Blessings for Courage in Uncertain Times 

By Paul C Pritchard on Thursday March 12th, 2020

Allowing Grace to Illuminate Our Way

There have been many times in my life that I have felt helpless or even useless. Particularly in situations when I feel I have no influence or control: an aggressive or destructive weather pattern, a friend with an incurable disease who is in pain, a friend whose partner walked out, extreme political upheaval and of course pandemics, like the Corona Virus, that loom over all media platforms and test our faith in systems, as well as within ourselves. 

We are all called to respond in varying ways: professionals with skilled action, colleagues to boost morale, to be good neighbours and friends in looking out for one another, to be vigilant in our amplifying care and to tread softly with the varying emotional landscapes we find ourselves in, as the fear takes hold. We can always do something useful, worthy and kind.  

When our responses are grounded in Love, in meditation, mindfulness, and prayer, we all have a greater resonance for right-action or non-action. Both might be useful. In my life, it’s often been those little pauses, some minutes, some seconds, and some fractions of a second that have helped me keep a level head and a grateful heart. Without the pauses, I can easily fall into panic and overwhelm. I’m built that way. Without the pauses, I drop into old habits and ways of doing, thinking and responding. I can easily abandon flow, trust and being. The pauses allow grace in. I’m going to write that again … give it space.

The Pauses Allow Grace in.

Now I can feel myself more. Feel my weight in the chair. Feel the fingers click-clacking over the keyboard. Watching the light-speed words appear on the screen instantaneously from thought to finger to screen. Deep breath. 

What can I do to infuse the collective field right now? How can I collaborate as oneness, in oneness, for the raising of collective consciousness? How can I be the support? How can I let my unique gifts, along with presence, nourish and soothe the consciousness that as an outward manifestation is vibrating with the hum of the Corona Virus?

“…”One spark is all you need to nourish the flame that will cleanse the dark. Image: Stepanie McCabe

I will offer a prayer, a blessing, a gentle way of being with all of this. One that supports my nervous system, my heart and my soul, planetary consciousness and beyond. 

Blessing for Courage by John O’Donohue

When the light around lessens
And your thoughts darken until
Your body feels fear turn
Cold as a stone inside,

When you find yourself bereft
Of any belief in yourself
And all you unknowingly
Leaned on has fallen,

When one voice commands
Your whole heart,
And it is raven dark,

Steady yourself and see
That it is your own thinking
That darkens your world.

Search and you will find
A diamond-thought of light,

Know that you are not alone,
And that this darkness has purpose;
Gradually it will school your eyes,
To find the one gift your life requires
Hidden within this night-corner.

Invoke the learning
Of every suffering
You have suffered.

Close your eyes.
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of festered fear.

A new confidence will come alive
To urge you towards higher ground
Where your imagination
will learn to engage difficulty
As its most rewarding threshold!


Take a moment for yourself. Really feel into what’s activated in you around the Corona Virus pandemic. What would be the best way to serve yourself and the greater whole right now? We’d love to hear your gentle comments. Comment on how you aim to serve the Unified field of Unity, Peace, and Love.

May the light dance the shadows away.

Much love,

Team Uplift 




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35 Responses to Blessings for Courage in Uncertain Times 

  1. Thank you for reminding me that the pause leads to awareness, which leads to peace. I read this blessing twice, and felt even deeper peace the 2nd time around. ☮💜

  2. We are incredibly powerful beings with infinite resources of light to draw upon. May this and all other crises kick start us in to our fullest potential, to serve in our own unique way

  3. This global issue is a true test of human merit. We have responsibility to conduct ourselves with the virtues of care, concern, peace, love and mindfulness – as we are all being observed or will be observed by our strongest critic that is our own selves. We will have to reconcile with our actions after the dust settles and reflect as our reflection looks back on us.
    Fear pollutes our rationale. Pause allows us to gather ourselves,react with purpose, conviction, love and compassion as these circumstances cry for this intensely. Spread our loving faces and kind gestures, help as we are able and preserve the beauty that is the divine energy within us all. When the intensity of these moments pass we will be able to smile unified as one and stronger as a whole.

