Is responsibility the first step in reaching a conscious state?
Without a knowledge of cause and effect in relation to personal actions and a solid grasp of the interconnectedness of all things how can it be possible for an individual to reach a conscious state?
I constantly hear people talking about how “person X or event y prevented me from reaching my goals” and thereby caused them to fail in whatever they had attempted. I hear people looking to a past experience or a future possibility, as if the answer to their lack of personal responsibility is somehow stationed there, unassailable. It is the perfect answer for many people who don’t wish to take responsibility for their own life, for what is more defensible than a past you cannot alter or a future that never arrives?
By anchoring to events that have happened in the past, people are using what amounts to fallible memories to build a story of why not’s. The leap to completely assuming responsibility for this present moment can not arrive. They become stuck in this historical story, mistakenly believing that this is the cause of their present position. Where as in reality the story is just that, a story. It is not them, and is not responsible for their current thoughts and feeling. Their current state is an unconscious result of believing that this historical story is them.
When a person is constantly looking to the future for their well-being they are giving up present moment responsibility in the misguided hope that their hopes and desires cannot be realised until certain conditions have been met. They cannot achieve their goals simply because they are projecting into a future time and set of circumstances that never arrives. The future is always that, in the future. By deciding that they will be responsible for themselves at a later date once certain events have come to pass, they are denying responsibility in the only time that it is possible, the present.
The first step then to increased consciousness therefore, must be in assuming complete responsibility for your current position in the Universe. No one else can possibly be held accountable. Every person creates their own reality, whether they acknowledge the fact or not. By simply ignoring what is and by creating and living in an imaginary past or future they will remain at a lower level of consciousness.