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

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

  1. It has been my habit to wait for others to take the lead and to withdraw from my own responsibility. And it is coming back and slips in from time to time but I get the opportunity to experience from every angle what the consequences are for all when I hold back my truth. Being a part of humanity and of the bigger picture learns me to let go of this comfort and to return to energetic responsibility.

  2. These days I would say it comes down to how much we are willing to let go of the comfort we hold onto so tightly. All irresponsibility can be traced back to our investment in comfort.

    1. There is comfort in a certain level of temporal responsibility but when it comes to energetic responsibility, comfort does not have a leg to stand on.

  3. We are not only responsible for every breath that we breathe but also for the quality of that which we inspire and exhale through our lungs.

  4. Until we accept the grandness that we are and that we are not individuals but a very important part of a greater whole, we will continue to live in separation and miss out on the grandness we are.

  5. We do seem to wait for others to be responsible first as if holding the world to ransom – how arrogant is that! I know I have subscribed to this one and used situations to hold back and to be irresponsible. The trouble is it doesn’t serve anyone and is purely an excuse at the end of the day.

    1. True – we hold back taking the lead and living and reflecting how we can all live; and then we complain when the world is not like it could be, when life just sucks.

  6. It can be challenging but I am learning how energetic responsibility is a great teacher and every time I say yes to more responsibility it also gives so much back in the sense of ease in my body and joy in connecting with other people. More freedom to clearly see and then clearly choose how to live life.

  7. The deeper our understanding of true responsibility in connection with the bigger picture of life, the more our awareness deepens to understand how it is the quality of energy we choose to align to in our movements and expression, that is either naturally all encompassing of the whole and never allowing anything to be lesser, or it is the exact opposite.

    1. A million miles away yet right under the tip of our nose, should we choose to make the necessary adjustments in the way we live so we can once again attune ourselves to this beauty.

  8. Responsibility is always about the whole picture, and to be truly responsible means taking everything, every part, into account. It’s never about what we think someone else needs us to do. When we take responsibility for expressing and communicating what and how we really and truly feel about things, based on what we feel from within, no matter how ugly, raw or messy it might feel or be, we actually support ourselves and everyone else.

    1. We can’t wait for other people to be responsible or use their lack thereof as an excuse for not being it, responsible that is. It is up to everyone individually and the many individuals will then, over time, turn this trend of shirking responsibility around, all of us for all of us.

  9. This ‘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’ – this has been an interesting one for me. I used to be caught in the emotional aspect of communication, I could feel the tone of my voice, it would be harsh as I spoke tainted with the anger, frustration etc. Before I did not care who it was projected to, I was in my hurts so I needed others to know and feel my pain too so they could understand me.

    Since attending Serge Benhayon’s workshops, I slowly started to feel this harshness of my voice in my own body but the awareness that the other person would feel it too and I questioned myself, what was I reflecting to the other person?

    Over time I’ve observed the steadiness I possess in my voice and soon feel it jarring my body when I become caught in the calamities around me.
    I know there is more to refine but appreciate how far I have come from a woman who used to be emotional in her body and voice, to a woman who is now steady when she speaks and how glorious it is for others to see and feel.

    1. A voice is very powerful. It can either resonate in our body and in others’ or it can shut us and them down.

  10. “Wait a moment: the more and greater awareness someone has, the more they initiate themselves – the more responsibility they have?” – this statement stood out for me when I read this blog for the first time. To me this is saying the more I become aware of what is playing out amongst us all, so humanity, the more I am responsible in how I am in this part too, so it is never ending!…..That is a wowser.
    This responsibility is a big one at the end of the day for all. It is the equivalent of people throwing rubbish out of their cars as they are driving with no care what and who it affects because people think someone else will take care of it.

    I am by far not perfect but I have been paying attention to many things that I do in my everyday living and the statement quoted, was a gentle reminder that this responsibility becomes refined further and further, so it doesn’t end in one thing but the all.

