Pierre Pradervand

BLESSING: How It All Started by Pierre Pradervand

January 14, 2019

From The Gentle Art of Blessing Bless them that curse you. (Matthew 5:44) At one point in my career, I was employed in the field of international development, working in the Swiss school system with both students and teachers.  During this time I had to make one of the most difficult decisions in my career: keep my job but accept a situation that violated the most elementary professional ethics, or quit.  (I learned later that the people who put me in this situation were actively banking on my leaving!) So, rather than commit moral hara-kiri, I quit. In the following weeks, I developed a deep-seated and all-consuming resentment such as I had never experienced before against the people who had put me in this impossible situation.  When I [...]

BLESSING: The Gentle Art Of Blessing, Introduction by Pierre Pradervand

January 7, 2019

From The Gentle Art of Blessing Blessing has been a spiritual practice of humankind since time immemorial.  The ritualized form of blessing that usually concludes many Christian religious ceremonies is only one of the many forms of blessing found across almost all cultures.  But far from being simply a ritual that punctuates religious ceremonies, the practice of blessing has the power to enrich your life in ways you never dreamed possible, ways that I have experienced personally. This book is born of a spiritual experience that profoundly marked my life and enabled me to discover the deep meaning of the act of blessing.  Blessing rests on spiritual laws that each of us can discover so that we may live better and more fully.  My own [...]