I have been thinking a lot about the concept of responsibility.
What does it mean and what does it look like in life?
You have seen me post a lot about the autoimmune paleo diet, and about mindset and emotions. And Now I want to tie it all together with what I have learned over the past few years. That the basic premise behind autoimmune disease is that the body attacks itself. It forgets what self and non-self means and turns on the very thing that is supposed to be there for us.
But get this. Most people think this is something that just “happens” to them. I mean I sure did. I have been sick my whole life so I had just accepted it as my fate. The thing is, just that. I had accepted that I was sick. I had allowed myself to be ok with being a victim, with succumbing to circumstance, with hiding my emotions. Somewhere along the way, I learned to believe that solutions were outside of me, instead of inside of me. That I was less than whole, less than lovable.
This might get a bit uncomfortable for you, but bear with me. I am going to suggest something here. I have learned to take complete, utter, and total – what I like to call RADICAL RESPONSIBLITY for my life. I mean for everything:
- my thoughts
- my words
- my behaviour
- my actions
- my efforts
- my ideas
- my beliefs
- my responses
- my emotions
Ohh the last one. That is where the real transformation came in. Emotions are energy. And energy is meant to move. But for most of my life, they (emotions) were spent trapped in my body. Energy never stops moving, so it has to do something, and that something translated into many issues in my case. (read more about that in Louis Hays book You Can Heal Your Life or in Candace Pert’s book Molecules of Emotion) When I began releasing all the pent up trauma in my body, energy moved again. When I offered awareness to my emotions, space for it, compassion to the dark emotions and the for the light, everything shifted. I took my power back and became responsible for my life again on an energetic level.
Life is really crappy sometimes. I know it. Circumstances can really bring you down, like a death, a job loss, an operation… radical responsibility comes into play in our responses. I always have a choice in how I respond to people and to situations. I always have a choice in offering space for how I feel, and the choosing my actions based upon that.
Now let’s go back to autoimmune disease. self versus non self. Responsibility is related here because once you take responsibility for your life, once you truly learn who you are, where your boundaries are. Where the self is, and where it isn’t (I mean where other peoples wants and desires might be affecting you), then you can make choices from a place of true awareness and not out of obligation. It’s a shift really. I love myself now everyday. I know who I am, what I value, and align my beliefs, and decisions with that. My emotions all have room to be expressed, even if I don’t understand them at first, because i have learned, that they are there to teach me.
Radical responsibility in my life is about the energy I am giving through life.
What if you took radical responsibility for your life? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if this interests you and you want to learn more.
Let me know your thoughts below!