The Gentle art of blessing

by Pierre Pradervand

On awakening,bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good
which your blessing will call forth; for to bless is to acknowledge
the unlimited good that is 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, their relationships to God, themselves, and others. Bless them in

their abundance, their finances...bless them in every conceivable way,
for such blessings not only sow seeds of healing but one day will spring
forth as flowers of joy in the waste places of your life.

As you walk, bless the city in which you live, its government and teachers,
its nurses and streetsweepers, 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 deflecthe arrow that was aimed at you.

To bless means to wish, uncoditionally, 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 Lifes abundance.

To bless all without discrimination of any sort is the ultimate for of giving,
because those you bless will never know from whence came the sudden
ray of sun that burst thorugh 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, som unexpected
event knocks down your plans and you too also, bust into blessing: for life
is teaching you a lesson, and the very event you belive to be unwanted,
you yourself called forth, so as to ls 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 beaty hidden to
material eyes; it is to activate that law of attraction which, from the
furthest reaches of the universe, will bring into life exacly what you need
to experience and enjoy.

When you pass a prison, mentally bless its inmates in their innocense and
freedom, their gentleness, pure essence and unconditional forgiveness;
for one can only be prisoner of ones self-image, and a free man can walk
unshackled in the courtjard 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.