Here is an affirmation from Abraham-Hicks and the Law of Attraction that bears examination:
If [each human] understood that “what I create has nothing to do with what anybody else is creating” then [they] wouldn’t be so afraid of what others are doing.
Excerpted from the workshop in El Paso, TX on Saturday, November 14th, 1998
Is it really this easy? Well, yes and no. Deep in our subconscious, we all possess a real fear of what the other is doing, and often resent any appearance of that other as doing or having something we cannot do or have. Why? If I don’t have or can’t do what someone else does or is, I far too often feel like I am missing out on some special characteristic or possession. This is not a feeling we humans much enjoy, but it is present within us nonetheless.
When we are young, we don’t understand that life is not exactly equal for everyone. We expect that if we see someone receive some gift, that we, too, should receive one. As we grow beyond being toddlers, we begin quite early on to perceive that gifts can be intangible, and still be the object of our fear or longing. A parent’s affection, a sibling’s apparent status as more well-loved or important within the family — the possessions of another, whether material or emotional, all too often feel like that to which we ourselves are denied access.
As we reach teenage, and young adulthood, this feeling widens to include a comparison of the way in which we each labor for a living, as opposed to what another might do. Perhaps our competitor receives better compensation for his or her work; recognition might seem unequal; these comparisons take every possible form for us. Abraham is saying, directly and with no equivocation, that what we do has value for itself, with no level of comparison necessary. None of us needs to be afraid that some other is doing or receiving more; rather, as long as we believe, or at least try to believe, that we devote ourselves to our work or feelings or possessions, we receive that for which we strive. If the other does the same, that is a celebration for them, but need not be a loss for us as a result.
If a person believes in the Law of Attraction, that good feeling promotes more good feeling, that person has the potential to realize that his or her accomplishments, whether material in nature, or reflected in the reactions of those whose opinions matter to him or her, can come to feel comfortable, even fortunate that the results of their efforts need not be compared with that of others. Rather, a person becomes stronger in self-confidence and self-reliance, and therefore less in need of comparisons with the accomplishes of others. With that shift, anyone can eliminate much, if not all, of the drive to outdo his or her neighbor. And when that competition ends, I believe, both people, (or both religions, or both political entities, or both businesses,) can coexist in the world without tension and the bad feeling behind which we had learned to hide our fears of inadequacy.