Tag: Gentle Art of Blessing

The greatest Christmas present ever

The greatest Christmas present ever

In a variety of teachings, unconditional love is the heart and soul of the spiritual life and the ultimate aim of the spiritual path – and by love is meant love in action of course (be it meditation or feeding the hungry), not discourses about love. “We bless ourselves in our desire to have a…

For Life’s Abundance

Gratitude

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here is a blessing from Pierre’s new book https://pierrepradervand.com/365-blessings-to-heal-myself-and-the-world/ As my basic text on blessing states, blessing and gratitude are in a sense the two sides of  the  same  coin. When you bless a situation or a person, you are also saying thank you to the universe for a given…

The Science of Gratitude: How being grateful directly affects our brain

How many times do you give thanks in your life? Being grateful is not only a nice gesture, it actually creates positive changes in the neurological structure of your brain. This powerful practice can have a lasting stimulation of the feelings of joy and motivation and increase your capacity to express gratitude. Numerous studies have…

LOVING Donald Trump

White House Nov 2018 blog

“PIerre, you must be losing your mind!” “Hey, man, you are going soft in the head!” “What, you expect me to not only put up with, or stop hating, but LOVE the present tenant of the White House?” No, in fact I don’t expect anything from anyone (when I am in a sane state of…

How a nightmare childhood inspired one-of-a-kind gifts

Foster care

“I bless children in foster care, that the challenges of their past weigh not unduly on their future. I bless  the  hosting  families that they may welcome their foster child with gentleness, deep compassion and caring and an understanding of their special needs.” Pierre Pradervand, from https://pierrepradervand.com/365-blessings-to-heal-myself-and-the-world/ On any given day, there are nearly 437,500…

Finding silence in the center of sound

Finding silence

Close your eyes and feel the whole universe filled with sound. Feel as if every sound is moving toward you and you are the center. This feeling that you are the center will give you a very deep peace. The whole universe becomes the circumference and you are the center, and everything is moving toward…

Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world’s first decarbonized society

Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels

from The Independent – May 10, 2018 “…we bless the human race in its ability to exercise wise stewardship in all areas of the environment.” Excerpt from https://pierrepradervand.com/365-blessings-to-heal-myself-and-the-world/ Costa Rica’s new president has announced a plan to ban fossil fuels and become the first fully decarbonized country in the world. Carlos Alvarado, a 38-year-old former…

The Blessing of Unanswered Prayers

The Blessing of Unanswered Prayers

by an Unknown Confederate soldier I asked for strength that I might achieve; I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was…

Decluttering Your Mind

Sept 2018 blog

Guest blog by Sandy Wilder One reason so many of us struggle with making progress and experiencing freedom, is that we are so identified with our minds that we often confuse our mind with our identity. Your mind is one of your faculties, but it is not who you are. It does not have the…

I don’t want to know… Oriah Mountain Dreamer

I don't want to know...

“May I follow at all times my highest sense of what is right, whatever the cost and however lonely the path, or however loud the mockery of the Pharisees. “May I express the integrity that always speaks truth to power, as the old Quaker saying goes, when silence might better serve our interests, and which…

Blessing adapted from Andrew Harvey

July blog

Guest blogger: Andrew Harvey Andrew Harvey is one of the great spiritual teachers of today who has inspired thousands all round the world to turn their spirituality into the real power behind their lives rather than icing on the cake. For instance, it is all too easy to make (create, utter, send out) a nice blessing…

Kyle Maynard: one man’s life with no excuses

Kyle Maynard

March 21, 2014, The Telegraph (One of the UK’s leading newspapers) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/culture/noah-movie/10706053/kyle-maynard… Kyle Maynard, 27, was born with a rare condition called congenital amputation that left him without the lower parts of his arms or legs. It’s a disability that would, understandably, all but end most people’s potential for a normal life. Yet for the determined Atlanta…

Excerpt from La Mort est un Nouveau Soleil (Death is a New Sun)

