The 9 play varieties are: move, music, chat, feel, art, imagine, touch, random, suspense. Rather these are the fun ‘nicknames’ i have given them. we will explore all of the categories of play in depth and how they relate to each other. you can categorize play types in many ways, i chose this way to show how different play types relate and intersect. play types are all different patterns of energy as perceived through different senses.
Each play variety has ‘flavors’ within that type. like red, blue, green, or fast, slow, jittery, or happy, sad, reminiscent. Normally i don’t think about play varieties while i am playing, i don’t categorize them, yet it can help to be aware of it before hand, like you have to plan or set up an environment where play can happen, you plan to not plan, that’s the sort of paradox or zen of it. it’s about taking it in, and then trusting your subconscious to do it all without having to think about it.
These categories are just base categories, like primary colors, there are countless secondary categories or even new categories you can create by combining and modifying the different play types. i’ve included many subcategories of play also. i numbered the play varieties to give them emphasis, but they have no order.
Attributes of Play
Before we start, these are some characteristics of play itself that apply to all types of play.
Play is an activity done primarily for enjoyment, yet can have huge productive and creative benefits. It’s about doing what contributes to our personal feeling of enjoyment much more then it is about impressing others with the most clever joke. And allowing the subtle energy of my enjoyment to become a force that benefits others too.
Play often involves something new, or something you haven’t done for a period of time. Play involves variety, more then repetition. Or even a new twist on something done before.
Play can be random. It needs no linear order or logic. Play usually involves a degree of randomness, choosing between equally appealing options for the sake of creative freedom and being unique. The freedom to be random is a big one we often lose sight of, allowing ourselves to be random liberates us, frees our natural need for movement in this moment we can’t take time to calculate or predict.
Play has a harmony or rhythm. It has many different ‘notes’ or actions, yet occasionally they will repeat, or return to a theme, to familiar ‘notes’ to from a ‘harmony’. a sense of familiarity. This is because play is constructive, not pure destructive chaos, it has an organic order or resonance.
Play involves two or more people or objects interacting. Person with person, person with object, person with person with object, etc.
Play is collaborate and constructive more then it is competitive or destructive.
Play builds into an energetic flow, play produces energy, and the benefit of this flow increase the longer it continues without interruption.
People and objects in our universe that do not play or move for too long will lose energy.
9 Varieties of Play
a sequence of sounds that repeat and vairry to from a melodic harmony, going all the way from the particle level, to creating waves of energy large enough to be heard by our ears and felt by multiple senses.
‘chat’ is the cutesie nickname i give it, but the meaning of this type of play is language and music. the word ‘chat’ implies a relaxed conversation. puzzles and games are similar in that they involve many combinations, like a code that can be put together in many ways, symbols that represent physical things and abstract concepts, the gateway to imagination.
games, card games, video games. using constraints can actually add to the freedom of the play experience in a paradoxical way. like creating ‘suspense’ makes the reward better often. games are a mixture of what i call puzzle, compete, and suspense play. there is some kind of specific objective and props involve that take it different places, produces a different experience then a conversation might go where the only limit is imagination. the quality of having different types of constrains, different rules, and different objectives is what makes each game fun and interesting.
Much of our human lives are already constrained with limits like gravity, or mortality, needing to eat sleep and work, so often we just want more time to let loose without rules, so that is why we have the other forms of play.
Imagine, to simulate reality or fantasy possibilities inside ones mind, believe it or not i find the mind can simulate and stimulate all these senses from inside itself, meaning, when the heart has absorbed enough energy, the mind can be like a virtual reality machine, creating experiences that feel almost repeal inside itself, like a dream, but with practice you can control your dreams, or even create something similar while you are awake. the power of imagination is a great tool for simulating reality, and it also has the power to imagine beyond reality, to explore things that ‘could be’ gaining types of freedom you body may not have.
Work Play/ Purpose Play, the play of making chores, the work you have to do (to keep society running) into fun, so you can enjoy them more and get through them easer, with energy to spare so you can enjoy the play of your choice afterward. in addition it’s always good to question which work you really do need to keep society running, and what is just ‘collective unconscious’ patterns of ‘false knowledge’ humans repeat in fear of not knowing what to do with their free time. this is a huge topic i will talk more about later. most ideally you can turn your work into your passion / vise versa, so the activities you love most are the activities that most benefit the world, that way you become like perpetual motion, creating and innovating in the world actually gives you energy, so you keep creating more and don’t run out (until your like 100 years old lol)
4) Take In,
feelings sensations and energy inside the body usually sparked by an outside person place thing, or a thought or another feeling inside the body itself. also sparked by visuals, sounds, smells, etc.
