Versus

All the world’s a…game:
Our society is built upon a foundation of competition.  When we are born, we inherit generations of history lived habitually through cultural integration, relativity, co-dependence and survival.  These are the driving forces that ultimately impose the course of our lives even before we are conscious and present to their gravity and influence.  The more we live our lives, the more we are conditioned and assimilated onto the terrestrial chessboard.  Most of us remain oblivious to the fact that we are incorporated into it, let alone understand the elusive and variable rules of the game.

We are livestock in a global farm.  We are raised and programmed to compete with each other in the grand game of “life.”  Everyday we go through the motions of playing a role to which we adopt and comply.  Our experience upon this earth has and is massively manipulated.  It pits us against our fellow human being in a commonly accepted and dysfunctional community called “society.”  This distracts and amuses us away from obtaining the vision, intention and purpose to establish our calling and create our destiny.

Competition is everywhere, in everyone and in everything.  It begins for most of us at an early age in the mandatory educational system.  We are integrated into classes that signify the degree of our assimilation, comprehension and social programming.  It is then we encounter one of the greatest and most effective stimuli of opposition, sports.  This influence impacts the many facets of our lives.  Through them, we are introduced to dependency, aggression, involvement, and contention.  Spectator sports provide the vicarious thrill of victory and the inevitable agony of defeat.

“War is the ultimate expression of competition…someone wins and someone loses.  We even pray to God to favor our side for “victory.” – Laura Saums

Choosing Sides:
Our participation in the game begins when we enroll and engage by taking a side.  It may be in our selection of a political candidate or party, a spiritual leader or religion, an athlete or sports team or a product or its corporation.  This false choice ushers us into a realm of vicious cycles and endless sparring.  We become conditioned into believing this cutthroat custom is the meaning of life.  We develop an attachment and addiction to this lifestyle.  The fix to the craving is that someone must win while many others must lose.  This approach to life sacrifices our creativity, potential, individuality and spirit.

Once we have drawn the line in our proverbial sand, we further entrench our heels in deeper with our egotistical projections.  Our arrogance, self-righteousness, defensiveness, blind faith and fear constructs the wall around us.  We are eventually isolated from the way society and the world really is.  We become seduced and ensnared within our personal fantasies, simulated security, hollow professional accomplishments and imitated existence.  With every anxious and oblivious breath we take we give away our personal power, possibility, purpose and destiny.

“Competition only leads to destruction.  Whereas amity leads to creation.”

Inner Contest:
In order for us to identify, understand and transcend the competition that motivates, influences and imprisons us, we need to discover its origin.  As it is with every element in our experience of life, it must first exist within us before it is brought into our lives.  We are blinded by the drama of social reaction.  We fail to see our possibility, claim our intention, establish our truth, and express our purpose when we are drawn into the elaborate, two-dimensional web of opposition.  We become so enamored with the game, we relinquish our reason, sensibilities, enlightened emotions and intuitive potential.

It is extremely difficult to create the necessary energetic containment, balance and expression within to transcend reality.  We are constantly provoked, stimulated and influenced by the illusory life of yes and no, up and down, right and left, back and forth, day and night and dark and light.  The more we engage in the energetic vortex of competition, the less likely we are to experience not just the truth of our lives, yet also the truth of ourselves.  When we are immersed in the chaos, drama and synthetic excitement of contest, we sentence ourselves to a life of division and defeat.

This begins and ends within each of us.  As aggressive as we are in our daily lives is as much or even more of how we are with ourselves.  All of us are our most bitter rivals.  When we are sparring with others it is a reflection of how we are relating to ourselves.  What is ultimately both challenging and intimidating is observing and accepting how unconscious we are of the competition we hold with ourselves.   We are always at war within.  When we are oblivious to our inner dysfunction, we surrender our attention, focus, awareness and energy.

Transcending the Game:
For many, life is simply a game.  The design of this game is always the same.  There is engagement, participation, drama, trends, successes, failures and outcomes.  We deceive ourselves into believing that there is nothing more important or worthy of our time.  It becomes our sole purpose of existence.  How we participate often determines our personal, professional and social worth.  We are so driven and obsessed by it we become slaves to its strategy and agenda.  The thrill of the game far outweighs the essential need for an intentional, empowering and fulfilling life.

We are all addicts of the game.  We compete against ourselves with unrealistic ideals, unreasonable expectations and impossible aspirations.  We are distracted from the possibilities, purpose and destiny that originally inspired our engagement in our lives.  There is always a steep price to be paid when we play a game that readily devours our vision, confidence, imagination and inspiration.  We willingly sacrifice the greatest aspects of our lives and ourselves to contend for the mirage of our heart and soul’s desire.  When we “win” the game, the victory is fleeting, lonesome and artificial.

It is virtually impossible to compete with others.  Every person is different based upon his or her social environment, upbringing, family dynamic, inspiration and quality of life.  Yet, we are constantly provoked and conditioned into vying for achievements, assets and greed instead of creativity, illumination and community.  Competing against our selves within the confines of reality is just another artificial endeavor.  It is a simulated lifestyle of civilizing ourselves at the cost of our consciousness, unity, love and destiny.  Freedom, wisdom and enlightenment are experienced when we refuse to comply.  The game is not only fixed, it is an illusion.  Transcending it is the only way we all truly win.

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Awaken

“Don’t you get tired?  Aren’t you fed up?  Pushing the agenda for the higher ups.

