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.