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (our translation) “To die is to move into a more beautiful home. It is simply to abandon one’s physical body just as the butterfly slips out of its cocoon.” These are the words that Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross often used at her patients’ bedsides. “Most people think of their living conditions as difficult, their…

Facing a firing squad

Pierre Pradervand blog 01.05.2018

“Grace is the completely unexpected goodness of divine Love manifesting itself in our lives, often at the most unexpected moment. Some people call it “miracle” which is a word we use when we do not understand the perfect laws governing the nonmaterial sphere of being. “I bless myself in my understanding that in a universe…

A blessing for Earth Day ~ April 22 2018

Earth Day 2018

For the Incredible Beauty of Creation Pierre Pradervand The incredible beauty of nature defies the wildest imagination. From the perfection of a tiny alpine flower no one will ever even see to the splendor of a star-studded summer’s night, through the intricate beauty of a seashell to the breathtaking harmony of a spider’s web, all…

Breaking barriers, Arab-Israeli women join movement to wage peace

Israeli & Palestinian women march

Frustrated with the peace process, more Arab-Israeli women are joining the ranks of Women Wage Peace, rejecting pressure not to ‘normalize’ relations with Israeli Jews.  Says  member Ghadir Hani, “I was born in Akko, a mixed city, and I grew up on the values of accepting others,” she says. “We are all human beings. We…

“THANK YOU” – the only prayer we will ever need!

“THANK YOU” - the only prayer we will ever need!

The medieval thinker, writer and teacher Meister Eckhart is one of the very rare non-dual Christian theologians in 2000 years. He has inspired thousands over the years. He once made the amazing statement (to those who imagine that God is a kind of father Christmas up there on the top floor who grants their prayers…

World Problems Will Be Solved By A Change of Consciousness

from Our Spiritual Resources by Joel S. Goldsmith, slightly modified and abridged “With a new view of the world supporting a new consciousness, we could transcend the quagmire of the current crisis and set out on the path we were meant to follow a path of cooperation and harmony, leading to the flourishing of one…

A Poem on Identity

A Poem on Identity

by Doris Peel, an American poetess (Appeared in the Christian Science Monitor of Dec. 31, 1960) Daily I am His delight Daily He rejoices in His handiwork – All fresh, all bright All wrought from elemental light To be what He beholds as me. His song sung out in world this day ! His theme…

The loveliest dress

The loveliest dress

A story about compassion to share with children! She was the poorest little girl in the entire world. She owned nothing, not even a rag doll, not even pictures. She only had one single dress and when her mother washed it, she had to remain in bed while in dried. One evening, the mother was…

God’s Love and the Fruit Salad

God's Love and the Fruit Salad

Excerpts from Julian of Norwich One morning early, while making my fruit salad, the sentence “All is well, all is well, all is very, very well” continued playing through my mind.  I was suddenly reminded of a very beautiful booklet I read years ago, ENFOLDED IN LOVE – daily readings with Julian of Norwich. Despite…

We think we know so much …

We think we know so much …

We know how to reach the stars, but we don’t know how to respect the heavens and even less so the immensity of the cosmos. We know how to talk about love, but we have such difficulty loving while respecting the other and one’s self. We know how to bake bread, but we have trouble…

On one tiny Greek island, a warm welcome for Syrian refugees

Tilos island

On Tilos, where fewer than 500 people live (and they’re outnumbered by goats 45 to 1), locals have given shelter, jobs, and education to twelve families – and want them to stay. They are the forgotten people – more than 60,000 refugees who have been languishing in camps in Greece after their dreams of finding…

Commentary by Sri Aurobindo on the Bhagavad Gita

Commentary by Sri Aurobindo

Translation of a text which has been and continues to be one of my greatest sources of inspiration. PP To perform all acts without the personal egoism of the doer is the first sign of the divine worker. The second sign is the absence of desire since, where there is no personal egoism of the…

