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Cherie Carter-Scott & 10 Rules for Being Human

Cherie Carter-Scott wrote a book called, If Life is a Game, These Are the Rules: Ten Rules for Being Human.  It grew out of  her desire for answers and messages about her own winding journey.  She moved for a sense of a single purpose to a deeper understanding of her own purpose-driven life.

These ideas became published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and also in Ann Landers' column.  Cherie inspires people to rethink how they think and feel about everything that happens. In which ways can you relate to these concepts? How do you interpret them? When will they assist you differently?

1) You will receive a body.

2) You will be presented with lessons.

3) There are no mistakes, only lessons.

4) A lesson will be repeated until learned.

5) Learnings do not end.

6) "There" is no better than "here."

7) Others are only mirrors of you.

8) What you make of your life is up to you.

9) All the answers lie inside you.

10) You will forget all this at birth.


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I love #10. It is so true. Everything we learn we seem to know already, but have forgotten it somehow. It is all in there somewhere, we just have to draw it out through dreams, actions, and constant vigilance! Thanks Liara!
January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJay
Hi Liara,
I am focusing a lot on #8 and #9 right now. What is within each of us is so important to really living the life we desire. Finding that which is within, truly finding it - this is such an important step toward giving our life real meaing and value. And once we know this, what's within, we can go out and live that life!
And that's all a pretty awesome thought!

Thanks for sharing this today Liara - great 'rules' for us all!
January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLance
Hi Liara,

I love this! Especially "there" is no better than "here". Thank you for posting this. This is the stuff I wish I could write.
January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDaphne
Very nice reminder to get back of the basics of living.
January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrummuser
Sometimes I get too caught up in the details and forget to realize how simple life can be if I allow it. I've been having trouble with a relationship in my life. I keep saying it's the other person's fault when in reality it is mine. My life is a mirror of my thoughts. If I see the negative in people then it's what I'm looking for.

I have to remind myself of these rules every now and again. I'm going to print them out and stick them on my wall. Thanks!
Is living really as simple as it sounds using these 10 rules posted above ? I suspect it is, I have been called "Simple Simon" before, perhaps I am ! Society these days want us to think & perceive that life to complicated, why ? For power, greed & oppression I suspect. I like the KISS principle "Keep It Simple Stupid"

Many thanks for the Post. I'm looking forward to buying a copy of your book when it's published.

Cheers Simon
January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimon
Life is a continuous growing experience.
You start dying the moment you stop learning.
We just have to remember that learning is fun.
Thank you for the wonderful post!
January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbuddha of hollywood
Jay, each person has a wealth of untapped talents and memories. Some people believe the meaning of existence deepens as you rediscover your own priceless treasure trove. It is immeasurable but your feel your progress.

Lance, human beings sometimes forget they create their own rules and deicde whether or not to abide by them. To realize you are constantly growing is indeed a fantastic revelation! To realize you shape the direction counts!

Daphne, each person you meet is empowering your to realize skills and knowledge at your fingertips. You attract people into your life based on what you are thinking deep inside and what you believe.

rummuser, every moment, we are each peeling away layers of illusion to get back to the underlying truth. It may seem to happen in stages, but it does happen when we're ready.

Karl, these rules are useful reminders of points human beings often forget. Everyone benefits from learning to shift awareness, from learning to peel away the layers of their own illusions. This process has mind-boggling implications.

Simon, life will always be as simple or as complicated as you choose. Your conscience is a very powerful teacher, especially when you choose to listen to it. Details about my forthcoming book will soon be available on this website. I will keep you informed. Thanks for the interest!

Buddha of hollywood, as people continue to learn, that does not mean they are always aware of the what, when and how. ANd yet, as you say, to remember learning is fun creates positive energy and an upifting feeling, regardless of where you are and what you do.
January 29, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
Thanks for turning me on to Cherie Carter-Scott. Excellent list.

How about #1? So simple - you were born into a body. It is the piece of the universe you have been given. And yet, modern life does everything to disconnect our minds and spirits from our bodies.

We develop practices to regain our wholeness - for me it's hatha yoga and mindfulness practice. Everything else on the list falls into place from there.
January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaughingyogini
I have read this many times and each time it rings wise and true. # 3 is my favorite, there are no mistakes, think how much better peoples lifes would be if they truly understood this. Thanks for sharing again!
January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark
I had read these at some point online and was pleased to revisit them. I relate to them all except #10) You will forget all this at birth.

I came in remembering everything and around the age of two made a choice to shut down as I was too aware and did not have the physical means to deal with not yet connecting to the people I was looking for and remembered. Nor the physical means (walking, leaving home, going where I needed to go, etc) to follow through on what I knew I needed to do and where I knew I needed to go. So I realized that I had to wait and it would be long wait. In light of that I chose to be in the present moment as much as I could and let the rest go, just to survive. And yet, throughout my entire childhood I never lost the knowing that I was still looking for people and places and situations that I knew were coming. And when they came I recognized them. Some might experience that recognition as déjà vu, or a sense of having known a person, place, situation, etc. before.
January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Easton
So true. I have always believed this. But still, I need to reminded of it from time to time.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalcolm R. Campbell
laughing yogini, Cherie's list evokes ah-ha moments in people. They realize they relate but had been unable or unwilling to put it into words. Some people are more visual or tactile, whereas others use different levels of sentience to clarify their experiences. Perceptions do not always flow smoothly from the souls of believers.

Mark, as people evolve to see only lessons, they are moving beyond judgment to more constructive ways of thinking. Rather than view things as positive or negative, you can choose to view them as useful experience.

Robin, not every human being experiences the selective amnesia. Individuals sense different levels of fear, hope and self-acceptance. To recognize and develop a level of fearlessness shifts your lessons to new levels of awareness. Everyone is always learning at their own pace. You create your rules, evolve and adjust as you require.

Malcolm, gentle reminders bring people back to reconnect with soul. You highlight how useful it can be to choose to remember. Your gesture inspires others. Thanks so much!
January 29, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
Hello Liara,

I am always reminded of #5 and #6. No matter how much I learn and grow, it never ends, everyday brings more lessons. It doesn't matter where I go, there I am.
Thanks for this delightful list!
January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiruh
Miruh, as people realize learning never ends, the rationale to race dissolves. You evolve to promise yourself to pay attention to your own inner messages. You move to discover what this means, to the best of your ability. The process is earth-shattering and life-transforming for all.
January 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert

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