Regardless of the culture or belief system, blessings are viewed as a way to bestow protection on, give power to, and show compassion for another person place or thing. If you've ever said "Bless you!" when someone has sneezed near you, that is what you were doing. If you accept that you have the ability to bless anything and anyone, then you become a powerful conduit for the power of the Universe.
What is a Blessing?
All of the major religions view a blessing as a special favor handed to a person from that religion's highest deity. A blessing from God, Buddha or Muhammad was a special event that meant health and prosperity for the people who received the blessing. Less discussed but often used are blessings for other objects, such as a building or food. These blessings are meant to bestow strength, power, durability or usefulness to those items.
How You Can Use Blessings
You can assume the role of a conduit for energy from the Universe to whatever person or object you bless. The sincerity of your blessing comes from your heart, but the power of the blessing comes from the Universe. Here is a simple exercise to begin tapping into your ability to give blessings.
- Find a quiet and comfortable place in which to sit.
- Slow down your breathing and take in some big, deep breaths.
- Visualize your 7th chakra opening in the top of your head.
- As you breathe in, see the energy from the Universe streaming into your body through your chakra.
- Guide that energy down into your heart.
- Take a few deep breaths while seeing the energy fill your heart.
- Now think of someone to whom you would like to send a blessing.
- Once you have a person in mind, visualize the energy moving down through your chakra, into your heart and out to that person while thinking "I bless you." This time, you're not holding the energy in your heart, but letting it pass right through you to that person.
- Continue this a few times or until you feel that the blessing is complete.
When to Use Blessings
There is no end to the ways that you can use a blessing. You can send blessings to:
- an ill friend or relative
- a coworker struggling with a project
- a homeless person on the street corner
- your dog when you let them out into the yard
- your car before going on a long trip
- a conference room when getting ready for a meeting
Any person or any thing that would benefit from a dose of energy from the Universe is fair game for your blessing. Once you recognize that you are a conduit for the energy from the Universe, you can begin to make blessings a regular part of your spiritual practice.