True Change: Self-Responsibility Inspired by Universal Medicine

by Marika Cominos, Director – Playful Creations, Melbourne Australia

Previous to finding Universal Medicine I had been on the ‘New-Age merry-go-round’, trying all sorts of potions, workshops, techniques etc, and none of them delivered me to any long-term sustainability of wellbeing, or made complete sense. As a result of these experiences I am much more discerning these days; there is so much out there that promises so much, but falls short on many levels. An organisation that exists first and foremost for the true care and benefit of humanity is hard to find – which is why I am so grateful to have found an organisation that lives the talk with impeccable integrity.

I am an avid quote collector and have been for about twenty years.
Below is one of my favourite quotes, found years ago, that playfully highlights one of the many reasons I am so inspired by what Universal Medicine offers.

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE CHAPTERS

Chapter 1:

I walk down the street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in
I am lost… I am helpless
It isn’t my fault
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2:

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I pretend I don’t see it
I fall in, again
But it isn’t my fault
It takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3:

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I see it is there
I fall in… it’s a habit… but my eyes are open
I know where I am
It is my fault
I get out immediately.

Chapter 4:

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I walk around it.

Chapter 5:

I walk down a different street.

Portia Nelson

This quote says much in its simplicity.

What I love about Universal Medicine is that it presents commonsense information and perspectives on health, wellbeing and healing that consistently inspire me to move from blaming others and the world for my problems and woes (Chapter 1), through to taking responsibility for myself and my choices (Chapter 5).

When it’s someone else’s fault I can point the finger and feel a victim of life, but when I take responsibility it means that I have the power and freedom to make the changes when I choose to.

It was so easy for me to play victim, not take responsibility and keep falling in the hole… it has taken much more courage and honesty for me to walk down that different street!

And in the process I have discovered some amazing streets and some amazing people… but most of all I am discovering the amazingness of me!

259 thoughts on “True Change: Self-Responsibility Inspired by Universal Medicine

  1. Power is knowing we are responsible for our lives, and so can make new choices, instead of being caught in the victim mentality as shown with Marika’s quote.

  2. It is always important to see the part we have played in any situation, ‘ seeing the part we played that allowed us to fall in the same hole over and over again.’

  3. Absolutely, I love this too about Universal Medicine, ‘What I love about Universal Medicine is that it presents commonsense information and perspectives on health, wellbeing and healing that consistently inspire me to move from blaming others and the world for my problems and woes (Chapter 1), through to taking responsibility for myself and my choices (Chapter 5).’

  4. Nothing like being responsible for our movements and choices… or better I would say: nothing like being aware of the responsibility we have in our movements and choices, as it is that choice of being aware, that takes us out from the drama to live in the full knowing that we are the electors of our world and the landscapes that surround us.

  5. There is a joy to retracing our steps along the way we have come avoiding the potholes arm in arm with others in Brotherhood with the wisdom of knowing the true path.

  6. I can feel another chapter following from this: once we master the chapter 5, we learn to walk amongst those who are prone to falling into the hole, never judging, but forever understanding what it is like, until the last person starts walking another way, keep showing our walk.

  7. “When it’s someone else’s fault I can point the finger and feel a victim of life, but when I take responsibility it means that I have the power and freedom to make the changes when I choose to.”
    I know the truth of this sentence because I was encouraged to believe I was a victim of life, however by reversing this attitude and taking responsibility for me and my choices is one of the most empowering things I have ever done in my life.

  8. It can be quite eye opening to see how much we are contributing to life being the way it is, not just for ourselves but others. I like that the quote outlines some of the steps we can go through from placing ourselves in situations and feeling like the victim, to gradually becoming aware of our role in what we experience and choosing another way.

    1. We have an impact on life around us, what are we choosing, and what do we choose to reflect to the world, ‘we are contributing to life being the way it is’.

  9. Thank you Marika and maybe a new book could be?
    For the next book chapter:
    1. I walk;
    2. My movements become gentle;
    3. Awakening True Movements;
    4. Deepening Sacred Movement;
    5. Owning a Deepening Humble Appreciative-ness that our movements are everything!

  10. It is really interesting that one might actually choose to stay in the drama of life than to live with the joy and simplicity of their amazing selves. Walking down a different street requires courage honesty and a preparedness to meet something grander.

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