Astrology and the Universal Mind: Responsibility: Free Will Astrology Consciousness

"Every apparently separate consciousness and what we think of as "our own" mind, every 'me' and 'you', is an individualized expression of Universal Mind Consciousness, whose Intelligence structures Itself as the One Mind. Likewise, our apparently separate bodies and the infinity of other "things" which fill the material universe which we perceive through our senses, are individualized expressions in Universal Substance, which is everywhere present in potentiality and capable of assuming any form given to it by thought." Free will astrology is a powerful concept.

"In a nutshell, the way Reality works is this: Thought, working through Law, creates Manifestation. Thought has created, and is creating, and will continue to create the universe. We are thinking beings, and our thoughts, our beliefs, conscious or unconscious, are continually creating our reality, our world, our circumstances, our experiences. We are not creating the entire universe, however, but we are individualizing our experience of it. Most of us, most of the time, are simply unconsciously accepting the accumulated pattern of belief which we will call "race mind" and using that as the pattern for our own experience. What might seem at first to be the "bad news" is: we are each responsible for our own experience. After all, we do have free will. The "good news" is: we don't have to learn how to create our experience. We're already all doing it, all the time. We just need to become more conscious of what we're doing, so that we'll experience more of what we desire and less of what we don't."

These two paragraphs are the nucleus of the introduction to our on-line class, "Manifesting Success." The class itself goes on to describe one technique of realizing the intention expressed in that last sentence. Our intention at this time is to explore some of the implications of the idea that "we are each responsible for our own experience."

It would be an exaggeration to suggest that we are 'absolutely' responsible for our own experience. After all, we didn't each create our whole universe, this vast, intricate and, apparently, lawful manifestation. We tend to feel that we are gradually awakening to life... that is, those of us who are not content to just hit the snooze button and roll over to sleep again.

Indeed, we could think of it as a curious sort of dis-content that keeps us rubbing our eyes and trying to wake up more and more, that urges us to wonder, first at what we are conscious of, and then, at consciousness itself.

The very fact of your literacy, that you are reading this, identifies you as an inhabitant of the very top rung of terrestrial evolution. As we grew up we performed a sort of mini-evolution, the most primitive stages of which occurred while we were still in the womb. We passed through every single stage of our race's development on our individual journey to 'now'. We learned to eat, to crawl, to walk, to think, to talk, to read and write and to "get along."

You are probably also aware that many other people are reading this, and this fact suggests something that "we all know", that there are many of us. We are all familiar with the feeling that I am sort of "in here" and everything else is sort of "out there." In extremely general terms, we know more about the stuff that's close to us and less and less about the stuff that's farther and farther away.

When we turn our attention to ourselves, we usually reassure ourselves that "we know ourselves better than we know anyone else." This may be comparatively true, but how well do we know ourselves? Physically, we know our hands better than we know our backs, and we know our body's capabilities within the limits of our skills and habitual activities, and we know our pains and pleasures, our preferences and our moods and feelings and thoughts and beliefs... don't we?

Already, as we follow this brief line of inquiry, we are becoming aware of an unknown that seems to be within us. It seems that there's an inner unknown as well as the outer unknown, and what we call "I" seems to be fidgeting, somewhat uncomfortably, "in between."

So, what could it mean to be "responsible" in a situation like this?

Radical self-responsibility cannot be imposed. No one can make it 'stick' to you. You must accept this responsibility... or not. This is not the same sort of "praise/blame" responsibility that exists in the 9:00 to 5:00 world. You're free to choose whether or not you'll accept it. It's this 'optional' quality of radical self-responsibility that really makes it 'your' responsibility. Only when you take it, only when you make it your own can it really reveal its value in your life. Thinking in terms of free will astrology is empowering.

Can you easily substitute the words "responsible for" instead of "co-creator of" in the phrase, "I am co-creator of my reality?" "Taking responsibility" is often wrongly understood as "taking the blame." It is more accurate to equate responsibility with power and possibility. Can you remember times when you dis-empowered someone (or yourself) by rationalizing why "it wasn't their (my) responsibility?" You might have only wanted to be socially reassuring, or "nice." For instance, "of course you feel that way, your parents died when you were so young," or "of course it's hard to find a job, the economy is so bad," or "it's not your fault you got divorced. Your spouse was always trying so hard to dominate you." What sort of experiences do we create when we dis-empower ourselves by claiming "it's not my responsibility?" How empowering would it be to accept responsibility for our own experience?

By Peter and Helen Evans

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