This post is based on Steve's blog entry "Life - The Ultimate Game
The question I'm putting forward is how we'd go about creating the ultimate character in the game called Life. I've been an avid RPG (role-playing game) fan in the past, so the notion is all too familiar to me.
Starting from scratch (with a character that is somewhere around levels 1-5), what would be the most important skills and attributes that we would work on for this character, and in which order?
From my personal playing experience, which I have to say hasn't taken me any farther than level 10 yet (I'm 22), I would have to start with: 1.
Achieve a good level of control over your inner reality (thoughts and emotions).
My own path went through "Feeling Good" by David Burns (cognitive therapy), "The Secret", subjective reality, "Ask and it is Given" by Abraham/Esther Hicks, and currently "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle (Zen-like).
I haven't yet achieved mastery in this respect, but I'd say that the last two have been working very well for me, and I'm becoming progressively more joyous, peaceful, and energetic as I continue to release my resistances.
To be honest, that first step is the only one I can agree with myself on. I guess it reflects my limited life experience thus far.