  4. Wow – may the light dance the shadows away – thank you so much!

    The thoughts are great and true and the poem is phantastic!!

    Thank you so much!!
    It feels good to be part of a loving community!

    Lots of Love,

    • We love you Natali … take very good care of you so that you can take very good care of others so that they can take very good care of you. Much love Paul

  5. Om Shanti ( I am peace / I am a peaceful soul),

    Thank you for your invaluable words which serve for peace in the atmosphere of fear nowadays. LOVE connects all colours of energy each other, and FEAR disconnects and spoils our unity as energy forms. Let’s create peace in our minds ve our hearts first, then LET’S REMEMBER THE ONE ( which is incorporeal Supreme Soul). I believe that our strong connection with the ONE would change the hell ( The kingdom of fear and sorrow) into the heaven ( The kingdom of peace and happiness).

    Smiling loves to all my world family.

  6. @Ellen and Gina. I also suffer, as do many, with the effects of EMR. I can’t use my mobile phone much at all;
    my laptop causes my hands to burn and my head to ache. My body and feet were burning so much after a new tower went up nearby keep that I could no longer sleep at home and took to sleeping in my car in a park near the river. It has cost half my life savings to teat the surfaces of the house and windows etc, to lessen the impact of 4G and EMR. Now we’re facing 5G.
    I do however see COVID19 as a real phenomenon that is making the situation worse. The fact that around 3% of fatalities occur regardless of place in the world, 5G or no 5G, would seem to back that up.
    Thank you to Uplift for sanity via love, and does everyone know about New Waves of Light and its lovely memes published daily? We are indeed One in the love of the soul.

  7. Maravilloso Desafío para SER el Mundo que queremos VER!!!
    Nosotros Podemos!!!
    Quisimos Estar Aquí!!!
    Somos Queridos Aquí!!!
    Somos, como dice mi Maestra Peggy Phoenix Dubro PUENTES UNIVERSALES DE GRACIA!!!
    Dejemos que la GRACIA fluya!!!

  8. Stress causes some of the greatest challenges to the immune system. Breathing deep often, meditation, rest, vitamins, eating healthy food, eating and using natural anti-inflammatory foods and herbs, laughter and cultivating peace is the ultimate in self care. If you have been putting that off, now is your grand opportunity to make changes. And share these messages to make a better world.

  9. Things are always working out for us. Even in these testing times we can see quite clearly those that are awaken and those that are still to arise from their internal slumber. Love and compassion are really key focuses at the moment. This will come to and end soon and will have so many gems of understanding as a result. Love and blessings

  10. Thank you for the Inspiration.
    I love this twop sentences:

    One spark is all you Need

    The Pauses Allow Grace in

    appreciation & love

  11. “Blessings for Courage in Uncertain Times” is so very beautiful and encouraging; filled with the nuances of poetry and the lives we are gratefully living. Thank you!

  12. May the Light Orbs of Healing Vibrations from colour filled nature fill every dark cell …May we all metamorphasis into a portal of circles of evolving UpLIFting Peace & Lo♡e..XXX

  13. I truly believe this corona virus is caused from too much exposure to 5G. The science has proven what the waves of 5G do to a human body yet why is no one wanting to look at the fact that certain cities in China went completely 5G even in the hospitals and the other cities where the corona virus is epidemic have also gone 5G. The 60Hz has been shown what it does to not only the water molecules in our bodies but what it does to the oxygen molecules so they cannot adhere to the iron in our hemoglobin hence no oxygen is being absorbed. Try living w no or limited oxygen. All the symptoms are the same. Please people take a look at the extreme opposite of what we are told. Fear is the biggest weapon used. I don’t know why it’s used if 26,000 scientists around the world agree what 5G does. When are we all going to stop letting fear be our motivator and use love understanding, and facts. My Asian friends business’ are suffering from fear of the unknown. Like all mental midgets believe in fear. I’m appalled at how people would rather blame some virus instead of looking at every single possibility. Oh cuz it’s easier and familiar. Familiar spirits breed discontent. Open your eyes for there is a solution let’s put something so hideous to rest and quit believing everything we’re told. Research it yourselves and don’t listen to the fear mongers who want us to be segregated and hate one another. Thank you

