“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts” William Shakespeare
Life The Ultimate Game
When you take a good look at society and life in general I think you will see that we are all just playing one huge game. Most of us just don’t realize it’s a game because of our heavy conditioning, we were born into it as helpless little blank slates.
What is society? It’s simply a set of rules, traditions, and expectations that we have all agreed consciously but mainly unconsciously to live by. We all have certain roles and parts that we are expected to play out, but remember your true identity is never what you display to society.
Many of us spend our lives only remembering the past and imagining the future, that we forget it’s really just a game. When you forget that it’s a game, you struggle with your external environment because you are in bondage to it.
Creating Your Own Game
Anytime you live and act in an unconscious manner you will become attached to whatever you are observing and experiencing. When you live your life with awareness you are in a position to really play in this game called life. You will be acting from a place where you feel deeply rooted in your inner self; you will be centered and grounded in your own reality.
I just want you to take some time to think about your life. Why do you do the things you do? Why do you live the way you do? Why do you want the things you want? Why do you see the world the way you do? Look into it deeply, look for the causes. Whose game are you really playing?
As you become awake and more conscious of yourself, you will feel like you are in this world but not of it. You remain as a passive witness who observes everything from a higher vantage point. You will be able to see how everyone is just acting out their part, just like a movie, whether they realize it or not.
This is the key, learning to observe oneself. To observe without distorting or becoming attached to our thoughts. You need to have an extremely quiet, yet alert mind to be able to observe yourself, to become acquainted to your silent witness who is observing your thoughts.
If you persist in learning to remain with your inner witness (meditation), it will gradually become your predominate state of being. This will create immense inner space, living in this space you will be able to see how you are acting out your part. You will be able to freely observe yourself and observe the outside world simultaneously, it’s like you’re the director behind the camera, and you are able to see the whole scene as it plays out.
What happens when you realize that in the grand scheme of things, that life is just one huge cosmic game?
- You play your own game.
- You decide what type of player you want to be.
- You are able to handle situations creatively and think outside the box.
- You feel emotionally balanced. You don’t let your emotions consume you, or express negative emotions that don’t serve you.
- You adapt to your life’s situations and circumstances in the best way possible. If you need to act serious you will do it, but deep down you are calm and collected. Being serious is only on the surface, your just acting it out because its what’s needed for the situation. You’re living in your own movie.
- Everything becomes a game, and games are fun. Well most games are
- You learn to understand and not get caught up in pleasure and pain.
- You don’t react, you respond to life.
I feel that ultimately all the attitudes, approaches, beliefs, and mindsets we have adopted has shaped the type of player we are in this life. Life can change in an instant when you change your attitude, approach, and understanding. If you don’t like the game your playing, its up to you to figure out how to change it. Wake up don’t wait to live your life.
Some people will end up playing the part of a father, mother, pastor, lawyer, doctor, etc., and somewhere along the way forget what this whole thing is about. Many people end up playing their parts unconsciously for the rest of their lives. I think your life will be a great adventure the moment you decide to break free and play your part consciously.
I am assuming you will choose to play a game that will be full of joy and balance. This is your life, learn to play with it. Thank you for reading my post, be well.
(editors note: Post originally appeared on 4/27/10)
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