Are we one of the players, or one of the pieces in God's chess game of life?

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Life is often said to be a game. There are rules for us to learn. There are natural cycles for us to take notice of.

This writer chooses to differ from this view. We are not bound by such rules, or cycles. We can even transcend the game. We can become something greater than all of this.

We can become an inventor helping to improve the game. We can become mini-Gods.

A pawn or a piece has no power of its own. It only thinks that it does

Life is continually showing to us a new aspect of our life that needs to be worked on by us.

We must not regret the past if we are to move past it. We do this by learning its lessons for us. To do this, we must honour any new direction of our life that is being shown to us for us to go in.

We must accept each new position by seeing within it its new lesson as a learning of love. Then though, we must reach past this learning to the next one, as we move forwards, in a continual learning experience curve, that takes us then past being just a piece, and which allows us then to play a real game, because we now know the rules.

Under karma's influence, we are just a pawn, or perhaps some other piece on the chess board of life.

When we stop being a pawn, or from getting some type of a morbid pleasure, from our being what we might think is a higher or more powerful piece, by our seeing that all pieces are really all the same in the box, all inanimately following the rules without knowing them, we will eventually become a player, and not just a piece.

This will happen for us not from our playing with the other pieces anymore, but from our understanding of what is really happening to others, when they allow themselves to be still pieces.

Life is a game for you, only when you still are a piece.

When you are a player, you are no longer playing just a game anymore. You are now an instrument of change in the whole process then as well.

"It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside the frame."

The above quote is from someone called, R. S. Trapp. It appears that he was an author, but I could not find out any more about him.

From the viewpoint of what I have said here, I could change his quote to say this instead.

"It is difficult to play the game, when you are just a piece on the board."

Learning to play the game of life better

Simply put, we play better just by participating more, and by participating more actively. The participation must be taking place though from an ever growing awareness level.

The first step is to love to play. Love life.

Love to play, and you will find that you will always attract and bring more love into all that you do.

The first rule then in the game of life is to love the game, and then to love the players, and before all of this to love yourself, and your current position in the game of your life.

And then, we just need to keep playing on from there.

Survival is never too much of an issue when love fills you enough that it lifts you above the survival level of existence, and so then you play the game from the higher overview position.

From here, it's about seeing your part in the overall game, rather than your just thinking that you are no more than being a lowly pawn only to be sacrificed or taken by the enemy players. If you think like this, you will often end up off the board, because you think that you are the only piece in the picture.

There is always another move to make, and another game to play, or another changing position to look at, and to take part in.

The second step is acceptance.

We need acceptance of what is in order for us to make our next move. We need also to try to see that our move is not only just our own move. It is actually a move in the direction that all life is taking us all in, and also it is also a move in the overall direction that all of life is taking itself in too.

See your position for its part in the whole game, or as it is within the bigger picture that we are all playing, or that we are all painting together.

"A strong spirit transcends rules."

This quote is from, "Prince", an American singer-songwriter.

This agrees with what I have been saying here too.

When we become stronger, and more aware of who we really are in our spirit, we too will not be forced to follow all the rules then either. A master soul, such as Jesus Christ was, can sometimes transcend such rules altogether.

The cycle of life is not really a cycle at all

A cycle is no more than a rough observation of events that are happening. No cycle is ever really repeated in exactly the same way ever more again.

All cycles are changing over time.

It is good for us to recognise this. If we see this truth, we will not to allow ourselves to be fooled by the expectation of the fulfilment of old patterns, and the maintaining of old cycles of belief, and the wasted, or misguided efforts of trying to return to the old cycles, or to any previously completed cycles, or to any past periods of our lives.

Nothing ever stays the same, or returns to where it came from.

Never expect things to repeat exactly in cycles then, but just the same though, do allow the natural cycles to guide you, as you forever only progress forwards.

Ride the waves of this paradox to understand that nothing ever exactly cycles around again in the exact same way. This is because all is always recycling itself. Nothing is ever exactly the same way ever again.

In all of this though, there is never anything really new, except for the new positioning of the old. The only difference is that the new patterns of the old contain more experiences, and greater wisdom.

Experiences build more knowing. Truth is better seen.

The old is forever growing and changing from itself, but at its core, itself still always remains forever the same as it always was.

This is the explanation for the idea that God is infinite, and unchanging, perfect and complete within himself. God is our core, and he never changes, unless we change.

