You may have noticed that some of my posts have been rather hap-hazard lately and that's because I just got back from a three week trip to Germany. The purpose of the trip was to visit family and speak at a "Find Your Flow" conference in Basel Switzerland near the end of the trip.
I was excited to have been chosen to speak in Basel because there were many well known, both European and North American, gurus speaking there including one of my mentors Neale Donald Walsch.
However, when I applied to be a speaker there I didn't realize what the process entailed for selection. I had submitted a video, but it turns out the organizers of the event posted them online and had people vote on which one they liked the best - American Idol style.
After much Soul searching, I decided to not participate. You may find this counter productive for me, but I had made a decision about 10 years ago that I no longer wanted to come from a place of competition, but from a place of creativity. Now, lest you think I'm no longer competitive and wonder how I get things done, let me assure you, I am still fiercely competitive, but only with myself.
I believe that competition between others only serves the "little" me, my Ego. This Ego is such a hearty task master and it will quickly overtake your life if you let it. It wants to be in charge, squashing anyone or anything in it's path, including you. The Ego isolates, the True Self unites. When the fulfillment of someone else's desires starts to feel as good as when you are fulfilling your own, you know you are traveling the path of expanded consciousness, not the Ego.
In life, we all know that Egos clash and there is so much energy expended to protect the personalities we have created. But these personalities are not who we are. You see, you can never really succeed at the level of the Ego. Oh sure, you can point to those that have, but their success is fleeting and will never last. Inevitably they will destroy themselves.
The Ego has a limited perspective. We must see ourselves as we really are, someone that can manifest anything they desire when coming from our True Selves. Once we come from this place, a place of creativity, we narrow the gap between ourselves and others. The Ego only widens this gap and encourages us to feel separate from others.
Perhaps you can now see the irony of a spiritual event running a competition to see who will, or will not speak at their event. I just couldn't bring myself to stand on that stage and talk about oneness, and feel I had participated in a competition that did nothing but separate me from someone else. No worries, there will be other events to speak at, although I dearly wanted to meet Neale.
Creativity is where we need to focus, not competition. Don't get me wrong, we need competition, but we need only compete with ourselves, not with others. Forget about useless comparisons with anyone else but yourself. Each one of us is unique and has their own filtered perception on the world. How could you honestly expect to "Be" like anyone else?
Rejoice in you and create your own reality. Drive yourself to succeed at what "you" want. Compete with yourself to constantly improve, because after all you're here to become "your" greatest version, not anyone else's idea of who you are.
You've been listening to the Soul Mechanic and it's been my absolute pleasure to serve you. Sending you Love, Happiness, and Abundance. Now, and always.
Bye for now!