School of Life, Play of Light


As powerful and immortal spiritual beings, we have infinite choices for experience in the vast playground of the multiverse. Some of us may enter into human bodies and fuse with them for the lifespan of the bio-vehicle in order to experience human life and all its challenges, as a way to test ourselves and gather experiences that we can then take back to our soul group, or family, and thus increase the “data base” of the whole.

Each family has a particular character, or vocation, so to speak. For example, some groups are directed towards science, some towards healing, some towards political matters, and some towards arts and creative expression, just to name a few. There are innumerable groups. Each one of us is like a cell in the body of our group, and each group in turn is like a cell in a larger spiritual body. These immense bodies are cells within an even vaster mystical body, and this goes on beyond the comprehension of the human mind in a perfection and harmonious pattern that is too marvelous for words!

Each individual cell returns again and again to incarnations in challenging realms such as this one here, refining their illumination over and again until their light outshines the veils of delusion, and there is no longer any need to appear on these humble stages for oneself, but only for the group’s elevation, insuring that not one family member is left behind.

The more experienced among us choose the most difficult lives (knowing that they are not actually “real”) because we seek increasingly more demanding challenges. As the great Chan master Hsu Yun advised, “Welcome hardship more than you welcome ease. Hardship will present you with challenges, and it is in overcoming these obstacles, that you will develop character and skill. Challenges are our greatest teachers.”

As it so happens, we all participated in the design of our present lives while we were in-between incarnational adventures. We are fascinated to discover how we will react to all the various experiences that come with being human, in the same way that those who play video games enter into difficult situations in order to test their ability to take on various challenges and increase their gaming skills.

Another way to regard this adventure might be in terms of costume changes. We like to try on different costumes, different self-images, to see how they fit. Eventually, we find that none of them are permanent, so we resume our natural nakedness. It’s all fun, like playing dress-up. None of the costumes were “wrong”, it’s just that we tend to identify with them and forget that we are not the costume, no matter how appealing or interesting or glamorous or even raggedy it might appear. We came here to try on the human costume, which includes a lot of wardrobe changes in the process.

In any case, we are progressing into light and even more light. However, true “enlightenment” is far beyond our ken while we are temporarily immersed in the heavier densities of this human “amnesia”. The human vehicle itself could not bear the intensity. In this human form, we are greatly limited by the parameters of this realm, its frequency and vibration. For example, even in so-called phenomenal reality there is no actual physical substance (matter) — only levels, degrees, spectrums of light/waves, whose properties are hardly seen, and much less understood, by the human perception mechanism.

It is all a play of light. Light is literally the essence and constituent matter of our being, and as we attune to the vibration of the higher adaptations, so too the substance of our being expands, becoming less dense and reflecting more light. We express our own light. The light dwells within all of us as who we are, and all of us are known by our light. The greater the selflessness and illumination of our own being-ness, and the more positive our response to the higher frequencies of vibration, the purer and brighter is the light transmitted by us. The purer and stronger the light from each member of the family, or soul group, the greater is the advancement of the group soul towards the ultimate recognition that we collectively are Source Itself, playing the role of being separate individuals.

As Nanci Danison (who experienced what has been termed a “transcendental nde”) explained: “Most of us never realize we are Source pretending to be separate beings until we merge back into Source. We characters within Source’s mind continue to believe we are separate individuals even in the afterlife – for as long as we desire and /or resist knowing that we are actually Source. Once we become aware we are Source literally playing a character, the façade of a separate identity dissolves.”


The process of incarnating into these human forms creates a uniquely challenging circumstance in which we are faced with living with a dual nature. Unifying and illuminating this dual nature is rare, because it requires absolute humility, which few seem capable of in these times, coupled with a penetrating insight into the nature of the “bigger picture”, which is not quite as rare, but still rare enough.

This realm is indeed a virtual school, and a rather elementary one, in the scheme of the totality of universal manifestation. Mostly, we assume our roles on this current stage in order to learn how to behave in various situations. This involves developing a rudimentary form of integrity, achieved by inspecting and seeing through all human motives based on greed, envy, hatred, ignorance, and pride, for starters. When we have attained sufficient mastery of these basics, we become capable of love, real love, without conditions or self-interest, and this capacity demonstrates our fitness to move on to more advanced curriculums. In Buddhism, such an attainment might correspond to the rank of “Anagami”, or “non-returner”.

