When you were born, you didn’t come with an owner’s manual. Here are some guidelines make life easier.
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
You’ve probably seen the 10 Rules of Being Human shared countless times on the internet, in memes found on Pinterest, on personal blogs and even in books. Although many sources quote these rules as being handed down from ancient Sanskrit, and are even attributed to ‘Author Unknown’, the rules are actually the work of modern day guru Cherie Carter-Scott, from a book she penned, If Life is a Game, These Are the Rules.
I have to admit that reading them I could have easily been convinced that it is the sort of thing handed down from some ancient scripture, as the rules resonated deeply within my heart, as if I’ve always known them.
It is said that there is nothing new under the sun, that every original thought has already been thought, that what spiritual teachers aspire to share with us is simply their interpretation of truths originating from the One/God/Goddess/Universe…whatever you wish to name the Unnameable.
I don’t know if this is true but I do tend to agree with the philosophy. My idea is that like the water on the planet, which is the same water recycled millions of times through the process of evaporation and precipitation, we are drinking the same H2O that Abraham drank. Inspired thoughts are no different; they rise and fall into our consciousness from the one original thought that manifested the physical world.
Having said that, I often go over the 10 Rules of Being Human by Ms. Carter-Scott with admiration for her astuteness on the human condition.
I have used them when muddling over circumstances in my life and searching for answers to the direction of my path.
I have included them in cards to friends who were lacking clarity and asking for advice.
I have pondered their depth and their wisdom, and I never tire of sharing them.
Although, like me, you will read them through the first time in pretty short order, I recommend using them as a ten-day meditation; each day asking the words to reveal more than their apparent briefness.
Perhaps you, too, will find meaning in this particular interpretation of what our experience here shall be.
Here Are The 10 Rules For Being Human
From the book of, “If Life is a Game, These Are the Rules”.
1. You will receive a body – Where you love it or hate it, It’s yours for life.
2. You will learn lessons – Life is a constant learning experience, in which every day provides opportunities for you to learn more.
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons – Your development towards wisdom is a process of experimentation, trial and error. Compassion is the remedy for harsh judgement of ourselves and others. Forgiveness is not only divine, it’s also ‘the act of erasing an emotional debt’.
4. A lesson is repeated until it is learned – Lessons repeat until learned. What manifest as problems and challenges, irritations and frustrations are more lessons. They will repeat until you see them as such and learn from them. Your own awareness and your ability to change are requisites of executing this rule. To blame anyone or anything else for your misfortunes is an escape and a denial; you yourself are responsible for you, and what happens to you.
5. Learning lessons does not end – While you are alive there are always lessons to be learned. Surrender to the ‘rhythm of life’, don’t struggle against it. Be humble enough to always acknowledge your own weaknesses, and be flexible enough to adapt from what you may be accustomed to.
6. “There” is no better than “here” – The other side of the hill may be greener than your own, but being there is not the key to endless happiness. Be grateful for and enjoy what you have, and where you are on your journey. Appreciate the abundance of what’s good in your life, rather than measure and amass things that do not actually lead to happiness. Living in the present helps you attain peace.
7. Others are merely mirrors of you – You love or hate something about another person according to what love or hate about yourself. Be tolerant; accept others as they are, and strive for clarity of self-awareness; strive to truly understand and have an objective perception of your own self, your thoughts and feelings.
8. What you make of your life is up to you – You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. Take responsibility for yourself. Learn to let go when you cannot change things. Don’t get angry about things.
9. The answers lie inside you – Trust your instincts and your innermost feelings, whether you hear them as a little voice or a flash of inspiration.
10. Lastly you will forget all this at birth – As we are all born with all of these capabilities. Our early experiences lead us into a physical world, away from our spiritual selves, so that we become doubtful, cynical and lacking belief and confidence. The ten Rules are not commandments, they are universal truths that apply to us all. When you lose your way, call upon them. Have faith in the strength of your spirit.