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The Householder Enlightenment Game. A Guest Post by PENELOPE.

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Householder Enlightenment Game — such fun to play with your Almighty Father-Mother God

Of course, stakes are high in choosing to play the Householder Enlightenment Game. Because many of us have spent so many lifetimes seeking the other kind of Enlightenment, playing that thrilling game instead.

Differently beautiful, what used to be the only Enlightenment game in town? The Surrender Model of Enlightenment.

Maybe the most controversial aspect of Rosetree Energy Spirituality (RES) is my work as an Enlightenment Coach. Helping us, the first cohort of humans on earth in The Age of Awakening, to understand that we do have a choice. And we can choose to play this new game in town, the Householder Enlightenment Game.

I’m grateful to PENELOPE for this guest post. So inspiring to me, is her particular flavor of playing — and winning — the Householder Enlightenment Game.

Note: At a certain point, I introduce an article headline that mentions Twister. In case you’re not familiar with this game, it requires that you move in ways dictated by the game itself. Here’s a link to the game of Twister, in case you’d like to learn more. It’s a game very unlike The Householder Enlightenment Game.

PENELOPE’s Householder Enlightenment Game

Enlightenment is very curious, and a challenge to put words to. This new model of Householder Enlightenment, is even more so. Each experience of it varies because in this new way to live is a wonderful emphasis on individual soul expression. 

I have a deep inner sense of oneness. At a deep, foundational level, I know that I’m not separate from God at all.

At the same time, I know that being in this human life is a fascinating game I’m playing with serious intensity.

How do I engage in that game, at a big-picture, consciousness level? Rather deliberately, I am choosing to engage very directly with the brand-new possibilities in the Age of Awakening.

It’s the reason I incarnated now. 

Separation, Not Oneness, Structures This Householder Enlightenment Game

Enlightenment, for me, is a game of of separation where I pay attention only to the uniqueness that I am.

My default reality is limited to the facet of God that I am.

Sure, if I think about it (in Technique Time), I know that I’m One with God.

But usually I don’t play the Householder Enlightenment Game that way. Because that’s not the game for me now. Instead, the game for me is what happens when I’m disconnected, apart, separate from God.

(Of course, Technique Time, specific co-creation with the Divine, and other spontaneous Divine connection happens for me on a regular basis. But that is quite different from a constant, lived knowing of Oneness and non-duality.)

The game is what happens when I’m separate from the All-ness of All Things, disconnected from Perfection Everywhere Now. I’m discovering the intricacies of difference, and possibility that arise in this. 

For This Game of Householder Enlightenment, My Human Self Matters

How else can I describe this particular game? Imagine that I’m a prism. Light pours in through the top, then transforms after moving through that prism.

Consequently, that light winds up reflects outward.

  • Light becomes a rainbow of frequencies that make up my human self.
  • And that human self (me!) is very much distinct and unique.
  • I’m distinct from God.
  • Also, I’m separate from all the other prisms of rainbow light that exist at the same time as me, but aren’t my particular prism.

The Householder Enlightenment Game Emphasizes… Individuality

For me, this time isn’t dedicated to awareness of Oneness in God. Rather, I’m enjoying a unique separation as one distinctive human being.

It’s a time of learning, growth and play — in ways that are possible only in that state of separation.

Clearly, this unique playtime is limited in time and space:

  • Just one body
  • Only one moment
  • Merely one activity at a time.

Guess what? All the fun and reward of it requires that an experience of separation from God — along with the frictionless flow that Rose has described in descriptions of Enlightenment like this one.

What’s It Like, Playing The Householder Enlightenment Game?

Consciousness flows in a way that allows me to pay rapt attention to this human lifetime. Not to the Oneness that I know is there. Instead to the highly distinctive Me-ness.

From my perspective in Householder Enlightenment , experience reveals to me again and again: Enjoying my human incarnation  is the spiritual purpose of living at this historical time, dwelling in this particular place. 

