No doubt, a significant aspect of my work is to remind clients, teams, organizations, or audiences that no one is personally responsible—for anything. More precisely, it’s to remind them that: A. There’s no such thing as personal responsibility. B. The more they come to grips with this fact, the more harmonious, dependable, and productive their experiences become.
To be fair, this is sometimes a demanding task. Virtually all human beings are conditioned to think that self-blame, or even guilt, is a positive value or characteristic. Yet, take a closer look. If we’re actually in control of our actions, and thus personally responsible for them, would we ever make mistakes? Of course not. No one tries to make mistakes. Thus, taking blame or responsibility for something that we don’t control cannot be helpful.
So, then, if not us, who or what is calling the shots in this game we call life? Well, simply put, everything that happens is an impersonal act of creation. Of Consciousness. Of God. And it’s this understanding, alone, that frees us from the alluring delusion, and heavy weight, of personal responsibility.
It’s also important to note that part of the conditioning I mentioned above has many believing that a lack of personal responsibility, sometimes termed accountability, is what causes wayward or harmful behavior. No. It's the opposite. Taking on personal burden magnifies the illusory existence of a personal or separate self. This obstructs the fluent flow that intuitively takes us from a sense of separation/insecurity back to the One Being we truly are. And from the perspective of One Being, or the true Self, no separate entities exist to harm, be harmed, or assume responsibility in the first place.
Bottom line? Understanding that every occurrence in life is impersonal, and thus personal responsibility isn’t a real thing, leads not to irresponsible or unproductive behavior. But, rather, to the relief and freedom from which we act in harmony with creation, Consciousness, or God—in loving service of the greater good.
Thank you for reading, Garret