enjoying all the types of energies and sensations that happen inside your body while you play, often prompted by inspiration / sensation from the outside world, or also can be purely internal at times (like when you dream or close your eyes and ponder/feel)
this is the play of witnessing something, an event, a person, a thing, a place, a flower, a tree, the natural beauty of life and the world.. too often witnessing is seen as purely passive or uninvolved, witnessing is not given credit for the amount of activity that happens inside the body as we witness something that touches us emotionally. witnessing if a fundamental and underrated play type, that allows us to relax and receive energy for a change in a world that gets stuck in the mode of producing and giving, to point of self sacrifice. in witnessing or ‘take in’ play we receive and nourish the energies and needs of the body. take in play happens in conjunction with all the other types of play, we play with our bodies, interacting with the external world, and we feel something inside our bodies as we do this. and both the external and internal energetic reactions flow in and out together in a harmony, it is important that both happen together or felt in back and froth. often we get too focused on one or the other, just navel gazing internal reflection, or external people pleasing with a loss of our own emotions and relaxed self. we need to find the rhythm of both.
take in play is important, a huge category that is often overlooked, because it happens inside the body on an energetic level where our eyes can’t see it, it is primarily felt. and it is not selfish, it is essential in listening to people, fully ‘taking in’ what they are saying, and in our own well being. as they say ‘love yourself to love others’. this helps give a bit more description about the meaning of that phrase. play for me shows me ‘how’ to love myself. as well as receiving light energy, like sunlight, and biophotons, or residual human energy.
Share: sharing play is ‘take in’ or witnessing play that is shared by two people, also highly important bonding experience. to witness something together. such as we both went to the park, and we both witness the beauty of this same great tree, and saw the rare bird that landed on it.
listening is part of take in play, and is essential in conversation between people, while one person is speaking or engaging in language play, it is essential that the other person is doing ‘take in’ play, listening to what the first person is saying, visualizing it, taking it in, then the two people alternate roles. speaker becomes listener. giver becomes receiver. it is important that we listen or ‘take in’ the other persons story/ words in an enjoying way, this is not selfish, or slow, we must take our time to ‘take in’ what they say. the act of ‘take in’ is where we get our fuel for all the other types of expressive play. that silent witnessing is essential and not a passive un-outgoing trait. it is important that we ‘take in’ the persons story, not the words, but the essence of there story that we relate to, as they speak, and that we not worry about what our response will be, as people too often do when talking. people over focus on what their spoken response will be because we think the material outward play is all that matters, we don’t see that feeding the internal energy body with deep listening, pausing, relaxing, is -equally- essential. conversation thrives when we alternate between ‘take in’ listening to the persons story, or ‘verse’ as i call it, -and- then moving to language play / music play, play you speak and express with you body,
the alternation of receiving play, and expressing play, similar to breething in, and breathing out, like verses in a song, is essential in play or conversation between people, to cultivate the growing bond.
We grow up thinking conversation is like school work, when really it is much more like -music-. it is all about rhythm and harmony, and playing, speaking, creating, interacting for the pure felt joy of it, it’s what ever and when ever feels good, it’s about doing whatever you want, more then it isn’t, because that makes others feel good too. it’s doing what you feel. it’s often random. but it’s not over focused on material pleasures like eating mountains of cake, it’s bout energetic satisfaction, it’s about enjoying the energetic field, the atmosphere of fun and harmony and people.
5) Random Play: so often play has totally random origin, and this is essential. we wait, hours days and life times we wait, just for someone to tell us what to do. why won’t my dreams come true yet? maybe in 5 more years that girl will go out with me. no. it will never happen. the big secret is you don’t have to wait a single moment. when you use the right portion of randomness to grow your play, you can create fun right out of thin air. the fabric of our universe, at the base level everything is quantum foam, a random dance of wild vibrating particles. i like the phrase ‘wild compassion’ because i see living beings as being part ‘wild’ part ‘compassion’. half animal, half angel. the ‘wild’ is the martial side. life is a constant flood of random material information, chaos. yet all these random disorganized things in life can be converted into vital meaningful energy as though with the snap of your fingers. you just have to see it as -play-. it rains, i can tell a story about something good that happened to me in the rain. i see a picture on the wall, it reminds me of a weird girl i half dated, that improves my mood. better play is often intentional, basket balls that are carefully crafted to be basket balls for just the right bounce and light weight touch for the game. but as you play basket ball, all the random factors, the force of the wind, the sunlight, effect the ball, effect your mood, it’s random, but it is also meaningful, because no 2 games are the same, each day is full of subtly different factors, putting you in a position that you have to adapt each day, for a different experience of the game of life. instead of seeing random events as a hindrance, i see it as something that will give a new twist to my day or week, make it unlike any other. that that variety fuels my energy in the long run. without all that random different stuff going on in the universe, the day gets boring, and we all actually lose energy! sometimes all you have to do is control things less, and fun just starts appearing out of no where! it wants to happen. it can be scary at first not to plan everything, but when you learn to go with the fun opportunities that appear, you see that they have a rhythm, and unseen yet real energy field, a safety net that holds you in them, in the experience of play and the magnetic joining of people. when you can’t think of anything to say, but it feels like silence isn’t right either, you go with random. we think random is meaningless. yet it is actually -essential-, is what so many people never get. randomness is the makeup of the universe, and randomness is great fun! when there is a moment that feels missing something, whenever there is, i go with something random, it comes from somewhere, maybe something reminded me of it, maybe it was something we were talking about an hour ago, a day ago, maybe it’s something cool i was waiting for a good time to mention, it can get more basic, random colors, random feelings, focusing on something fresh in your mind feels good, it’s whatever pops into my mind, something around me probably made me think of it, but it’s not important that i know that, now that i have it, i feel a little better, and i turn it into part of the conversation, something slightly related to previous topics, or a totally new topic, (remember the alternative is not thinking of anything to say at all when you may really want to) it doesn’t have to be something all that smart, often the best roots of creativity and connection between people are simple, basic, a simple feeling, being captivated by a color, a sound, a few notes of music, something pleasant. energy is simple, but our eyes can’t see wave energy, so we always overlook it! we need it. now that you have this new random thing in your mind, see if you can speak it some how.
