The current but slowly changing system of the world is based on scarcity, a perspective of lack that encourages, values, and rewards competition. Is there really a lack of resources so that only the ones who scrupulously compete to win get to live a good life? Have you ever met a happy and kind person who was out there creating chaos just to have more money and possessions?
There is nothing wrong with having or desiring abundance but it is the way in which we think about abundance that matters. It is not that we want status or mountains of clothes but it is the love and security that we think these things would lead to. It is precisely the environments which lack kindness, love, laughter, expression, safety, intimacy, and understanding that create a perceived material lack. In a reverse situation, even a shortage of food would not be perceived as such a drastic threat to survival since the true needs of humans are being met.
Whenever I have thoughts of having to “compete” for something, be it a job or someone’s attention, or to do more so I can get more, I immediately stop myself and question my motivations. The truth is that we can’t have anything that we aren’t in resonance with, that we don’t already have. If we have to at all compromise who we are, this situation is not for us. Each of us is unique and can contribute very special things to this world – the more energy we put into knowing who we are and developing our gifts, the less we will have the urge to compete. The bonus is that opportunities and abundance will come to us as we continue to focus on doing our thing – we won’t need to chase after anything. There will be a feeling of abundance and flow.