THE GAME OF LIFE
Living life with intensity and depth, reaching out
and welcoming every opportunity for transformation
as it arrives, means you are able to ride the wave
of continuous change. It requires you to trust your
ability to overcome obstacles with an open mind, to
seek new interpretations of life, to put everything
at stake, including your own limits and fears. It is
understanding that existence is an eternal game to
be played and the knowledge of how to live through
play. It is learning to live in the now, finding
new situations to interpret and use as stimuli for
growth both in practical and social terms.
Play is the best method for learning how to live.
Is it not through imitation that our children learn
how to become adults?
If we are always able to maintain a youthful spirit,
facing all situations with fantasy and imagination,
without being deterred by difficulties, even if we
grow old physically, we can always enjoy our existence
with 'Indifference' (to always act with the best of
intentions and totally accept the outcome as the
result of your choice).
But often, once we become adults, we take everything
much too seriously and move from being masters of the
game to being simple pawns. The fewer the possibilities
we believe we have in life, the more limited is our
ideal field of action. The real player is the one who
knows how to be all the pieces at the same time, the
chessboard, the rules, the play and even his adversary.
On the other hand, there are those who never take anything
seriously, the people who do not even see the Great Game.
At the end of their life, they may realise that they
never even made a single move.
Play allows the individual to experiment with all the
different aspects of his/her personality and offers
ground for expression, for total involvement, affirmation
In a spiritual and social context play is the element
that promotes and makes change more lively. It is the
structural vaccine against adaptation, routine and habit.
The desire to find amusing paths with which to articulate
even the more serious experiences is very important, along
with the ability to find that pinch of divine humour that
every situation, even the most difficult, carries with it.
Through play everything can be put under discussion, every
limit can be overcome through thought, action and desire.
Joy and imagination are therefore fundamental tools. They
make it possible to break the rigid patterns of the mind
that often confines us and make us believe that situations
The Game of Life is a collective experience of transformation
of the individual and the world. Participation in the Game
of Life creates movement in the interior life of its players
and also promotes movement outwards as people begin to travel,
often for long periods of time all over the world. The concept
and the reality of the Game of Life is often shared with others
along the way.
[ adapted from: http://damanhur.org/game/ ]