Leading by making Decisions
random play is about taking from a series of equally good or decent options, and choosing one. not waiting for someone else to tell you what you want to do. not needing a ‘cool friend’ to follow around at the party to do all the talking and start conversations for you. understating the power of being a little random, gives you the edge, it makes the difference that makes you the leader, and not just a follower. it’s recognizing that the world really is full of randomness, people want action, and it doesn’t have to make sense, it just has to feel good! random play is often a great go to strategy to make a decision. someone has to keep the action going, if not you their will be more long pauses of boredom, then people will learn not to look to you for anything, you become cemented as the follower. randomness is not being afraid to act without a reason. notice that randomness can feel good in your life. for me randomness is like exposing the code to the universe, all along i thought people were these orderly logic directed beings.. but often it’s the opposite, we are directed by feelings, desires, that are often the opposite of what we say we want, we all seek emotional satisfaction that comes through quantities of light energy we get through other people, and we seek entertainment, and chaos can be very entertaining. I spent my life trying to appeal to the logical minds of people.. and it’s fruitless.. you must appeal to the heart, and the heart wants fun, and fun is wild, random, unpredictable, and even selfish, rather by putting the self first, you end up benefiting others the most too. the heart needs randomness because the universe is largely random, it is mostly quantum chaos, and empty space. the visible world is very deicing, because matter and the things we see, only make up a small percentage of our universe. we spend our lives acting like we are reacting to permanent separate and still objects and people, but really that is a thin vail our eyes can perceive, really underneath it’s true nature is a dancing whirlwind, a chaos of energy and a race to escape the nothingness of the void. the heart wants meaning, but most of that meaning has to be foraged from random materials, that’s what we’re working with.
Enjoying Standing Out, Thriving in the Weirdness and Uncertainty
There’s something big to be said for enjoying the weirdness of it all. Not being afraid to stand out or ‘look weird’ in public. Even thriving off the attention, even the little odd unpredicted moments. there’s a lot of random chaos in life, and learning to stand in it, and enjoy it, among people, is a great asset. i used to ware very plain clothing because i felt uncomfortable with too many people noticing me, going back to some middle school thing about being teased.. but that’s over. What i didn’t see was that I was actually denying myself a lot of energy. I was never caught looking ‘weird’ or off guard, yet i was actually waisting energy running from what is essentially a ‘bluff’, a false threat, even if a girl rejected me, or something points out something insulting to me now, i am really not effected that much, the fear of teasing was disconnecting me from so much social energy, it’s not even funny, it’s better to be with the group, even if you get a weird comment thrown at you now and then, it’s just ignorance, i see now it’s not worth missing out on all the good people and good energy that is in many social groups, and with time i have gotten better at attracting the types of people that are my ‘peers’, not having to just ‘settle for whatever’ like a barrage of subtle arrogance or insults, i find by spending more time going out to meetups for example and being around groups, i am much more relaxed and much less likely to attract the sort of people that drop insult implications on you. Now i enjoy wearing bright colors or clothing with interesting deigns or patterns, because it attracts that attention, and that’s real energy and it feels good. And it doesn’t have to mean everyone is talking to you, it’s subtle attention, and there is a lot of energy to be gained in that. You don’t have to over do it either, it doesn’t really have to be crazy like Mysteries (the pickup artist) ‘Peacocking’. Even just a bit of color, variety, style, has energy benefits and attractive qualities.
