In my last post I compared life to a funfair ride and several people mentioned how that analogy worked for them.
So here’s another…
Imagine our souls/higher selves/eternal beings or whatever you wish to call them as a group of eager adventure gamers. Maybe it takes a bit of imagination, but bear with me.
These eternal aspects of us are addicted to a game called Life.
It’s not surprising. The game is a totally immersive experience. To play it, you put on a skin suit and become a character in a drama that you have helped to script. That doesn’t mean you know what’s going to happen. As in most action games, you get to choose your character. You also select fellow players who will act out the parts of the heroes and villains in your game. You sort out with them before you start the roles each will play, so that you can all gain the most experience from the game. (And yes, that does mean they are not terrible, bad, unkind people, but eternal souls made of light who have willingly agreed to take on these roles – act out a part – to enable you to have adventure, challenge and gain new experience.)
Your avatar starts off as a very young and inexperienced character, because part of the skin suit’s purpose is to give you temporary amnesia: You forget – or almost forget – that you have a life beyond the game. You forget all the other versions of the game you’ve played as other characters. As you work through the levels you gain experience and, if you’re playing mindfully, you start to remember that you’re more than just this game character and find yourself able to draw on advice and inspiration from the ‘real’ you.
Of course (as you’ll have noticed) it’s a hugely complex game and I’ve only scratched the surface of it here. There’s a far more detailed Player’s Guide available in Kindle or paperback editions, which I try not to plug too often, but maybe once in a while is OK, especially at a time of year when many people are buying gifts or looking for ways to spend vouchers 🙂 .
So, here come the plugs:
The link to my US Amazon page, which has details of how to buy either version, plus the cheaper-than-chips Kindle taster is here
If you’d like to see the UK version, which also has all my reviews and star ratings (Amazon won’t put UK reviews on their US site, and no one in the US has reviewed it yet) go to this link
If you’re an Amazon hater and would prefer to buy direct from my publisher, head over here
. Oh, and if you follow this link and leave your name and email, you could even win a free copy of the paperback: http://feedaread.com/p/3493/
Available in paperback and Kindle editions