Choosing to Bless

“If not you, who? If not now, when?” Attributed to Rabbi Hillel

It seems to me that what the world needs now is our blessing – and not just the parts that we find easy to bless. From the smallest incident, with ‘that person in your street’, to the biggest – where governments/corporations act in our names and we feel we have no control – we quickly jump in to judge and criticize.

A couple of years ago I was  reminded – when re-reading Pierre Pradervand’s words in ‘The Gentle Art of Blessing’ – that to bless is important not only for those we bless but also for ourselves. At the same time I was feeling frustrated by my apparent inability to ‘do’ anything about the worsening situations on the planet. Then it dawned on me that to send a prayer of blessing would be the most powerful thing I could do from a distance and the words contained in ‘Choosing to Bless’ were born.

“Nothing is more debilitating than to care about something you can’t do anything about…. In the long run, you cannot do anything about someone else’s vibration other than hold them in the best light you can, mentally, and then project that to them. And sometimes distance makes that much more possible than being up close to them.”

I invite you to send light and blessings using the words in ‘Choosing to Bless’ – or create your own blessing prayer. Send the blessing regularly, hourly or several times during your day. Share the words and the idea with others. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that the regular habit of blessing those you don’t know and, perhaps, wouldn’t normally bless, has made a difference to their lives and to the world?

“To bless all without 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.”
Pierre Pradervand

The key is the Intention to bless.

It is most important to bless from the bottom of your heart, in total sincerity. This is the transforming power that heals and restores.

To begin the habit of blessing, every hour, or as often as you are able during your day, pause for a few seconds – breathe – and send these words of blessing out into the universe …..

I am at peace with the process of life.

From my heart, with unconditional love, I choose to bless rather than judge.

I bless all governments and their agencies, corporations,
all individuals, races and religions.
I bless all who find themselves victimized and oppressed.
I bless all in their peace, their courage,
their joy, their goodness,
their abundance, their compassion,
their understanding.

May all be blessed with peace in their hearts.

I am grateful for the blessings of the Universe.

And so it is.

7 Responses to “Choosing to Bless”

  1. Jane gosh you have gone and done it again. Started something that will light the whole world on fire with the passion for peace. The only thing more beautiful than your blessing is your smiling face! I posted it on my wall and got two likes already. Love in the Light Rev George

  2. Bless you George 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing on Facebook. I’m beginning gently with this and looking forward to seeing where it takes us all!
    Love, hugs and blessings

  3. I feel better physically mentally and spiritually when I come here and hear the music read the words and say the blessing out loud. Bless you my dear Jane and all who come here to hear the message of peace love and joy that you, Jane so gladly spread.
    Love in the Light
    Rev George

  4. I am always so grateful to you George for your help in writing the blessing. I love to read the words too.
    Love and abundant blessings

  5. If not me who if not now when

  6. Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Juniors Birthday. In Church today I read an excerpt from the speech he gave the day before he was killed. I cried, such a strong powerful man, with such a great message. I beleive the world is getting better. It is not perfect and as it gets better the problems seem clearer. Sometimes they seem insurmontable. Just because I can’t end world hunger doesn’t mean I can’t give someone a meal. Just because I can’t house the homeless doesn’t mean I can’t give a man a coat. Just because I can’t provide jobs for everyone doesn’t mean I can’t help just one person just a little. So right here and right now I bless you and you and you. And as I bless you may you bless another.

  7. BLESSING is one of the strongest symbols of the Universal Peace Calendar as well…
    Be blessed fpr your WONDER-ful work. Love from germany

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