Guilt and Regret is not Worth it
When you make a choice you have to fully see it though, enjoy it and believe it can work, if you worry about what you ‘could have’ done, that sense of worry or guilt effects your ability to enjoy the choice you made, so it becomes biases, it seems like the choice you made is less good. if it really turns out not to be good, then you’ve learned and that is positive. let go of negative thoughts, try not to do too many things at once. make a choice to go somewhere and then really enjoy being there. then afterwords you can reflect on the experience. so be careful your not being in 2 places at once in a ‘that could have been better kind of way’. for example maybe everyone is telling you ‘this event is the ‘right thing’ to do’ but you need time for yourself that hasn’t been met. when you take that time for yourself, don’t spend too much time wondering ‘maybe there’s yet some other innovative way i can make this work even though it goes against my needs’ you have to trust to some degree that you know yourself and keep things simple.
Their is always an unspoken dialogue between people. it’s part of the ‘take in’ play, the play of shared witnessing. just by you laughing, when you are doing something together with people, they will intuit to some degree why you laughed. you can convey a lot without words. too many people just focus on the words, or they do have the unspoken connection, but no idea they are doing it, it is just totally intuitive for them, and they can’t tell another person how to have the same skill. but it is possible to have it all with practice and an open mind. just by physically being around people and focusing on positive emotions. both these things together, is essential. you form an energetic resonance with them. most conversation is grounded in and begins in this invisible cultivation of energy that -dose not- require words. this unspoken dialogue is best though of as a bio-electromagnetic field that grows between people over time, or biophotons. subtle bio-energy that circulates between living beings when they gather and powers life.
Learning through Experience
trusting subconscious intuitive memory
& heart memory
often the random thoughts or observations, like a ‘random generator’ going all the time in it’s own relaxed periodic rhythm, is something that benefits you -first- as play should be. you have to put your joy and wellbeing first, so others can get the benefit of your genuine company. the random observations are where i get my best material. i see the face of an actor or politician on tv, and it reminds me of a loved movie, or a think that person did that everyone is talking about. this is another category, ‘collective jokes’ some jokes, funny or interesting news, is just in the atmosphere. the internet helps in finding this, what’s poplar this week. i am randomly reminded of one of these ‘collective jokes’ (jokes that are new or popular in the public consciousness) from the combination of the thing/person i saw just now, and the random thing it trigger in my mind, now i have that random thing, a joke, it doesn’t have to be brilliant or never said before. usually as long as it’s the first time i’ve said it today or this week, it is funny because everyone wants to hear something funny, it doesn’t have to be genius. and when you get better at it it become easy to put new twits on things. it has to be something people can relate to on a feeling emotion level. they remember the ‘feeling’ of the person you mention, the joke about that person, the way that person or movie made them feel, you trigger feelings in other people just by mentioning something, and this strengths the feeling bond. the mutual ‘take in’ play resonance. so that joke is random, the think that inspired it is semi-random, yet both come from a pool, a bracket of topics and things my subconscious brain knows people will relate to or might know about. the less you think about it or try, the easer it is for your brain to remember without having to try. it’s not supposed to take effort. it is the fun itself and feeling of joy that encodes memories. so my brain over time has built up a huge collection of topics and fun-sparking words people will relate to, fun funny, interesting, or meaningful. it’s a huge collection, and just by wanting it my mind will recall one randomly, or generate something new from random stimulus. do not worry about memorizing stuff, this creates stress, stops the fun. it’s all about fun. just start with whoever random joy based things come into your mind, see if they make you feel better. then see if the joy thing you thought of helps you think of a conversation topic, if it can be brought into the convo somehow.
Seeing past the matrix of false beliefs
Questioning basic Assumptions
a lot of these stuff turns out to be frighteningly simple, like ‘oh, that makes sense’, when you see how complex you’ve been making it this entire time.. but that’s just the problem is that so many large groups of people go about communication in an overly complicated way that we are convinced this is the right way, deeply convinced, so that it is hard to accept how simple it can be. and not being able to see this wave light resonating energy between people with our 2 eyes makes it all seem mysterious and esoteric. but it is actually very simple. while some things may turn out to be intuitively simple, true to your feeling, like ‘of course’, this may actually also mean accepting some pretty profound things about our universe.
At every step of the way their will be people trying to convince you that things need to be more complicate then they are. even after you find success, they will still try to convince you the tedious way is better, because this is -all they have ever known-! even after you find success they wouldn’t be able to share the free insights you give them, because they are so deeply used to doing things the hard way! it’s hard to comprehend that so many of the beliefs of global society can be flat out wrong! that herd mentally is powerful, and pulls us into believing things we don’t even realize we believe.
False beliefs often have a degree of truth in them, they allow us to ‘get by’, and it’s the reason they hold on and stick around.. they have certain advantages, -yet- they prevent us from gaining something even better.
Forcing my body to work and to ’be confident’ gets it working, yet the lifestyle of self forcing all the time doesn’t get my body working well, it becomes a life of hollow actions without feeling behind them.
