Blessings are among many of God’s favors and protection. But we humans can also give our blessings to others through prayer and benedictions.
Since God gave the original blessing to Abram (Genesis 12:1-2), the three major religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam have a common beginning.
“And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”~ Genesis 1:28
Giving each other blessings helps us to feel good. Being kind and serving each other, gives positive feedback to our body. Through that kind of mind/body unity we create a base for God to sanctify us. In the Divine Principle (3.1) we call that the first blessing or being fruitful.
The achievement of the first blessing is very crucial because it becomes the foundation for all the second and third blessing.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."~ Galatians 5:22-23
As this bible quote suggests, there are the fruits of the spirit which we are to emulate. Once we have incorporated these values mind-body unity becomes much easier.
Through the second blessing we experience the love between man and woman. Husband and wife create a family by having children. Each blessing helps us to grow more and contributes to our maturity.
As experienced adults we can fulfill the third blessing by taking care of the natural world and reap all the benefits from the creation.
When we look upon our world today, we can certainly find problems everywhere. Unfortunately, we are trying to find solutions in an external way. Looking at the diagram above, we can see that the trouble lies in the first blessing. To become fruitful means to be mature, responsible and caring to oneself, to others and to the environment. For most of us to love ourselves is the hardest thing of all.
There is a book out called “The Gentle Art of Blessing” which talks about the health benefits of blessings. Blessings even have a positive effect on our DNA. Since we are all spiritual (energy) beings, we respond well to positive vibrations. Blessings are the ultimate benevolence. They infuse us with holiness and remind us of our true original potential.
I am closing this blog with blessings to all who come by to read it. Bless yourselves and others and you will never be the same.