My Real Second Life
By Sydney Chase
October 18, 2007 was day that would change my view of virtual online worlds forever.
For this is the day I was prodded by my youngest son to join the virtual 3D online world in Second Life. He said, "Mom come on it will be fun and we will be able to hang out
together." He lives in Pennsylvania and I in New York City. I did not quite get his meaning. "Hang out together? Playing a Virtual Reality Game?" I asked.
Being the host of an online talk show, running three myspace pages, two websites, two
blogs, booking guests for the show, promoting it, and doing all of the technical stuff for it as well, just did not make any kind of sense to join another thing that would occupy my time. I was already spread too thin as it was. Though I enjoy video games I just did not have time, and I also did not want to become addicted to playing a game when I had so much on my plate already. That was my thinking. However, he ‘got’ me by mentioning that I could promote my radio show in this virtual space, which intrigued me. Since it was free to join, I decided to have a look at what all the fuss was about.
Second Life blew me away! I realized that Second Life was not a game at all. Not only
were there no rules or predetermined outcomes, as with other virtual worlds, there were unlimited opportunities for me to be, do, have and create what ever I wanted to and at relatively little cost to boot. I was hooked! But not in the way that I thought I would be, no sir! It was because I realized almost immediately the huge spiritual potential of this online world to be able to reach out to people in ways I had never imagined before. Why was this so delicious to me? Let me explain.
In real life my name is Sydney Chase and I host my own online Spiritual talk show called The Indigo Room: Creating Our Reality. On my show we discuss all things spiritual and by that I mean that everything we experience can be considered a spiritual event. My opening motto for the show whether we chooses to believe it or not is that “we are all non-physical beings having human experiences”. My conscious spiritual journey began many years ago but it all started to come together like a jigsaw puzzle in 2005 when I first learned of an ethereal spiritual teacher named Abraham, a collective group of nonphysical beings who communicated their message to the world channeled through a woman called Esther Hicks. After reading their book Ask and It is Given (www.abrahamhicks.com) the journey I had been making and, my experiences all began to really make sense. From that moment on, life started to become incredible. I started to enjoy my experiences even the ones that I did not like.
Esther and Jerry Hicks based their book on the belief that you only have to ask for something and it will be given, whether you realize this consciously or not. This they have named The Law of Attraction. The book outlines 22 processes that when applied deliberately will assist you in releasing resistance to manifesting and or creating the things you want to attract in your life. Although I had already experienced the results of these Laws in my own life without consciously knowing what or how it was working, I now had an explanation of how I was able to manifest things I had previously asked for unconsciously. Knowing this, I was able to deliberately use the processes to manifest things I wanted in my life. One of the processes I had been using quite a bit was the very apt ‘Virtual Reality Process’. They encourage you to create a virtual reality (vividly imagine) of something you want in your life that you believe FEELS GOOD and allowing yourself to experience this ‘make believe’ reality without holding any beliefs that you could not have what you desired. Abraham describes this Art of Allowing process in great detail and is something I love to play with in my mind as it makes me feel good and has the effect of lowering my resistance to believing I can have what I want to do, be or have. But, yes there is a but....teeehee I am very hard-headed and never the less had loads of resistance going on with me. So I find it helps to do the processes regularly.
Second Life makes it easy for me to ’practice’ the Virtual Reality process on a level never before available to me. According to the Law of Attraction, asking for what we want has to be charged with vibrational energies that will draw what we want into our lives. Simply put, you have to take the emotional journey first and ‘feel it real‘. When you feelsomething real you live something as if you are already experiencing having the thing you want. In essence, The Law of Attraction states that ‘you attract more of what you focus on in accordance with the emotional vibration you offer up to universe. Specific thoughts will generate a quality of vibration that is equal to its energetic vibration to which the Universe will responds every single time, even when you are not aware of how the Laws of attraction work. But thoughts themselves alone do not create, emotions themselves alone do not create but it is the combination of the two that equals our vibrational offering and which drives our creation engine.
Without re-writing the book here; it’s main message is that your life is supposed to be fun, delicious and filled with joy. In knowing this, your task is to deliberately decide to make choices based on what you believe will bring you these wonderful experiences and ask for them to be present in your life through the art of allowing; that is all. Many and varied techniques have been utilized in the fields of personal development in order to, knowingly or not, assist people in creating this state of allowing. Such processes including visualizations, positive affirmations and even symbolic action have been used either in isolation or combined methods. But to me, Second Life is the ultimate manifestation tool that elegantly and deliciously rolls all these techniques into one joyously creative and fun process in a world where its whole ethos is focused on helping its residents create a virtual ‘reality’ experience.
In Second Life I get to live my dreams both literally and virtually right in front of my real life and virtual face in fully blown, 3D color graphics in stereo sound. I get to meet fellow Avatars (digital characters) from all corners of the real life world who are also in the process of creating their virtual reality dreams as well. But the coolest thing about living in a virtual reality world is that I get to interact with my dreams in real time allowing me to put my dreams in to virtual ‘action‘. As with the law of attraction, every spiritual teacher I have ever known, including and after the time of Jesus have taught the importance of using imagination to create your own reality.
Second Life residents (Avatars) are more than just pixels on my computer screen, they
represent living breathing people, with feelings, emotions and more importantly the
ability to make choices about who and what they become, have do or be in the virtual
world. Just as we are more than just flesh, blood and bone moving around a virtual
world we call earth, our earthly physical avatar possesses a guiding and loving force
that, if we allow it, will provide us with the inherent joyful experiences that represent our natural state of being. In this world, as in other worlds, there is a bigger part of us not visible to the naked eye that can be known, experienced and felt.
So the question I am minded to ask is; is this virtual reality really my second life or is it my third? And do they not merge into one bigger life representing One huge expansion of the All that I am? In my mind, my ‘first’ life is of the non-physical aspect, the bigger part of me that chose to reincarnate to these earthly realms of time and space in order to experience the unfolding of life and co-create my reality through my ‘physical’ being. My ‘second’ life is as Sydney Chase, who is expanding the non-physical part of me through my physical being and my imagination here on planet earth. And now my life as Sydney has taken on an another level of expansion through my virtual avatar known as IndigoQueen Zamani as a resident of Second Life; Ahhh quite delicious indeed!
My born date here in this Second Life Virtual Reality the day Sydney breathed life into
IndigoQueen Zamani was much like my born date as Sydney into this world we all like to call "Real Life". Yet I do not remember my "Real Life" day as well ....teehee. But there are similarities yes? I was born equal to everyone else and everyone equal to me, had to learn how to walk, talk, eat, feed myself, etc etc. It’s the same in Second Life(SL). We all enter on arrival as equals, having to learn how to walk, sit, move around, communicate, and decide which second life realities we want to create. Both, my real and second lives are equally compelling. and can be just as delicious.
As a person who loves to live by the dictum, I create my own reality, I come to Second
Life, as it was named by its creators, Linden Labs, to give flavor and color to my life as a whole, as Sydney Chase and IndigoQueen Zamani to expand my imagination to the
possibilities. As a result, I find that my "real life" has taken on a new dimension. Things that I wanted to be do and have are manifesting rather quickly in Second Life and in my "real life" as well. So to my awesome amazing son I say thank you. I know now that my second life is not a game, rather, it is truly the leading edge of expanding my Universe to more. Personally, I cannot wait to see what I create next in my Real Second Life.
Peace Love and Light,
Sydney Chase - aka IndigoQueen Zamani (SL)