3 Ways to Take Responsibility for the Whole World

America has the highest per capita in prison in the world.

1 in every 31 adults in the USA (7.3 million) is behind bars, or on probation or parole (2009). In other words, 743 adults per 100,000 population are currently locked up in a small cell the size of a cupboard.

What does that say about the nation? What does that say about the individuals?

Locking people up in metal blocks and throwing away the keys! How is this shocking statistic a solution?

There’s an ancient Hawaiian Hoʻoponopono practice of taking responsibility not only for oneself but for the whole world.

When addressing any pain, sorrow, lack of balance or the need for healing, one says the words “I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”

This practice involves healing oneself via mental cleansing.

How quickly do we blame, hate, and label others? What would happen if we saw what is outside of us, as relating to us, connected to who we are and part of us?

What would happen if we were to decide to change it?

Did we abandon those in our society who were struggling?

Could we have done more to help those in need?

Instead of casting aside those who who fail or get lost, let’s start to take personal responsibility for each other as a society.

What would happen if we realized that our responsibility is the world?

3 Ways to Take Responsibility for the Whole World

Change your perspective

When we can take responsibility for the whole world, fundamentally we change our perspective.

When we realize that we make the world, we see connection and possibility replace fragmentation and separation. Taking responsibility for the world is taking responsibility for yourself.

Reach out.

Contact someone incarcerated. Establish a connection where there wasn’t one before. If you’re feeling brave, you visit a local prison. There are many amazing programs being run in prisons. One of my favorite documentaries is, “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana,” a film about meditation programs in Indian prisons.

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEPaacnLyDs Reach out to others in need. It doesn’t need to be those in prison, it could be those you love. Use your skills and interests to help others. For instance, if you have a love of literature, you could read to the blind. Or if you do Reiki, you could visit a local hospital and give healing. You will gain much more than you expect.

Share your love

In your inner thoughts, yoga or meditation practice, spend a moment sending unconditional love to those around you and throughout the world — especially those suffering or in need. Consciously be more loving in your personal relationships. Every little bit of positive intention does make a difference in our world.

Share the love.

Say to all those incarcerated in prisons, “I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi D3 years ago

So few comments for such a long time being posted! How sad. I like what the author said Taking responsibility for the world is taking responsibility for yourself.

Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the future of society and of the nature and purpose of life. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.

Janis King
Janis K5 years ago

Reiki works!

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 6 years ago

Very nice article. Thank you.

Deborah W.
Deborah W6 years ago


HE has no body now on earth but ours
... ours are the only hands with which HE can do HIS work
... ours are the only feet with which HE can go about the world
... ours are the only eyes through which HIS compassion can shine forth upon a trouabled world.

We've all been given some gifts, when combined in a thrust for good greater than one's self, the energy is powerful and limitless. Game on ... ready, set, let's try.

Rosie McMillan
Rosie McMillan6 years ago

I love the idea of volunteering to read to the blind. I love reading and would be great to share this love with those who are unable in whatever way! Going to look into this.

Alexandra Hayward

Thank you

Fi T.
Past Member 6 years ago

For the sake that we're in a society with others

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy6 years ago

Not so sure this is going to cure the problems....

Sheila D.
Sheila D6 years ago

Nice ideas...doesn't take into consideration the realities of the World. Somehow I don't think saying these 4 phrases will stop drive-bys, drug deals, addiction, or abusers - It might just get you dead if said to any of these people.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.