On the heels of last week’s article, http://garretkramer.com/why-the-theory-of-personal-responsibility-is-irresponsible/, and the multitude of questions that ensued, here’s more on why most of us habitually try to take on the burden of personal responsibility, and why it’s never, ever, in our best interest. To me, it’s fascinating. From being written in scripture to being uttered by virtually every sage, spiritual teacher, or great coach throughout history, “Look within for the answers you seek” is wisdom that seems to have stood the test of time. But, in truth, this wisdom has only served those who’ve grasped its real meaning. And, regrettably, most of us have not.
In other words (throughout history), most of us have innocently assumed that the word “within” means that God, consciousness, inspiration, or salvation lies within us; within our bodies, or within the separate or personal self. But “within” actually means “entos,” which, translated from Greek, means “in the midst of.”
So, to be precise, the term “look within” means that:
A. Your body lies within (in the midst of) God or consciousness. B. God or consciousness does not lie within you.
And this is not a semantic difference.
In my years of experience in the world of mental-performance coaching, I’ve never met a person who didn’t feel uneasy, and even squirm a bit, whenever a teacher, counselor, or coach pointed them within their physical bodies, or within themselves, for inspiration or salvation. Why did they squirm? Because, again, God/consciousness doesn’t lie within them; they lie within it. And intuitively, every human being knows this. They also know that it’s a waste of energy to dig and dig and dig in a personal quest to find something that’s just not there.
Keep in mind: Truth removes burden. Mistruth multiplies it. A helper helps remove burden not by pointing others to the made-up (and burden-enhancing) theory of personal responsibility or “it’s in you.” But by guiding others to the comfort of consciousness. By reminding them that they are not separate; that the universe has their back; that they rest within God’s arms—always.
Thank you for reading, Garret