For those willing it is time to accept full and unequivocal responsibility for all aspects of our life. We cannot be leaders if we are victims, and we certainly cannot be teachers, in the fullest sense of the word, if we have not stepped into a place where we accept as reality all of the thoughts, emotions and acts that we generate. The Universe is essentially a neutral place. The meaning that we derive from our interaction with it is meaning that we alone have subscribed to our experiences. If we have unthinkingly adopted meaning from another individual or from the myriad of media points-of-view, we are still the ones who have chosen to accept these ideas and emotions into our systems. If we desire to re-programme ourselves, our minds and our feelings, we are responsible. We are the ‘captains of our ship, the masters of our fate’.
Responsibility does not mean that we are required to take on all of the world’s dilemmas and burdens and make them our own. Rather it means that we should be ‘aware witnesses’ of what we are putting into our personal computers and what we are sending out into the world. Is it ‘rubbish in, rubbish out’ as the old computer saying goes or is it ‘considered quality in and considered quality out’, with a lot of joy in the mix? I look at our lives as if it is a computer. What programmes have we downloaded into our systems without checking first of all if it is safe or not? How many viruses have we willing or unwillingly installed into the very data bases of our own personal soul records? What is our truth and what is somebody else’s. It’s the time to re-programme, to clear up our personal files so that they are free to run smoothly accessing information that has been stored for a very long time without our knowing. Responsible people are those who are accountable for their actions. Irresponsible people are those who try to place the blame for their actions, large or small, on somebody else. We have all made ‘mistakes’ and we will continue to make many more, especially if we are on a path of growth and transformation. Making mistakes simply means missing the mark. The real waste is if we do not learn from our ‘mistakes’ and make adjustments in our life patterns.
We must accept ourselves ‘just as we are’ – bad tempers, warts and all. Wisdom is knowing who we are in the world, accepting the limitations of living in a physical dimension, and magnifying our talents and gifts as we continue to develop and grow. People who take responsibility for their lives are people we can count on to tell us the truth, no matter what. They are people who are ‘true’ to their deepest dreams and values. Others’ personalities may bother us from time to time but we should always be willing to look beneath the surface to see what is ‘good, true and beautiful’ about them and of course about ourselves. Being responsible also means that we are response-able and are able to respond because we do not see the world as fixed and immutable. Step into the circle of teaching and leadership! Dare to speak up for those things that are important to you. And practice the wisdom of the wise who know when to be quiet so they can deeply understand another person.
Barbara Meiklejohn‐Free is a healer, author, teacher and storyteller – all of which she employs in weaving the ancient craft of the Shaman. Drawing on her extensive work with the Native American traditions, as well as those of many other indigenous cultures including her own Pagan heritage, she is a recognized expert in assisting people to explore the Calling, in vision questing, in performing initiations and in hosting ceremonies across the globe. Barbara has been communing with Spirit since the age of 12 and her work today is synonymous with integrity, authenticity and vision. Her no‐nonsense, hands‐on approach has helped thousands to reclaim their natural gifts through her many talks, readings, performances, seminars and residential workshops.
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