Take Responsibility

“You are entirely responsible for cutting through your own laziness, addictions, and unclarity.  There is nothing to wait for and nobody to blame.  Whatever techniques are appropriate, use them.  Try talking with your friends, using therapy, practicing meditation or prayer, going on a vision quest, reading scripture, walking in nature, keeping a journal, or studying with a teacher.  Remember that your success with any method you choose depends entirely on your actual commitment to discovering your deepest truth and aligning your life with it.” ~ David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man

“I say to you, you are absolutely free, unconditionally free.  Don’t avoid the responsibility; avoiding is not going to help.  The sooner you accept it the better, because immediately you can start creating yourself.  And the moment you create yourself great joy arises, and when you have completed yourself, the way you wanted to, there is immense contentment, just as when a painter finishes his painting, the last touch, and a great contentment arises in his heart.  A job well done brings great peace.  One feels that one has participated with the whole.” ~ Osho, Love, Freedom, Alonenss: The Koan of Relationships

“We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them.  This statement may seem idiotically tautological or self-evident, yet it is seemingly beyond the comprehension of much of the human race.  This is because we must accept responsibility for a problem before we can solve it.  We cannot solve a problem by saying ‘It’s not my problem.’ We cannot solve a problem by hoping that someone else will solve it for us.  I can solve a problem only when I say ‘ This is my problem and it’s up to me to solve it.’  But many, so many, seek to avoid the pain of their problems by saying to themselves: ‘This problem was caused me by other people, or by social circumstances beyond my control, and therefore it is up to other people or society to solve this problem for me.  It is not really my personal problem.’  The extent to which people will go psychologically to avoid assuming responsibility for personal problems, while always sad, is sometimes almost ludicrous.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

Taking Out The Trash; Understanding the Difference Between Living at Cause and Living at Effect.

Understanding the Difference Between Living at Cause and Living at Effect with Sean Stephenson

The following is an excerpt from Get Off Your “But” by Sean Stephenson.

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“Are you saying I’m at fault for my father beating me as a child?”

“Of course not,” I replied.  “This isn’t a matter of being at fault for being abused.  This is a matter of being responsible for how you act in response to those events now.  When you were little, you were right to do everything you needed to do to protect yourself.  The question is, are you still curling up in a ball to fend off the blows of life, or are you standing tall?”

She just stared at me, puzzled.  It was time to help her understand the difference between living at Cause and living at Effect.

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You are at the source of being fat, sick, tired, broke, angry, depressed, and lonely.  Stop blaming your boss, family, neighbor, lover, government, society, or God.  You are the one at the scene of the crime every time something goes wrong in your life.  Stop looking for a fall guy, a scapegoat, or an innocent bystander to pin your problems on.  Until you take ownership for your life, you will always be chasing happiness.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But”

 

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