    1. And this holds true the other way around as well … the more energetically and universally responsible we are, the more we initiate ourselves, i.e. the more our awareness increases.

  11. This is an inspiring reading this morning, thank you Gabriele. When we consider ourselves to be part of the All, there is no room for the irresponsibility of me, myself and I because everything matters and has a ripple effect out to the farthest reaches of the universe. Let’s not play small anymore…

    1. Sounds good to me Janet, and ‘Let’s not play small anymore…’ is so important to remember because when we understand energetic responsibility we also understand how deeply connected we all are.

  12. This article reveals that really there is nothing we do not know and therefore all we do us with reason or purpose. It takes an enormous amount of willingness to be responsible to admit to this fact.

  13. With more awareness comes greater energetic responsibility – this is something I am beginning to feel and taste more and more, not something to shy away from as we are all part of this grand plan, understanding this allows us to surrender to this truth.

  14. This is brilliant… the point that everything we do, whether people witness it or not, has an impact… basically there are no secrets and it is better to live aware of this, than in the illusion that we can ‘get away with’ what we do behind closed doors.

    1. In a world where everything is energy before it is matter, everything matters – whether it has been witnessed or not. All impacts us and all we do, say, think, plot or plan, carry through or abandon. There is ‘no escape’ and it is the ultimate love and, for lack of a better word, justice.

    2. Very well said Matilda and this illusion is what causes us much misery and pain as it goes against the very nature of our being and therefore we are in constant tension. Instead of allowing ourselves to return to love, we tend to seek various ways to numb what we feel as a result of irresponsible choices.

  15. I’m am deepening my understanding of the word responsibility and what it entails. There is such a depth to the word, just when I feel I have grasped the concept I find there is another layer to surrender to, this is just one word I know I will be surrendering to until the day I pass over.

  16. Thank you for bringing in responsibility. I noticed this morning that I was dozing off at the computer. What was going on? I had boiled the kettle for tea but in between time been to the cupboard and started snacking on a mix of seeds that I had “treated” myself to from the health food shop. I had completely forgotten about the tea. Thing is I had gone into automatic and just munched away…gone back into an old habit of disregard and it made me sleepy.Such a little thing but actually a big thing and brilliant to notice before I did even more damage! And also good to clock that I had regarded them as treats and something I deserved in the first place. I had been feeling very clear and full of energy so a little bit of self sabotage coming in here.I knew at the time not to buy those seeds but went ahead anyway. Being responsible I would have gone to the health food shop and stayed with my purpose and just bought what I went there to buy, noticing the distraction, knowing that it was just that, and left the seeds on the shelf.

  17. For me one of the greatest forms of irresponsibility is pretending that I do not know. Do not know about our connection to God, about the impact we have, about our true purpose…

  18. Great question: how willing are we to be responsible? :
    our actions
    our quality of breathe
    our quality of energy
    our conversations
    our non-verbal and verbal- communications
    our movements
    the thoughts we let in
    the intentions we have
    etc. etc.
    This is our great responsibility.

  19. The answer depends on to what we consider our universe to be. The closer to self, what we may assume responsibility for is limited to my own created universe. It is only when you understand that since we live in a sea of energy, our created universe is not a boundary for anything and that there are not boundaries for energy, that the true journey starts because we are constantly moving energy and this which we move goes and impacts others. Energetic responsibility is asking us to be aware of our movements.

    1. Energetic responsibility goes far beyond the reaches of our little self and our movements either harm or heal, far and wide.

  20. I have recently had a big, and at the time rather uncomfortable, lesson about ‘what comes out of my mouth and how it comes out of my mouth’. It certainly shocked me, as it shocked the others who heard it. But once out there is no pulling the words or the energy back in, only the acknowledgment of what just happened and the acceptance and the appreciation of the learning that comes with it. And the learning is the fact that we are totally responsible for every expression we make, in whatever form we make it in; there are no exceptions.

    1. I can certainly relate to this; I’ve had a couple of ‘off’ days recently as regards to what and how I expressed and all I can do is to retrace my steps and mop up, undo and set things right and true.