We are all a part of God, and we grow in our experiences of God, through his love, only because he created us to be separately individuated freely, whilst still though always still being connected to him through this never ending recycling of himself.

The recycling is our responsibility, and it is only all really boiling down to our loving of God in return, in our gratitude for him creating us, and then of his starting the natural cycles of life, all in motion, all inside of himself, with all of us separately existing within his non-changing totality.

The paradox is though, that in this way even God can grow past who he once was.

The sum of the parts within him recreates him as a bigger version of himself. This is always happening. There is always growth taking place. This is the plus factor to creation.

"I never knew my father, and I'd hate to repeat that kind of cycle with my own children, because I'd also want to be there for them no matter what."

The above quote is from the American actor, Mickey Rourke.

Mickey need not have worried about this though. There is never any need for us to repeat any cycle like this. In fact, it is impossible for us to ever do so.

Photo credits: All photos used in this article have been sourced from the free media site, Wikimedia Commons.

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I have been interested in the spiritual fields for over thirty five years now. My writing is mostly in this area.

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author avatar Retired
12th Jan 2015 (#)

There is a lot to think about in this article!

I believe that we all have free will and our actions are not pre-determined. That also means that it is not true to say that "everything happens for a reason" or that "there is no such thing as coincidence". I do not see how you can have both free will and pre-determination.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
12th Jan 2015 (#)

I am very thankful that we who love the Lord our God , and who are part of His family , are co-workers in His Divine plan ...if we so choose to be spirited .
God does not play games with our lives ...The devil is the Manipulator , Dictator and Controller ...Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our Faith , and He works for the good of those who love Him , who are called according to His purposes .
It is simple and not complicated my friend.
Have a very Happy and blessed 2015 .
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
12th Jan 2015 (#)

thanks Stella, yes I guess it is only ever us that complicate things from our own thinking.

Even so though to people like me the complex is not complex, but that which makes the simple understandably more simple.

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author avatar spirited
12th Jan 2015 (#)

If we have free will, where would it start from.

We certainly don't seem to be able to freely choose who or where we will be born as.

Perhaps even a child has only limited free will too.

Maybe it is linked into a growing consciousness somehow.

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author avatar Retired
12th Jan 2015 (#)

True, you have no choice as to the fact of having been born, and many choices are made on your behalf, but in most matters you are free to make all sorts of choices - you chose to write this article, for example.

The opposite view is that everything you do has been determined by some outside force and could not have been otherwise. That would really make you a pawn on the chessboard, and I simply do not believe that makes any sense at all.

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author avatar spirited
12th Jan 2015 (#)

I do not believe its all black and white.

I choose to write this article, but what influenced that choice?

Was it freely all my decision, or not?

I feel like something is driving me to write at times.

Where do such drives come from, maybe genetic, maybe environment, maybe from something deep within?

"What you need will come to you." ~Nisargadatta

if what this guru says is true, who is doing the sending, if something else is out there sending us what it things that we need, how free would that make us then?

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Spirited, I will start by saying this is an excellent article. It could take me years to think through each paragraph that you've written. I personally believe we are all in charge of our own destiny. Some people may very well feel like pawns in a game. I think if they would take the time to set aside their own misplaced barriers they will find what they are looking for. They have free will to accomplish whatever they wish. I believe we are all here to help one another and to learn. In life we are learning each and every day. It is up to us what we do with that knowledge. I love this subject. I could go on and on. Smiles to you today!

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author avatar spirited
12th Jan 2015 (#)

"They have free will to accomplish whatever they wish."

If this was entirely true, to me it would mean we are not entirely free at all.

That is if we are separately free. Separate freedom could not exist to me, as our freedom would interfere with other's freedoms.

We can only be partially free in my mind then.

"You are the subtle cause of the entire universe. All is because you are. "Nisargadatta"

of course if it's true what this guru says here, I would have to agree with you, but he is mistaken I feel, exaggerating his own importance.

I believe we are individuated parts of the oneness, and so we are only partly free, and partly responsible for the actions of the whole, but never fully so.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Spirited, let me start out by saying I'm not worldly at all but I do have some ideas. I'm thinking if someone is told they cannot do something it is up to them to step out of their box and do what they feel they must. I'm not talking about bad things but good things. Learning, teaching, jobs whatever the person wants to do. I think it is up to them to become motivated to achieve the success they are looking for. We cannot look to others but to ourselves. I hope this makes sense to you. Blessings to you.

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author avatar spirited
12th Jan 2015 (#)

"do what they feel they must"

"whatever the person wants to do"

I understand what you are saying Nancy, but to my mind these two ideas are contradictory.

