Sunday, November 27, 2011

What is a blessing?

The following is from a book entitled The Gentle Art of Blessing by Pierre Pradervand .....

On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which
your blessings will call forth; for to bless is to acknowledge the unlimited
good embedded in the very texture of the universe and awaiting each and all.

On passing people in the street, on the bus, in places of work and play,
bless them.  The peace of your blessing will accompany them on their way and
the aura of its gentle fragrance will be a light to their path.

On meeting and talking to people, bless them in their health, their work,
their joy and their relationship to God, themselves and others.  Bless them
in their abundance, their finances...bless them in every conceivable way,
for such blessings not only sow the seeds of healing but one day will spring
forth as flowers of joy in the waste places of your own life.

As you walk, bless the city in which you live, its government and teachers,
its nurses and street sweepers, its children and bankers, its priests and
prostitutes.

The minute anyone expresses the least aggression or unkindness to you,
respond with a blessing:  bless them totally, sincerely, joyfully, for such
blessings are a shield, which protects them from the ignorance of their
misdeed, and deflects the arrow that was aimed at you.

To bless means to wish, unconditionally, total unrestricted good for others
and events from the deepest wellspring in the innermost chamber of your
heart:  it means to hallow, to hold in reverence, to behold with utter awe
that which is always a gift from the Creator.  He who is hallowed by your
blessing is set-aside, consecrated, holy and whole.

To bless is yet to invoke divine care upon, to think or speak gratefully
for, to confer happiness upon - although we ourselves are never the
bestower, but simply the joyful witnesses of Life's abundance.

To bless all without any discrimination of any sort is the ultimate form of
giving, because those you bless will never know from whence came the sudden
ray of sun that burst through the clouds of their skies, and you will rarely
be a witness to the sunlight in their lives.

When something goes completely askew in your day, some unexpected event
knocks down your plans and you too also, burst into blessing:  for life is
teaching you a lesson, and the very event you believe to be unwanted, you
yourself called forth, so as to learn the lesson you might balk against were
you not to bless it.

Trials are blessings in disguise, and hosts of angels follow in their path.
To bless is to acknowledge the omnipresent, universal beauty hidden to
material eyes; it is to activate that law of attraction, which, from the
furthest reaches of the universe, will bring into your life exactly what you
need to experience and enjoy.

When you pass a prison, mentally bless its inmates in their innocence and
freedom, their gentleness, pure essence and unconditional forgiveness; for
one can only be a prisoner of one's self-image, and a free man can walk
unshackled in the courtyard of a jail, just as citizens of countries where
freedom reigns can be prisoners when fear lurks in their thoughts.

When you pass a hospital, bless its patients in their present wholeness, for
even in their suffering, this wholeness awaits in them to be discovered.

When your eyes behold a man in tears, or seemingly broken by life, bless him
in his vitality and joy:  for the material senses present but the inverted
image of the ultimate splendor and perfection, which only the inner eye
beholds.

It is impossible to bless and judge at the same time.  So hold constantly as
a deep, hallowed, intoned thought that desire to bless, for truly then shall
you become a peacemaker, and one day you shall, everywhere, behold the very
face of God.

And so, dear reader, I bless you from the deepest wellspring in the innermost
chamber of my heart.


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