What Else Is It Like,

Playing The Householder Enlightenment Game?

Intense! With a very human kind of intensity, I explore diving into the rich flow of emotions.

Not blissful underneath all experience (as happens with The Surrender Model of Enlightenment), I notice more the ever-changing surface of experience.

  • Sometimes the sheer human intensity of anger.
  • Alternatively, the thrill of happiness.
  • And at yet other times, the ache of grief.

Humanity in Householder Enlightenment really can be a game. And not just theoretically. As the saying goes, “I have skin in the game.”

Therefore, the Householder Enlightenment Game can demand that I puzzle out solutions to my human challenges.

No cosmic GPS guides me. Only my intellect and limited knowledge.

Twister Is Not The Ultimate Game, Not To Me

Sometimes the Householder Enlightenment Game involves moving my own individual body! And who gets to choose how? Me.

And it’s not like, “What an interesting way to move the arm.” I’m involved.

Another way of exploring householder-like involvement in my life involves caring about people. So much about this very individual, so-human life of mine enlivens my relationships with other people. Of course, this is where it gets really, really interesting.

Why do I get to learn and engage with others in such an intense way? Because of my foundational disconnection from other people. Let’s hear it for non-non-duality! (With all respect for those who are adoring that different kind of Enlightenment that does specialize in non-duality, Oneness.)

Loving My Separation

(So Vital For The Householder Enlightenment Game)

In my individualistic separation that lingers in this new kind of Enlightenment, so much learning becomes possible.

What fun, learn more about people in very human ways! An especially fascinating part of the Householder Enlightenment Game is this: How important it becomes for me to know others more intimately. Because we’re not all one, not in my experience.

Moreover, as rules of this game would have it, communication is how we learn about each other. How? With that funny, limited, human part of the game: words.

As my Householder Enlightenment Game progresses, sometimes I’ll find conflicts where other people and misunderstand each other. Then we can find a way to resolve it, or at least we can try.

Everyone can win. In Enlightenment, it’s thrilling to me. I revel in the challenge of figuring out all the many ways in which other individuals differ from me. Anything from a different food preferences to a difference in that other soul’s long history, which impacts how we relate together now, in this human life.

What Can You Win, Playing Householder Enlightenment Game?

First prize: I become more able to see what makes each individual here unique and different.

Second prize: I can explore which gifts and talents they bring to our shared world.

Third prize: Increasing I’m able to accept that this “other someone” has an experience of life that is totally different than mine .

Always a prize, a treat: I keep discovering and re-discovering the funniest thing. Another person’s otherness is just as glorious as mine. Despite, sometimes, I may not understand it very well at all.

The way I see it, this is another way of understanding Oneness, to recognize the separate threads so clearly and learn the glories that can be created in that way.    

This is a far different experience than would ever be possible without living as a separate being. A strong illusion of separation is a challenge yes, but also a great privilege.

What’s the essence of the Householder Enlightenment Game for me? What happens when I believe in and do things in a duality world of slow, low vibrational frequencies with cause and effect; a game board replete with so many things, both hidden and unseen.

Sometimes a Game. Sometimes A Quiz.

Questions are part of this game. Like:

  • How do I show love to people who make no sense to me?
  • And how do I respect other people’s self-authority and choices in this life?
  • Oh yes, how do I also ensure that “others” respect mine? 

Earth is always going to be a tough school (or, as KYLER has described it, a lab). It’s designed that way. I’m fascinated to see what those of us in Householder Enlightenment… can do with it now. 

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  1. 1
    Jnana says:

    Superb post, Penelope. Thank you

  2. 2
    Sylvia says:

    What a beautiful post, Penelope. I loved the metaphor of the light prism!

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    David B says:

    Thanks, Penelope. You’ve done well with the words part. 🙂

    I’d just like to suggest you keep in mind that enlightenment isn’t a static thing. More, it’s a platform for growth in all kinds of new ways, including some you mention not being part of the experience now.

