Tag: Pierre Pradervand

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…

A Blessing for Mothers and Sons

I bless mothers and sons with God’s loving and forgiving grace. I pray that they reflect their innate, God-given patience, humility, and loving thoughtfulness. God is blessing them in their purity and Christly strength to be free of alcohol and other addictions. I bless them in their spiritual journeys. May all mothers and sons express…

Harmony restored before concert

With a Cameroonian friend, I was organizing a benefit concert in favor of peasant-farmer groups in Senegal. The concert had been publicized on the radio and in the local press and was to be held in a large auditorium of a Geneva college which was lending it to us free of charge. However, the technician…

Extreme situation of alienation healed

Mahfoud and Idriss were brothers, living near the city of Mopti (Mali, W. Africa). Mahfoud was the eldest brother – and in the African tradition, that means other brothers and sisters owe him special respect and obedience. On the occasion of his third marriage, he asked Idriss for two sacks of rice for the festivities.…

Blessing reduces prison sentence

Emmanual (name altered) was a gentle man who ended up in the Geneva jail on drug charges. He was a modest businessman in his native Ghana. His mother was severely ill and serious medical care was extremely expensive. Friends told him he could make excellent business in his field if he went to China. So…

Blessing acts as a balm on the partner

For a great deal of my life I was centered on myself. Now that you have taught me to apply this practice I ignored, I spend days on end just blessing silently and sincerely all the people who cross my path. As I am the owner of a business,  I send blessings and messages of…

My very favorite blessing story

Just a year after the first French version of the book The Gentle Art of Blessing (now available in seven languages*) I came across an amazing article in one of the leading German-Swiss newspapers, (the Tages Anzeiger of April 15, 1999), concerning a retired nurse, Frieda, who felt led to undertake an amazing task –…

Three year old blesses his mother

I am the busy mother of two young sons and am expecting a third baby in just a few weeks time. Like many women at this stage of pregnancy, I am not sleeping well at night and am very tired at the end of the day. This means I can be grumpy with my two…

The support of blessing palpable

“I am “living” in The Gentle Art of Blessing. It is my closest companion. A softening is happening. I can “see” and “feel” beautiful things happening in me  and my two sons. Hope is now a strong foundation, not illusive, not dead. True blessing is the heart expression of (spiritual) Science, this is evident. I…

Increased peace of heart

“The Gentle Art of Blessing has changed my life already. – and I doubt I am anywhere near expert in it. Everything has changed – the reception I receive from my classes, the kind of day I have, etc. Most of all I am loving the peace in my heart and the improvement in my…

Written to the Cygnus book club and magazine (UK)

Some years ago I bought The Gentle Art of Blessing from you. The title just touched me. I gave it as a present to a friend and even bought it in Dutch to give as a gift. I was very moved by the content. The Power of Blessing is in its essence a true Art,…

Blessing uplifts dying patient

“I am a Christian Science nurse and when I first began to practice blessing there was a certain “bed ridden” patient with whom every nurse seemed to have a difficult time and I was no exception. I would go in her room when assigned to it and she would (seemingly) bark orders in a tone…

Harmony restored in polygamous household

My friend Mamoudou Kassambara of Mali (W. Africa)is one of the most wonderful persons I have met in my life. A devoted and tolerant moslem, he has adopted blessing as a way of life and witnessed amazing healings among the people he recommended it to. Here is one of his stories. You will find the…

Healing of work relationship after 12 years

Anne was a participant of one of my workshops on blessing. A schoolteacher in an average-sized school, she had a colleague who stubbornly ignored her very existence. Anne had not the foggiest idea why. When they would cross in the school corridor, the other teacher would simply look the other way, conveying the clear message:…