It’s been swirling around in my head for quite a while now that spiritual evolution is a lot like what goes on in video games, with the shared objectives of conquering challenges and advancing to the next level! In both we move ahead by using the physical, mental, and emotional “props” at our disposal, though in real life we rely less on accumulating points, trophies and gold coins; in real life, it’s our well-earned spunk that gets us through!
Spunk is necessary for survival in the game of life, and holding on to it is vital because that spunk gets tested over and over. We especially need it when we realize that passing go and collecting $200 (not from a video game, I realize) means that even though we have made it to the top of one level, we are now at the bottom of the next!
Our “props” mature as we do, but so do our challenges, and our old ways of dealing with things may no longer do the trick. What is thrown at us at higher levels becomes more subtle, which ups the ante (also not from a video game), and we get to a place where less obvious patterns are now needing our attention in order to move forward. Less obvious is harder, but thank goodness for our spunk!
As we move along our spiritual path, confusion transforms into clarity; its light is what transcends the chaos of the past. Because of it we become more proactive in anticipating which moles to whack (an arcade game at least!) versus just reacting to and whacking anything that comes along! As our judgment and intuition grow and combine, more and more of our light within is revealed.
My best bet is that this internal light fans the flames of our spunkiness and vice versa. It’s how a little, and very spunky, Italian plumber overcomes a great many obstacles to rescue a kidnapped princess (finally!). Like Mario, our trials and tribulations sharpen our senses and embolden us to persevere. We have to keep trying, no matter what. Maintaining our spunk is essential because our light guides us until we become it, which is the ultimate goal of the game of life!