When you guilt or shame yourself, you are not responsible.
When you criticize or judge others, you are not responsible.
When you perceive the world with blame, resentment, disgust and despair, you are not responsible.
How can this be? Doesn’t it contradict everything we’ve learned about the power of intentional thought?
Why? Because we’re only talking about the first thought, the one that pops into consciousness without your premeditation.
That one, the very first one, is completely out of your control.
So if you’re willing, experiment with letting yourself off the hook for those thoughts whenever they arise – in the staff meeting, during the wee small hours, when someone cuts you off in traffic. If the first thought is not your fault, do you feel a little freer, a little lighter?
If so, then hopefully you’ll be in a better place to recognize that you are totally responsible for every thought that comes afterward.
That’s where our personal work and spiritual growth come in, and where they can do the most good.
But only if you’re not already so contracted from the first thought that you can’t access your innate wisdom.