    • This is another ‘inconvenient truth’. We are all so busy frantically keeping up with the latest that we don’t tune into our body wisdom and messages. Here is my story with it.

      Using a cell phone more than 10 minutes makes my brain in the area of my ear feel numb and pressured. A friend who works in IT suggested the electromagnetic frequency waves are much weaker if I use a Blue Tooth, since the signal only has to come from the cell phone nearby, not the tower. I talked for 1.5 hours on my Blue Tooth one night. Within two days I had a lump under that ear that was so painful I couldn’t hyperextend my neck to gargle mouthwash, the pain was becoming more constant, and it was beginning to take extra effort to swallow.

      I’d had my annual physical the week before, including blood work. I’m pretty watchful for any lumps or bumps or symptoms since I had cancer in 1996. I called my doctor’s office and could get in that day to see a PA. She examined me and asked what I thought was causing this. I told her about my cancer history, cell phone effects, and Blue Tooth use. I said sensitivity to EMFs (Electro-Magnetic Frequencies which power cell phones) was all I could think of. She reviewed my blood work results from the week before, and checked all lymph glands. Everything was normal. Her conclusion was that I had three options, and she wanted me to make the decision.
      1.I could have a CT scan but that would be more waves and she was concerned about that.
      2.I could be referred to an ENT, and they would want a CT scan.
      3.I could wait two weeks and see if this swollen gland was working overtime to clear the area of the EMF effects. If this is what it was, then the gland should be back to normal in two weeks.

      This was on a Thursday. I told her I didn’t want to end up in the ER over the week-end. The swallowing difficulty made me wonder if breathing difficulty was next. She instructed me to call the office number if I had any problems over the weekend. She would inform the on-call physician so I could avoid the ER. I said in that case, I wanted option 3.

      Within two weeks the lymph gland was normal and all symptoms were gone. I was so grateful.

      I now wear a device on my body to protect me from the EMFs which are put out by the smart phones which surround all of us everywhere.

      For more information on this inconvenient truth, Google Doctor Martin Pall, EMFs. As the saying goes, a prophet is never welcome in their own country.

    • Dear Gina … thank you for your words and perspective. May the truth prevail and love and kindness for all win win win. Much love Paul

  14. Mis querido(a)s Amigos,
    *Corona” no tiene nada por asustarse; fue llevado a un nivel de causar pánico por los medios del periodismo para poder controlar la masa.
    Causa un estado de enfermedad,!Sí! Pero el peligro depende de su estado físico y mental.
    ?Cómo prevenir? El método más eficaz que encontré fue la labada/gargar con agua salina:
    Antes de salir, ten tu flasco de agua con sal marina preparado. Lava bien la boca, y gargar la garganta antes de escupir el agua. Repita dos, tres veces y escupe el agua.
    Ese evita que el virus -que puede entrar por la boca- se puede anclar y multiplicar.
    Luego: lee las múltiples advertencias que aparecen y
    Buena suerte!
    L. Reijckloff, terapeuta refelexológico

  15. The timing of this article could not be better ….. My wife and I are retirees , comfortably well off. My immediate knee jerk reaction is to close ranks and protect my immediate family, to hell with the rest.
    I now réalisé that this selfish approach will not bring me comfort ! I need to honour my mantra of “ generosity and kindness” to all, to the extent that I can reasonably do so !
    Thank you for reactivating my conscience !

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