What’s it all about?

Every week some 1.5 million people log into a “game” called “Second Life.”  At any given time there are 40,000 to 80,000 people logged in.  The media loves to portray this as a role-play video game … and to be honest that’s exactly what it is for many who log in.

There is also a common conception that the “players” are teenagers hiding away in the basement trying to decide which game to play today.  Surprisingly, this is not the case.  On any given day in Second Life, or SL, people from all age groups and demographics are logged on, interacting with others from around the world.

And yet another misconception is that virtual “cybersex” is the biggest attraction in Second Life.  And, while it’s true that sex sells in Second Life, just like it does anywhere else, there is a lot more going on.  There are thousands of people logging into Second Life on a daily basis who are attending classes and meetings for every interest imaginable, participating in broadcast and live theater events, performing live or DJ’ing in any one of hundreds of venues, writer’s groups and activities, generally pursuing dreams and goals just out of reach in “RL” (which is the physical world in which we all live) and, most importantly for the purposes of this blog, pursuing their own personal spiritual path.  One of the beauties of Second Life (and other virtual worlds like it) is that you can explore and experience new things from the safety and comfort of your own home.  Before beginning to spend time in Second Life, I had found very little opportunity to meet and get to know people walking other spiritual paths.  But now I count among my friends a Buddhist monk in Thailand and more Zen, Thai, Chinese, and Tibetan Buddhists than I can count.  I have had time to learn about the Baha’i faith from a life-long practitioner.  My close friends include Christian pastors and practitioners, Wiccans, Druids, Hindus, and many more.  I have had the opportunity to work with mediums, channelers, and spiritualists of all ilk, along with some of the finest energy/light healers, psychics and astrologers I have ever met

Ah, I hear you asking “friends”?   Yes, they are friends.  There may be an avatar on the screen, which mostly represents the inner person or an aspect of the person they wish to explore, but behind each avatar is the mind, heart, spirit, and soul of a living human being somewhere in the world — seeking, just like I am seeking.  We seek peace, enlightenment, community, education, and so many other things.  And happily many of us are finding what we are seeking through the medium of Second Life.

And so, because of all of this and all of them, this blog is dedicated to exploring spiritual activities of all kinds as they occur in Second Life, as well as personal spiritual journeys as the seekers are willing to share.  And so to you now, I say namaste, merry part, and amen.

Meditation grove at United Healers of Second Life home at
RavensDream in Second Life.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. JB Hancroft
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 05:01:23

    Well said! It’s through this communication and collaboration “miracle” technology that I’ve “met” ConnieJean, and shared spiritual time with her and some of her friends.

    Virtual worlds, like other technology, are what you make of them.
    I’m thankful they exist, and that ConnieJean is there.
    Blessings,
    – JB

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