Not looking at or talking to strangers gives me safety, yet it prevents me from harnessing all the much greater energy of the community.
the multiplying exponentially growing energy of the continued flow of play.
energy of play builds in flow, and that energy multiplies, doing the same thing, like art project or walking for a period of time is good because it builds the energy of flow, the unbroken growing cultivation, the joining streams of energy getting stronger over time.
at the same time variety is good. so you are often balancing your need for flow, with your need for variety. taking breaks. doing different things. getting back in the zone with a particular favorite endeavor.
Learning something Without Realizing you haven’t really Learned it
it takes time to explore all the different ways you can play, you can’t learn it all in one month, their are so many combinations, ways to gather people, or just ways of enjoying yourself, you can’t let people tell you play doesn’t matter, because it takes hours to cultivate the full power of theses vital world changing energies, there isn’t a more important thing to to. and it takes months and years after you understand play and human energy is important, for you to truly explore and become experienced with all the different ways you can play and unite people in play, all the types and modes and play, your personal rhythm, you have to really understand how essential your own wellness is, the effect it has on others, when you understand that, you become devoted to it, the wellness that is created when people/parties of people gather. and you continue making subtle changes over the months and years, playing in different ways every day in part because that is what play is, but also actually improving or evolving the way you play, you can get better, finding your rhythm, after looking at the world this way for a while, you get better at intuiting peoples needs and thoughts. recognizing tell tale patterns that inhibit peoples natural play state. knowing what thoughts set you off.. what places make you feel great.. you get better over time, and it’s all subconscious, it has to be, you trust your heart to take it in, to learn it though real life real time experience, so you don’t pause to think about every little thing, you just know, because the feeling tells you, you’ve been there before. you don’t even have to know why you know, that’s just a crutch, the needing to know, you will feel it. feel the future, to sound poetic about it. it is important that your skills improve as part of the play itself, meaning it doesn’t take effort. it exists to enhance the flow. i don’t memories 1000 little tricks. everything i know is 100% experience, from being out in life, and trying suability different things each day after day, not even thinking about it, because thinking about it isn’t using your heart. when you can actually hear your own thoughts, your not thinking any more, that’s just a hard loud chamber of fear echoes, it’s not actually really ‘thinking’. it’s more like ‘i’m trying to relax myself because all societies bullshit is making be stress and afraid even if i’m so used to it i don’t realize it’. in truth i believe important information is all recorded by the heart as feelings. like a good computer, it’s all fast smooth, and automatic, totally natural, without effort. all you have to do is experience life, and your heart and brain recored all the important information without you trying. (of course nothing is perfectly black and white. at times stoping to ask your bring something, your brine might have an answer your heart just isn’t ready to feel, and only your brain can kick in with the hard rational truths in this part of your life your mind knows yet your heart isn’t ready for. so their are exceptions to many things) but so often in our society we are brought up memorizing ever little thing. and we don’t trust our intuitive mind at all. “our society worships the slave and doesn’t trust the master” – Einstein said, referring the creative mind as the master.
To compliment the play of ‘take in’ play varieties of music, language, movement, and art are a ‘release play’, they are the play of ‘setting something free’ inside and out from the body that wants to be -expressed-. trying to hold it still, hold it in, it’s healthy. this expression or release, or ‘set free’ play, is also essential, and too often we do think we have to hold it in for fear of societies misguided rules and values that don’t actually promote health on the community level. our culture forces people to sit still for hours and days, stemming from the fact that we don’t know what else to do on the community level so we follow the larger example blindly in fear, that larger example having no guarantee to be right. we must learn that it is essential to ‘set free’ our need to play, to move, and shake, our bodies, and dance, and mingle, just on the felt impulse or whim, to always allow the natural desire for movement and not feel the need to hold it in to be ‘proper’. just by getting up and moving we set free so many more opportunities for relationships and friendships that can’t happen when we spend hours of our day sitting still in rows or alone. it is important that humans be totter in the the same room, yet move around freely, this movement seeming almost ‘random’ according to our standards today, yet this moment is actually deeply purposeful and healing because it is releasing our cellular need to move ourselves and engage with the world in a real tactile felt way. we must listen to our need to move, both -subtle movement- and broader strides, you see people having ‘subtle moments’ all the time, and these are essential to our health, when someone puts a hand on their head, stretches an arm behind their back, all these subtle movements are essential because they release tensions, they attract positive energy attention of others, almost like a ‘subtle dance’, they release the felt needs of the heart, and importantly they show that we are being in constant motion, i don’t have to run 5 miles a day to show that i am healthy, even what you might call a ‘natural’ or ‘graceful’ fidget, a subtle stretch, hop of glee, a reposition of the body, stretching both arms back, stretching the spine, just because it feels good and not because ‘you should’ all these little movements feed our constant need for subtle moment. too often we hold still all day, then spend 1 hour with intense running or work out, this is most unnatural and we wonder why we have tight as rock stiff / sore muscles the next day or lactic acid buildup… Really the body thrives in a state of constant subtle motion, with broader bigger motions also happening in a rhythmic regular way though the day, like simply walking across a room (which we sometimes disregard as important when we still still at a desk job not moving for 7 hours, even just breaking it up with some kind of movement every 20 minutes helps, when you listen to your body and feel the befit of this rhythmic moving, you won’t have to think about it methodically), even thoughts and feelings are part of this motion. the motion of energy inside the body. larger movements like walking and running also come from a feeling place. i talk a lot about subtle motion here because it is something vital we don’t give its due or credit to really at all in our society. so move and play! subtle moment, notice those little movements other people make, and you make during your day, and realize it is not random! it is part of the healing.
