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"In a way, a blessing is just such a moment of reconnection with each other, with the world, and with the source of our being."

  David Spangler, Blessing, Part 5

I never saw her again, never knew why she wanted the blessing, never knew what, if anything, happened as a result of it. And it didn't matter.

She may have asked me for the blessing, but I was the one who was blessed.

For that evening, at the very beginning of my career, I learned something important about spirit and letting go, about our human connection and the power that can arise from it, about love, and about blessing. What I learned was not so much an insight, although certainly insights began to unfold from that experience; it was a deeper stirring and awakening within my own soul. It was a remembering. And over the years, in addition to other influences it has had upon my work, this remembering finally culminated in a series of classes related to the art of blessing, which inspired this book.

Give me a blessing.

When my children were toddlers and we would take them down to the park to play, they would run a short distance out into the world, play for a bit, then run back to touch Julie's or my leg, climb into our laps, and generally touch in, being reassured that we were still there. Then they would be off again, exploring, playing, discovering. Then they would come back again and reconnect. Over the years, the distances they would go and the length of time between moments of reconnection would grow greater, but the cycle was still there. I expect it always will be there, although as they become adults, it will change in the ways it manifests.

In a way, a blessing is just such a moment of reconnection with each other, with the world, and with the source of our being. There is in our world, as I said at the beginning, a desire for that connection, for wholeness, for empowerment, for life. There is a desire for all that a blessing can give. At the heart of the world, in the hearts of each other, a voice speaks out, sometimes softly, sometimes with a shout: Give me a blessing.

The essential message in this book is that each of us, you and I, can answer that voice. We can be points of reconnection, points of remembrance, points of love. We can be blessings.

Give me a blessing!

Yes, I will.

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