If we have a soul, and it has a purpose or mission for us to accomplish, as I feel that we do, if we do what we want, in regards to us following our ego's wants instead of fulfilling God's plan for us, so to speak I feel we are sort of trapped by these wants into being too much of a selfish individual. If we follow God's plan for our lives as our soul knows it to be, we are being energised by his love than rather than by our own desires, and so we are helping all and not just playing to win for ourselves.

That's only my own thoughts though after all....

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author avatar GenkiWorld
12th Jan 2015 (#)

i too diverge fro thinking that we are just ponds in the game of life, we are far more than that and not held back by silly theders and bounds, we can master the game if we play it right and do so much more with it.

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author avatar spirited
12th Jan 2015 (#)

I think we can master the game too, but at some level I feel it is not our game if that's all we want to do.

We need to invent our own games too!

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author avatar spirited
19th Jan 2015 (#)

yes, we are far more than just being pieces on the board, thanks GenkiWorld

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author avatar Retired
12th Jan 2015 (#)

There are some interesting insights here. I agree that one does need to get out and live life to the fullest. We stagnate if we sit too long and wait for life to live itself.

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author avatar spirited
12th Jan 2015 (#)

"We stagnate if we sit too long and wait for life to live itself."

this would seem to be true to most people, but to others the opposite might be true.

When we sit and do nothing we become fully immersed in that life, and so only then can we return to being fully immersed within it instead of trying to live separately from it in our own heads.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Jan 2015 (#)

With the seal of Spirited, god Bless you for every word you write and teaching you share with us here in Wikinuts, God Bless you!

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author avatar spirited
12th Jan 2015 (#)

thanks Fern, I appreciate you appreciating my writing like this

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Phew! A lot of philosophy. What got into you to produce so much of it? Of course no one can either confirm or deny what you wrote. As for me most of it flew over my head.

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author avatar spirited
12th Jan 2015 (#)

I believe we must all put our own philosophies out there to share with others. It's too late to share who we were with others in this way after we are dead. That's why I do this.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
13th Jan 2015 (#)

In John chapter 15 .. spirited , Jesus tells us that without Him we can do nothing .
Does that mean we are pawns , or incapable of achieving anything outside of God ? ...No ....but I believe it means we can do nothing of significance for Eternal value without His help and wisdom and guidance.
God has placed in each one of us a conscience which tells us whether something is right or wrong , and it is then up to us to do what we know to be good , that doesn't violate God's commands ....regardless of all the bad influences that daily come against us .
That is free will my friend .
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
13th Jan 2015 (#)

thanks Stella.

The ultimate use of our free will is incorporating our conscience into the decision then, and not just making it from our own mind or ego then. Perfect Goodness comes from our following God's, will not our own.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Yes , I believe that to be true Spirited .
When we allow God's Holy Spirit to lead and guide us , we can be sure He will not lead us amiss or into confusion.
That is a safe place to be , regardless of all the seducing spirits that might try to lead us astray my friend .
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Utah Jay
14th Jan 2015 (#)

I think wanting to love being in the game is my big downfall, I am a separatist at night, only coming out on Sundays to show my face, and yes the rules always change for those who play, that's the paradigm, while I always stay the same. Though I suppose that too is free will and it will live forever in our words...Another great post.

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author avatar spirited
14th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Utah Jay.

I feel there's really nothing wrong with loving being in the game, it's better than hating it with resentment...

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
15th Jan 2015 (#)

It is only as we surrender our will to the will of God that we find out how truly free we really are my friend .
Anything else will only succeed in tying us up in knots and making some moves that could ruin the best that God has for us ..
I speak from experience ...not just theory .
Bless you again
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
19th Jan 2015 (#)

yes that is the paradox of freedom Stella. We are only totally freed when we are freed within God, or in other words when we totally surrender to his will as you put it above.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Jan 2015 (#)

A deep discourse Spirited. We have myriad choices every moment but most play it safe as we get attached to familiarity - we do not want to rock the boat. We can exercise our choices and should not be bound by a feeling of being trapped as fatalists tend to be - siva

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author avatar spirited
18th Jan 2015 (#)

"we do not want to rock the boat"

yes thanks siva, we forget that nothing really can rock our boat except our wrong thoughts.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
19th Jan 2015 (#)

And ... ACTIONS ..
I have sent another comment further up as well spirited .
Blessings
Stella ><

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