By Pierre Pradervand
Many years ago I was attending the board meeting of the largest grass roots peasant-farmer movement in Africa, of which I was a founding member, in Ouhigouya (Burkina-Faso in the Sahel)
The last day of the meeting I contracted dysentery and as at the time I was following a path of pure spiritual healing (no medicine) I worked on it spiritually. On the plane the next day I was still working on the issue with my spiritual texts, affirmations, prayers and the like. Next to me was an unaccompanied young boy, and the stewardess caring for him was incredibly loving. At one moment she spoke to him with such kindness I was suddenly overwhelmed by what I can only describe as a sort of cosmic gratitude which enveloped her and everything.
And suddenly, I was projected into a space which was timeless and beyond material space and where I was aware of nothing else but infinite Love. I felt in my very essence that unconditional Love was the only cause, effect, substance, power, being, reality, identity, presence in the universe, that it was literally All-in-all.
The most wonderful thing of the whole experience is that my ego had completely disappeared. I had no sense anymore that anyone called Pierre Pradervand even existed.
For an indeterminate period (as I was no longer in time) the divine consciousness WAS my consciousness, which is why this was the most glorious experience of my existence : infinite love manifesting as total freedom. The human mind (intellect, mental reign) had just vanished, all was on the level of this extraordinary feeling of the divine.
And suddenly, I was back in my seat on the plane. I felt something moving in my bowels and in a matter of seconds, the dysentery had disappeared.
But even that healing, however welcome, was nothing compared to the vision which brought with it a quality of knowing that human words just cannot describe – because it was far beyond normal human experience. I now feel with such a depth of certainty, of spiritual groundedness that Love is the ultimate reply to all and any problem, be it personal, social or a world issue.
And you and I are one with that Love. We are literally welded to Love and nothing will ever be able to change that, even our own doubts and fears. Love is our home, our haven, our springboard and our resting place – for always.
Because we are literally divine Love expressing itself.
Pierre Pradervand is a real citizen of the world. Of Swiss origin, during a long professional career of over 50 years he has traveled to over 40 countries of the 5 continents where he has either worked, studied, vacationed, traveled and lived. His whole life has been dedicated to striving for a win-win world that works for all, our only chance of survival as a civilisation, he believes, and a passion he shares with his wife Elly, who runs her own foundation for women’s and children’s rights (woman.ch). He has worked in the field of sociological field research, program director in the field of international development (including 11 years in Africa), international consultant, founder of a highly successful grass roots magazine in Africa, writer (over 16 books in 15 languages, see: www.pierrepradervand.com) and, for the past 25 years, trainer in the fields of personal development and spirituality. He is also an independent celebrant. His emphasis in the spiritual field is on a renewed manner of blessing, a form of blessing that heals as numerous testimonies on his blessing website show (www.gentleartofblessing.org)