Could you be wise?  Won’t you be free?  Living an illusion for this fantasy…”

The Viral Man:

Since the first footprint left by the earliest civilizations, mankind has always sought, fought, built and destroyed to leave its signature.  Its very existence has become an antithesis of nature.  Its mind has made it such that the natural world is something to be conquered to measure its success, progress and worth.  Generation after generation has sparred with everything it has perceived to be a threat and challenge to its survival.  Monuments have been crafted to represent the artificial power, might and wisdom mankind has stolen from nature and manipulated with its timeless arrogant desires.

The natural world and all of its mysteries, wonders, majesty and life is simply not enough in its true, raw and rugged expression to satisfy mankind’s desires.  It had to remove, dissect, deconstruct, diminish and destroy nature in order to examine and exploit it.  Nature’s resources were extracted, altered, manipulated, boiled, burned and exhausted at an astronomical rate.  Whole ecosystems were sacrificed upon the altar of mankind’s progress, convenience, industry and wealth.  It gradually placed itself in the center of the cycle of life as it imprisoned the world with its greed, selfishness and insatiable hunger.

There is one term that best symbolizes what mankind’s reality has done to the Earth, “virus.”  It is interesting how viruses seem to originate and localize around human life.  It is vital to acknowledge and accept that viruses are a product and expression of the human race.  The very nature of a virus correlates so perfectly with mankind that the two have become synonymous with each other in life and in death.  Our toxicity as a species has reached a degree to which we have become a contagion.   This infection has wiped out civilizations, ecosystems and environments with war, disease, famine and human refuse.

“Cast your chaos to the rising tide.  Time to be present to the fear inside.

Kingdoms will rise.  Kingdoms will fall.  Truth is eternal when we heed the call…”

Society of Illusions:

There is nothing more devastating to a culture than the greed that corrupts it.  We can see it everywhere in our daily lives when we choose.  Advertisements, television programs, celebrities, professional athletes, politicians and even religious and spiritual organizations fall prey to it.  The mentality of excess has woven its way into the very roots of our society.  It has polluted our compassion, good will and need with vanity, self-righteousness and want.  It is much more than just a chosen way of life for those with the means.  It has become an entitlement that costs many the quality of life for the benefit of the few.

We were all born into a life of illusion.  Even before we breached the birth canal of our mothers, the wool was pulled over our eyes.  Our development through educational, religious and social institutions further indoctrinated and assimilated us into a reality of lies.  We were harnessed at an early age with a burdened inheritance of mere survival in a society designed to continually oppose us at every turn.  The machinery of reality persistently strips us of our free thought, emotion and creative expression, as we are bombarded with the many facets of conformity.  Ultimately, the harsh conditions of living in the contemporary world condition us into a lifestyle of apathy, denial, disinterest, cynicism and acquiescence.

“Will we pretend?  Are we asleep?  Hiding in the shadows from the fears we keep.

Will we arise?  Can we amend?  All that has fallen at the hand’s of men…”

Turning the Tide:

As diabolical as mankind’s global agenda may be, it is fragile and vulnerable to downfall.  Each one of us enables the chains of our daily slavery to society and its reality.  It is a vampire that takes everything we bring to it and provides little to nothing in return.  Yet we continue to feed this monster.  We crawl through the wreckage of our broken dreams, shattered imaginations and forgotten possibilities to prove our worth to a careless and clueless society.  As we weather the storms of our lives, we retreat to the false comfort and security of our abodes seeking fulfillment from entertainment and amusement.

There is a “breakthrough” point that occurs from either being enraged or inspired.  Many that are moved by anger tend to lash out in protest and become ensnared in the trappings of our totalitarian society. When we express ourselves negatively, we will always attract an equivalent outcome.  Authoritarian figures rely upon rebellion so that they may deal with dissidents with force, inequality and injustice.  It is used as a weapon to amend and enact laws and implement social regulations and restrictions to restrain and bury human creativity, consciousness and enlightenment.  Revolutions that were once loud, chaotic and unpredictable must now be silent, gradual and focused.

Contemporary society primarily continues to do the same thing in the same way over and over again expecting a different result.  The human life experience in many ways is a lifestyle of lunacy.  Our tendency as a society is to exist in a myriad of vicious cycles that keeps us in a perpetual state of drama, confusion, indifference, irresponsibility and duplicity.  When we blindly and defiantly defend our positions, we further entrench ourselves into our social captivity.  The human prison may be engineered and maintained by a select and secret few, yet it is we who allow ourselves to be enslaved daily with our participation and our choices or lack thereof.

“Cast your darkness to the rising sun.  Time to awaken for we are the ones

Nations will rise.  Nations will fall.  Life is eternal when we live for all.”

– Iam (lyrics from my original song “Awaken.”)

Awaken:

The human race as a whole has been asleep for a good portion of its existence.  The elements of our slumber have been our perceptions, opinions, intelligence, denial, self-righteousness and selfishness.  These are the bars of our personal imprisonment.  The accumulation and development of these qualities that “mature” our personalities are the very things that prevent us from becoming who we are truly meant to be.  In our attempt to belong to the society in which we exist, we automatically and willingly surrender our personal truth, power, purpose, consciousness and amity.  We turn our backs on ourselves.

Every day is an opportunity for us to choose to live a conscious life.  The more we create this possibility, the more we establish this reality, the more human beings will contribute to the communal awareness.  This is happening now.  We need to come together to be our fullest expression of being as a global family.  This is how it is in spirit.  No one else can create, establish or contribute our expression in this universal destiny.  When we choose to live our truth, creativity, imagination, ahimsa (non-violence) and kindness, we will transform ourselves and ultimately the world.

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