day showering this man with love.

For how can this important leader at the head of one of the most powerful countries in the world ever change with the wall of hatred surrounding him? It is like an armor made of the most resilient steel. And this armor is made of all the thoughts of hatred, revenge, rejection, judgment …  bombarding him moment after moment.

To even start changing he needs a few thoughts of love to pierce this thick armor.

So first, I get into a state where I no longer feel the slightest animosity against the man. I speak to him as if he were in the room and until I feel the deepest compassion for the man. I call him my brother – which, spiritually speaking, he is. And then I visualize him expressing basic qualities he would need to change, such as:

  • deep listening
  • compassion and caring
  • a high sense of truth
  • love for the downtrodden (think of all the Ukrainian mothers fleeing with their children as their husbands and brothers have stayed behind to fight)
  • respect
  • humility….
  • and you can add your own.


So, friends, just join the thousands of us around the world who are part of this legion of light. You are doing it for yourself as much as for President Putin. For only the deepest, most sincere and persevering love will manage to break down all the walls of fear, anger, hatred, doubt separating us all.

And I promise you, you will find such deep contentment and peace. So, just let go and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

PS: And of course, you can do this for any person who presents a problem for you.

©2022 by Pierre Pradervand. All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with permission from the author's blog.

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book cover: 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

Photo of: Pierre Pradervand, the author of  the book, The Gentle Art of Blessing.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 over 20 years Pierre has been practising blessing and collecting testimonies of blessing as a tool for healing the heart, mind, body and soul.

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