Today we ask that you stop strategizing and playing games.

Games can be fun, to be sure.  But there is a certain kind of consciousness that perceives life itself as a kind of game to be played — one in which there are winners, and losers.

According to the rules of this game, life’s winners are those who accrue the most wealth, power, status, and fame.

The losers are the opposite: poor, powerless, and unknown.

Many people spend their whole lives playing this game.  Strategizing about how they will reach the next level in the hierarchy, the next rung on the ladder.

This is a terrible, tragic waste of energy.

If you assembled a group of the so-called “winners” of this game, you would be very shocked to witness how unhappy these people are.  Far from feeling a sense of peace or accomplishment in their “winning” status, such people live in constant terror of losing their little heaps of gold and prizes.  They are paranoid, and often rather vicious, the way threatened animals are vicious.  They are addicted to “winning,” and suffer terribly if they do not continually expand their fortunes.

If you looked into the eyes of many of these “winners,” you would see terror, and confusion.

They are right to be afraid.  For of course it is inevitable that they will lose their treasures.  Sickness or old age will defeat them.  A famous person today may be unknown twenty years from now — or in even less time.  

Meanwhile, it is entirely possible to be happy in this life.

But you’ll never get there through strategy and game-playing.

That game cannot be won.  The only way to win it is to refuse to play.

It is only when you let go of strategizing and craving what you do not have, that true peace is possible.

On the whole, it is much easier for the world’s so-called “losers” to find peace than the “winners.”  Often, when you have nothing left to lose, you have everything to gain.

This is not to say that wealth is a problem.  Wealth is a form of energy, and it can be used to create great good in the world.

But this can only happen if wealth is freed from its traditional role as a score-keeping device in the game.

The game is insidious.  It is everywhere in your reality.  Almost everyone is taught to play this game, from an early age.  It is a cause of terrible misery and suffering in your world.

Games can and should be fun.  They should not be taken seriously.  But most people do not know how to play the Status Game without taking it very seriously indeed.  

Only when you no longer are attached to outcome can you truly have fun playing a game.

So until you are no longer attached to outcome, it is wise to refrain from game-playing.

You will never find peace or joy playing the Status Game.  

The joy of life is your birthright.  It cannot be won or lost.