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This must be one of Spangler s best books at least, it s the best I ve read so far It is so exquisitely written and is thus a joy to read.He covers all the various angles on blessing and gradually approaches the core of its art He begins by recounting an episode he experienced at the age of twenty, when a woman asked him to give her a blessing He had no idea how to do so, but knew he couldn t refuse He realized already on that occasion that what was most needed was simple human caring and This must be one of Spangler s best books at least, it s the best I ve read so far It is so exquisitely written and is thus a joy to read.He covers all the various angles on blessing and gradually approaches the core of its art He begins by recounting an episode he experienced at the age of twenty, when a woman asked him to give her a blessing He had no idea how to do so, but knew he couldn t refuse He realized already on that occasion that what was most needed was simple human caring and presence, a wonderfulness of being present to the other He understood that it required nothingmagical or grandiose than meeting her halfway, for a blessing is a two way street not something someone does for someone else, but something we become together in order that a spirit may flow.In this first blessing of his there was a sense of opening out to a vastness a sense of something flowing The author himself felt blessed by the blessing.He explains what is and is not a blessing he distinguishes between blessings and acts of kindness He comes to the conclusion that a blessing is a gift given freely it carries a feeling of spaciousness.He also explains the concept of unobstructedness In the unobstructed world synchronicities abound It is a condition in which life and spirit flow in an unimpeded way The unobstructed world is also found in the flow state In this world there are no barriers between my heart and yours, my soul and yours, my power and creativity and yours It is this state that the author finds to be at the heart of blessing There is no single right way to carry out a blessing, no technique.He divides the process of blessing into four steps 1 Identification where you identify yourself as someone capable of giving a blessing 2 Opening this is opening oneself to the person to be blessed and to spirit, surrender to what wants or needs to happen Out of this comes a clear sense of what to do 3 Synthesis this involves entering the blessing place , the state of mind in which one can give a blessing, where we garb ourselves in the robes of the Blesser 4 The actual blessing.He discusses what he terms the empersonal spirit not to be confused with impersonal spirit This is the nourishing and transformative spiritual power that radiates from our ordinary, embodied personhood.Much of the book consists of wondrous exercises in the art of blessing, exercises which allow us to practice processes of atonement and reflection , which will enable us to enter the numinous state which is a precondition of blessing.I find it exceedingly difficult to do justice to this book, which seems to have been composed not by the ordinary self of the author but by his Higher Self, if not his Soul This is particularly apparent in the exercises he, or his Higher Self, has created In all of these you go into your inner world, into your inner theatre, a place of stillness Some of the exercises involve lighting candles physically, and finally imagining that you yourself are a candle and light yourself This teaches you how to shift into an appropriate mood of benevolence and compassion, thus enabling you to enter the state required for blessing.The exercises becomeandinspired and inspiring.The book concludes with examples of blessings.This is on the whole an inspired and inspiring book I recommend it highly, Great book for giving an indepth view of what blessings are, and how to bless using creative visualisation You may not be familiar with the latter but the author explains it all, and it has the effect of initially slowing down each blessing which is a good thing as one doesnt want to bless in a quick, offhand or trite way A superb book about something we may do glibly, or leave to others to do Highly recommended. There s a Unitarian Universalist joke where the punchline is what s a blessing Now there are many Unitarian Universalists who know what blessing is and even how to engage this spiritual practice, and there are some with no interest, and there are those who would like to learn And so, Unitarian Universalists who want to learn, like everyone else, turn to books and teachers and videos.Spangler s volume is for folks who are curious about the spiritual practice of blessing or who would like to l There s a Unitarian Universalist joke where the punchline is what s a blessing Now there are many Unitarian Universalists who know what blessing is and even how to engage this spiritual practice, and there are some with no interest, and there are those who would like to learn And so, Unitarian Universalists who want to learn, like everyone else, turn to books and teachers and videos.Spangler s volume is for folks who are curious about the spiritual practice of blessing or who would like to learn how to be a blesser and createblessing in this world The exercises that compose the third part of the book make it especially useful as an adult or youth faith development curriculum, or for use in constructing a retreat around blessing Recommended This is a lovely, beautifully written book about putting the concept of blessing or invocation of grace into daily life The slant is toward ainclusive and non traditional use of the term blessing in keeping with the author s leanings , but it s not so new agey that it won t appeal to the mainstream ortraditional reader looking for inspiration about bringing the sacred into daily practices. &Read Kindle ⇝ Blessing: The Art and the Practice ↻ A spiritual teacher explores the practice of blessing, discusses how it represents a means to channel one s sense of goodwill and compassion, and offers guidance for developing rituals of blessing as a part of one s spiritual practice