The Power of Blessing

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The Book of Genesis tells us that Abraham walked before God as a blessing to the world. From that time until today, the power of blessing is a unique gift that we, as humans, may give to the world. We are often fooled by someone’s appearance – their age, illness, attitude, or we are just too distracted to realize that within everyone is a place of goodness and integrity, no matter how deeply buried. Often we are not present enough to witness it and neglect it due to our preoccupations.
When we recognize the spark of God in others, we blow on it with our attention and strengthen it, no matter how deeply it has been buried or for how long. Everyone possesses the capacity to bless life. When we bless someone, we touch the unborn goodness in them and wish them well. Everything unborn is us and in the world needs blessings. It is up to us to strengthen them, feed them and free them whenever possible to find and fulfill God’s purpose for such. When we bless others, we offer them refuge from an indifferent world. This brings beauty to everything we touch.
The magic of a blessing is not something someone gives to another but, rather, a moment of meeting. It is a certain kind of relation in which both people involved remember and acknowledge their true nature and worth. This recognition can strengthen the wholeness in one another. By cultivating a place for wholeness within our relationships, we offer others the opportunity to be whole without shame and become a place of refuge from everything in and around them that is inauthentic. Through blessing we enable people to remember who they are.
Our service is a blessing and because of this we do not serve the weak or broken; we serve the wholeness in each other and the wholeness in life itself. Service is not helping or fixing. When we serve we are also served and healed. The beggars at the “Western Wall” actually understand that they are doing you a favor when you give them money. They often acknowledge this by giving a blessing. In the deep Torah, Kabbalistic tradition, the Lamed Vav Tzadikim (Hebrew: “36 Righteous Ones”) do not need to do anything; they simply respond to all suffering with compassion. Without compassion the world cannot continue. The Hebrew blessing l’chaim means that no matter what difficulty life brings; no matter how hard, unfaithful or difficult life may seem, it is holy and worthy of celebration. To bless someone is to water the seed of greater wholeness within them.
There is an art to receiving blessings. Metaphorically, we are all being circled by our blessings, like planes in a holding pattern at an airport, stacked up with no place to land. All these blessings are waiting for a moment of our time and attention to land into our life. All we need to do is remain open and receptive. Life is holy, and just to be in holiness is a blessing. When we do not live coherently within ourselves, something begins to erode in us. Sure, we may survive, but we may not be living in fulfillment or truly feel alive. The art of blessing keeps us on full awareness.
May everyone be blessed to live life in a way in which you become a blessing to those around you and a light to the world – learning to relate to others by witnessing the hidden beauty in them.

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