The Blessing Walk – a Walking Meditation.

I was able to take a walk today after several weeks of rain, and it was wonderful. I took the opportunity to use a type of compassionate meditation that I was taught by my spiritual mentor. It’s called the Blessing Walk. Because it’s a walking meditation, it can be combined with a daily walk. You can get your exercise and improve your spiritual awareness at the same time.

The technique  is very simply. While walking at an moderate pace, take note of all the natural features you pass – the rocks, the plants, the birds, the sky. Direct a feeling of great love and compassion on everything you see around you. Imagine a golden light in your feet as they touch the ground spreading outward as you walk. Imagine golden light streaming from your hands toward everything around you. Leave a blessing on everything you pass.

As you turn around to return home, imagine that the whole landscape is glowing with golden radiance from the blessing you have left. Feel love flowing back into you from everywhere.

A daily practice of this kind will not only develop your compassion – it will connect you at a spiritual level with the natural world. Esoteric teaching tells us that not only humans, but the entire physical world is full of spiritual beings and influences, which the ancient teachers called “elementals”. The earth and everything in it are alive with spiritual powers, which you can befriend by using this kind of meditation. It is said in legend that when Padmasambhava brought Buddhism to Tibet, he first spent time teaching and converting the fierce elemental spirits. They then became protectors of him and his teaching.

While you may not have results quite this dramatic, the Blessing Walk will help you to be more at peace with the world.

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4 thoughts on “The Blessing Walk – a Walking Meditation.

  1. Anna Paige

    Hi Reverend Keith! I’ve been lurking on the Pavlina forums for years and recently discovered your thought-provoking posts there, which impressed me so much that I felt compelled to visit your website, and then locate you on Facebook. To my delight, you accepted my friendship request on FB. I’m hoping we can have some fascinating discussions in the near future.

    I am a seeker of wisdom at heart and consider myself a Gnostic Christian with a keen interest in Hermeticism, Kabbalah, and Western mysticism. I’ve been studying topics such as Gnosticism, meditation, Hermetic philosophy, spiritual (inner) alchemy, Kabbalah, and intentional prayer both on my own and under the tutelage of my spiritual mentor for the past 6 years or so, but my interest in esoteric spirituality is vast and there is so much more to learn (as do we all!).

    I enjoyed your post on The Blessing Walk very much, and now I’m curious to know if we might possibly share the same spiritual teacher. I am a Master Essene Healer and learned The Blessing Walk as part of my studies with the Order of Modern Essenes. My spiritual teacher is a kindhearted and brilliant soul named Professor John Gilbert Ph.D., who is currently the Presiding Archbishop of the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. Perhaps you know of him?

    Blessings,
    Anna

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    1. Anonymous

      My mentor is Bishop Lewis Keizer, presiding bishop of the Home Temple and Grail Master of the Order of the Holy Grail, but I suspect he may share lineage and some teachings with your mentor Professor Gilbert, although I was not previously familiar with Professor Gilbert. . One of our lines of apostolic authority is gnostic, and many of the independent and gnostic movements share lineages.

      In any case, your interests are a very close parallel of my own and I’m very glad we’ve connected. I’m running a little late today, but I wanted to at least respond to your comment. There’s a lot to discuss on these topics and I’m very interested in expanding my own sources of knowledge. I look forward greatly to hearing further from you.

      Reply
  2. Anna Paige

    Hi Reverend Keith! I’ve been lurking on the Pavlina forums for years and recently discovered your thought-provoking posts there, which impressed me so much that I felt compelled to visit your website, and then locate you on Facebook. To my delight, you accepted my friendship request on FB. I’m hoping we can have some fascinating discussions in the near future.

    I am a seeker of wisdom at heart and consider myself a Gnostic Christian with a keen interest in Hermeticism, Kabbalah, and Western mysticism. I’ve been studying topics such as Gnosticism, meditation, Hermetic philosophy, spiritual (inner) alchemy, Kabbalah, and intentional prayer both on my own and under the tutelage of my spiritual mentor for the past 6 years or so, but my interest in esoteric spirituality is vast and there is so much more to learn (as do we all!).

    I enjoyed your post on The Blessing Walk very much, and now I’m curious to know if we might possibly share the same spiritual teacher. I am a Master Essene Healer and learned The Blessing Walk as part of my studies with the Order of Modern Essenes. My spiritual teacher is a kindhearted and brilliant soul named Professor John Gilbert Ph.D., who is currently the Presiding Archbishop of the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. Perhaps you know of him?

    Blessings,
    Anna

    Reply
    1. Reverend Keith Post author

      My mentor is Bishop Lewis Keizer, presiding bishop of the Home Temple and Grail Master of the Order of the Holy Grail, but I suspect he may share lineage and some teachings with your mentor Professor Gilbert, although I was not previously familiar with Professor Gilbert. . One of our lines of apostolic authority is gnostic, and many of the independent and gnostic movements share lineages.

      In any case, your interests are a very close parallel of my own and I’m very glad we’ve connected. I’m running a little late today, but I wanted to at least respond to your comment. There’s a lot to discuss on these topics and I’m very interested in expanding my own sources of knowledge. I look forward greatly to hearing further from you.

      Reply

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