Blessing everything is a
revolutionary practice that harks back to the beginning of time.
It means that you extend heartfelt good will
and the possibility of transcendence to
everything. This is revolutionary because it is not always easy.
In fact, it can be extraordinarily
daunting at times; and yet there is so much
freedom and potential for living an uplifted life involved, that
it is something to consider. When you bless, there is an
immediate shift in you as the extender of blessings, in your
reality, and whatever or whoever is the recipient of your
blessings. It all becomes filled with light.
When you bless, you send the energy of
healing out from your heart and mind. If you are visual, you
might see a situation transformed and healed. You might
experience it as sending light. You might feel it surrounded with
a protective kind of energy. You might hear the words bless
you reverberating in yourself.
Just imagine blessing your computer when
it crashes. Imagine blessing someone who hurt you in the past.
Imagine blessing both your enemies and friends or even
your illnesses. Imagine blessing something you condemn or
criticize or feel unhappy about or feel jealousy toward. Imagine
blessing someone who has been unkind to you. Or someone who has
tailgated you on the highway. Imagine even blessing someone who
has abused you.
How can we do this? What about
injustice? Should we have a right to our rage and indignation?
Yes, we have a right to all
our feelings, and it is very good for us to acknowledge them and
pay deep attention to them. It is good for us to know what we
feel and to profoundly honor our experiences. There are some very
unkind and malevolent people and things in the world, and it is
important to know how we feel about them. It is crucial for us to
know our sadness, grief anger, rage all of our
experiences. But do we want to wallow in them? When can we say
that weve come full-circle with them? When can we call
ourselves healed? When we are ready, and we all know
instinctively when that is, we can say, Yes, I feel my
indignation (or sadness or fear), and I bless you.
Blessing equals healing. Blessing means,
I see this situation from an expanded view. I know this is
in my life for some reason. More than likely, I am to become
powerful from this. Perhaps there is some message that I am
receiving from this. I bless it, and I accept my power.
If you are one of those with a steel-trap
mind that plays tapes over and over of slights youve
experienced, grievances, perceived failures, hostilities, you can
use that same quality of steadfast attention by sending blessings
rather than condemnation or resentment.
I bless my printer that wont work. I bless
that person who said derogatory things about me. I bless those
perpetrators who know not what they do. I bless my parents who
were doing the best that they knew how to do at the time. I bless
myself, as Im doing the best that I am able to do given all
the circumstances. A Course in Miracles says, I can
see peace instead of this. This means that I am at the helm
of my perception and my reality. I can shift to a healing reality
whenever I am ready and able, after Ive allowed myself to
experience my experience. Then I can transform my experience and
re-perceive reality. If my mind is so strong that I can return
over and over to thoughts of insufficiency or conflict, it can be
equally strong in returning over and over to blessing.
When you bless, it doesnt mean that
you dont discipline your children. It doesnt mean you
dont create your boundaries and say, No, you
cant do that. It doesnt mean that you
dont handle political issues. It doesnt even mean
that there are times when it is necessary to pick up your sword.
It does mean that there is an underlying blessing that can take
place not just blessing for our sidebut
fundamental acknowledgment of the essential light that is at the
core of all things. And in this reality shift of blessing,
something happens to the external reality. It transforms.
The Sufi poet Rumi said,
beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
There is a field.
Ill meet you there.
When the Soul lies down in that grass,
The world is too full to talk about.
Rumis field is not
out there in a farm or forest somewhere. Its
inside, and its our divine birthright to lie down
beside the still waters whenever we can be conscious enough
Someone sent me an email about blessing
by a man named Pierre Pradervand, and it struck a chord in me.
The article was translated from French and said essentially that
blessing is that which wishes unconditional good for others from
the deepest chamber of your heart. He acknowledged
that difficulties teach you and that trials are blessings in
disguise. He said, It is impossible to bless and judge at
the same time. This desire to bless, he says, helps you to
become a peacemaker, and one day you shall behold,
everywhere, the very face of God.
But, you may ask, what about evil? Can we
bless the horrors of terrorism or war, of the great acts of
perpetration by governments and individuals? In Star Wars, Obi
Wan Kenobi says to Darth Vader, You can slay me, but even
then I will be more powerful than you. Can you bless Darth
Vader for helping to make the forces of the light saber more
powerful? Can you have compassion for a man like Darth Vader (or
any other so-called evil force) who is only a shell of a being,
doing what he came here to do and ultimately making his
adversary more powerful? An enemy can make you stronger, teach
you something about yourself. Can we bless this force?
One more book called The Book of Mirdad,
speaks of great acts of horror and terror as the tearing away of
the veils that separate us from our understanding and experience
of the divine. This book, written by Mikhail Naimy (a close
friend of Kahlil Gibran) in Lebanon in 1948, said this:
his flesh in shreds and spills his blood in streams. While
God, the Father-Mother, lovingly looks on. For He knows well
that Man is tearing but the heavy veils and spilling but the
bitter gall that blind him to his oneness with the One.
So here there is opportunity for blessing
as well, where it least seems to be. All of our trials are
calculated to enlighten us, though we may come though them
kicking and screaming with the pain we feel. Its all meant
to take off our blinders and strip us of our mistaken notions
about what is real and what is not, what is good and what its
evil, what is death and what is infinite.
We keep on doing our best to uplift
our lives and the lives of others. Blessing everything can help
us to do this. The tricky part is remembering. It is only too
easy to remember what hurt us. It is perhaps more challenging to
extend a blessing from the heart; yet it carries with it a great
abundance of blessings for ourselves.
is the author of Extraordinary Healing: Transforming Your
Consciousness, Your Energy System and Your Life.