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Taking Responsibility

The concept and teachings of non-attachment are powerful, and very necessary on the spiritual path. Paradoxically, it is also true that we must take full responsibility for our lives.

Remember, dear Ones, your life IS your spiritual path and everything happening in it IS spiritual. Just coming into an understanding is not enough to dissolve something.  It is how you walk your understanding in the world that ultimately makes the difference.  People want to be “masters.” Well, how do you think masters turn into masters? Do you think that the Buddha would sit in “nirvanic” contemplation all day and then take advantage of people when he was in the world?  Do you think that if you visited Jesus’ apartment it would be unkempt and in need of a good cleaning?

In the journey toward mastery, it is imperative that you begin to take full responsibility for your actions and choices. You are becoming more conscious in your world, so you must now live from a more conscious space.  How you live in the world is a marker of your level of consciousness.

Humans can be very lazy creatures. We think that just because we have the mental capabilities of creating things to make our lives easier that it then justifies our laziness. It doesn’t.  Now, I’m not saying you have to grow your own food or weave your own thread for the clothes you will make. But, the inner inertia that people experience about all the small things in life boils down to the same thing. You really don’t want to put in the effort required for the outcome desired.

In case you haven’t woken up to this yet, EVERYTHING in this world requires effort. You must work to keep a roof over your head, food in your belly, and clothes on your back. Whether you labor to make money to buy it all, or do the building, growing and sewing yourself, does not matter. It all requires work on your part. As seekers, you know it takes great effort to see into the subtle inner workings of the mind and, for a time, it seems to take effort to get to a place where you can be still in meditation for more than 30 minutes. If you want a beautiful home, it takes work to keep it clean and tidy. If you want a sanctuary of calm in your backyard, it takes work to maintain that, as well. In this shadow world, it all requires some effort.

So, where are you lacking in your capacity to be responsible for your own lack of effort? Do you rush through things just to get them done because your focus is on the end result of having time to do what you want to do? How many times have you done that and have had to go back and fix what you did in the first place because you didn’t put enough attention into the details?  Was the time gained really worth the time lost in the long run? You have to begin looking to see how it actually served you.  Do you subconsciously need to prove to yourself, over and over, how incompetent you are and your lack of attention to detail serves that purpose?

Do your best, beloveds. Do your best for you and not for someone else. Not for accolades from others or for a desired end result, but just because you hold yourself to that standard. Take responsibility for the effort you put into your life and you will be at peace knowing, without a doubt, that you have done your best. Even if it wasn’t “good enough” there is no underlying shame when you know you have done your best.

God created the multiverse, from the cosmic orchestration of solar systems, galaxies and universes down to the minute perfection of a subatomic particle. You, my friends, are God in form. It’s time to start acting like it.

Shusara