I AM! Are you?
I just recently watched I AM: The Shift is About to Hit the Fan (you can see the whole thing for about $5 on Amazon) and adored it! You probably heard about it at some point, since its famous director (Jim Shadyac – of Ace Ventura and Bruce Almighty fame) made a pretty big splash when he went this direction in his film-making.
The ultimate question that I found myself thinking about both during and since watching I AM is:
Are human beings inherently competitive or inherently cooperative?
I don’t know the answer to that question, but I sure have enjoyed pondering it.
One thought that occurred to me is that competitiveness can be related to masculine tendencies and cooperation can be related to feminine tendencies (it’s important to note that I didn’t say “male” and “female” tendencies).
It seems that – especially in modern cultures – we have leaned towards a masculine, left-brained way of interacting with the world.
Perhaps this is shifting?
I think people are beginning to recognize the damage that can be done when we lean too far toward any one extreme. Too much masculine, left-brained, analytical, competitive focus can bring about great new innovations and exciting leaps forward, but can also create an “us vs them” mentality. When we are able to see others as “them” or “not me” it becomes fairly easy to marginalize, diminish or flat-out trample their points of view. You can see examples of this all over the world in recent history.
And… going way far into the feminine can cause its own set of problems: indecision, group-think, stagnation.
So, balance appears to be – for lack of a better phrase – where it’s at!
One of the things I really love about the work that I do is how gently and easily my clients are able to shift to find more balance, connection and clarity. The deeper I go with what I’m doing, the more signs I get that I’m heading in the right direction.
I recently heard from one of my clients who is off on a new adventure. She called, full of excitement, to let me know how she has begun seeing more and more how the universe itself is cooperating with her to bring everything she desires (from a delicious breakfast to a chance pony snuggle that led to an important health-related discovery to meeting the exact right person in the exact right place at the exact right time). While I absolutely reveled in her enthusiastic gratitude, I was much more thrilled to see how our cooperation during our work together and her cooperation with her own inner guidance were bringing about such fabulous shifts in her experience.
Nothing brings me more joy than supporting someone in finding and aligning with their powerful, unique, wonderful selves. [Eeeeeep! Goosebumps and giddiness!]
So what about you? In what way do you – personally – tend to lean? Competitive or cooperative? And how can you create more balance in your life?
Here are some other films you might want to check out:
I recommend them all, even though at times they can verge on cheesy (but you know I dig that kind of thing). The underlying theme in all of them, is the idea that we are all connected – both to each other and to all that surrounds us.
I love that! And here’s why: It means there’s hope for us all.