There are cultures were people will be hit for these types of ‘subtle movements’ that can be considered ‘out of line’, or where it is not custom to make eye contact with men and women or strangers, basic cultural behaviors can often simply be wrong so to speak, but they have this matrix (the movie) like effect in that we don’t question them or notice they are there.
Variety: all the forms of play are all about variety, the play of switching between different flavors, colors, etc, and the play of switching between different types of play.
Layered play: the play of combining and recombining different types of play.
the most sophisticated multilayered kind of play. this play is about the many layers.this is the play of evolved minds, the play of humans. the play of many layers.
Surprise: play is all about something new, something different something fresh. the play of the unexpected. just by enjoying one thing, it means you are not doing something else, and thus you are creating distance and time for that other thing to feel new and different again. while you are at the mall.. you are enjoying yourself there, and forgetting the sensations of being on the beach.. so when you finally get back to the beach, it really feels like a fresh and different experience, because you are not their every hour or every day. knowing this helps because i know if i get board of a particular activity, all i have to do is leave it for a few hours, a few days, do something else, and when i come back, that activity i love will be fun again, i will have fresh reined love for it. too often we live life in a melancholy wondering why things that used to make us happy don’t any more. it’s because we find one thing we love, and then we sap the ‘play value’ out of it by doing it too long. we don’t alternate our activities enough for the sake of enjoyment. we get addicted to the specific ’material’ of something, because we don’t understand the varieties of play, and how to use the act of play to create energy from ourselves and all things. take note of the thing you love, then find something different, then come back to the first thing, then try the first think in different ways. always recombining different things and ways of playing in different ways.
location of things, color, often visual, contrast, variety, balance, the aesthetically pleasing and organize location of objects and furniture in space helps the flow of energy. just as a beautiful painting that conveys emotion is more pleasing and uplifting then a splotch of mud. even art that appears random often has an emotion it conveys, stimulating the play and sensory feeling circuits inside the body of those who witness the art. art is a visual language, and a language of physical objects and gestures, which our eyes can see. while music is a language of sound, unseen to the eye, yet just as powerful. looking at a painting, taking in the beautifully of a landscape, this is the play of ‘art’. it’s important to set up your house to have an aesthetic just as you would paint a painting, or write a article in a way that catches the readers interests.
Object Play: playing with things, objects, toys, props, dolls, play weapons. play objects also become a focal point for attention and energy and play possibilities even before or weather or not you pick them up. play usually tends to involve and interaction with an object of some kind, or the environment, so this is an attribute that applies to most varieties of play, that play involves objects, play is an interacting between things and people, or people and people.
7) grow/Empower, Suspense
spending, healing, the play of changing the world. bringing cultural change to large places.
possibly a sub category of ‘move’ because it relates to distance. suspense details with much longer distances that move.
all play emerges from a dormant or suspended state, released from the fabric of the universe that binds it.
manifesting empowerment in people can be seen as the act of sharing skills that release ‘suspense’ or tension.
we are all born into some degree of suspension or tension and fulfillment in life is learning the ways to release that tension. however counterintuitively the tension itself is what created the joy of release.. while often their is an imbalance or surpluss of tension in our world, there are times when we do want to crease suspense, like the suspense of the journey that builds to a desertion, the suspense in a game, a mystery, a good tv show. simply creating suspesen or delay adds to the reward or unveiling later on. it creates depth and dimension. this is the mysterious play, the spiritual experience, the rewarding feeling at the end of a long long journey you didn’t think you could survive. the play we don’t see, the illusive, the chills of transformation experience, touching the divine. it is the play of shadows, of challenge, pushing the limits. empowerment is the opposite or the release of suspense, yet the two may actually create eachtoehr if you look beyond the universe itself. a person wise beyond this world might say taking a wound, is, being empowered.
our universe is not a ’neutral zone’ and can be considered a giant dome of ‘suspense play’. everything is a challenge that tests our limits. a quest for survival and to discover the mysteries of life. we are so used to this subtle challenge that pulls on us that we don’t realize it is there. very real challenges pull on us every day. calling it ‘suspense play’ is a kind way of putting it. there may be other universe where this isn’t so. you could say we are suspended beneath a heavy piece of anti-matter. our universe is a suspense dome that spans 46.5 billion light-years at least, it appears infinite, yet our universe is a place defined more by it’s constraints then it’s freedoms. so i pose that it is not infinite, but simply extremely large. it is possible to stretch the fabric of our dome universe, so this constraint may lose its meaning.
