Life is a game. I’m sure you’ve heard that before, but have you really embraced the power of what that statement might mean to the quality of your life?
The rules of our game are structure by what we believe to be true. What we believe to be true is based on the perceptions we form out the patterns and meanings we observe or assimilate from the outside world. This perception becomes our reality. Thus we create our own reality not on what’s actually true, but on what we believe to be true. Knowing that, we are free to play the game how we see fit.
Presumably the purpose of a game is to enjoy the experience or to learn from the experience in order to grow. We play many games – board games, video games, mind games, physical games, corporate games, and ultimately the game of life.
The quality of your life depends on how good a player you are and whether or not you choose to play a small game or a big game. The choice is ultimately up to you. But since it’s all a game anyway, why not play a bigger game and stop letting yourself get distracted by the everyday little games that people play that hold them back from getting everything out of life they want.
We neglect the bigger game of life to our detriment. As T.H. Huxley, the English biologist, reminds us:
“The chessboard is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.”
Try this game and see what results you get:
1. Vividly imagine that you ugly, unattractive and very dull, like method acting, really get into character until you convince yourself that you are ugly, unattractive and very dull. Now attend a social gathering in that frame of mind. Observe how people treat you.
2. On another occasion, vividly imagine you are very attractive, irresistible, and funny, again, really convince yourself that you are very attractive, irresistible and funny. Attend a social gathering in that frame of mind and observe how people treat you.
(I borrowed this exercise from Prometheus Rising, by Robert Anton Wilson)
Have fun with that this weekend.