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by Jayne Johnson

One of the elements of life is motion. Despite any “evidence” to the contrary, each individual is moving and is either spiraling upwards or spiraling downwards. Each person is going somewhere, i.e., headed in a particular direction.

Lawrence West, author of Understanding Life, once said that there is no bottom – the downward spiral is infinite. He also said there is no top – the upward spiral is infinite.

To be spiraling upwards, that “somewhere” you are heading toward should be of your choosing; otherwise, life itself will send you somewhere, and that somewhere may not be where you want to go!

Therefore, taking responsibility for and consciously choosing your direction, and then moving along on that path, in that direction, is a key to being, doing and having what you want in life.


In order to make your choice consciously, responsibly, and successfully, a key question is, “What game are you playing?” [This question is part of a process called Vital Fundamental Process One, created by Alan Walter. It is a simple yet powerful process that raises your mood level and causes you to realize that, as a spiritual being, you are huge!].

Since the word game sometimes has negativity associated with it, one which might connote conning, tricking, deceiving, manipulating, etc., please read the definitions of game below:

GAME: n. 1. A way of amusing oneself, a posture, diversion. 2. A competitive event that is located on a playing field, that contains rules and regulations, players and opponents, freedoms and barriers, and a way of scoring which gives you winners and losers. A game has a purpose which is achieved by players and would include the skills necessary to play the game. – The Paradigm Matrix Book, by Alan C. Walter

In reading definition 2., your attention may have gotten stuck on “a way of scoring which gives you winners and losers.” From a spiritual or metaphysical (beyond the physical) viewpoint, there are no losers, and the optimum, the ideal, would be “win/win.” Right!

However, life on planet Earth encompasses, in fact, a physical element. “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience,” as the quotation goes. By implication this means we are having a human experience; and, the human experience has games, and by definition, would include opponents.

Do you have children? If so, one of your games might be “The Parent Game.” As a parent, have you ever encountered some person, perhaps a teacher, school principal, your child’s playmate, or another parent, who has wronged your child in some way? Think about your response to that situation, and you might find that you considered that person to be an opponent, whether you used that exact word or not, and likewise, that other person was treating both you and your child as opponents. Not only did you see that person as an opponent, but you wanted to win, you wanted that person to lose, and you did everything in your power to protect your child by making sure you won.

Consider the romantic relationships you’ve had. You might label them all as part of “The Relationship Game” or “The Romance Game.” In those relationships, have you ever had a mate or partner who fought you, argued with you, made you wrong, invalidated or criticized you? Have you ever participated in the argument, fought back, defended yourself? Who hasn’t?! If we use the precise terminology, we would say that, in those instances, we perceived that person as an “opponent.”

Were this not so, it would be an entirely different world. This is not about right or wrong. It just is what it is.

Obviously, this is not the ideal way of conducting a relationship, but it is part of reality on this planet, and far better to tell the truth about it than to be sporting a set of blinders.

The good news is, being able to see that viewpoint that opponents are inherent in these Earth-Life Games immediately gives us the space to choose to play differently, to play win/win, and that is the BIG GAME.

The BIG GAME is about playing Earth-Life Games from outside that context; that is, playing them from the perspective that you are a spiritual being, and as such, are only interested in win/win.


WORTHINESS OF GAME: Basically, this is how much good or help does what you do in life produce? – Knowledgism Dictionary, by Alan C. Walter

One key to success, then, is to know what game(s) you are playing. Are they worthy games? Do they contribute to yourself and others? Are you moving in the direction of playing games that are win/win?

It is also important to know, to BE AWARE, that you are playing a particular game. For example, about 8 years ago I was processing a client who told me that a game she was playing was one she called “Seeker.”

I continued to run the process, and suddenly she had a life-changing realization! She realized that she had been playing the “Seeker” game for years but had not been playing the “Finder” game! The game she was playing of “Seeker” was one she had never clearly defined for herself and had therefore been keeping herself, unconsciously, in a never-ending loop of always seeking but never finding what she was looking for!

This woman realized that, although the game “Seeker” was a worthy game, the game “Seeker and Finder” was far more worthy, as it was so much more helpful, to herself and others.