the thrill of testing your skills against another, not a way of life, but fun now and then. too often this is the only type of play we know as adults. it is more of a subset then a primary way of play.
most and many activities usually combine a few or many different types of play at once, for example:
move + art + suspense = adventure
the physicality of moving your body, the suspense of the long journey, the distance traveled, and the art, the beauty of the visual landscape, your reward, combine to create the experience we all know as ‘adventure’ a composite of many types of play. you can also include the internal ‘take in’ body sensations, the feeling of aliveness, but ‘take in’ these internal feelings happen in combination will all types of play, so are not unique to adventure.
Modes of Interpersonal Play
play is usually between people, but can happen individually. when people gather play and energy possibilities multiply in a major way. but alone time does have it’s place and importance too.
the 9 varieties of play can each be experience in a few different modes between people.
Parallel, Together Alternating, Together Witnessing, Individual
Alternating = 2 or more people exchange in a back and forth of play
Witnessing = we witness the same thing, like a third person, a third thing different from the 2 or more players. 2 or more people share the act of witnessing an event or the play of another(s).
Parallel = multiple people sit near each other, yet play on their own almost as though alone, with games, art, projects, things, yet as they play they enjoy the subtler or residual benefits of each others company, connections and positive feelings still building, sometimes exchanging a laugh.
All forms and modes of play follow the rule:
Be with others, play for your heart
Too often social play turns into ‘entertaining’ one person places themes as the ‘enteraitrer’ at the other persons judgment and expense. genuine play counterintuitively involves being near others yet putting your enjoyment and wellbeing first in many ways, enjoying yourself so others can enjoy being with you.
Even after you have felt the real power of play and human energy in your life, for me there were still assumptions, beliefs i did not even realize i was making that held me back, preventing me from realizing the full power of play. such as i used to think play was mostly about doing specific activities, but i didn’t realize how much my own thoughts and feelings are part of that playful experience, and how i can use them to cultivate much richer experiences of play.
Play doesn’t have to be about burning up all your physical energy in rigorous sports and work out like i used to think, if i enjoy a sport now, i enjoy what i’m feeling now, i’m less concerned about winning, and i go at my own rhythm and pace, yet this actually makes me more coordinated, and more likely to win if i feel i want to. now even watching a movie or tv can be a way to cultivate energy, society taboos it as lazy, yet this is sort of a myth, for me a lot of the real play is a mellow or relaxed cultivation of energy in the body. it’s more about receiving an experience then it is forcing out energy to appeal to others. counterintuitively by culturing energy at your own pace, you gather something that is attractive to others, that illusive charisma or sex appeal that i could never seem to get before no matter what i did. because it’s not about what you do, it’s about cultivating a feeling, thus energy. people will say ‘what do you mean you’re watching a movie to gain energy? don’t you have to use will power to earn success’ we have to break societies myths and not just accept things because they are repeated to us. in a fair universe hard work might equal success, but our universe is not a fair one, and maybe that makes it fun in a way.
Human civilization is an intricate system, and we have to learn just how to work it, you can learn exactly where the right buttons are, and restructure our world around an architecture of play! that’s why life is a constant change, a constant process of questioning, and adapting. sometimes asking enough of the right small questions suddenly blows open a huge door you didn’t even notice what their. sometimes change means accepting things about ourselves we didn’t want to, but truths that seem uncomfortable at first pay off big time! lean from you mistakes and feel know shame in having been wrong at all! don’t identify with it, it’s not your fault what you didn’t know! (for me assuming our Universe was of course the primary one was an assumption it didn’t even occur to me i was making, and that effects the way i think, i would start all my thoughts with the assumption that our reality is the main reality all other realities are based around, and even that may not be true! huge assumptions we don’t even realize we are making! we can assume or Universe is the only universe, or that it is an important universe. the way the earth is not the center of the solar system and the sun is not the center of the universe.. as people used to think.. i have a theory that our -entire universe- is not the strongest point of gravity, nor is it the metaphysical center of an infinitely dimensional Nirvana, but perhaps something closer to a pimple in a much lager world that obeys laws that are nearly opposite to the laws of our world..(i came to this through process of elimination.. in my book ‘Inverse Theory’) but honestly you don’t need to thinking about all that now.) we assume our world is the ‘main reality’ and that such a main reality is ‘fair’ that things are as they appear.. and i see these assumptions greatly limiting peoples options to what they can and can’t do every day. many people might not trust a sick person to give them wisdom, because in a fair world a wise person might not be sick.. we think people are pushed because they deserved it, when it is almost always the opposite. unfairness is built into the very laws of physics. death is random, there is so much luck that determines every life. we see it, yet we don’t fully register it, part of us doesn’t believe it, thinks we are above it.
