A couple of weeks ago, I pulled a copy of the Sedona Journal of Emergence from my bookcase and flipped to a “random” page. I did so to see what Spirit had to say to me in that moment.
My eyes landed on the quote below.
“There will still be those who come into your life with whom you do not resonate, and that will be so as long as you are in this physical vessel. If you can maintain an attitude of non-judgment and radiate love to the essence of each person, you will not have to experience a karmic dance or interaction with them. Bless them and allow them to follow their paths while you follow your own.” ~ Archangel Michael through Ronna Herman, Sedona Journal of Emergence, February 2014, Page 43
I’ve lost count of the number of times I projected my own agenda on someone, which is why I have written this post to remind me of the importance of allowing others to walk their own path in their own way.
How many times have you, consciously or unconsciously, attempted to walk someone else’s journey for them?
How many times have you judged what they were doing because you felt your way was better for them?
I am not judging. Really, I am not.
As I re-read the quote, I also noticed a strong resonance with this part, “Bless them and allow them to follow their paths while you follow your own.” It reminded me of a book I once owned, The Gentle Art of Blessing by Pierre Pradervand.
I’m reminded that blessing our day or another person doesn’t require that we subscribe to any particular religion.
We’re being prompted to share the blessing that we are to other life as well as accept this knowing within ourselves— without being burdened by dogma.
When we offer blessings to another, we’re giving to them what we seek for ourselves. And yes! We are 100% “qualified” to bless all life, all day, every day… as often as we like.
I bless you.
I bless this day.
I bless the beautiful Earth.
I bless our incredible Universe.
Sunstone – said to bring “openness, benevolence, warmth, strength, mental clarity, and the willingness and ability to bestow blessings upon others.” [from The Book of Stones]
Hold a piece as you read the following excerpt from Pierre’s book.
I also encourage you to read it at a rhythm that will offer you the space to fully integrate the meaning behind the words.
On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessings will call forth; for to bless is to acknowledge the unlimited good that is embedded in the very texture of the universe and awaiting each and all.
On passing people in the street, on the bus, in places of work and play, bless them. The peace of your blessing will accompany them on their way and the aura of its gentle fragrance will be a light to their path.
On meeting and talking to people, bless them in their health, their work, their joy, their relationships to God, themselves, and others. Bless them in their abundance, their finances…bless them in every conceivable way, for such blessings not only sow seeds of healing but one day will spring forth as flowers of joy in the waste places of your own life.
As you walk, bless the city in which you live, its government and teachers, its nurses and street sweepers, its children and bankers, its priests and prostitutes. The minute anyone expresses the least aggression or unkindness to you, respond with a blessing: bless them totally, sincerely, joyfully, for such blessings are a shield which protects them from the ignorance of their misdeed, and deflects the arrow that was aimed at you.
To bless means to wish unconditionally, total, unrestricted good for others and events from the deepest wellspring in the innermost chamber of your heart. It means to hallow, to hold in reverence, to behold with utter awe that which is always a gift from the Creator. He who is hallowed by your blessing is set aside, consecrated, holy, whole.
To bless is yet to invoke divine care upon, to think or speak gratefully for, to confer happiness upon – although we ourselves are never the bestower, but simply the joyful witnesses of Life’s abundance.
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.
When something goes completely askew in your day, some unexpected event knocks down your plans and you too, burst into blessing, for life is teaching you a lesson, and the very event you believe to be unwanted, you yourself called forth, so as to learn the lesson you might balk against were you not to bless it. Trials are blessings in disguise, and hosts of angels follow in their path.
To bless is to acknowledge the omnipresent, universal beauty hidden to material eyes; it is to activate that law of attraction which, from the furthest reaches of the universe, will bring into your life exactly what you need to experience and enjoy.
When you pass a prison, mentally bless its inmates in their innocence and freedom, their gentleness, pure essence and unconditional forgiveness; for one can only be prisoner of one’s self-image, and a free man can walk unshackled in the courtyard of a jail, just as citizens of countries where freedom reigns can be prisoners when fear lurks in their thoughts.
When you pass a hospital, bless its patients in their present wholeness, for even in their suffering, this wholeness awaits in them to be discovered. When your eyes behold a man in tears, or seemingly broken by life, bless him in his vitality and joy for the material senses present but the inverted image of the ultimate splendor and perfection which only the inner eye beholds.
It is impossible to bless and to judge at the same time. So hold constantly as a deep, hallowed, intoned thought that desire to bless for truly then shall you become a peacemaker, and one day you shall, everywhere, behold the very face of God.
P.S. And of course, above all, don’t forget to bless the utterly beautiful person YOU are!
[Post published at 1:11pm Pacific during the hour of Jupiter. Angel number meaning for 111: “An energetic gateway has opened for you, rapidly manifesting your thoughts into reality. Choose your thoughts wisely at this time, ensuring that they match your desires. Don’t put any energy into thinking about fears at all, lest you manifest them.”]