I wonder whether most people are who they most want to be, and how many, if given the opportunity, would make or take a change?
Making space for change is one of the most precious things we can give to another. That a person is not judged or condemned, but given an opportunity to be their higher Self can be one of the most beautiful ways for allowing a life to be open and become.
People of peace are important members of the WE story. When we come to one another in peace, we are exploring what can be when both or all exist as their highest Self.* Peace is not only the absence of judgement and conflict, but the presence of hopeful and imaginative possibility.
‘I saw that if we describe revenge, greed, pride, dear, and self-righteousness as the villains – and people as the hope – we will come together to create possibility.’**
None of us want these “villains” to be part of our lives. Allowing everyone the possibility of evicting their villains is an attitude of the infinite player, who wants as many as possible to play the game for as long as possible – the game is everything, and the game is about you and me becoming more than what we are doing:
‘Finite players play within boundaries, infinite player play with boundaries.’^
I find myself thinking of Michelangelo’s incomplete prisoners or slaves residing in Florence’s Academie Gallery, wrestling to be free from the marble they are being carved from. And I think of the Christian apostle Paul writing to baby communities of believers in the city of Colossae, encouraging them to wear different clothes, except these clothes are kindness, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love.
We do not know what we are capable of. Every day, we are still searching for the best things to wear, our best Self.
(*The Hebrew shalom is richer than the Vulcan “Live long and prosper,” as it contains within it the hope for all we are and have and relate and touch to prosper.)
(**Roz Zander in Rosamund and Benjamin Zander’s The Art of Possibility.)
(From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.)