  21. How sweet is this – the inner heart will feel everything just so it can understand something. How selfless is that, the inner heart really does consider the all before making it about the benefit of the self.

  22. We are part of the all equally-so and yet spend a vast majority of our lives avoiding energetic responsibility by hanging onto making it all about the individual, who thinks it knows it all, but in truth knows nothing without the connection to the vastness we are.
    “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?”

  23. Thank you Gabrielle, for it shows the evil of our deceit of ‘not’ knowing. And how much there is for us to re-connect to all that we know and express that. Smoothly so, as we whole-heartily know.

  24. The more we come to understand, the more we realise how much more there is to understand – or, the more we are aware, the more we realise there is so much more to be aware of.

  25. We indeed have this great book that is supporting our initiation and it is called The Way of Initiation by Serge Benhayon. Now I have realised that if I want to do something truly good for humanity, I have to initiate, I picked up this book again, after reading it 10 years ago. A totally different book.

    1. A totally different book because you have retraced a lot of your unloving steps of the past, may I suggest. Everything is there, everything is always there but it is our readiness and willingness, our WILL in other words, that makes the difference. Would you agree?

  26. ‘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.’
    This took quite a time for me to accept. Why couldn’t I have ‘me time’ or how could something I did to myself affect us all? With truly accepting and knowing that I am part of the universe something shifts and awareness deepens.

    1. It makes us more responsible and ultimately, more power-full. Meaning that we claim more and more of the power that is innate rather than having to go out to get it.

  27. It feels like we are just touching the sides Gabriele. You have to clearly define what truth is to know what is energetic truth. Words are thrown around these days with no true meaning. Energy comes from the universe or it comes from own creation if we so wish – the wish of individuality instead of the will of the all the universe. The difference for me when I feel truth is, I feel an expansiveness and I feel more, else it is a self-created ideal it feels like I own it e.g.. emotions.

    1. You must be talking about nominating what has occurred and naming the energy, the energy of self in this instance. Nomination is a powerful tool that can, all by itself and based on absolute honesty, shift a lot in this age.

  28. I think often we’re willing to be responsible in a crisis or a big situation when we know our actions impact another, but we tend to be more complacent in the smaller moments – say at home cooking dinner or doing the washing where we don’t tend to clock that every movement, word and thought is still impacting everyone around us – it’s simply a matter of bringing responsibility to every moment.

    1. It suits us to think that we can turn responsibility on and off and that some things or moments are more important than others – to not fall back onto that notion, which is pure escapism and comfort, requires responsibility and consistency.

  29. We all have a level of awareness of what is harmful and what is not. We all know that hurting another is dreadful yet we often choose to close our eyes when we chuck something on the street, dismissing the fact that it affects other human beings. We choose to keep quiet, when we know that will lead to another person being abused, and we choose to hide in our homes away from people because things in the world can get too hectic. Yet, we all want things to change but how many of us are willing to make the change first?

    1. We mainly wait until something affects us personally and then we jump up and down because there is no support and no backing because, as part of those who do not speak up, we haven’t ever spoken up and have thus contributed to the morass.

    2. I love how you bring throwing rubbish onto the street into this discussion – it’s a great metaphor for what we do everyday, discarding our rubbish in a way that harms others. It’s the same as thinking it’s ok to walk around angry – our anger has an effect on people the same as rubbish on the street does. One day we’ll realise that every little thing we do has an impact on someone else, and sometimes that impact can be truly awful.

  30. I love how true responsibility is always all-encompassing, it considers everyone and everything and will never be just about what we need to get done or said.

  31. What is so beautiful to feel from all that you have presented here Gabriele, is that energetic responsibility offers us to the opportunity to deepen our relationship with love, the love we are, to living with greater love in our lives and with all. How can this ever be considered a negative as in this world today this is everything that is needed, right now.

