Can You Play The Master Game?

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This is from the “Peaceful Warrior” These are POWERFUL words about The Master Game.

Master Game
The Master Game

by Robert S. DeRopp
published 1989

Seek, above all, for a game worth playing. Such is the advice of the oracle to modern man. Having found the game play it with intensity – play as if your life and sanity depended on it. (They do depend on it.) Follow the example of the French existentialists and flourish a banner bearing the word “engagement.” Though nothing means anything and all roads are marked “no exit,” yet move as if your movements had some purpose. If life does not seem to offer a game worth playing, then invent one. For it must be clear, even to the most clouded intelligence, that any game is better than no game.

But although it is safe to play the Master Game, this has not served to make it popular. It still remains the most demanding and difficult of games and in our society, there are few who play. Contemporary man, hypnotized by the glitter of his own gadgets, has little contact with his inner world, concerns himself with outer, not inner space. but the Master Game is played entirely in the inner world, a vast and complex territory about which men know very little. The aim of the game is true awakening, full development of the powers latent in man. The game can be played only by people whose observations of themselves and others have led them to a certain conclusion, namely, that man’s ordinary state of consciousness, his so-called waking state, is not the highest level of consciousness of which he is capable. In fact, this state is so far from real awakening that it could appropriately be called a form of somnambulism, a condition of “waking sleep.”

Once a person has reached this conclusion, he is no longer able to sleep comfortably. A new appetite develops within him, the hunger for real awakening, for full consciousness. He realized that he sees, hears, and knows only a tiny fraction of what he could see, hear and know, that he lives in the poorest, shabbiest of the rooms in his inner dwelling, and that he could enter other rooms, beautiful and filled with treasures, the windows of which look out on eternity and infinity.

The solitary player lives today in a culture that is more or less totally opposed to the aims he has set himself, that does not recognize the existence of the Master Game, and regards players of this game as queer or slightly mad. The player thus confronts great opposition from the culture in which he lives and must strive with forces which tend to bring his game to a halt before it has even started. Only by finding a teacher and becoming part of the group of pupils that that teacher has collected about him can the player find encouragement and support. Otherwise he simply forgets his aim, or wanders off down some side road and loses himself.

Here it is sufficient to say that the Master Game can NEVER be made easy to play.

It demands all that a man has, all his feelings, all his though, his entire resources, physical and spiritual. If he tries to play it in a halfhearted way or tries to get results by unlawful means, he runs the risk of destroying his own potential. For this reason it is better not to embark on the game at all than to play it halfheartedly.

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5 thoughts on “Can You Play The Master Game?

  1. Great post, Raena! I really like what this post has to say about what happens when we start to awaken to things that we have never seen before. To me, the thing that is more amazing isn’t so much the new discomfort from the status quo, but how the status quo could’ve ever been so powerful in the first place.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Steve,

      I want to tell you, if I haven’t already that I want to thank you for being my first commentator on my blog when it came into existence in February! I remember how thrilled I was that someone came by and left a comment! It’s humorous now, but it was serious business at the time. I didn’t understand what syndicating was or it’s significance at the time. We’ve learned a lot, haven’t we? That was during the TSA (Tribe Syndication Association) whirlwind…remember that? I didn’t know you at the time, but since then I have had the opportunity to visit your blog and understand your philosophies which I agree with. This Master Game article came from a post of one of my fellow TUG members (The Ultimate Game of Life-The 90 Day Challenge). Each one of us are moving towards this mentality and a lot of it runs parallel to Napoleon Hill (my favorite dude). There is something in this article for everyone! See you again!

      Raena Lynn

  2. Hello Raena

    The Masters Game (awakening consciousness)is a demanding game, but the results are more than worth the effort. If we would just stop and realize that our inner space is where life really takes place. The world puts so much emphasis on the outer things we become people ruled by circumstances. Because of the outer rule most never experience personal freedom. Enjoyed reading this inspiring post.

    Thanks

    Perry A Davis Jr
    Music City

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Perry,
      This article is incredible. I really wish I had written it but I didn’t. I was recently visiting Matt Geibs web site and he started a series on inner power and I couldn’t believe how close the article he was writing paralleled so closely with the “Master Game.” I liked your quote, “If we would just stop and realize that our inner space is where life really takes place.” It is brilliant!

      Raena Lynn

  3. Marc Korn says:

    Hey Raena,

    Great post and very thought provoking…people definitely tend to be creatures of habit and don’t like to venture outside of their comfort zone.

    That causes individuals to lose touch with their true belief system and the inner self that truly has the keys for unlocking the secrets to success.

    This article does a great job of pointing out the need for a true Mentor and mastermind group for the support and continued focus so that we commit to the task at hand consistently and fully.

    Keep inspiring us,
    Marc

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