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Game Self vs. True Self
Before I get into explaining the meaning behind this title, let me explain an important metaphysical concept.
How many of you have heard of the “Four Kingdoms of Consciousness”? I am not sure of the origins of this model, but it has gained popularity since my first introduction to it as a student of Science of Mind (NOT Scientology!) back in the late 90’s. Here is a link to an explanation on the Internet, as well as a chart from the same blog:
Our culture, for the most part, spends the majority of conscious time in Kingdoms 1 and 2—“victim,” and what this chart calls “law.” Everyone knows what “victim” consciousness is, as we typically spend more time than we would like to in that Kingdom. “Law” is best described as “action.” When looking at this from a “non-spiritual” perspective, we would say it is taking our lives by the horns and “doing something about” any situation we may find ourselves in. Again, our culture sees this pretty much as the solution for everything. “Doing” is a masculine action—fixing, working, confronting, engaging—basically taking matter and transforming it to better fit our needs and wants. (The feminine counter to this “doing” is “being.”)
I will not get into this much here as all I need you to know is what these four kingdoms of consciousness are and what each of them basically do . . . 1-“to me” 2-“to it” 3-“through me” 4-“as me.” The Four Kingdoms of Consciousness, even though only briefly mentioned here, can be a game changer if you want to thoroughly understand them and how they work in your life. If you want me to get into this in more detail just ask and I will in subsequent articles. For now, let’s just leave it at that.
Ok, now to the article. I am using two made up terms here to describe, in a very general way, how many of us seem to be approaching our life in general, and this assault to humanity specifically. There seems to me to be two different approaches—the first is “Game Self” and the second is “True Self.” I would correlate the four Kingdoms of Consciousness to these two this way: Game Self primarily (not necessarily wholly) comes from Kingdoms 1 and 2, and True Self from Kingdoms 3 and 4. I feel as a “Dirt Warrior” I function in my writing primarily from “Game Self” although I fancy myself as one who can move back and forth from Game to True.
Most people seem to fall into one of three categories: 1. Wholly Game Self, 2. A mix of Game and True Self, and 3. Wholly True Self. Here is a chart to illustrate this:
I use the word “Game” to represent “the manifest game of life.” This is essentially an illusory experience of manifest (material) reality. It is a learning game and ultimately only has its value in that—as a means to teach. Needless to say to get deeply into this topic would take volumes, so I will leave it at that. Some of you may be totally puzzled by this concept, but I would suspect that most of you reading this will have done enough “living,” “study,” “research,” “reading,” and “knowing” to understand what I am describing. If not, carry on.
The Game Self is the self that is “in the game” and understands “the game is afoot.”
The True Self, on the other hand, is not really in the game, at least not in the muck of it. The True Self does live a material life, but that life is dedicated to “non-game” activities, such as holding the truth of love, and spending their Kingdom 2 activity engaged in altruistic endeavours (such as teachers do, or focusing on the spiritual and physical health of children or adults such as spiritual practitioners, or engaged in active prayer, or meditation as monks or other ascetics).
Obviously people who fall into #1 of the above mentioned categories are ones who are lost in the game. Generally this person spends most of his or her time in Kingdom 1 (victim) and is often quite frightened and lost. Most people do best in the material world if they have a healthy percentage of their consciousness in category #2 (empowered “doing”).
People who understand the “non material” side to this material life experience, but choose to be engaged in “the game” but do not allow themselves to get too caught up in the fear of it all, fit into category #2. I think most shrews fall into this category. Most sheep are in category #1. But not all.
There are many out there who appear to be sheep, and appear to be in category #1, but on closer examination, some of these “who appear to be sheep” people really are in category #3. They may be vaccinated, and may seem disinterested in politics, disinterested even in the atrocities of the material world—the take over, the totalitarian rule, the abuse to children, etc. The ones who have detached from all of this “world horror” YET at the same time are awake and aware, are more than likely in category #3, or close to it. One way to identify such a person and distinguish them from “blind sheeple” is that they do not have a beef with us shrew-types. They really do project love to all people, good and bad.
As I said above, I identify as category #2 (pun intended). I feel I can “sort of easily” glide between Game Self and True Self. My writing is almost all in Game Self, but I have on occasion written from a True Self perspective (such as with this article). I think most shrews see this current assault to humanity through this Game/True lens, most sheep seem not to (oops, I just slipped back into Game Self using the word “sheep”!!)
I have run across people who claim to be in category #3 (mostly True Self) but reveal their true standing by criticizing people who are expressing themselves as participants in the material Game. Generally, category #3 does not criticize those of us who are in the Game. Game players of course criticize other Game players, and hard-core Game players even criticize True Self folks, but if they do, they are closer to category #1 (more ensconced in the material Game) than is ideal.
Does all this make sense? I hope so. You may have to read it over a few times.
One example that may make this concept easier to grok: Jesus chose to immerse himself in the Game when he “came to earth” and started his ministry. God became manifest and then appeared as the man Jesus. Jesus was in category #2, actually he was more in #3, but at various times in his later life, he engaged in the material quite a bit to make his points. If he were entirely in category #3 he would have chosen to keep quiet in his work and probably would not have pissed off so many category #1 and #2 people and ended up crucified. He died for our sins, and sins only take place in the Game world. Jesus, however, was never “blinded” by the Game. In fact, one of the primary points of his work was to convince people the Game was not real, and not to be tricked by anyone who said it was. Being manifest is important (for learning, remember), but if you fear it, as if it is the end point of existence, then it will destroy you.
So I believe we have two choices that seem to be the most valid choices in travelling this journey through manifest life. We should operate in category 2 or 3. For some of us 2 will be our calling, and for others 3 will be. Keep in mind that either choice you are still “in the Game,” but in the choice for category #2, the Game has more importance to you, especially the injustices in it that you see and experience. Category #3 allows you to have more of your “consciousness” in Kingdoms 3 and 4 where God or spirit (the unseen) works THROUGH you and AS you. Even though the person living in category #2 has access to those higher Kingdoms, they are less present when working through Game Self.
In category #2 you have more consciousness in Kingdoms 1 and 2. Victim (1) certainly may not be a conscious choice, but the more you place yourself in the muck and mud of the evil world, the more chance you will become victimized, it is just the name of the Game.
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