The enigmatic influence of a teacher or parent on you is often over exaggerated, that is when you want to blame someone or something for the way that your life is right now, and because you are discontented, or unhappy about it, as well. We often want to blame something from our past for the position that we are currently in.
Fred Johnson was just such a man. He was fifty four years old, had flunked out of college in his early twenties, and he was now working only part time in a job taking excessive amounts of his time, but not bringing in much money, or other compensating rewards.
He blamed his parents, his wife, the government, everything else but himself.
Would his life ever change?
No, unless he changed, but how can a person who blames something other than themselves ever change?
The answer is that they can’t until they start taking responsibility for their own position in their own life.
Fred was worried about his marriage, and about his aging parents, and about himself, and even about his dog, that it could get sick, and that he would need to find the extra money to be able to pay for the medical expenses for it.
He worried about everything, but still even this worry he blamed on other things, all outside of himself. He was lost in his problems, and he just didn’t know where to turn.
One day he died, and his problems were all over, and they all died with him, or so he had previously thought, but presently he found himself somewhere, or other, within a higher world.
Somebody called Uncle Ron came up to him, and he immediately recognised him as being a relative of his from his just finished life.
Ron told him that life continued here, but just in another form of existence. Life is ongoing and never ends, only your form changes to enable you to have ever new experiences, he had went on.
Fred laughed loudly, and rather cynically at this, as he said to him,
“Who was the nerd who set all of this up for us then?”
“Oh, that was the boss. He goes by the name of Rusty, but he only visits each plane around once every two thousand years on that plane as a master soul, or instrument of apparent perfection, because of his living from only love, and not ever from fear. One such incarnation of his was as Jesus, on the Earth plane.
Fred asked him if any of this was actually believed by the other inhabitants here on this particular plane, and Ron had then told him, that no, not many believed, in the same way as not many believed Jesus, while he was on the earth, and indeed afterwards also.
Fred said then,
“What’s the point of you telling me all of this?”
Ron simply answered him,
“So that you will see that all depends on you, and so you must believe in your own mind what you know from your own experiences, and not let what you know be only what you think that you don’t know, because you feel that it was placed there by somebody else.”
“This only makes you try to hang onto this false thought. You are thinking then that this thought, that somebody can place something in your mind, is correct, and that it will absolve you of having to accept any responsibility for creating your own beliefs, based on your own truths as they are living in you, and being capable of being recognised by you from your own experiences with love, wherever you might find yourself.”
“The thought that you didn’t create yourself is this false thought. We all create our own selves, because in our own way we are all God, or a part of God, we are just rusty in our thinking, or remembering of this, hence the boss’s nick name here. The boss also has a good sense of humour.”
The train suddenly jolted, and Fred just as suddenly woke up, surprised now to find himself still very much alive, still sitting on his seat.
He tried to remember what he had just been dreaming about, but all that he could remember was that it seemed like, that he had just had a conversation with death, or was it really with, life, or God, or maybe, just maybe, it was just with himself.
It was a wake up call, amongst many others that he had recently had, to try to show him, that he must take responsibility for his own life.
Our higher self, or real self, is always trying everything within its power to try to get us to see this.
What does this short story tell us about responsibility to both God, to yourself, and to others as well?
Responsibility, as the word itself suggests, is all about developing the right attitude or response both to life, to yourself, to others, and to God. The right attitude should always be a conciliatory one, or non judgemental one, and one that is being based on allowing others to be themselves, while you love them, love yourself, and love God, all as much as is possible.
The real responsibility is always to love, and this is why Jesus Christ told us in the Christian bible to love God with our whole person, or with our whole body, mind and soul, and to love all others in the exact same way.
This guidance is to be found in this verse in the bible. This translation comes from the King James version.
The guidance comes from Saint Matthew’s gospel, chapter 22, and starting at verse 36.
Jesus had been asked by someone, what is the greatest commandment.
This was his reply.
Jesus said unto him,
”Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
This verse is seconded, or backed up by the version as recorded in Saint Luke’s gospel in chapter 10, verses 25 to 28.
It says again that a man had asked Jesus a question, and which was,
” What must I do to obtain eternal life?”
Jesus had then turned this question around, as he asked the man this question back to him.
” What does the law of Moses say about it? How do you understand what it says there?”
The man then had answered Jesus in this way.
And he,(this man) answering said,
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”
And he(Jesus) said unto him,
“Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”