Life is a Video Game
by Ken Ward
We are like players of a video game - we get so involved in the game that we forget that we are playing a game. We forget our true nature.
At first you are just playing the game. You 'get into' playing it so much you forget that there is something other than the game. You identify with one of the players and you think, feel and experience the game from the limited point of view of one of your game characters. At least momentarily, you forget who you are and think you actually are the character in the game. Have you ever tried to talk to children watching a favourite television programme? They are so involved they can't even hear you. Likewise, the human video players are so involved in their game that they do not even know who they really are.
We create the thoughts and feelings in our identities
Having done this many times we lose track
If I win, I lose, If I lose, I lose!
Whether we win or lose, we will never be true to our purposes
Degradation of the being
Our present game on Earth
Changing the game
However, we may be able to change the level of difficulty and the abilities of the players. We might be able to reprogram the game while people are playing it, but if we make too many changes, we will realize that something funny is happening and may stop playing, or change it back. We might be able to find cheats, which enable us to do very fundamental things and gain an advantage. Sometimes you can type in a code or magic spell and produce fairly big changes in the game. However, the fundamental nature of the game is not changeable except from the real world.
In our game of life, we cannot change some things without recovering our true identity as a player or gamesmaker in the exterior world above, the spiritual world, and realigning our game on earth from that viewpoint. We may, however, discover cheats - seemingly magical acts which make very surprising changes in the game. These tend to break the game rules and spoil things for others and in any case do not address the basic issue of being lost in a game. The best approach is to become more aware of and more willing to create or choose:
The road home
However, there is a solution. We could get involved in the game with them. We would get them to attend to it more. We could comment on the characters, the excitement, and the game plan. We could get more involved in the game and make it real again. By rehabilitating the ability to feel and experience the game we could get the player to become aware of the other side. Of their intentions and plans and feelings. We could encourage them to play other games but this time consciously. We could encourage them to choose different characters in this and other games. We could encourage an awareness of playing game. This would have been impossible before we made the game real. We could then gradually make the game player more and more aware that they are playing a game. We could gradually pull them out of the video game, and video games in general, and out into the real world. There is the danger, though, that the parents might get so involved in the game that they themselves get lost in it!
The real world
We, too, are lost in our present existence. This is one step up from being lost in the video game. We forget our purposes. We forget that we are players. We even play this game in the real world whilst dreaming of something else. We are playing it without awareness.
To escape from the unknowingness of this game in the real world, we repeat the process. We begin to feel and experience from the viewpoint of that identity we are playing now in the real world, so that identity in the game becomes more real to us. We clarify our goals and intentions and what game we are playing, here and now in the real world. We can then become aware that in our current life we are playing a game and that we have assumed an identity. We are no longer mindless sleep walkers in the world now. We can then begin to give up the attachment to our current identity. We can gradually become aware we are spiritual beings in a physical bodies in a physical universe of our creation, or of our choosing. We realize that this life, too, is like playing a video game. We can become aware of our identity as spiritual beings with goals and intentions, different from those of our present identity. We become aware of the things we are doing in this world. We can be aware of the sub-games that are being played within the main game in the physical universe. That would bring us just one step above our present existence! We realize that this step of understanding ourselves as spiritual creatures, too, is another game!
In summary, this is the route home:
We become aware of the identity we are playing and its:
We become aware of our ability to willingly create and choose games, identities, etc. We repeat the process up through the levels of game we are playing until we arrive home. Not that we have to give up any of the games but rather to no longer be attached to them in an unknowing trap. Exploring the games of life is a game too. It is fun! The above are it's objectives. The final game to transcend is probably this new game. We will then have learned to play games for fun and be able to do so freely and willingly.
Ken Ward is co-author of New Life Course and a student of The Insight Project. Visit his Freeing The Mind site for many more of his thought-provoking texts and introduction to effective personal enhancement.
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