The human possibility is indeed a challenge — more so than most potential incarnational circumstances — and so provides an excellent classroom for our continuing edification. It attracts us because it is so different than what we truly are, and so beckons as a fascinating opportunity to deepen our self-awareness by discovering how we react in situations of conflict on a war-like planet. It is an educational opportunity in that regard for our soul evolution, but as long as we allow our human hosts to choose the option of violence, we will continue to return here until we finally are able to recognize the futility of that strategy.

Just as in a movie in which we might be fully identified, death may seem very real, but nobody actually dies. Nevertheless, we walk away affected by the drama we participated in, even though it was in reality just a play of light on a screen. In the process we might learn something important about “what we are made of”, and that’s what makes the adventure worthwhile.

Humans are selfish, violent animals, driven by emotions, cunning, and instinct. They use violence to protect themselves from real and imagined threats to their ability to get what they want, to amass wealth in its many forms, and to manipulate and exercise dominance over others. Each of us can allow human emotions and instincts to characterize our human experience, or strive to bring love into the equation, and thus magnify the light of our original and true nature.

We have the innate power to remember what and who we really are, and then compassionately control our human host’s actions, which requires a discipline that does not come naturally to humans. As the Dalai Lama noted: “The purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in our daily lives.”

Consequently, we must not only re-awaken to our true nature, but also learn how to embody that realization in our behavior and relationships. If we sit back and yield to the human instinct, there will be an inevitable result, and we will be perpetually drawn back for more and more tests, until we learn to do the right thing in each situation with which we are presented. That involves the direct and living recognition that love is all that matters. Having demonstrated our adaptation to and stabilization in the capacity to freely give and receive love (even in the midst of any and all circumstances), we are fit to “graduate”, but not until then.



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4 Responses to School of Life, Play of Light

  1. A says:

    Hmm .. Merci!

  2. Bob OHearn says:

    “Suffering is our best teacher because it hangs onto us and keeps us in its grip until we have learnt that particular lesson. Only then does suffering let go. If we haven’t learnt our lesson, we can be quite sure that the same lesson is going to come again, because life is nothing but an adult education class, If we don’t pass in any of the subjects, we just have to sit the examination again. Whatever lesson we have missed, we will get it again. That is why we find ourselves reacting to similar situations in similar ways many times.”

    ~ Ayya Khema, ‘Being Nobody, Going Nowhere’

  3. Bob OHearn says:

    Nisargadatta Maharaj: For anything to happen, the entire universe must coincide. It is wrong to believe that anything in particular can cause an event. Every cause is universal. Your very body would not exist without the entire universe contributing to its creation and survival. I am fully aware that things happen as they happen because the world is as it is. To affect the course of events I must bring a new factor into the world and such factor can only be myself, the power of love and understanding focussed in me.

    When the body is born, all kinds of things happen to it and you take part in them, because you take yourself to be the body. You are like the man in the cinema house, laughing and crying with the picture, though knowing fully well that he is all the time in his seat and the picture is but the play of light. It is enough to shift attention from the screen to oneself to break the spell. When the body dies, the kind of life you live now — succession of physical and mental events — comes to an end. It can end even now — without waiting for the death of the body — it is enough to shift attention to the Self and keep it there. All happens as if there is a mysterious power that creates and moves everything. realise that you are not the mover, only the observer, and you will be at peace.

    Q: Is that power separate from me?

    M: Of course not. But you must begin by being the dispassionate observer. Then only will you realise your full being as the universal lover and actor. As long as you are enmeshed in the tribulations of a particular personality, you can see nothing beyond it. But ultimately you will come to see that you are neither the particular nor the universal, you are beyond both. As the tiny point of a pencil can draw innumerable pictures, so does the dimensionless point of awareness draw the contents of the vast universe. Find that point and be free.

    Realize that your true nature is that of pure light only, and both the perceived and the perceiver come and go together. That which makes both possible, and yet is neither, is your real being, which means not being a ‘this’ or ‘that’, but pure awareness of being and not-being. When awareness is turned on itself, the feeling is of not knowing. When it is turned outward, the knowables come into being.

    ~From “I Am That”

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