Today, our challenge, as Westerners, is to move from competition to collaboration.
I recently experienced how complicated this evolutionary process can be when attempting to develop a creative working relationship with another inspired soul. Although we immediately connected with our respective ability to "see" the greater picture and the hidden image within the image, our difficulty in moving forward as a team began when we switched to the ego mode of being.
Unfortunately, what had begun as a joyful process of creation soon became a judgmental exercise in personal validation. In retrospect, I can observe each thought, statement, action and reaction as an expression of fear (doubt, insecurity and justification), but I also responded in kind, when I became the recipient of the other's pattern of self-protection. I think my reaction is what surprised me the most about our intense communication over a brief period of two weeks.
I had thought myself immune to the opinion of a complete stranger with whom I had no prior history. As it turns out, information about what we still need to release as imprinting within our cellular structure can come from an unexpected source. Facing and coming to terms with my own sensitivity to the stories we tell about ourselves and others during our interaction as humans is still very present in my spiritual journey.
Part of the learning curve is to not have an attachment to a desired outcome, in this case creative collaboration, and instead, to simply be grateful for the insights and teachings.