Step two - Responsibility

Responding in Our Life, not Reacting

To take responsibility means embracing everything that is without taking a position, having opinions, or holding judgment. It is to understand that where there is love, no one stands accused. To be responsible means to forgive yourself unconditionally and love yourself with your whole heart. When you are responsible, you can state unequivocally: “I am responsible for who I am and where I am, how I feel, where I came from, what I have in life and what I do not have, where I am headed, the basis for my existence, and how well I employ my attention or my energy.”

In very simple terms, responsibility is the ability to respond; it is a direct result of awareness. Most of the time we are merely reacting to stimuli, allowing our various buttons to be pushed. Reaction is a reflex, while responsibility is a fully aware choice to counter one action with another. When we are aware, we are in a position to choose rather than to simply react.

Responsibility is not a burden that we must shoulder; it is a conscious decision to take our fate into our own hands and not be part of an ongoing series of collisions and “accidents.” It is accepting our part in the world and understanding that we are the cause of the effects we experience.