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Leah on Responsibility and Balance
Received by Sal Rachele
November 29, 2004
Greetings, beloveds. My, what a time you find yourselves in! A little exciting?
No? Well, it will be shortly. For some, it is already humming along at great
speed. Our beloved archangels are talking about the roller coaster. Yes,
that’s right. You already bought your ticket, walked up the ramp, hopped
into the car, had the locking mechanism put into place, and the operator
has you dangling high in the air, ready to start the machine. In other words,
dear ones, you no longer have the option of backing out – well I suppose
you still could, but you would have a fatal fall to the ground.
Okay, enough grotesque imagery. Let’s get on with today’s topic. This one
was prompted by the channel’s recent acceleration of energies and resulting
backlash. Although it was light and brief, this backlash prompted him to
discuss with me that process of purification and cleansing of the physical
and emotional self. We will devote another lesson specifically to these topics.
However, of even greater urgency at this time is the subject of responsibility
and balance. It was determined that a great deal of the resistance to higher
energies, at least for the channel and most of his contacts, revolves around
the delicate act of balancing earthly and spiritual responsibilities.
There is a lot of misconception around the subject of responsibility. I
know I’ve talked about this before, but let’s look at it again, with special
focus on the following:
“What do you do about earthly responsibilities once you’ve transcended
the illusory nature of the 3D world?”
The old Zen adage says, “Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water,
after enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.” This is a partial answer,
because when you REALLY change your consciousness, the world around you
changes as well. You may or may not be doing what you were doing before
the light bulb started shining in your soul.
You have also been exposed to the idea that no matter whether or not you
can change the outer, you can always change the inner, and especially your
attitude. Again, this is a partial answer, because you may find yourself
operating in such a way that attitude becomes a mere formality, a response
to a new set of values and beliefs.
Let’s use the channel’s life as an example to help clarify the above statements.
My beloved here has been experiencing an alternation between periods of
bliss and extreme grace and gratitude, intermixed with periods of dissatisfaction
or even boredom regarding those areas of life that have not changed very
much. There is actually very little that has NOT changed, but there are those
moments when the body energy is low and meditation is not enough to pull
out of the down cycle. The right approach, which the channel uses often,
is to completely accept the feelings and experiences during this phase. Nevertheless,
you souls having this 3D experience are insatiably curious and want to know
why there are still ups and downs. So this is also part of the process I’m
You will note, dear ones, that I started this lesson with the word “responsibility.”
I would like to break this down into two categories: inner and outer responsibility.
As mentioned many times before, this word means, “the ability to respond.”
So let’s look at inner and outer ability to respond. First of all, what
are we responding to? An inner response can be toward a feeling, thought,
experience, memory, attitude, belief or perception. Let’s suppose you feel
bad about not spending more time with the children. Your inner response is
how you deal with the feeling of not spending more time with the children.
Your outer response is how you act in response to how you feel about not
spending more time with the children.
Let’s look at the outer response first, because it is easier to understand.
In the 3D world, there are 168 hours in a week, and if we assume you spend
less than 168 hours a week with your children, then it is possible to spend
more time with them simply by being in their presence more often. Whether
this is accomplished by great travel and expense, staying away from work
or business, keeping them home from school or job, or literally chaining
yourselves together, it is something that CAN be accomplished relatively
easily, with a little physical sacrifice of other activities.
But what about the inner response? Here is where it gets a bit more complicated.
After all, spending time with the children does not mean much if it is not
QUALITY time. Some parents smother their children, spending loads of time,
but not quality interaction. Others literally cling to their children or
manipulate them for personal reasons. However, these are not the issues we
are going to discuss here. Rather, we are going to look at your sense of
inner responsibility. What do you FEEL responsible for? You may or may not
have a “legal” obligation to spend time with your children. But what about
your so-called “moral” responsibility? Do you feel obligated to spend more
time? Do you feel guilty when you do not spend more time? Do you beat yourself
up when you don’t spend what you feel is enough time? Do you worry that they
will turn out insecure and pathological if you do not spend more time? With
all these thoughts going on inside your head, what has happened to your peace
The first thing I would recommend is that you go into prayer and ask your
God Presence to give you clarity. Ask that you be guided to spend the optimum
amount of time with your children. Ask that it be of the highest quality
possible. Ask that your presence in their lives contribute to their soul
growth, happiness and well-being in the best possible way. Realize that your
own inner nourishment and soul path are vitally important. If you do not
spend enough time following your own soul guidance, then you are not of much
use to your children or anyone else. The trick here, beloveds, is to find
balance between giving to yourselves and giving to others. Some pop psychology
is continually chiming “Me first, me first!” Other schools of thought suggest
giving to others first, without thought of return. Taking either of these
views to the extreme results in either narcissistic, self-indulgent egocentricity,
or self-sacrificing martyrdom and imposed “saint-hood.”
I have used the example of spending time with children, but I could just
as easily have used countless other examples. Take a look at your lives,
beloveds, and see where you are out of balance. Take a look at where you
have trouble with your “ability to respond.” Are you spreading yourselves
too thin? Are you refusing to say, “No” to things you really don’t have time
for, but think you SHOULD be doing? Are you still seeking someone’s approval
(your parents, your community, your God)? How much of your time is being
spent to appease your ego? Be honest with yourselves. Healing does not occur
until we can be completely honest. We are not going to judge you for self-indulgence
or martyrdom. We are here to gently suggest there is a way to achieve balance.
The key is in listening to your feelings and following the urgings of your
soul. If your soul is urging you to travel and spend time alone, then do
not worry about whether or not you are going to abandon your friends or family.
With Spirit in charge, these things have a way of working themselves out.
If you are TRULY following your God Presence, what you lose in quantity
you will make up in quality, regarding time spent with loved ones.
Okay, Leah, it looks like you’re already getting along in length here.
Attention spans are short, you know. There are all those things to attend
to on the Earth plane. So I’ll leave you now, at least verbally (but not
in spirit). In the light of the Radiant One, I bless you.
Feel free to distribute this as you see fit, giving credit
where due. Sal Rachele, P.O. Box 20545, Sedona, AZ 86341.
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