The Spiritual Journey as an "Infinite Game" - Be the Infinite Player!

Submitted by Open on Mon, 01/07/2019 - 06:19

Have you realised it yet? The Spiritual Journey does not lead to some final accomplishment. You do not reach some distant end goal, some 'top of the mountain' or even some state of never-ending peace. Even "The Shift" or "The Event" as some call it, is just a shift within a shift within.... There is no where to get to! Even the mystical state of Enlightenment is not an ending but a beginning. Think about this deeply for a moment. You can stop striving right now. There's phenomenal freedom in it. And if you can find your right alignment in this "Infinite Game", it will bring you continual joy and accomplishment...

The "Infinite Game"

The Spiritual Journey is not a finite accomplishment, it is an "Infinite Game", with no fixed landscape, that changes and transforms from one day to the next, from this moment to the next.

Breathe a deep sigh of relief, and let yourself become that which you truly are - the shape shifting infinite game player. As long as you understand the one basic rule of this Infinite Game, no matter where you are in it, no matter what the challenges or difficulties, no matter how low your resources are, there will always be another play.

So here is the fundamental underlying rule of this spiritual Infinite Game. And when you know it, when it truly sinks in, then you'll find yourself always the winner in the game of life...

It is not about some finite accomplishment. Like Kundalini Activation, Processing all your Karma, Becoming Enlightened or Shifting into 5D. It is not 'touching some infinite peace' and staying there. The Universe is constantly dancing, changing, moving and morphing, and your soul is an intricate part of that movement. To have joy, happiness and sense of fulfillment, is to be in your soul and freely flowing as that, from one moment to the next; always unleashing the next best version of you.

You see in this Infinite Game of the spiritual path, there is no ultimate ending. Yes, there will be finite accomplishments - becoming enlightened for example - but ultimately, there is no way of measuring the 'success' of 'getting there'. Because there is no ultimate destination.

So what is the point of life?

The Point of it All

Life sprang into being without intention, if it did, that would presuppose a 'creator' and then you're always left wondering what preceded the creator. Therefore if there was no God that began it all, there was no mind of God with a pre-determined purpose or point. And yet the Universe now seems to be always doing something. If we study it carefully, then one day the true meaning will land...

The Universe is constantly expressing itself. It's constantly reshaping, realigning and reforming to express the next superlative example of itself. Voila. That's it. There is absolutely nothing else going on!

I put it to you, that if we acknowledge and align with this principle, then it will furnish deep joy and satisfaction. To find true happiness in life, true success, is not to strive for some finite completion - that off-grid, eco-friendly house in the country; to attain Enlightenment; the whole planet living justly and fairly in harmony. These things may happen, and they may be worthwhile finite goals to work towards, yes. But truly successful people reveal one common thread to their lives:

that joy, happiness and success in life comes not from some finite measurement, but this.... the continual growth and development, the continual improvement, from one day to the next, of.... Yourself!

The Answer is all around...In Nature

Watch nature carefully. Consider a Tree. It reaches up to the sun and transforms light into energy. Does it ever stop? Does it ever give up? Does it ever say, "I don't have enough resources"? If it can express itself, if it has just enough water and nutrients in this moment to take another 'breath', then it will. And each moment it is working to do it better than it did before.

Watch any creature you care to mention in nature, and look for the common thread. Each is being completely and wholely them. They work diligently in each moment to be more of them. They aren't efforting to be this. They're just being it!

And if you doubt in any way that they're constantly learning evolving and growing, then look more closely. I watched a guy feeding grapes to squirrels in a park in downtown Mahatten once. If he fed the squirrel an organic grape, he'd eat it right away, without hesitation. But if he fed the squirrel a non-organic grape, then the squirrel took the time and trouble to peel the skin off before eating. What marvel!

Finite Accomplishments in the Infinite Game

I put it to you that you're in this "Infinite Game". After Enlightenment you'll be carrying water and chopping wood. After the completion of this 5D Shift, there will be another in a different constellation. After we've attained nirvana in this Universe, there'll be another in the mulitverse to work on. It is never ending!

What can this mean for you right now? How can it liberate you right now? How can it help you find peace and contentment, yet at the same time, always finding joy in the accomplishment of unfolding more of your brilliant light?

Realise the spiritual journey is continually unfolding and never ending. So there is nowhere to get to or nothing to strive for. You're in an Infinite Game. And yet within that, immediate goals to accomplish will present themselves - You're working through Kundalini Activation for example. Embrace what comes up, work through any limiting tightness or resistance, because to deny yourself as what you are is self-defeating and leads to frustration.

Be the squirrel - peel off that layer! But then don't sit there preening yourself because 'you've made it'. Peel off another layer, eat another grape, shine more!

How to Always be the Winner

You can't guarantee to win in a finite game that has defined rules and ever increasing complexity of landscape. But you can always win in the Infinite Game...

all you have to do is take any aspect of your life that is presenting in your awareness right now, today, this moment: a particular relationship, your immediate job circumstances or an important event unfolding in your life. Contemplate how can you be more of you in that? Perhaps you can express more fully; maybe you could be more surrendered; maybe you could be more willful and determined; perhaps more diplomatic; you might find more empathy and compassion or be of service; maybe you could hold the space open longer for some altruistic magic to come through.