(For example in this ‘Larger World’ or Over World, what we call outer space in the distance, would instead be a white, or rainbow, ‘everythingness’ people and objects instead of being made of zillions of brittle little atoms and molecules (these atoms are full of energy that vibrates and cycles around at rates so fast you could consider it to be ‘explosive’ in a way there is a lot of inherent subtextual violence in the very building blocks of our world), would look similar, yet be made of one pure mass of light energy, with infinite depth like its own other dimension. some things would look hauntingly similar to how they look in our universe, yet their physical make up would be 100% different, just made of pure light, yet behaving it ways that defy what we’ve come to know as ‘physics’, people there would like so beautiful, that people we used to think were beautiful on earth, would look deformed. what we call ‘physics’ are more like principals of living inside of a void. outside our world, in the ‘Over World’ our universe might look something like a shady puddle you can fall into, like quicksand. not strong enough to pull you in, but you can choose it for the adventure. many things in the Over World are similar to how they are here, just larger, more expansive more realized versions of them. higher highs, as well as some darker depths even. But the one striking mark of the Over World is that everything begins in life, and returns to life. Where in our world, everything begins in death, and returns to death. the over world has mountains and clouds and flying cities, it’s not a world of no rules, nor a place of white feathered angels and strtic pure ideology, it’s a wild party of freedom, some places have more rules, some places have less. honestly i have no attachment to ‘hopes’ or whatever, it’s just interesting to think about this place as a mirror world, that fills in the necessary gapes to a master equation i’ve been piecing together my entire time on earth. you can infer something from it’s absence, and slowly connect the dots. honestly i feel like a know more then i want to, its more power then i’m used to, at least in terms of the power of the written word, and sometimes i leave my writing unfinished intentionally. In the Over World what some call God is obvious and impossible to ignore, you are drawn to her without control or reason, like the force of nature and eternity, and you become her and access all her limitless power. Where on earth you can deny god or any supernaturally unifying forces for your entire life and say that you are correct in a way to do so.
After death you learn that most souls of earth are not evil, it is material suffering that distorts them and forces them into what they are not, actually increasing their goodness in a way through the unreal trials. all souls soon after acquire the power of God, which is relative to the power every other soul gained from their journey, it’s not a competition, it’s about sharing experiences, and enjoying the release. death is the ultimate orgasm, when decades of suffering is released into free space. which sort of implies the greater your suffering the greater your orgasms and power will be after you die and enter the Over World.. however there is a hidden catch or evil in this, that if you seek too much suffering, you end up chasing hypothetical benefits in the future, and create an infinite loop of suffering. after death you return to earth to seek more suffering to seek out the same high you felt the first time you died, from a suffering that was never intended in the first place. it may be the unintended suffering that produces a greater high. but in the end the high is short term power, and not the lasting strength we really were seeking all along. it’s sort of illusory, like a trick of mirrors. it apersa like something is there, then it flickers away. the tale of the trixter God who became entranced by the dancing light at the center of a void.)
I feel like success in life is about cultivating these different types of play energy over hours and days, until you just glow with it, and are naturally changeling good energy into the community, uniting the community, a lot of it actually seems obvious to me now, but society really teaches us to value material accomplishments over our own energetic wellbeing. we value abstract things that don’t make sense at all because it is so routine, so common in the larger society. like the idea that pain benefits our physical health.
Another big one is that society has a real hard on for the brain. when most of my success has been about discovering the power of the heart, the human heart is the real powerhouse for most of our energy. i find the mind functions best as the tool of the heart, the heart is like the sun, the battery, and the mind is the software. our society builds a shit tone of software for the brain, but doesn’t feel the battery at all.
And by ‘society’ i really just mean the collective unconscious, large groups of people following previous generous of people following previous generations of people that don’t know what they are doing, but it creates the illusion that we know, because that makes us feel safe, in other words it is about fear behavior of humans and animals on mass scales, under the guise of illusion of ‘knowledge.’
Often it doesn’t help to call people out all the specific times you see them doing this unhelpful behaviors, because they will just see it as ‘truth’, ‘clear facts of life’, the best think you can do is to notice it, and not be pulled into it, to know it isn’t truth. this is about letting go of pride, and that give you a lot of power, you know that you have an edge by cutting out unhelpful patterns others might not question, but your not bragging about it. you have to let go of your desire to be right, to be recognized or given credit for the time being. it can be hard to see other suffer if you think you have something that can help. but the only way to change their beliefs, is to slowly create a shift through practicing or ‘playing’ the varieties of play in your daily life. fighting peoples beliefs on the brain or ‘software’ level just plays into societies problems. Play has to be felt and cultivated on the heart level, the heart to heart level, as an experience. it’s about holding back what you know and waiting to the right moment when it is emotionally ready to be understood. for now, just play!