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Your Life: Checkers or Chess

Bill White

Many of my clients have heard me say the phrase, ‘We play checkers, but God plays chess.’ I had never phrased it that way until early last year, when I made the acquaintance of a great man named O.L. Houston. O.L. and I met for a business lunch one day to discuss how he might grow his business. In talking with one another we quickly noted that his business and mine share common denominators.

One of these critical denominators is the fact that we both deal primarily with the aspects of time and timing. O.L. teaches a psychological based selling system that deals with time and timing in the flow of a sales process based on the 4 common human temperament types. I, on the other hand, deal with time and timing within the context of synchronicity and the messages we receive from God or the Universe which guide us along the path of our destiny.

It was O.L. who originally said the phrase, We play checkers, but God plays chess.’ It was a terrific consolidation of much of my life’s work. I knew it was truth the first time he said it. Like all new perspectives or methods of conveying things, I’ve meditated on this all year. This led me into the further exploration of mastering the game of chess, as I looked for clues in the game that might transfer well over into my study of synchronicity.

One of the critical things that decides a game of chess is the opening. Masterful chess champions study the openings of great games and begin to assimilate them into their own strategy.

We can take this very same approach for our game of life.

A method for doing this is:

  • Know the standard position you want to reach
  • Learn the main variations that lead to those standard positions
  • Learn about the positional concepts that are relevant
  • Learn about the common tactical motifs that arise
  • Be aware of the strategic plans to carry out and study illustrative games

Now if we take the saying, ‘We play checkers but God plays chess,’ into consideration, we would then look at this method of studying openings in our own lives to determine what God is up to.

Where does God or the Universe want us to reach? What is this standard position?

You must contemplate the idea that if you were the higher intelligence, where would he/she/it want you to go from where you are right now?

You would then focus on what are the main life variations that could lead you to this standard position? In other words, if I wanted you to leave your house and go to work, what are the variable routes you could take to get there?

Now you think of the positional concepts that are relevant. In our example, ‘If you took a straight shot down the highway, would it be the quickest? Would it encounter more or less traffic? Would it cost more in gas and toll?

Next we look at common tactical motifs. Here we would look at the potential pitfalls on each route we could take. In our example, this would be traffic, police patrol, accidents, amount of gas in your tank, weather, etc.

If you begin to look at your life in this perspective you will begin to develop the other buzz phrase O.L. taught me. This is his prayer, ‘God allow me to see with your eyes and hear with your ears.’ If we start looking at our lives as if it is orchestrated from the higher intelligence and ask ourselves questions along these lines, we can begin to discern the plan that has been made for us. Once we do this, we can begin to make decisions that ‘line up’ with the plan.

Here is an exercise to help you integrate this information.

(Take some time and write down your bearing on life right now.)

1. What are you doing in your life right now?
2. What are you spending your time on? Who are you around? What are you reading? Watching?
3. If you were intended to be doing these things, how do they affect the choices you make?
4. What skills are you developing? Beliefs? Attitudes?
5. Where are these skills, beliefs and attitudes likely to carry you next?
6. What external factors could influence your choices? How would they do so?

Bill White

Bill White was born in 1969, and adopted by the people who became his family in that same year. At the age of ten, his parents separated, and five members of his family died, including his beloved grandmother, who passed away in the presence of 10-year-old Bill on Christmas Day, 1979. At an age when most young people are riding their bikes, playing baseball, and not worrying about much other than their homework, Bill had already come face to face with that question, 'What is the use?' He immersed himself in a study of ancient and modern philosophical, theological and metaphysical traditions from throughout the world, seeking an answer to that question. Bill's study continues to this day. The body of his work provides the seeker with a much needed synthesis of the various traditions available, and more than that, offers very practical applications of a vast amount of esoteric knowledge. It is this combination of learning and living his philosophy, with an appreciation of all cultures and systems, that makes synchronicity an essential topic, and Bill White the teacher for our times. Bill shares his life experiences to motivate and inspire audiences. A somewhat mystical story of overcoming, his keynote and motivational presentations include topics on dreams, synchronicity, power animals, how to turn conflicts into opportunities and how to live out your destiny by decoding life's secret messages. Having a unique ability to teach individuals how to interpret the seeming coincidences that occur in their lives and leverage that insight into a more successful and meaningful life experience, Bill inspires others to take responsibility for choosing their own path and to believe in the guidance available directly to them from the universe. As a true synchronicity expert, Bill is passionate about assisting others to decipher life's secret messages and achieve the greatness they were meant to achieve. Bill is an internationally recognized speaker who captivates his audiences with his stories, weaves in the valuable lessons he has learned from the universe along the way, and warms their hearts with a pastoral style of compassion. He focuses his energy to present action oriented and transformative information in a polished style. Bill's rapidly growing international audience comes from several sources including the following: As a highly successful life coach, Bill has worked with such high profile clients as Mike Litman, bestselling author of Conversations with Millionaires; marketing guru, Stephen Pierce; and virtual marketing pioneer, Johan Mok. Bill's monthly magazine Synchronicity In Your Life reaches an audience of 35,000+ people. Bill joined such well known personalities as Jack Canfield and John Gray as a contributing author of 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life: Volume 2 as well co-authored Enthusiasm Day by Day with Flemish psychologist, Ineke Van Lint.

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