5 Principles of Reiki
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to all living things
Just for today, I will be grateful for my many blessings
Collaboration and Cooperation Vs Competition and Jealousy
Many times over the years, I’ve struggled with feelings of jealousy and competitiveness: in the workplace, within my family and friends, and out there in the world in general.
Times of low self-worth and fragile self-esteem told me I’m not enough. I’m not enough of what is needed in any given moment, therefore perpetuating competition and jealousy rather than collaboration and cooperation.
As I’ve grown and matured over the years, with helpful therapy too… I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin. My ability to be truly happy and present for other people has increased, exponentially. I have a deeper knowing of the many gifts I bring to the table of cooperation and collaboration, with an enthusiastic willingness to learn from others.
Many wise sages such as Louise Hay and Wayne Dyer talk about the Laws of Abundance and Attraction. They speak about expansion and how there is enough for everyone. Competition and jealousy constrict and contract. Collaboration and cooperation expand and grow.
Social Media Insanity – Facebook – Ego-Driven Machine
It is a true challenge in these days of social media frenzy, where everyone looks happy, successful and beautiful – to feel we are enough. Opinions on politics and world affairs, advertisements, lifestyles, and selfies inundate our lives as we scroll our Facebook feed. I’ve struggled with Facebook for years. The addictive hook of the “like”. How many people notice me? How many people think I’m important? Facebook promotes, in my humble opinion, jealousy and competition, as its very nature is self-centered because it is all about you. Facebook is an ego-driven machine.
It has taken some work on my part over the years to step back from it, and reframe my use of Facebook for positive connection to others, a way to stay in touch with friends and family, and a venue to promote my blog. I pay very close attention to how I use Facebook – as a means to share positivity. Not as a medium for filling a need for attention, seeking approval from others or engage in arm-chair politics. I’ve slowly transitioned from a Facebook user who felt worse about herself because of that “like” button to a wiser woman who posts for the joy of sharing itself. Still, on low days, I struggle with how many “likes” I get – that that number is somehow a reflection of me – it is the stupidest thing. But, psychologically – Facebook has it set up to hook us. It is a tightrope walk for sure.
Even WordPress has a “like” button. There is this bizarre “I’ll like your blog so you will like my blog” agenda that is harmless, feels cooperative, but at times feels manipulating.
Strange days we live in…
It feels to me like we live in a world that has too many single voices shouting out at each other on social media. The spirit of these many single voices does not feel collaborative. Yet, there are many functional uses for social media that bring like-minded people together.
Yes, it is.
Feet Planted Firmly on the Ground
This blog evolved on its own!
I’m not sure I am concluding with the same topic I started on? Perhaps.
We are all on our own journey; each as unique as the voice of the person walking the path.
Love expands. The world needs more collaboration and cooperation, instead of jealousy, competition and segregation of pain.
Just for today, I will not be angry and jealous. I will center in my heart and bring the spirit of collaboration and cooperation as I walk through my day…
About me: Stephanie Wells
I’m a Reiki Master Teacher of Usui Shiki Ryoho – the Usui System of Natural Healing. I was attuned in Levels I, II & IIIA in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. During a 6 week stay in Mararikulam North, Kerala, India I was reattuned in Levels I, II, & IIIA as well as acquiring my Level IIIB Master Teacher attunement.
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I agree Stephanie, even though I just ticked ‘like’, I feel as if FB, IG and maybe even WordPress are too focused on the number of likes vs the quality. I go on FB less and less because of this.
I like, Maggie how you’ve said number of likes vs quality. How very true. I find myself making sure I’m honest with my likes, that way I feel I have integrity behind the push of that stupid little button. I get the idea of it – a way of showing support for others. But if feels like it has evolved into something darker, has tapped into our human biological makeup of our need to matter in this world. Social media is no fool.
I agree Stephanie, Well said! 🙂