  32. “The responsibility Serge talks about goes far beyond social responsibility or any other conveniently sectioned off and delineated responsibilities.. ” – yes Gabriele, we can be a good responsible citizen, or in positions of responsibility via our job title/position though without the element of energetic responsibility – being responsible for what we and our bodies are emitting to affect us and everyone else in the process – we are only leading and being responsible blind; with our eyes closed. Being energetically aware and responsible gives us the sight and vision to truly lead and to be truly responsible.

    1. Energetic responsibility far exceeds any kind of temporal responsibility I had ever taken into consideration; energetic responsibility is a game changer.

  33. “The inner-heart will feel everything just so it can know something.” A beautiful some up of everything being interconnected and no part standing on its own ever. In dissecting this quote the workings of the universe are revealed.

    1. Reading this quote again and again and actually letting myself feel it in my body… let the words really sink in… it is amazing to realise that everything is represented within us and that this supports the everyday choices and decisions we make.

  34. Underneath all the trying, the being good, the doing good and the wanting and hoping, is a plain resistance to true responsibility: owning up to the fact that we have been playing a game, thinking we were in control while all along being played ourselves.

    1. We are the rats in a cage in the laboratory and the spirit is the scientist in the white lab coat and with the equipment, testing this and testing that and making sure that things stay pretty much as they have been since creation began.

      1. true Gabriele, I also like to compare it with puppets and the puppet player, where the puppets think they are moving on their own, by their own choice and decision, but in truth we are made to move by the puppet player of our choice, which in most cases is our spirit who is enjoying playing God over puppets.

      2. Yes, our spirit is somewhat bombastic and thinks it is ‘it’, as presented by Serge Benhayon many times since 1999.

  35. So true Gabrielle. The funny thing is that when we get more aware, we see more what we do and how it effects people around us, but that while it could be confronting, it also comes with a lightness of being.

    1. It can be very confronting, the outcome of our actions on everything and everybody around us, but as you say, it is also very liberating and in the end, matter of fact.

  36. Brilliant Gabriele and so true. We can choose to live in a box of frustration, resentment and anger or access the vast majesty of the all. We still can communicate and pull each other up but when it comes naturally it’s with an understanding that we are all divine. That’s the only truly responsible way to live.

  37. Are we willing to give our all and not hold anything back? Yesterday clearing piles of papers in my office I realised how much I hold back and how much more there is to contribute. It felt very uncomfortable but now I am ready to start a new leaf so to speak and with quality before quantity get to work on what I found to be incomplete.

  38. The thing is if we want something to look a certain way, as with the example of getting things done around the property, it is our picture and others can feel this as it creates a tension. I had something similar, in my need to have order the more I pushed, the less was done, and when I realised this, I could drop it. Now they are free to just get on with what needs doing.

    1. We push and push and push and never once question the energy we are doing it in and with, and how that is for the recipient/s of our misguided administration/s.

  39. Often I think responsibility is presented as being about what we do and/ or don’t do – so just about our physical actions. For me Universal Medicine has really highlighted the value and impact of the way in which we do things – the quality behind what we are doing, in every part of our lives, equally how we are with ourselves as to how we are with everyone else.

  40. There is a saying that ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’. Perhaps this is the truth behind it – that understanding something in part only, means that we will also express from a partial awareness. To truly know, we have to reconnect to the awareness of the ‘whole’ that is the inner heart, so from there, all that we express is equally whole and hence healing.

    1. Good point about a little knowledge being a dangerous thing; it’s a bit like not taking the blinkers off and seeing only what we want to see.

  41. There is something about this article that really touches me every time. When we talk about the vastness that we are part of, I get to realise/remember this feeling that is totally natural and it is very inspiring in terms of wanting then to make sure I am living with this awareness.

  42. I’m just beginning to have an inkling of what it is to connect to the universe, and it is not such a responsibility at all, I feel it’s just to make sure that I treat the space all around me with deep respect because the space I feel is the body of God.

  43. To be in relationship with the grand whole of life means we can attend to the details with sureness and confidence, seeing their placed impact in the whole. This is the magic of responsibility.

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