Energetic Responsibility – How Responsible Are We Willing to Be?

I used to think I was responsible and yes, in many ways I was – and in many more ways I was not. The latter I slowly realised once I started attending Universal Medicine courses and workshops by Serge Benhayon.

The responsibility Serge talks about goes far beyond social responsibility or any other conveniently sectioned off and delineated responsibilities, whether at work, at home, as a driver on our roads, as a taxpayer, neighbour, friend, partner, etc.

Whoa, how much responsibility are we willing to take and how do we handle it? Where does it begin and where does it end? And what if it never ends but gets vaster and broader, more all-encompassing as we initiate ourselves, and initiation (as explained by Serge Benhayon) being about awareness first and foremost?

Wait a moment: the more and greater awareness someone has, the more they initiate themselves – the more responsibility they have? Yes, you have heard correctly, that is how it is.

There is a passage in The Way of Initiation (p. 378) by Serge Benhayon where he states:

“The inner-heart knows the whole
Before it expresses about any part.

The inner-heart will feel everything
Just so it can know something.”

This quote is from a chapter called ‘Understanding Energetic Responsibility’ which comes under the heading ‘Energetic Integrity’, one of the five keys to an initiation covered in this book. But what does it mean practically and in daily life?

The quote above took me right back to a time when I was sharing a house with some people whom I used to try to ‘organise’, i.e. ask them to do the things that needed to be done, whether around the house, the land, to the cars, the shed, the garden, the driveway, etc.

I can well remember how imposing and insistent I used to be that my agenda be attended to so that I could tick a few things off my to do list; so I could experience some relief from the relentlessness of what at times felt quite overwhelming and far too much work for me alone. How my housemates truly felt, I did not take into consideration.

I basically brushed it aside – I needed done what I thought needed doing, right there and then.

Let’s just take the first part of the above quote:

“The inner-heart knows the whole
Before it expresses about any part.”

From that I can’t but conclude that energetic responsibility means that I am responsible for what comes out of my mouth and how it comes out of my mouth, in any and all situations. In the example given, I was focussing on what I needed and when I needed it and I could always justify it, of course, but I disregarded the bigger context, did not take into consideration any of the following, and this list could be endless:

  • Is this the right time to address this issue?
  • How is the other person feeling / what kind of day have they had?
  • Why am I expressing so forcefully? What is going on for me?
  • Are relationships not more important than just getting boxes ticked?

In other words, I was expressing about a part (needing to get something done) before I considered the whole, the bigger context.

And now to the second part of the quote:

“The inner-heart will feel everything
Just so it can know something.”

This suggests that Energetic Responsibility is always about the awareness that we are part of something that is much vaster than any single person, any partnership, any one family, neighbourhood, country, continent and even the earth itself. We are a part of the universe and whatever anyone of us thinks, does, says, sings, plays, writes or otherwise expresses, even just to themselves and without anyone necessarily witnessing it, affects us all, energetically first and then physically down the track, in one way or another.

Energetic Responsibility is about the all in the All and we can’t avoid it – not forever anyway.

And who would want to, once it is known and understood that there is a vastness to connect back to that allows us to know what we need to know at any given moment – no more and no less?

Why no more? Because it is never about knowledge as such, or any individual, but about the All and what is needed in a particular situation and setting. And thus, how responsible are we willing to be?

By Gabriele Conrad, Goonellabah, NSW

Related Reading:
Are We Taking Responsibility For Our Own Lives?
Responsibility and the Bigger Picture
The importance of self-responsibility

756 thoughts on “Energetic Responsibility – How Responsible Are We Willing to Be?

  1. “Energetic Responsibility is about the all in the All and we can’t avoid it – not forever anyway.” So true. before attending Universal Medicine presentations I had spent twenty years plus searching for answers in various spiritual groups – not one of which talked about responsibility, let alone energetic responsibility, despite a lot of talk about energy and healing. Prior to that everything was about function alone. Coming to Universal Medicine I felt like I had come home. Energy and matter are interchangeable; we are made of both, so of course energetic responsibility has to be a core part of us all too.

  2. Gabriele, I really enjoyed reading this article about responsibility. What I have realised recently is that I am responsible for being myself – for being my tender, gentle, sensitive, calm and caring self and this realisation has supported me to stay present and to keep things simple.

  3. To understand Energetic Responsibility is for me, to understand the fabric of the world so clearly. It shows me that I am not living in my own little world, not affecting anyone else by what I am doing, how I am speaking and how I am moving, but that in fact, I am affecting every single other member of planet earth by every single move I make. In the past I would have run a mile from the thought of more responsibility but these days I say yes to it, without any reluctance whatsoever.

      1. I love this Gabriele – “Greater responsibility makes us greater”. It sure does, but what I really love is that greater responsibility doesn’t come with any push, drive, resentment or have to’s, but with a deep knowing and a joy, that by taking responsibility for our lives we are taking responsibility for all.

      2. Love this Gabriele. Accepting the part we all play, regardless of where we are and what we do, we can expand and evolve through taking greater energetic responsibility.

  4. I have often approached things like this, needing to get things done, and if I stop to feel it really doesn’t sit well with me but there is this desire to have things finished so I have that feeling of achievement and I can relax. Why, though, let this tension into the body? It only grows and the relax gives momentary relief but the cycle then starts all over again….that coil gets wound up inside. …like an alarm clock ready to go off when the second is triggered…and it can get triggered if things don’t go well. Now whenever I get this ‘needing to get things done’ notion I allow myself more space, allow my body more space even and pay attention to my movements with a knowing that I am supported. This way I don’t need to relax because there is no tension there in the first place.

