We can learn to unlock Nature’s voice, the language of life, inside us. For most of us, however, this process entails a serious attitude adjustment. The original Dr. Dolittle is not just a fanciful, make-believe character. He is a role model to emulate. As part of our attitude shift, we must be willing to become students of Nature.
Next, we must discard all the paraphernalia we drag with us that separates and insulates us from Nature. Many of us spend our vacations in national parks and beautiful areas, but we are not in any way connected or aligned. We are afraid of insects and snakes, startled by animal noises in the night, or irritated by both hot and cold weather. To feel safe, we feel we need our Airstream trailer or our superdeluxe tent. Surprisingly, even many of those adventuresome folks who trek in the wilds with just the minimal needs on their backs, while enjoying the scenery, often pass through unmentored because they are not aware that they are the student passing through the landscape of the teachers. A disease of our society is that we have forgotten how to get below the surface of things.
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Competition sits in the Southeast. Innate within competition is motivation. It is competition that motivates us to strive for excellence. A common first level understanding of competition is that you are in the light when you compete with yourself. When you compete against others, you are in the dark. However, you can engage in both of these in the light or in the dark. To see how, let’s deepen this teaching.
When you choose the energy of competition with yourself, you may be working with win-lose energy, which can carry dark energy. For example, if you are competing against yourself and you get into perfectionism, have a fear of success or failure, or you lack self-acceptance, you become your own worst enemy. However, if you are stretching for your own inner excellence and using competition energy to make the next jumps, you are working with this energy in the light. Therefore, it becomes a win-win.
A clue to help you discern whether you are in the dark or light is in your response to the question: “How well can I take a compliment without an excuse, an appearance of humility or denial?” The degree to which you can simply let the compliment in is the degree to which you are in competition for your own inner excellence. When you deny a compliment, you are in negative competition with self. To change negative competition, accept how well you did something, and acknowledge that next time you can and will do better. Each time you do the best possible, know it can only get easier.
When you are in negative competition against others, you want to win at all cost, putting others down in order to show how great you are. Your intent is to beat another. If you are in positive competition with another, it is a win-win situation. Remember, you can’t win without a worthy opponent. Therefore, compete as friends. SwiftDeer says choose excellence if you want the test of a worthy opponent.
Your intent is very important. There are times when using what looks like “negative” competition is really positive. For example, if you are in street combat or a life/death situation, don’t try to teach love/light competition energy. Go against your foe and use your competitive edge to save your life.
There was a man who had two little boys. In one room, he placed one of the little boys with the finest erector set ever made. He placed the other little boy in a room which was full of horse dung and a shovel. A few hours later the father went back to see how the boys were doing. First, he looked in on the boy with the erector set. The boy had moved to the corner of the room, the erector set lying in front of him. He was sobbing and crying. His father asked him, “What’s the matter?” The little boy said in a whiny voice “I don’t know what to make. The pieces are too heavy. I can’t make anything. It’s too hard.” The father shook his head and decided to look in on the second boy. When he opened the door, much to his surprise, the second little boy was laughing, wildly using the shovel to dig the horse dung out of the pile. The father said, “Son, what are you doing?” His son replied with much enthusiasm, “With this much horse dung, there’s got to be a pony under here somewhere!”
This is a story that SwiftDeer told to illustrate that attitude is everything! Approach life with a proper attitude and life itself will bring you more health and happiness. As a result, we gain energy. An improper attitude can bring us dis-ease and sadness, through which we lose energy. The quality of our life is influenced greatly by our attitude.
Give away, let go of, and erase personal history by virtue of forgetting the past. Learn from it. You cannot change the past, but you can change today.
~ Harley SwiftDeer Reagan
Learn never to be awed by anyone or anything.
There are no such things as miracles, only memory.
~ SwiftDeer ~
Know the potentiality which change offers. Use the law of minimal chance to become part of the process of change itself. Allow yourself, thereby, to be part of the solution and not the problem. ~ SwiftDeer
Choose correct and proper use of energy
at all times and within all spaces. ~ SwiftDeer
Always seek perfection through becoming impeccable. Find the inner truth which leads you into proper alignment with all things within the Everything, allowing you to come into harmonic resonance with the ancestors and the Great Spirit. ~ SwiftDeer
Always seek pleasure and knowledge
for the sheer joy and beauty
of doing so and
for no other reason.
~ SwiftDeer ~