It is this kind of subtle, “hidden information” that can utterly stop you cold from ever attaining your goals, dreams and aspirations. The purpose of processing and training is to find these hidden caches of non-supportive data and bring them to the light of day, which allows you to consciously inspect them, determine if you want to keep them or delete them.


GAME MAKER: Someone who is willing to create original games and help others create and own their own games. Willing to assist ALL other game makers win at their games. Able to co-create to enhance ALL Game Owners and Game Players. Is an active participant, not a spectator. Willing to be responsible for all parts of the game, with the ability to observe non-optimum conditions and writing up a full handling and hatting solution to the non-optimum condition so that it moves up scale to an optimum condition. – Knowledgism Dictionary, by Alan C. Walter

Robert Kiyosaki personifies a true “game maker,” to the point of actually having created a real board game, the Cashflow Game. The purpose of the Cashflow game (and the Cashflow for Kids game) is to help other people, of all ages, to win, be financially literate, and be out of the Rat Race and on to the Fast Track. In creating the Cashflow game, he created an “original game that helps others to create and own their own games.”

In addition to the board games, Robert has written books which have sold well over 13 million copies worldwide. Those books also offer people the opportunity to create and own their own worthy games that contribute to others.

Robert’s creations, co-created with his wife Kim and partner, Sharon Lechter, as well as his Rich Dad staff and team, together represent a huge game, global in magnitude, that improves the lives of millions of people.


You may be inclined to think that, in order to be a Game Maker, you have to write a best-selling book, create a board game or something else of comparative size. Don’t compare yourself, your talents, abilities and skills or your aspirations to anyone else!

A loving parent is a Game Maker. A good teacher is a Game Maker. An honest business partner, a loyal mate, a true-blue friend – anyone who supports another or others in having what they want – can be a Game Maker.

The issue is not what anyone else is doing. The issue is, what are you doing and what do you want to be doing?


On one of his tapes Alan Walter says something to the effect that “if a person is struggling, they are not playing a big enough game.”

That statement stops the mind’s machinery immediately! Not playing a BIG enough game?! The mind wants to say, “if a person is struggling, they are playing too big a game and had better downsize and play a smaller one.”

Let your innate knowingness override what appears to be “logical” and see for yourself. A big enough game is one that is worthy, to you. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about it. It’s a game that is worthy to you and big enough for you.

It is also one that stretches your paradigm, your context, sometimes to a very uncomfortable point. It’s the one that’s hard to confront, that scares you sometimes, the one you want to go for but the mind chatters at you incessantly that you might fail, it’s risky, you can’t do it, it’s impossible, etc.

Those are the times to tell your mind, “Thank you for sharing” and then proceed with the bigger game you want to play. That is the game that ultimately will bring you the most joy, success and peace of mind. That is the game that contributes the most to everyone. You may have your struggles as you play it, but the satisfaction of being big and playing big far outweighs the challenges and discomforts.


So, you are in motion. You are headed somewhere. Knowing what game(s) you are playing is of vital importance. Knowing your purpose(s) underlying those games is of vital importance. Once you know that information, it is vital that you find out what your next step is and then take it.

When you know what your next step is, and you don’t take it but instead sit in limbo, waiting for something to happen, something will happen, but it may not be something you want to have happen. Sitting in limbo and waiting is being at effect instead of being causative. When we know our next step and don’t take it, we are inclined to beat ourselves up. It is when we play small that we detest ourselves – that is the worst pain of all.

You can prove this to yourself easily by just thinking of a time in your life when you knew what you should do next, yet hesitated. You were standing on a ledge, with a sign posted that read, “Leap of Faith – Jump Here.” And you stood there staring at that sign, knowing what you thought you should do but afraid to do it. We’ve all been there.

Being afraid or hesitating is not wrong, and taking huge leaps of faith is not always the wisest move.

So choose the “right” next step. Make your next step the proper gradient. You don’t have to jump off a mountain. Make your next step easily attainable and then take it. The win of that accomplishment gives you more life force particles and more self-esteem, which makes your next step easier, and the next and the next.

Then, you are consciously in motion. You are moving, and moving in the direction you want to go – in an upward spiral.