Access Consciousness™ is often described as a set of tools and processes that can change anything in your life that isn’t working. In the previous article, some ways that the Access Consciousness™ “Ten Commandments” can be used to change your money situation were discussed.
This article is the sixth in a series that will explain more fully how every single one of them can apply to your financial life. This article focuses on the eighth commandment, No Competition.
In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the full list of all Ten Commandments.
1. Would an infinite being really choose this?
2. Everything is just an interesting point of view.
3. Live in 10-second increments.
4. Live as the question, not as the answer.
5. No form, no structure, no significance.
6. No judgment, no discrimination, no discernment
7. No drugs of any kind
8. No competition.
9. Do not listen to, tell, or buy the story
10. No exclusion
This article deals with the effect of competition on your financial life. This commandment applied to money may give you a little taste of how very different your life can become when using the tools of Access Consciousness™. Function in business without competition? It can sound like an oxymoron of magnitude! How could it be possible? Why would you do choose it?
Taking a closer look at what occurs with competition—which is rampant in Western society, not only in business and finance, but everywhere—can suggest why another choice might generate a different and more rewarding possibility.
Start with the understanding that whatever people are trying to prove, they actually believe the opposite. The person who tells you how generous he is will be the first to cheat you. The person who tells you how honest he is will be the first to lie to you. The person who tells you how much he will do for you will be the last to actually do it. Have you noticed?
Why is this? It’s understandable with the whatever-they’re-proving-they-believe-the-opposite principle. When people are highly competitive, what are they trying to prove? That they’re the best, or better than the persons they’re competing with. So what must they believe about themselves? That they are worthless compared to whomever they’re competing with.
Recognizing this is just one way you can apply this commandment of consciousness. Whenever you find yourself feeling compelled to compete with someone, you could ask yourself WHY you’re putting energy into being less than they are. Is that really your best choice? When you consider that your point of view creates your reality (not the other way around) it becomes clear that what you actually prove by stepping into competition with anyone is your own inferiority. Is that really what you would like to do?
Very often, of course, the competition is about money, or success, or clients. When you believe you have to compete for these things, you are investing your energy in their scarcity. Is that really what you wish to adopt as your point of view, which will become your reality?
One Access Consciousness™ facilitator broadcast on the same radio station as another one in the same vicinity. Potential clients shopping for services would often call her as well as the other facilitator, who was more forceful in persuading people to consult him. At first, she was upset by this, but then she realized that thinking the other facilitator was “stealing her clients” would be ridiculous if it pertained to air. When she was willing to consider clients as plentiful and unlimited as air, the issue disappeared.
How often have you had a conversation with someone—perhaps many times with the same someone, or many someones—who always had to have the last word? If you had a car accident, they had a bigger one. If you were having trouble with the IRS, theirs were bigger, or their outcome was better than yours. Having to get the last word in is a form of competition. That’s why you can walk away from these conversations feeling like you had a conversation with a dirty knife.
As Access Consciousness™ Founder Gary Douglas has observed, the ultimate competition is the competition to be right. If you remember being right is also a form of proving, it’s easy to see that the necessity of being right stems from that deep down belief that you’re actually totally inescapably and irrevocably wrong. No matter how desperately we do it, can having to prove something ever really convince ourselves when we actually believe the opposite?
Douglas once had a conversation with a facilitator, attempting to get her to shift her competitive behavior. She said, “I don’t perceive I am competitive.”
“That statement alone proves you are competitive,” Douglas told her. Her insistence on being right and having the last word was the very competitive behavior that was damaging her own success, without her even realizing it.
What about you? Would you be willing to shift your points of view on competition, including your desperate requirement to be right and have the last word if it would change your money flows? You might have nothing to lose but your commitment to being worthless with a bank account to prove it!