Monday, 9 February 2015

The Games

Wise men of the past (and present) tell us that we shouldn’t take life too seriously. In the 42nd logion of his Gnostic Gospel, Thomas advises us to “be passers by”. Matthew in his gospel (6:34) claims that Yeshûa advocated us “not to worry about tomorrow”. “There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever,” adds Dalai Lama XIV. So why do so many religions keep talking about suffering?
Another mystery?
Few of us seem aware that we are intended to play a lighthearted, ephemeral, illusory Game of Life; that life, here on Earth, is not real. 
However, as in every sport or game, the rules, or the Universal Laws, remain in force. When we break them, sooner of later we bear the consequences. After all, at the present, incipient, level of evolution of our individualized consciousness, this is the only way we can learn. Later, of course, as we become aware of our purpose, we begin to learn from other peoples’ mistakes, not just from our own.

What we often find hard to accept is that people “at the top” of the social and financial or political ladder are also playing the game, usually, like the rest of us, quite unaware of the consequences that will catch up with them.
The paradox which most of us do not seem to appreciate is that, more often than not, the ‘consequences’ of our physical activities, are only played out at the emotional and/or mental plane. This means that we pay for our errors in judgment emotionally, or in mental anguish, as in pangs of conscience, and both these only take place after we leave our physical bodies.  

We know that we are all here to learn. While on Earth, we take part in various games. Our subconscious mind keeps a strict record of our activities and our associated emotions and mental acrobatics, in order to enrich our real life, the life that is not limited to our physical bodies.
While we perform various tasks it must be remembered that all of us must, eventually, acquire every single experience that this transient life has to offer. We must be poor and we must be rich. We must be obedient and also those who give orders. We must be rulers and the ruled—leaders of large countries or homeless hobos. We could be wise or struggling to deal with an inferior mind. All possible combinations are ours to explore. None are more important than others. What is important that whatever role we play in the universal game we do our absolute best. That’s what the game is about: universality and quality. And the game goes on forever—until we experience all roles and do a royal performance in each one of them. And there are countless roles that at present exist only in the infinite potential of our unconscious.

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  1. The inevitability of other roles/games is a very sobering certainty! I must remember to celebrate a bed and a hot bath more than I do, but then I wonder whether the memory of them will make the hessian shack even worse while I master stoic fortitude and freeze and starve. And there was I thinking this life had presented problems!

    1. I strongly suspect that our only defense is absolute acceptance that this physical or material reality is simply not real. Science is beginning to confirm this thesis.