The Game of Life and How to Play It HTML version
Chapter 1: The Game
Most people consider life a battle, but it is not a battle, it is a game. It is a game, however, which
cannot be played successfully without the knowledge of spiritual law, and the Old and the New
Testaments give the rules of the game with wonderful clearness. Jesus Christ taught that it was a
great game of Giving and Receiving. Whatsoever a man sow that shall he also reap. This means
that whatever man sends out in word or deed, will return to him; what he gives, he will receive.
If he gives hate, he will receive hate; if he gives love, he will receive love; if he gives criticism, he will
receive criticism; if he lies he will be lied to; if he cheats he will be cheated. We are taught also, that the
imaging faculty plays a leading part in the game of life. This means that what man images, sooner or later
externalizes in his affairs, I know of a man who feared a certain disease. It was a very rare disease and
difficult to get, but he pictured it continually and read about it until it manifested in his body, and he died,
the victim of distorted imagination.
So we see, to play successfully the game of life, we must train the imaging faculty. A person with an
imaging faculty trained to image only good, brings into his life "every righteous desire of his heart" -
health, wealth, love, friends, perfect self-expression, his highest ideals. The imagination has been called,
"The Scissors of The Mind," and it is ever cutting, cutting, day by day, the pictures man sees there, and
sooner or later he meets his own creations in his outer world. To train the imagination successfully, man
must understand the workings of his mind. The Greeks said: "Know Thyself."
There are three departments of the mind, the subconscious, conscious and super conscious. The
subconscious, is simply power, without direction. It is like steam or electricity, and it does what it is
directed to do; it has no power of induction. Whatever man feels deeply or images clearly, is impressed
upon the subconscious mind, and carried out in minutest detail. For example: a woman I know, when a
child, always "made believe" she was a widow. She "dressed up" in black clothes and wore a long black
veil, and people thought she was very clever and amusing. She grew up and married a man with whom
she was deeply in love. In a short time he died and she wore black and a sweeping veil for many years.
The picture of herself as a widow was impressed upon the subconscious mind, and in due time worked
itself out, regardless of the havoc created.
The conscious mind has been called mortal or carnal mind. It is the human mind and sees life as it
appears to be. It sees death, disaster, sickness, poverty and limitation of every kind, and it impresses the
subconscious. The super conscious mind is the God Mind within each man, and is the realm of perfect
ideas. In it, is the "perfect pattern" spoken of by Plato, The Divine Design; for there is a Divine Design
for each person.
There is a place that you are to fill and no one else can fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do."
There is a perfect picture of this in the super conscious mind. It usually flashes across the conscious as an
unattainable ideal - "something too good to be true." In reality it is man's true destiny (or destination)
flashed to him from the Infinite Intelligence which is within himself. Many people, however, are in
ignorance of their true destinies and are striving for things and situations which do not belong to them,
and would only bring failure and dissatisfaction if attained.
For example: A woman came to me and asked me to "speak the word" that she would marry a certain man
with whom she was very much in love. (She called him A. B.)