(Check this viewpoint: it's about unleashing the Characteristics of Your Soul)

I guarantee you that when your perspective changes from 'what you need to do', and switches instead to 'how can you be more of you', then you will always win. And what's more, when you switch to this allegiance, then the Universe always comes to meet you. I find you always have enough resources and energy, you always have a 'vehicle' to make that change, to fulfill that expression. Because the entirety of the Universe is working to do that in every part of it. And what's more, here's the divine paradox: you actually accomplish more, far more than you ever dreamed of!

I can tell you this is just such a magical freedom, the most incredible release.

You are the Eternal Shape-Shifting Shaman

At your heart, you are the enternal shape shifting shaman; you are the continual cosmic blade runner. You just keep getting better. Constant possibility of accomplishment will present itself. And it's never-ending, because you've become the Infinite Game Player. And you can decide to become that right now.

Voila. There you are. Magnificent!

Come play the Infinite Game with us at the Openhand Events 2019 - catch the wave!

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PS - what inspired my article was a character I came across called Simon Sinek, who wrote a book called "The Infinite Game" for business. Which I felt is well applicable to the Spiritual Journey. Here's a clip, see how it translates into the spiritual context for you...

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Love this article, Open!

Totally resonate with all of it. And the insights of Simon Sinek are so easily translated onto the spiritual path. 👍

Let’s play the Infinite Game!

Love,

Anastasia 

Wow! Just love this article Open!

Recently I have realized how comparison redirects the creative flow.  This has prompted me to take some extended time away from social media as it seems to bring me into this “finite game” as Simon Sinek so eloquently put it. When I am in that place I notice that whatever arises within feels inadequate or not unique enough, things get suppressed and judged within that comparison cauldron. Stepping away from that, I find I rejoin the flow of creative possibilities with a sense of joy rather than lack.

The infinite game! How beautiful - nowhere to get to and nothing to strive for... as you said. And yet, things do arise, there is the impulse to create, to engage, to refine. 

Great article indeed Open! Interestingly I lately thought about posting something on ‘comparison’ and then it pops up here, I guess an invitation to actually write something about it. Like Jen I can see how I can easily get caught up in the comparison cauldron, making me feel inadequate. Interestingly, I realised that my comparisons mostly happen in relation to human relationships/community and that I don’t seem to care so much about looks, money or material things that others might have. It is always about how others seem to have more close and meaningful friendships, more happy family lives or a more supportive community around them, of course constantly projected at you through happy pictures with friends and family on (social) media (because who is bold enough to actually post their unhappy pictures there?). Probably these comparisons trigger a sense of loneliness. Though I realise that even before there was social media such comparisons were equally there, if only by people in a neighbourhood comparing who has the nicest car, house or garden..... 

The comparison does also happen here on the Openhand website, when reading people’s posts about their visions, dreams and insights, which I don’t get myself. My insight about the energy field mostly comes through physical discomfort and lots of yawning and purging air, without necessarily understanding what is going on and definitely not very glamorous…. My mind can reason all the logic of the infinite game, yet there is still a part of me that focuses on the finite accomplishments in relation or comparison to others. The sense I get is that there is something about being left behind for not being able to keep up with others or not fitting in ‘spiritually’, hence the desire for these finite accomplishments to make sure I won't be left behind. For some reason what comes up as I am writing this is ‘Noah’s Ark’, no idea why. Without a religious upbringing, I don’t even know what the exact story about that is, other than a boat with animals Grinmacing

P.S. In relation to Simon Sinek and relationships, I recently came across the following video from him, which is also worth watching. 

What a brilliant article Open and an empowering video too. It feels so timely that I have been stuck in the comparison game and feeling of inadequacy for a couple of days and there has been some breakthrough and realization plus I saw am important dream yesterday. 

In the dream I'm playing a game with some kids and this little girl tries to outdo me. Later when I confront her, I learn that she is under so much of pain because of the lack of a father and love and hence trying to fill it with accomplishment. That's when my brother comes to the picture and we try to outdo each other. What a game. Ofcourse all of it is me!

When I look at my path of realization, I could safely say that I'm being more of me each day. Sometimes it's not clear  yet when I look back it's obvious. But at each boulder theres something for me to compare to as I'm bringing this finite game to the infinite. If it'd not spiritual, then maybe its looking at the resources others have or the experiences they build. It's gets triggered mostly when I'm at place of uncertainity and I don't know which way to go, how to be independent and make a living. In a 3D sense it looks like it's all going backwards. Nothibg is guaranteed and it may not be linear. But what's there is a trust somehwhere deep inside that no matter what happens, there will be support.

Like you said, it's a relief to get out from the finite game atleast once in a while.

Vimal 

Thanks for sharing Jen - you've always carried a unique and special energy to me! The Sun Emoji

Hi Marije, this stood out...

My mind can reason all the logic of the infinite game, yet there is still a part of me that focuses on the finite accomplishments in relation or comparison to others

Let's look for the truth in every distortion. Finite accomplishments are like steps on the infinite journey. The invitation is to take each step, because that's where we get the experience and growth. Without them, the tendency is to slip into complacency and inertia. Actually I think it's fine to look at what others are doing - especially those drawn to your landscape. Just to look for how that relates into your own particular journey - you're looking for resonances, not exact reflections - that's where the distortion hooks in. Slightly Smiling

Vimal - of course! "Everything I see is a reflection of me". Great that you see it!

Love to all

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