Either you subscribe to the view that we are all spirit and are temporarily engaged in playing an elaborate game called Life or you don’t.
I’m not attempting to make converts here – just discussing this Life the way I view it.
I’m reaching the end of my professional career now, but have been working in education long enough, and had enough encounters with children and young people to have formed some interesting ideas.
So the way I see it is this: Before you or I were born, we existed as consciousness/spirit which made a conscious choice to head for Planet Earth and spend a few decades in a skin-suit, exploring and expanding our experience in a way that only physical life allows.
Some of us chose to completely forget our greater, spirit selves and to become so utterly immersed in The Game that we remain unaware that there is anything of us beyond the skin.
Others started off that way, but through spiritual, ritual or religious practice over the years, have rediscovered that greater consciousness and have linked back to their spirit selves. People who are able to do this – mystics, gurus, saints, shamans and the Hay House brigade amongst others – are often revered and followed by those seeking enlightenment.
A third group, and these are the ones who fascinate me in particular, have chosen a third path. In LIFE: A PLAYER’S GUIDE I called them the Version 2.0 kids, because they appear to be playing this Life Game in an enhanced and updated form. Many in this – very loose – grouping display, from a human perspective, features that have been labelled as autistic spectrum ‘disorder’ or one of the range of ‘disorders’ and ‘syndromes’ which roughly translate as ‘not like the rest of us’.
The ‘skin-suit only’ brigade work tirelessly to cure or alter the Version 2.0 lot and force them to conform to the skin-suit-enclosed way of perceiving the world.
I’d argue that many of these very specialised humans have arrived on the planet with a far greater awareness of their spiritual origins, and are far less strongly tied to their human existence than those around them. That’s not to say they are gurus and saints, just that they are exploring the Life experience in very different ways. They have by-passed the years of meditation practice or other paths to opening up to their greater selves by refusing to become so besotted with the Earthbound experience; they’ve retained a sense of perspective, if you like.
This would explain why so many so-called ‘disordered’ people have skills and gifts the rest of us don’t. I once taught a whole class of ‘special needs’ children who were able to communicate telepathically with each other – and eventually with me – although (or maybe because) they had not developed speech and language skills.
Interestingly, a sizeable proportion of these children start to develop spoken language in typical fashion and then stop at around 18 months. Although devastating for their families, this seems to me to be because they find themselves losing the pre-verbal language they had been using – the one that depends on intuition, telepathic skills and subtle sensory signals the rest of us have largely forgotten. This language dwells in pictures, thought forms and ideas, and provides a clarity and subtlety no human spoken language can achieve.
Our Version 2.0 brethren are not prepared to relinquish their spirit selves as completely as the rest of us have. They have chosen to explore the Life experience in a new and – to my mind – exciting way, although their path, like everyone else’s, is far from easy or straightforward.
They wear their skin-suits loosely. They do not need to seek enlightenment because they have never moved fully out of the light. They are here to test – and perhaps to show us – another way of playing The Game and one of our challenges is to allow them to be as they are.
In my opinion, this lady has got it right: