Here in this place,
with our utmost sincerity,
with these pure offerings,
we raise the intention that each and every person attending this ceremony,
be safe and healthy,
and with the great protective power of our one mind,
manifested by all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,
may they be safe wherever they go,
whether on long journeys or just short errands,
may all their encounters be positive and joyous,
and may disaster and misfortune always be strangers.
The detail of these blessings is interesting. If someone reads (or listens to) these with the thought that we are asking someone more powerful than us to do this for us, then they won’t produce much good. There will be some, to the extent that thinking of others wellbeing helps awaken (?) an awareness of nonduality, but that may be cancelled by the thought that some power outside of us is making this happen.
If we understand that we are already connected to all the energy of the universe, then we just entrust these intentions inwardly, and let them connect with that energy. Then everything will move in that direction.
The extent that we see that manifest is hard to say, however. Each person’s individual path and choices can affect that, as does the states of mind they are currently caught up in, and there is also the question of what’s best for the person. But in general, things move in the direction of the intentions we entrust.