We have a lot of words that have dual meanings. Take, for instance, the word “Aloha”. It can mean “hello”, “goodbye”, and even other things. But, there is one word that may cause your internal belief regulator to go crazy. That word is “Responsible”. The big “R” word.
If I said “Wow, that’s really taking responsibility.” or “You took responsibility like a grown up.” we would all agree that the word had a positive meaning. But what if I said “ OMG you’re responsible for that!” can’t you feel your heart sink? Being responsible can mean you’ve done a really good thing by stepping up and owning your actions and the consequences. Or, it could mean you’ve really caused an issue and it is being judged harshly by others and they want you to own your actions and the consequences, where it appears you have not.
So, why is this a problem? In the big sense, it isn’t at all. However, depending on which version of the meaning of the word you give priority and preference, it can cause you a lot of confusion as you come to know that you create your life; you choose in every moment; and those choices are your responsibility. Those choices also impact all life in some capacity.
What if you, due to your prior experiences, give priority to the negative meaning of the word responsible. When you then come to know and then believe that you are responsible for every choice you make and all the consequences of that, it can feel like a terrible burden. Instead of being a joyful step in consciously creating your life, it can instead make you dread making a choice.
How many times have you been criticized for your choices? How many times have you been judged for a choice that you felt was appropriate and right for you but others didn’t think so? How many times have you been told “you are responsible for this!” and felt awful because the understanding was that you did something wrong? Can you imagine how that one word might cause a chain reaction of “fight or flight” responses within you? Can you imagine how, subconsciously, you may hold yourself back from truly embracing your Divine nature and your Divine ability to consciously create for fear of the consequences?
And what if, as you expanded spiritually and came to believe that you are part of all life, you also understood on some level of you that your choices then, impacted everything and all things. Are you willing to risk making a choice that might negatively impact another even if you didn’t do that consciously? That is a huge burden to shoulder. That’s especially so if you just want to choose for you and not have to be concerned with everyone else.
Even though this is all from the mind and not the heart, it can still have serious consequences for you until it all gets sorted out per your beliefs and the associated feelings. Why would you set yourself up to be judged by others and why would you risk choosing consciously if you felt that you might be responsible for the impact on everyone else as well as yourself? Fortunately, all this inner angst isn’t likely to come up until you are progressing nicely on your spiritual path and, by that time, once you recognize what is happening, you can change it easily.
When you free yourself from the burden of responsibility and, instead, embrace the joy of the gift of responsibility for all that you experience, your life will feel so much easier. Yes, the dual meaning of the word responsible will still exist and will still be used. But, you will no longer be tied to one negative version of the word and you can choose which version to accept in any given moment instead of having a negative version chosen by default. You can still overcome the default, but wouldn’t it be so much easier to have your default be the joyful version? Wouldn’t it be so nice to not subconsciously feel the weight and burden of feeling “responsible” for everything (since you create all you experience, both individually and collectively) and, hence (since you are tied to the negative version), feeling awful about anything that is perceived as negative in your own life and in the world? Imagine all that playing out internally and subconsciously. Imagine the conflict. Imagine how you might limit yourself to limit your “liability”. Whew!
Would you like the highest truth on this for you, changing your truth to that truth? Would you like to be freed in all times, versions, aspects, layers and levels of you from the tie to any perceived negative version of the word and concept of “responsible” (in all its forms) and have your default on that be the positive version, knowing that you can choose to experience the negative version at any time? Would you like to know what it feels like to be free of the weight and burden of “negative” responsibility and to truly be free? Would you like to understand the gift of responsibility and how to use it in the highest and best way?
If so, say “yes – responsible” and allow the Divine Energy of Creation to teach you and show you and fill your heart with the joy of it and the gift of it and the richness of it. Allow yourself to accept a more expanded version of life and what it means to consciously create your life in each moment. For so it is if you allow it to be.
And to go one step further, would you like the same for all the perceived negative understandings of all words? If so say “yes – let’s do it” and allow all the burdens and weights and limitations attached to all that to detach and clear and dissolve and allow the truth and understanding of the joy that will now be allowed to surface more fully to come to you in full measure. Allow the gift of life and the gift of being the Divine focused in the here and now and the gift of creating and co-creating moment-to-moment in the now flow to and through you in such great abundance that it also flows from you to others. For so it is if you allow it to be.
If you keep your focus on love and joy and living in that space and creating from that space, there will be no issue with words or understandings or feelings. However, for some, there is a learning curve with spiritual understanding, and living in the now of love and joy consistently and constantly is an uncertainty. Releasing conflicting beliefs helps you to feel comfortable and confident and competent creating in love and joy consciously and deliberately. It will help you get your sea legs so you can ride the waves of beautiful energy while loving every moment of it and allowing others to do the same. Holding yourself in love helps all others to either go more deeply into love or to step more fully and consciously into it. Now THAT is what I call being responsible and I love you for it and am in gratitude for it.
Mahalo (may you be held in the breath of God) my friends.
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