Tag: Pierre Pradervand

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…

Blessing as a Form of Service

Blessing as a Form of Service

In one of the most powerful passages on oneness in world spiritual literature, the prophet Isaiah describes service as the ultimate path to enlightenment and the source of real health (the words whole, holy and healthy stem from the same root):  “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of…

A Blessing for 2018

New Year Blessing 2018

by Pierre Pradervand We bless this coming year for the innumerable opportunities for good that will manifest as we open up to their possibility. We bless You, divine Love for the unknown blessings that are already on their way. We bless You also for the needed challenges that are already lined up so as to…

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…

Aminata

Aminata

a story shared in the June 2016 newsletter of the Lotti Latrous Foundation, by Mrs. Latrous I was sitting with our head doctor N’Da next to my office following a long and hard day. Suddenly I saw a creature coming towards us across the courtyard. I realized after a few seconds that it was a…

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 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…

Practice of Blessing in a Troubled Region of Africa

I received this message from a dear friend in one of the tormented areas of the world – a region of Mali where warring rebels and Jihadists have created for years tremendous turmoil and suffering for the local populations, already among the poorest on the globe. I know of no one else anywhere who picked…

A Blessing for Global Oneness Day – October 24, 2016

The wonderful organization Humanity’s Team, an international spiritual movement whose purpose is to communicate and demonstrate the timeless truth that We Are All One, asked me to write a blessing for Global Oneness Day 2016. Here it is. I would like to preface it by a few lines from that great Sufi master and poet…

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…

An interview with Kelly Howell

Direct link to track ~ approximately 30 minutes http://traffic.libsyn.com/kellyhowell/131TOTMPradervand.mp3 Here’s the link to the show on the Theatre of the Mind website. http://www.brainsync.com/blog/pierre-pradervand-the-gentle-art-of-blessing/

In the Temple of Forgiveness

I believe it is impossible to live a happy life if one nourishes resentment for some harm done to oneself….. On the other hand, we become incapable of resentment when we have understood that everyone is at every moment at their highest level of consciousness. We then live in deep peace and quiet joy. I…

Forgiveness – with Prayerful Living

Shared with permission of Prayerful Living – copyright Pierre Pradervand. For information on archived and future audio talks offered by Prayerful Living Learning Center, please check http://www.prayerfulliving.com/learningcenter/ What if forgiveness were one of the greatest gifts you could ever make to yourself in your lifetime? With over 50 years professional life experience in over 40…

4 questions taken from January 2016 Awakin’ interview

The four questions which follow were asked of Pierre during a global telephone interview he had in early January 2016 with Awakin’s Pavi Mehta. The entire interview (replay and transcript) is here:  http://www.awakin.org/calls/238/pierre-pradervand/ Question: I’m trying to understand how do you get to that point where you recognize that your blessing is truly authentic, because…

Call with Awakin.org

Read the full blog and listen to the call here ~  http://www.awakin.org/calls/238/pierre-pradervand/blog A Lifetime Of Blessing: Pierre Pradervand –Kozo Hattori, on Jan 19, 2016 “Pierre Pradervand is someone who has devoted his whole life to blessing. His website gentleartofblessing.org includes blog entries, videos, testimonials, audio blessings, spiritual texts, and blessing circles. He is also the author…

Impossible work situation resolved

The testimony that follows is particularly interesting because it is from someone who rediscovered this practice of  blessing even before she happened to see my interview with Lilou Macé ~  https://youtu.be/y9CniM_9IDw ~ It shows very clearly the three fundamental qualities needed in everyone pursuing a spiritual goal: intention, sincerity, and perseverance I had had a…

Are trials really blessings in disguise?

A few years ago, I went through a tsunami that swept absolutely everything from under my feet. Here I was, a respected trainer and writer, in a marriage seen by many as a model, in apparent perfect health (I had never used my health insurance since I contracted it decades ago) and with a very…

A Stunning Lesson on Forgiveness

I have a very dear French friend, Meena, who went through one of the most powerful experiences of forgiveness I have ever come across. When she was still in her late teens, she fell head over heels in love with a man just a few years older than her. They got married and had two…

Integrity

Because integrity is such an essential element of the spiritual quest – after all it is one of the many dimension of truth – I felt like sharing my reflections on the theme of being true to oneself – which is the essence of integrity as I understand it. Integrity is a quality of being.…

Do we know how cherished we are?