Blessing for Global Oneness Day – October 24 2017

October 24 Global Oneness Day 2017

Composed  by Pierre Pradervand for Humanity’s Team We bless You, Infinite Love, for the clearest sense of oneness which is realizing that absolutely all is infinite Life and its infinite manifestation. We bless You in that the unfolding of all existence is Your Infinite Life making itself known in myriads of disguises, as me, as…

The Lighthouse

Le Phare_Lighthouse

    When the lighthouse beams its light, it does not measure the intensity if the storm, nor judge it. Before shining its light, it does not say to itself: “I need to understand where my light goes and why.” All the lighthouse knows is that it was built to pierce the darkness and resist…

Making a Difference in Senegal

Amy Yee

Summary of an article by Amy Yee, Correspondent, CS Monitor, July 20, 2017 Two dozen men and women sit in a circle at a training center an hour’s drive from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. They are Muslim teachers, religious leaders, and community heads from Ghana and Nigeria who are participating in a workshop offered…

The Vision that Grounded my Life

Love is who you are

by Pierre Pradervand Many years ago, I was attending in Ouhigouya (Burkina-Faso in the Sahel) the board meeting of the largest grass roots peasant-farmer movement in Africa, of which I was a founding member. The last day of the meeting I contracted dysentery and as at the time I was following a path of pure…

Teenager Is on Track to Plant a Trillion Trees

Felix Finkbeiner

March 7, 2017, National Geographic http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/felix-finkbeiner-plant-for-the-planet Children are not often invited to speak to the United Nations General Assembly. But there stood Felix Finkbeiner … with a somber question about climate change. “We children know adults know the challenges and they know the solutions,” he said. “We don’t know why there is so little action.…

Freedom by Grace

Excerpt from the Infinite Way Letter of August 1955 By Joel Goldsmith Freedom is not a condition of government—freedom is a condition of the Soul. Men in chains have been free; men have been free under slavery and oppression. Men have prospered in periods of depression and panic; men have survived war and flood and…

Duality is an illusion, only oneness exists

Everything you see, feel, touch, hear or think comes from and manifests in pure Consciousness. Time and space emerge from pure consciousness. Your body and that of millions of other human beings, as well as trees, animals, rivers originate from and appear in this pure consciousness. When you understand that all that exists is the…

Gratitude of the wealthy child

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country wanting to show him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his…

Install LOVE on the HUMAN Computer

Program your spiritual life for a new year! Customer: I really need some help. After much consideration, I’ve decided to install LOVE. Can you guide me through the process? Tech Support: Yes, I can help you. Are you ready to proceed? Customer: Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready to install it…

Prayer for peace and tolerance

If you believe that a smile is stronger than a weapon If you believe in the power of a helping hand If you believe that what unites people is more important than what divides If you believe that being different is an asset and not a danger If you look at the other with a…

A Practical guide to spiritual enlightenment

Adyashanti From The way of Liberation Open Gate SanghaSan Jose, California Practice Absolute Sincerity To have genuine sincerity is absolutely necessary in the spiritual life. Sincerity encompasses the qualities of honesty, genuineness, and integrity. To be sincere does not mean to be perfect. In fact, the very effort to be perfect is itself insincere, because…

The Bridge Builder

By Will Allen Dromgoole* An old man going a lone highway, Came, at the evening cold and gray, To a chasm vast and deep and wide. Through which was flowing a sullen tide The old man crossed in the twilight dim, The sullen stream had no fear for him; But he turned when safe on…

Blessing and the Spiritual Path

Recently Les Voies de Soi asked Pierre to talk about his spiritual path. In this just released informal video conversation Pierre shares with us the role the practice of blessing has had in his life: ”demolishing” the ego, fostering unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness, eliminating all judgement, and creating a yearning for simplicity in all…

Blessing helps in a difficult financial situation

I just finished reading your book “The Gentle Art of Blessing”. It is so wonderful, the best book I have ever read! It should be taught in every school on this planet! It touches my heart & soul, gives me hope for a better life and world. I just practiced it once, and it worked! It…