A few months ago, I began blessing the bees.
I know this will sound crazy to many. Also, I should point out that I am not a religious person.
However, I do believe in a Higher Power.
Some years ago, I read a book called The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World by Pierre Pradervand.
It’s a lovely, warm book in which Pierre explains how he has created much positive change and good in his life (and the lives of others), through blessing.
It all started for him as a way of counteracting the anger he felt when he was betrayed and badly treated by his former employer. He began to bless as a means to try and come to terms with what had happened to him.
The effects on his life have been extraordinary, and he began blessing difficult and unfortunate situations.
Below I state why I decided to start blessing the bees, but first, here is a beautiful You Tube video, featuring a very moving blessing
which Pierre felt inspired to write.
My thanks to Pierre for allowing me to feature it on this website:
So why did I start blessing the bees?
Simply because I have been, and remain concerned about them: their plight, the behaviour of polluters and those who are meant to act to protect the environment, but do not.
I decided to put out some positive thoughts, and started blessing the bees to counteract my negative fears and angers, and in the hope that my prayers would do some good, whether I could understand how, or not.
I’m not suggesting that blessing
the bees is a replacement for positive action to help them. I still do
my bit, in terms of campaigning,
planting for bees,
growing and eating organic,
writing letters to politicians
etc. I also point out what I feel is wrong in farming practice,
pesticide regulation, and anything I feel is potentially damaging to
bees, because I think that public awareness is important.
I am merely saying that it can’t do any harm to put out a few 'prayers for the bees' - these little creatures I so love, and I hope in some way, it will help.
I also find myself blessing other wildlife and the environment in general, from birds, and animals, to woodlands and seas, and other causes that concern me. What blessings do I ask for? Usually, themes along the lines of protection, shelter, health, habitat preservation, safe food and water.
There is also the issue of blessing those who I feel are polluting the environment, motivated only by greed, and apparently with no concern for future generations. This is the tough one, because there are a number of issues I am aware of, and blessing ‘the enemy’ is not always easy.
know that Pierre blessed his former employer in all ways. However, he
very generously points out that he didn’t feel like blessing them at
first, but his route intention to feel okay, and free himself of his
negativity and anger, remained sincere. So what blessings are
appropriate for those who I feel are committing crimes against the
environment, wildlife, and humanity?
How about blessing them with integrity, honesty, compassion, wisdom and courage to act for the good of the environment?
So why not try it? We may or may not see the results of the blessings directly, yet we may do much good without knowing it. That’s why I keep blessing the bees and the other causes I care about.
All of life is connected, and everything forms part of the great jigsaw puzzle that is creation, whether we understand its role or not.
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