Marianne Williamson, one of the great figures of the American spiritual scene, has published a superb book of brief daily reflections, A YEAR OF MIRACLES. I would like to quote in its entirety one that I ponder practically every morning at the start of my day: Nothing about your material circumstances has the power to…

Making A Difference

Armel Nibasumba was but a year old when he and his family fled from their home in Burundi before it was burnt down by a mob.  Most of the world’s attention was focused on the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda of ethnic Tutsis by the majority Hutus, but the same tensions were also at play…

No enemies, no hatred

One of the most famous prisoners of opinion in the world today is China’s most well-known political dissident, Liu Xiaobo, who has already served nearly half his 11 year sentence. He holds no animosity towards his Communist jailors or the party that imprisoned him. At the time of his sentencing, he said: “I have no…

The Building of the Servant Nation

For generations, a nation of world servants has, little by little, been building up everywhere. In fact, it has existed as an embryo for far longer, but in the past 30-40 years it has been manifesting itself in a much more concrete manner. It is made up of this invisible yet ever more active network…

Compassion heals

In a fascinating book which just appeared in French, ‘Meditation Saved Me’, the Tibetan monk Phakyab Rinpoche explains how he healed himself of a serious case of gangrene of the foot and tuberculosis of the bones through the power of meditation. His meditation included an important component of compassion for the world. The doctors in…

Who or what is “God”?

Many years ago, I was living in Senegal, W Africa. I lived on a beach between two shanty towns. I was on very friendly terms with the son of the imam of one of the two shanty towns, and one Sunday afternoon I decided I would go to the imam’s home and ask him how…

Dualism and Non Dualism

(Oneness of all things) One can probably say that well over 90 per cent of religions and spiritual paths in the world are dualistic in nature. Everything goes by two: spirit and matter, life and death, good and evil, God and man, heaven and hell, the past and the future, etc. The divinity is pictured…

How to run a blessing circle

The circle is an interdenominational space open to all, free from all political, specific religious or sectarian practice where each one affirms unconditionally their desire that unlimited good be bestowed on people, local, regional or world situations. The term blessing as used on this site means to wish for the real good of one’s neighbor…

Blessing heals resentment and solves a problem

Some time ago I gave a very precious garden bench to a local carpenter for repairs. The bill for the job hit the ceiling, but I decided to pay without comments because this bench (which could comfortably seat four people) was so precious to me. However, immediately after paying the bill just after the work…

Blessing brings deep peace after a theft

Recently, I was on the train, entering phone numbers into my i-phone,  with my laptop in a closed black cover in a black bag touching my thigh. Some time later, I happened to look for my laptop … and no laptop. Someone had managed to steal it without either me or the many people on…

A blessing for journalists

I bless all journalists (or: the journalists of (name of station or newspaper/magazine) in their great love for and responsiveness to truth, and their sensitivity to beauty and goodness. I bless them in their ability to avoid being manipulated into reporting trivia or hiding truth. They denounce evil only to correct it. I bless them…

A taxi driver’s blessing for the day

Spirit of Truth and Love, I bless this day for all the goodness it already includes. I bless this cab as a rolling temple of Thy presence. I bless the roads I shall travel on, and all those whose paths I cross. I bless every person who enters this cab. I bless them in the…

A blessing for yourself

Infinite Mother-Love, I bless myself as the smile of Thy great Love, as the song of Thine infinite goodness, as the stream of Thy refreshing Truth. I bless myself in the discernment that enables me to realize that I am a stream, song, smile to all those I meet – as they are for me.…

A blessing for politicians

This blessing can, of course, be adapted to a local politician. I bless the politicians of …… in their (his/her) highest sense of integrity, ability to put public service before personal gain, and aim for lasting long-term solutions rather than the quick-fix with its immediate political gains. I bless them in their ability to resist…

A blessing for parents

We bless ourselves in this sacred trust of raising children, and our ability to meet all challenges as they arise. We bless Thee, Mother-Father God, for the sacred privilege of raising these children of the stars. May their light shine ever brighter and may we and others be receptive to their brilliance. We bless ourselves…

A blessing for a waitress, cashier or shop employee

I bless this day and the countless opportunities for service it offers. I bless myself in my ability to do my best at all times, to work diligently and serenely, to manifest utmost patience and grace with irate or impatient customers, and to offer the precious gift of a smile to all those I encounter.…

A blessing for a nurse

I bless this day as a series of ever-renewed opportunities to serve with love. May each of the leaves of my tree be for the healing of every individual I encounter. I especially bless and rejoice in the opportunities: To do things well rather than carelessly or in a hurry To smile rather than scowl…