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The Game of Life AND how to play it
Florence Scovel Shinn


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Every man on this planet is taking his initiation in Love. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another.” Ouspensky states, in “Tertium Organum,” that “love is a cosmic phenomenon,” and opens to man the fourth dimensional world, “The World of the Wondrous.”


Real Love is selfless and free from fear. It pours itself out upon the object of its affection, without demanding any return. Its joy is in the joy of giving. Love is God in manifestation, and the strongest magnetic force in the universe. Pure, unselfish love draws to itself its own; it does not need to seek or demand. Scarcely anyone has the faintest conception of real love. Man is selfish, tyrannical or fearful in his affections, thereby losing the thing he loves. Jealousy is the worst enemy of love, for the imagination runs riot, seeing the loved one attracted to another, and invariably these fears objectify if they are not neutralized.


For example: A woman came to me in deep distress. The man she loved had left her for another woman, and said he never intended to marry her. She was torn with jealousy and resentment and said she hoped he would suffer as he had made her suffer; and added, “How could he leave me when I loved his so much?”


I replied, “You are not loving that man, you are hating him,” and added, “You can never receive what you have never given. Give a perfect love and you will receive a perfect love …”



My friends, 

The first time I read this I read that far and almost fell over. First I couldn’t believe it – she was describing my situation! Next, I realized that I was selfish and fearful and jealous! All those behaviors were running my Love life (or lack thereof.) 

Finally – what did I realize? I didn’t know if I could give – be that kind of Love. What she describes in detail seemed pretty out there. Since I was already losing – I had nothing more to lose by experimenting  – trying out what she teaches in her book.  I am so glad I did & a big thank you to my friend Russ who insisted I read this. 

If you do nothing, read nothing else in 2006 be sure to get this book - The Game of Life and read this chapter on Love – read it often. 

To your Love!  Viveca

P.S. As Florence Scovel Shinn says ... "Our ship comes in over a calm sea." So will your Love ...

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