Friday, December 16, 2005

The gentle art of blessing

Porthos has reminded me of Pierre Pradervand's The Gentle Art of Blessing in his recent messages. This is a wonderful inspired message of how to walk through the world.

Here’s an excerpt:

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, 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.

It is impossible to bless and to judge at the same time.

I met Pierre in my prior work at a spirituality Website. He’s a gentle, kind man on a mission to make the world a more blessed place. His book is available on Amazon.

Mary Baker Eddy says something similar:

Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.

-- The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany

Letting our thoughts rest on others beneficially. I like that image. It’s like a gentle beam of light radiating over all it sees.

This weekend, as we all fight the malls and the Christmas tree shops and the grocery stores, and we attend parties and church services and neighborhood gatherings, let’s arm ourselves with that thought of blessing all whom we see. It’s like the ultimate spiritual video game—aiming to bless each person that comes into our view with a gentle touch of love.


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