The Game of Life and How to Play It- Chapter 1: The Game

Resources mentioned in this week’s episode include:

Florence Scovel Shinn (Author of The Game of Life and How to Play It)
Florence Scovel Shinn

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.” p. 7

“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 imagining faculty plays a leading part in the game of life.” p. 7

“The imagination has been called, “The Scissors of the Mind,” and it is every 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.” p. 8

“There are three departments of the mind, the subconscious, conscious and superconscious. The subconscious, is simply power, without direction. Whatever man feels deeply or images clearly, is impressed upon the subconscious mind, and carried out in minutest detail.” p. 8

“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.” p. 9

“The superconscious 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.” p. 9

“There is a perfect picture of this in the superconscious 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.” p. 9

“This shows the law of substitution. A right idea was substituted for a wrong one, therefore there was no loss or sacrifice involved.” p. 10

“Intuition means, intuition, or to be taught from within.” p. 11

“Infinite Intelligence, God, is ever ready to carry out man’s smallest or greatest demands.” p. 12

“When [we] can ‘wish without worrying,’ every desire will be instantly fulfilled.” p.13

“Fear is only inverted faith; it is faith in evil instead of good.” p. 13

“The object of the game of life is to see clearly one’s good and to obliterate all mental pictures of evil.” p.13

“Speak these words aloud, with power and conviction: “I now smash and demolish (by my spoken word) every untrue record in my subconscious mind. They shall return to the dust-heap of their native nothingness, for they came from my own vain imaginings. I now make my perfect records through the Christ within – The records of Health, Wealth, Love and perfect self-Expression.” p. 14

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