KNOWLEDGE, POWER, AND RESPONSIBILITY

When you learn something that others don’t know, and that could support them, you have a responsibility to share it. For example, if you are a mother with several children and you meet a young mother with her first child, share what you know with her, if she is receptive. If you have learned how to create authentic power and spiritual partnerships from our books or at a Journey to the Soul retreat, and you see someone in emotional pain who does not know what to do about it or how to learn from it, share what you know with him, if he is receptive. As our friend, Maya Angelou, says, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” Sometimes modeling what you know is not enough. In those cases, proactive sharing is sometimes required.

Knowledge is power, and for every level of power, you are responsible for how you use it. If you know that eating a certain fast food is dangerous to health – that it results in obesity and diabetes – and you do not share your knowledge with friends who are going to eat it, you are responsible for the illnesses of your friends because you did not alert them. You cannot be imprisoned or held liable for your silence, but the decision that you made to withhold your knowledge creates consequences in the lives of your friends. Every decision, deed, and word is a cause, and each cause creates an effect. If you participate in the cause, you will participate in the effect. This is Karma. What you cause in the experience of another will come into your experience through a decision, deed, or words of another.

In this case, if you create the painful experience of poor health or disease in a friend or her children, the painful experience of poor health or disease will come to you as a result of a decision, deed, or words of another. If you create the blissful experience of joy, gratitude, or well-being in another, that same blissful experience will come to you as a result of the decision, deed, or words of another.

You do not create painful karma if you appropriately alert your friend to the danger of eating fast food beef with ammonia in it, for example, and your friend decides to eat it anyway and give it to her children. You are not responsible for how others use their knowledge. If you inform your friend with a sense of superiority or disdain, the experiences of being treated disdainfully as an inferior will come to you through the decisions, deeds, or words of another. If you inform your friend out of love, because of concern for her or his health, to support the well-being of her or his children, you create love, concern for your health, and support for your well-being and those you love coming to you from another.

Five-sensory humans think that “how you use your knowledge” means what they do with it. Multisensory humans know that “how you use your knowledge” refers to the intention they hold when they share or do not share it. Your intention for sharing what you know about fast foods, for example, may be to show that you are more informed than someone else, or more intelligent, or a more loving parent, or in some other way a better person. Intentions such as these come from fear. When you hold them, the sharing that you do becomes a way to make you feel worthy and safe.

Conversely, your intention may be to protect the health of a friend and her children, to share helpful information she might not know, or to care for the people in your life because you love the people in your life. These intentions come from love. When your intention for acting or speaking comes from love, you do not feel ignored when others disregard your counsel, and you do not feel better about yourself when they accept it gratefully. Your self-worth and sense of security do not depend upon others.

When you act with an intention of fear, you strive to change the world, including others, to make yourself feel better about yourself or safer. You bring into your life others who strive to make themselves feel better or safer by changing you. When you act with the intention of love, you bring people into your life who are whole and inwardly secure.

How you use knowledge – with the intention of love or with the intention of fear – brings love or fear back to you. Fear strives for external power – the ability to manipulate and control. Love brings authentic power – the ability to move through the world with an empowered heart without attachment to the outcome.

There is no way to separate knowledge, power, and responsibility.

Love,

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4 comments on “KNOWLEDGE, POWER, AND RESPONSIBILITY”

  1. Col Vishwas Asolkar says:

    Dear Gary,
    Your article took me to the realms of my thoughts afar. Sharing the multi sensory fraternity of the mind silently is the necessity of the mind which has developed concern for the well being of those whom you don’t even know. The responsibility factor could be taken at the five sensory plane. Where there is a concern, responsibility is automatically taken care of. The sense of responsibility binds us to the plane of cause and effect. So its necessary to develop a concern with a free will by applying the multisensory fraternity which straight away takes us to the plane of LOVE. There is no fear if the plane of love is approached. Even the cause and effects get eliminated if we persist ourselves dwelling in the plane of love. Its the energy of love that generates concern followed by well being and joy. I have experienced this phenomenon at various times in my life and worked tirelessly with freedom within. This freedom which generates unique light within spells out the solutions to most complicated avenues of thoughts and life. This leads us to watch the energy within and the evolution within an individual mind and a collective set of minds to evolve further with a concern of freedom to enjoy living without fear and with joy of receiving generated light within each of us not merely with individualistic attitude but with an aptitude to share the same with everybody – by passing on the GOODNESS.

    With best wishes and awaiting your next article that I enjoy reading.

    Yours Affectionately,
    Vishwas

  2. Kathleen says:

    What if someone feels like my sharing of my knowledge is taken as a criticism? I hate to criticize. What if my advice or knowledge is not asked for?

    1. Col Vishwas Asolkar says:

      Dear Kathleen,
      There is nothing known as criticism but may be differentiation of the knowledge shared. With this we may get attributed to sharpen our intellect to something uniquely silent reactor with tremendous potential for higher evolution. Regards.

  3. Sundar says:

    Thank you, Gary, for this posting. It is a very timely one in my case.

    My wife and I have a close relative visiting us and staying with us now. She and her husband live together just to shut up the gossip of the world around them; he has been having affairs with someone else and has basically ignored her. They have 2 boys, both in their twenties. When she goes back in about 5 months from our house, she plans not to go back to the husband, but join some service organization.

    Using me as an example, I shared with her the concept of any given soul having discussions with other souls in its group (such as my parents’ souls, my wife’s, children’s, other relatives’, friends’, colleagues’ and so on) and with Teacher souls before taking up my personality in this lifetime as Sundar Naga in a particular family, social, religious, etc. environment. I then referred to my soul’s decision to bring certain LP’s and certain fp’s with me, the goal being for me to discover, challenge and change the fp’s, and to discover and cultivate the LP’s. As she used to know very well how I would shout in anger like anything, I gave it as an example of my fp’s, and explained how I have tried to challenge and change that fp. Also, as she knows how much I like to explain things and teach, I used it as an example of my LP’s, and explained how I have tried to cultivate it. I pointed out some more examples of fp’s and LP’s, indicating that the Seat of the Soul book has a list of both.

    With the help of the above background information, I wanted her to analyze whether her own fp’s played any role in her husband seeking someone else. I wanted her to focus on the various conversations she and he had, which might shed light on this. If she can zero in on any of her fp’s that might have led to this situation, then I suggested she go back to her husband and explain what she has realized and attempt to fix the relationship. Otherwise, namely if the fault is her husband’s, then she can go ahead with her original decision.

    She was not receptive in the sense that she mistook what I said as implying something like she had relation with some other man and that is why her husband has a relation with some other woman. I explained to her that that is not what I meant. She was so upset with the colleagues and bosses of her husband that she felt that they did not take any action on him, because they were afraid they might not then be able to have a sexual relation with that same woman with whom her husband has the relation. I gave examples of withdrawal in anger, not feeling sorry for any mistake made, etc. that can strain any marriage. Then, I let it go. After a few days recently, I suggested to her to read my copy of the Spiritual Partnership book. It doesn’t appear that she even touched the book.

    Although I couldn’t put it in proper words in my own mind, your current blog has helped me realize that I had the responsibility to share my knowledge, which I did. I hope I did not have any personal agenda in doing so and I hope it is not any personal agenda that stood in the way of her being not receptive. I sincerely hope that she will gradually process what I tried to share with her and get the best out of it.

    Thank you very much Gary for your wonderful work. It has the immense power of giving deep perspectives on life. Please correct me if I have made a mistake in the above approach.

    Sincerely,
    Sundar Naga

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