The Truth About Personal Responsibility
The idea of personal responsibility has come up for me 3 or 4 times already this morning. I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but when I see topic or theme presenting itself in my consciousness, I know I need to pay attention.
Normally when we think of responsibility, we mean taking ownership of a thing or of a process. Generally, it is within the context of a burden or task we are taking ownership of.
A Different Context of Responsibility
The personal responsibility that I am referring to in this post is within the context of cause and effect.
For many years, I have believed that what we experience externally is connected to what we create internally (through our thoughts and emotions).
I have struggled with this idea of full personal responsibility, however, because quite honestly, I don’t want to believe that everything in my outside experience is a reflection of what is going on inside.
Laws of Personal Responsibility
The truth is that this is a spiritual law. You reap what you sow. What goes around, comes around. What you put out into the world comes back to you.
However you phrase it, cause and effect rules our physical and spiritual realities. In physics class, one of the first laws you learn is that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Perhaps the reason this fundamental law rules our physical world is because it rules the spiritual world first. Or, perhaps there is no distinction or separation at all. One is the other.
What I realized today is that much of the anxiety that I experience in my life is over regret that something is not unfolding as I want it to. I stress out because I am resisting the reality of what is and then projecting that resistance outside of myself onto the external circumstances.
Taking Personal Responsibility
Why is it that as soon as we experience stress or anxiety, we try to fix it by medicating or manipulating the external? I admit it. I do this 99% of the time…even when I know the truth.
Why do we shrink back from addressing the internal world in order to realign the external with our intention? Why is it so hard to live from the center space?
That is and will always be (in my estimation) the guiding question. And the answer to it will be the key to our personal liberty!
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