Surprisingly enough, there’s a simple guidebook to what the author calls The Game of Life and you can even read it online! Long before Norman Vincent Peale wrote about The Power of Positive Thinking or The Secret told us we can have anything we can imagine, Florence Scovel Shinn self-published the classic “The Game of Life and How to Play It” in 1925.
Shinn was a pioneer of motivational thinking who took the universal truths in the Bible and translated them into her inspiring work, “The Game of Life and How to Play It.”
What is The Game of Life? Shinn tells us, ”Jesus Christ taught that it was a great game of Giving and Receiving.”
Play by the Rules of the Game of Life
Sound good? Shinn tell us there are four Laws in The Game of Life:
- The Law of Prosperity
- The Law of Non-Resistance
- The Law of Karma
- The Law of Forgiveness
So how do these work?
The Law of Prosperity decrees that God is the supply and there is a supply for every demand. Jesus taught that we have not because we ask not. Shinn writes, “Man must prepare for the thing he asked for, when there isn’t the slightest sign of it in sight.”
The Law of Non-Resistance embodies the very essence of Christ. What you resist, persists, even manifests itself as the very thing you don’t want! Instead, embrace and love your enemies, forgo attachment and accept the gifts of the universe.
We’ve all heard about karma! Shinn calls it The Law of Karma, or “comeback.” It’s far older than Christ who told us: “whatsoever a man soweth, so shall he reap.” Dishonesty does not pay off for most people, even in the short run. The Karma Bus inevitably comes careening around the corner and collisions are inevitable.
Yet Christ told us we are saved by grace and will not come into judgment for our karmic debt. Shinn calls this undeserved salvation the Law of Forgiveness. How divine to extend it to everyone we’re unhappy with!
How to Play the Game of Life
But what we do about the challenges of daily life? Use faith, non-resistance and love! Kick your problems upstairs…this is what Shinn calls Casting the Burden. The chapter on Intuition or Guidance is very detailed, with instructions on how to ask for and interpret “leads” or what we would call signs from God today.
Just as the Game is Giving and Receiving, giving opens the way to receiving. Always be prepared to give for when the receiver is ready, the giver appears….and it could be you! Just as when you ask, God will guide your own giver to you.
Shinn concludes The Game of Life with wonderful affirmations for prosperity, health, guidance and more. Here she gives us her most famous quote and affirmation – what a lovely way to live your life!
I do wonderful work in a wonderful way.
I give wonderful service for wonderful pay.
Shinn’s masterpiece is still in print 90 years later, in every library and bookstore and right here for you to read online or order from Amazon….and still inspiring us to pray, love, give and forgive as we master the Game of Life.