    1. I have noticed this need to relax but it is just a notion – why not work in a way that makes this kind of relief unnecessary? Why not swap the illusive and epheremal for the steadiness of consistency and flow?

  5. Energetic responsibility is an enormous topic, especially because in general we are not even aware that energy is at play in everything we do, everything we touch and everything we are.

      1. There is a world of difference between feelings and emotions, the latter being the reactions to what we have felt, reactions to what we have not healed from our past and that which lies dormant, ready to get re-inflamed and lash out at the minutest provocation, so-assumed.

  6. Energetic responsibility takes the word responsibility back to its essence and brings alive the components of purpose, love and commitment in how responsibility plays out in our day to day life.

  7. Is it possible that the greatest responsibility we have is to the universe that we live in? We all live within a living breathing universe that is continually expanding but how many of us stop to consider our part in all of this? How many of us struggle to get through the day and so intent are we on doing this we do not consider that there is more to life than what we are all currently living.

    1. There is always a bigger picture – and then there is the bigger picture of the bigger picture, etc. etc. The universe is forever expanding as does our responsibility increase.

  8. To make life about living the all that we are and nothing less, as best as we are able, is a divine responsibility we will all eventually return to.

  9. “Energetic Responsibility – How Responsible Are We Willing to Be?” – when we understand energetic responsibility we get to also understand just how irresponsible we have been and are.

    1. It can be a rude awakening when we realise the depth and breadth of energetic responsibility which, in fact, sets us free to be more of what and who we truly are.

    2. And that understanding is a big wake up call, but I wonder how many are willing to acknowledge the irresponsibility they have been, or are still, living in? Until we begin to own how irresponsible we have been, nothing in our lives, or in this world, will have the opportunity to change.

      1. I agree, honestly assessing where we are at, as an individual and as humanity, is the first step before anything can truly change.

  10. The reading of this was at a good time in my part in life. I thought I was being more responsible and yet there is another layer that impacts others and it needs further refining; energetic responsibility had changed and moved to another place. In other words I cannot stay in the comfort of I’m doing or being my part when there is more on offer. So I am being more, with a few wobbles here and there and I’m not backing down from this anymore.

  11. I must say I sometimes feel rather challenged by the energetic responsibility factor because it feels unsettling when I know I have forgone my responsibility, and I do know it is not something I can avoid or pretend that it does not exist, it keeps affecting everything and everybody anyway, so it is far wiser to accept the fact and get on with it and live in a way that does not cause the unsettlement within.

    1. We do know when we could have acted otherwise and more wisely and this feeling is very disturbing and unsettles us deeply. And like you say, it is far more harmonious and a lot healthier when we attend to things the way we deep down know is true, honest and serves all.

  12. I can really relate with what you have shared here where there have been times when I have expressed to another in or from a control and not considering how the other person is feeling first or what I am asking etc is the right thing at the right time, however what I can appreciate is how I have started to connect with my heart more before expressing and so am naturally doing this less and I am more aware when I do do this.

    1. It’s an important point Vicky that by connecting with your heart first you are naturally in responsibility and considering the whole, otherwise we could attempt to do this as a trying without realising it is a natural part of our being.

  13. To be responsible we need to be very present and be able to read what is going on because only then can we respond appropriately….as we care for ourselves more deeply and our self-worth builds we are able to see more clearly what is happening, there is less self in the way and as we continue to connect with ourselves on an internal level renouncing the old beliefs and ideals that hold us back we naturally have the confidence to act when before we might have previously shunned our responsibility.

  14. We need knowledge to learn the skills in life but we have used it to the detriment of our inner heart. Our inner heart is the place that offers the wisdom and truth of every situation in an instant, whereas knowledge wants to own it and make it something that we can control and make it our own

  15. Its a big step to seeing that there is no self in a world that is totally built around there being nothing but self. Nevertheless it is a step we are all going to have to take sooner or later. The truth can only be delayed, not put off forever.

  16. We can be quick to blame and offset responsibility if someone has not done what we want or is not being who we need them to be – but what is powerful about this blog is that it asks us to take a look within before expressing out – that way what comes out is full of what is within and ultimately the need for people to be something or do something to makes us feel better about ourselves may no longer be there.

    1. I agree – it is best to connect first and feel how much self is involved in whatever it is we think we need to say, ask or stipulate. That way we avoid the reaction and can truly respond, in truth and from love.

  17. Control has been and still at times a fundamental core issue that caps and stops me from being content with the only every needing to know what is needed at any given point. Control makes you go much further down the line than necessary and they we are left not connected to the All to express exactly what is needed. The responsibility in that is huge and one we can only surrender to and say yes to.

  18. We all know responsibility in and out, but how many times have we chosen to oversee something just because another won’t see it or how many times have we performed not to the best of our abilities in something because it’s not for another but only for ourselves? This is all quite irresponsible because in the world of energy (and this is our world) everything is significant and everything has an impact, so the time when we turn a blind eye, the times we can’t be bothered are all moments which have an impact in one way or another to us and those around us – maybe even those who are not around us too.

    1. It suits us to believe that some things don’t matter or, at least, don’t matter as much as others when the fact is that, in a world where everything is energy before it is matter, everything matters equally, nothing is less important than anything else; and thus, it also does not make a difference whether the act is for oneself or others or whether it is seen and noticed or not.

  19. This is a beautiful offering for us to feel just how empowering and beholding true responsibility is. The more we bring awareness to how we are living and the quality and impact of our choices, the more we realise that we are living not just for ourselves but for us all.

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