A popular internet meme, “Rules for Being Human (Handed Down From Ancient Sanskrit)”, has made the rounds over the last few years through many spiritual social media accounts.
Stating a number of rules for the life experience/being human, the exact number seems to vary depending on who has posted the meme. I’ve seen some with 9, some with 10, some with 12.
While the “ancient wisdom”, seems to be esoteric, mystical and of days long gone, a little research shows us that the “ancient wisdom” isn’t ancient at all, and actually comes from a best-selling author of modern days, named Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott.
The true origin, 10 Rules for Being Human, comes from Carter-Scott’s work, If Life is a Game, These are the Rules.
Even the beloved author, Jack Canfield, was mistaken at the origin of this work and included the 10 Rules for Being Human in an edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, without the proper citation to Dr. Carter-Scott.
I have known Dr. Chérie Carter-Scott for over twenty years. I have taken her workshop, co-sponsored conferences with her, had her consult with my organization, and she has been my own personal coach.
When we included the Rules for Being Human by “Anonymous” in Chicken Soup for the Soul®, I had no idea that Chérie was the author. When I learned that she was the author of the Rules, I was delighted yet not surprised. Chérie is a master facilitator whose life is dedicated to empowering and transforming people’s experience of living life, so it made perfect sense that she would have created this astonishingly profound and simple template for understanding life.
While reading this book, you will begin to see your life from a whole new perspective. If you embrace the principles in this book, I promise you that your life will magically transform, and that you will learn the secrets to manifesting your heart’s desire. The
Ten Rules for Being Human will open up many transformational opportunities for you. Enjoy the book, learn the lessons, and become a master of the game of life.
Most of all, she shows that wisdom lies inside each one of us and that by putting The Ten Rules for Being Human into action we can create a more fulfilling life.– Jack Canfield, Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul®
Here are the TRUE 10 Rules for Being Human as written by Dr. Carter Scott!
10 Rules for Being Human
You will receive a body. You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth.
You will be presented with lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called ‘life.’ Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum.
There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors, and occasional victories. The failed experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that work.
A lesson is repeated until learned. Lessons will be repeated to you in various forms until you have learned them. When you have learned them, you can then go on to the next lesson.
Learning does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
‘There’ is no better than ‘here’. When your ‘there’ has become a ‘here,’ you will simply obtain a ‘there’ that will look better to you than your present ‘here’.
Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.
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.
Your answers lie inside of you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
You will forget all of this at birth. You can remember it if you want by unraveling the double helix of inner knowing.Created by Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott.
Learn more about Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott’s work by visiting her website.