You may or may not agree with the idea that you are responsible for everything in your reality. Personally, I rather like the idea. (Though I will confess that the "everything" part of it is still awfully hard to wrap my head around.) The reason I like it is that unless I can take responsibility for something, it is very easy to feel like I have no control over it. Like I am powerless. A victim.
I may not know how I am responsible for something, or how to change it, but there is always something I have control over - my own thoughts. That, however, is easy to forget. If I take responsibility for something, it is easier to remember that I can always change my thoughts about that something.
I watched a video today in which Joe Vitale talks about Ho'oponopono. From what little I know of it, it seems to be a Hawaiian healing process in which you take responsibility for everything in your reality (and they do mean everything), and attempt to make things right by talking to God about it - offering up the following petition:
Please forgive me. (Meaning: I don't know what role I played in this event, but please forgive me for any role I had.)
Thank you. (Meaning: I know you are listening and will heal this.)
I love you.
While I was listening to the video, I had an emotional response. (In other words, I cried, which is what happens whenever I hear something that my body knows to be true.) I stopped the video and sat and meditated while silently saying the four phrases over and over. I cried harder. Huge gulping sobs. Lots of tears. Hard enough that the pup came over to see what on earth was wrong and sat there looking worried while offering me his paw to try to cheer me up.
After about a minute, the storm was over. I was light and refreshed. (Yes, crying can be very cathartic and a great emotional release.) Interestingly, I didn't even look like I had been crying (and if you've ever seen me after a tear-fest, you will know it's not a pretty picture).
There is definitely power in this.