Games People Play

If you’ve been following my posts for long you’ll know how much I love the analogy of life on planet earth as a game. There are many wonderful analogies that help us understand why we are here, but of all the explanations I’ve heard, the game analogy works best for me.

There’s no doubt that besides being fun, which is the point of a game afterall, games can be taken very seriously. So it is with life. Thinking of life as a game helps remind me that we have a choice in any moment how we perceive our experience.

I saw a new twist to the game idea in this comment from Kuthumi:
Some of you struggle with belief systems. For instance, you try to create them in the mind. You’re playing with yourself in your head. A belief system is what you feel, not what you think. You go in and say, “Well I believe in being abundant,” but yet you don’t feel abundant. You feel that the world is controlled by a small few, which it is, who give nothing to others, which they don’t. But you forget to believe and to feel that you don’t have to play that game with them. You can create your own game.
It’s interesting to me that we can think of everything we do, each of our belief systems, as one of uncountable numbers of games that we created, all for our personal experience and enlightenment, even amusement. Some we created alone, others we co-create with others. All can be given up. All can be re-created differently.

We don’t need to know why we created certain beliefs, but we can if we wish. We don’t need to know how long ago we created a belief (this lifetime or eons ago), but that too is knowable, if we wish to seek the answer. Whether we know or do not know where a belief came from, we can always know how the belief has served us. We can always view it in the context of a game, either to continue playing knowing full well that no matter how serious a game it is we’re still ‘playing’, or we can choose to stop playing that game and choose a different one. As Abraham insists,
a belief is simply a thought we keep thinking
and we can change what we think at any time.

We all know how easy it is to stop playing any given game. We’ve all had games, sports, hobbies that we’ve enjoyed and then given up. For whatever reason we simply decide not to play that game anymore. It could be as simple as a “been there, done that” sort of attitude. The point is that we have a choice: continue playing or don’t.

Isn’t it amazing that we can take that attitude about our beliefs? We can simply say, at any point, “I’m tired of playing the poverty game. Been there, done that, ready to move on.” And then get fully engaged in the wealth game. Or the “relationships that work” game. Or the “living my passion” game. Or the “joy in every experience” game. Talk about opportunities to be creative, oh my. Just think of the games we can make up!

It really speaks to allowing each and every individual to believe what they believe and live however they live, without needing to change them. You simply allow them to play the games that they made up, while you play games that you make up. You don't have to be playing the same game as everyone else, even if you're experiencing the same event! You can believe anything you want, and not one other single human being on the planet has to believe the same way for you to be happy—and successful—playing your game.

What new game will you dream up? Role play it and watch it come true!

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