“Do I have a responsibility to make the whole world beat to my drum?” No, nor could you. You beat your drum, and the Universe will respond to the drum that you are beating… There are as many different worlds being lived by as many different perceivers of the world as there are perceivers of the worlds. Abraham (Excerpted from the workshop in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, March 19th, 2005)
The above quote from the Abraham-Hicks website initiated some thought and discussion for Mike and I regarding responsibility.
How does that quote resonate within you? Does it ring true? Does it have you feeling a powerful YES?
Or does that quote raise your hackles? Does it have you questioning the validity of the author, and maybe even me? I would ask that you stay with me here. Read on. I’m not looking to change your mind. That’s neither my role nor my responsibility. However, there may be a tidbit of material here that might prompt you to dig further into your reasons for the rising hackles.
Our topic today is actually RESPONSIBILITY. I allude to it in the previous paragraph – that it is not my role nor is it my responsibility to attempt to change anyone’s mind about anything.
Most of us think of responsibility as being something dark and nasty. We have to do this or we must do that or we are obligated to attend to or perform or address this or that for this or that person, situation, function … Big-time negative response from most of us.
My role in life, my own personal responsibility, is to live my life to the fullest in the best fashion that I can with the skills, talents and passions I chose to accept in this life as gifted to me from and by the Divine in combination with all that I desired and dreamed into being.
What if I were to tell you that the only thing that you are responsible for is your own flow of well-being? That’s right, just you. Your own well-being. You are not responsible for how your kids turn out – good or bad or somewhere in between. That is a role and responsibility each of your children agreed to take on when they came here to this physical experience. You are not responsible to or for your husband or wife. You are not responsible to your boss. You are not responsible to or for the PTA or your church or your government or … or …. or.
Radical? No. As you can see from the above Abraham quote and from many of the current spiritual leaders of our time, it is a more commonly accepted way of living. A whole lot less stress in ones life living this way. A natural way of living. If we are responsible for ourselves only – isn’t that quite enough to keep us well occupied?
Side stepping from feeling as though you need to be in control and helping out others in your circle of family and friends to letting all of that go and focusing on yourself only – well, that is a big jump in faith. Having the faith and trust in your Self to tend to and care for yourself needs courage. Looking out for yourself first and foremost can seem, to many, to be a very selfish way of living. When others observe your changed behaviour, you might get a fair amount of flack. How can you be so thoughtless? Who are you kidding, watching out for yourself and only yourself? What about your kids? They need someone to whip them into shape, don’t they? Your husband/wife need you to take responsibility for your half of your partnership and your financial/emotional/personal obligation. How can they fare without you taking life seriously? How is your boss supposed to function without your total commitment? The questions and confusion and anger this may raise in them depends on who they are, how locked they are into the societal training they have had, how controlling they are and how open they may be to anything spiritual.
Does that mixed list of have to‘s and must do‘s give you the willies? All that pressure coming down on you. You don’t need it. Nor do you need to accept the views and perceptions of those around you. When you live your life based on the beat of your own drum, allowing the flow of the Divine to move through you, you are inspired to do things because you want to do them, not because you have to. And the more you move in ways that are pleasing to you, the more inspired you will be. The more inspired you are, the more you can and do accomplish. The more you can and do accomplish in your life, the happier you are. The happier you are, the happier those around you become.
Does this all sound like Pollyanna‘s life? The more you get into this way of life, the easier it becomes and the more natural and innate this aspect of your life unfolds for you. The easier it becomes, the easier it becomes!
I can say all this because I live this way and it works. Whatever I choose to do in a day – when it is guided by the connection between myself and the Divine – I know it will all work out without my sense of responsibility getting in the way and taking control and messing things up – for me and for the Divine! It is a joyously simpler way to be.
Is my life perfect? Nope. It is happier, more beautiful, playful, creative, productive, peaceful, synchronistic in its unfolding, and so very, very often magical! Overall, joyous!
As Mike is often known to say – that’s my $0.02 worth!
Blessings be to you all.
In Light and Laughter,
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