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.


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!

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

  1. I love the quote, it is completely our choice which street we walk down. It is 100% our choice which perspective we choose to have because regardless of the circumstances there’s a learning, a deeper understanding to be developed and an opportunity for growth. But if we walk with our eyes shut, we are losing our sight.

  2. Understanding what true responsibility means is empowering and has been life changing. To understand and accept that every choice we make is of our own making indicates that we then can choose otherwise. Through honesty we can feel the impact of our choices on our bodies and with the quality of life we live and if they support us to walk through life being our true selves or not.

  3. Great quote Marika, and yes, it certainly describes well, how Universal Medicine present the awareness of observing life rather than being absorbed by it … in relation to the quote you found, observation offers the space to see and be aware of those pot holes in life’s pathway.

  4. I agree Marika, it is much wiser to front foot and anticipate what is coming and walk around it – and even better to walk another street that does not have any holes that delay us.

  5. So interesting to see the patterns that we allow to play out in our lives. I feel it is something many of us have done, played the victim and blamed others for the situation we are in without seeing the part we played that allowed us to fall in the same hole over and over again. The patterns can be so familiar that sometimes it does take courage to change something that we have been doing for life times, but it can be so freeing when we start to make different choices.

    1. Yes agreed many of us have and do blame others and play victim in many situations in an attempt to not accept responsibility for the choices we make, which in fact is the choice to live a lie. I have experienced that if we are willing to be honest we will find that being responsible is empowering, and living with truth is far more liberating and enriching than it is playing the victim and giving our power away in blaming others.

  6. The victimhood mentality goes hand in hand with blaming and not taking responsibility. I understand this is full, have been aware of this for a long time. But caught myself doing it recently, still. Me a victim, blaming others? No way. What I did: I have an interaction with somebody and that person is delivering me truth which requires me to look at my behaviour which was not loving, I tend to turn it around and say: “I don’t feel good because this message is not delivered with love”. Instead of looking at my behaviour and taking responsibility for it. That is blame and victimhood. Someone else is never responsible for how you feel.

  7. What a super quote Marika and yes I only can agree to what you have written: “. . . it has taken much more courage and honesty for me to walk down that different street!” And yes this was absolutely worth it to do so!

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