  4. 4
    David B says:

    For example, oneness, bliss, and a deeper relationship with God are not reserved for renunciates.

    A friend of mine, for example, currently runs some 15 businesses. Obviously, he’s an expert at problem-solving and meeting peoples needs. Yet on his morning walks he enjoys a profound relationship with the divine.

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    David B says:

    Like any human development, some of the bigger prizes come with time. And they can be lived right in the householders world. In fact, living the light through our uniqueness is the whole point. 🙂

    We can become experts in our field, supportive of family and friends, and lighthouses for the growing age.

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    Kylie says:

    Brilliant, Penelope! I just realized I have been waiting for a guest post on this subject from you.

    I am in awe of your ability to tease out all of the nuances, to separate all of the threads of an issue.

    I particularly like this sentence “Always a prize, a treat: I keep discovering and re-discovering the funniest thing. Another person’s otherness is just as glorious as mine. Despite, sometimes, I may not understand it very well at all.”

  7. 7
    Kylie says:

    “With that funny, limited, human part of the game: words.” Words may be my favorite, favorite part of the game. And these are some beautiful words Penelope.

    This is very close to my experience.

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    Kylie says:

    Particularly the strength of the investment in “me” that is required.

    To play successfully, to use your game metaphor, it can’t be a wink and a nudge. To choose this path is a genuine sacrifice of oneness (for a while).

    You’ve laid out some great reasons why anyone would choose to do that willingly, even enthusiastically.

  9. 9

    It’s delightful to read all the comments, Blog-Buddies.

    DAVID B., you’re reminding of the need to summarize what I believe I’ve been writing all all along.

    I have never made a lifestyle distinction, that a certain kind of Enlightenment is for householders and another is for renunciates. That would be, to me, ridiculous.

    The Surrender Model of Enlightenment is about oneness, nonduality. The Householder Model of Enlightenment is about enjoying human life with a sense of identity and the sort of separateness that PENELOPE has beautifully described.

  10. 10

    A related point is that I have a hunch you believe that Householder Enlightenment is for beginners and, later, it develops into nonduality and the Surrender Model of Enlightenment.

    By contrast, I believe that the Surrender Model of Enlightenment will always be available on earth, and appropriate for some.

  11. 11

    While Householder Enlightenment is related to The Age of Awakening. It’s available now for good reason.

    And one way to describe The Age of Awakening is that it is a time when millions of people will be able to move into Enlightenment, Householder Enlightenment.

    Two Enlightenment Coaches with two different perspectives. Why not?

  12. 12
    Kylie says:

    To return to a previous post about the God as GPS bumper sticker, I think mine would read: “God is not my GPS, but I hope He enjoys the ride.”

  13. 13
    Jem says:

    I kept my energy to myself all night and even amongst 15 or so people, not only had a good time but was able to be my best self.

    Totally different experience, totally different outcome.

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    David B says:

    Hi Rose
    Well – I do see it a bit differently. From this perspective, Householder and renunciate are orientations to the process rather than forms of enlightenment.

    Oneness is a universal stage of development, whatever the orientation. It isn’t denied from householders. Some of histories greatest sages were householders.

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    David B says:

    Oneness can very much be lived in the world along with our uniqueness.

    Bliss is literally a “body” or sheath, deeper than the intellect/intuition. It comes online when there is sufficient clarity and refinement to experience it.

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    David B says:

    So no, I don’t see Householder as beginners, just natural orientation.

    I do agree the Householders path has been overshadowed for awhile. Most teachers we experienced when younger where monks, for example.

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    Amanda says:

    David, hear hear. I too think all is possible. How could it not be?

    And all an unfolding process for each, like leaves unfurling. Still the same plant!

    🙂

    Amanda

  18. 18
    Lilian says:

    Penelope seems to be saying: “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” 🙂

    “My default reality is limited to the facet of God that I am.”

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