Ten Rules for Being Human from If Life Is A Game, These Are The Rules, Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott (1998)
1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.”
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
6. “There” is no better place than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”
7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
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. The choice is yours.
9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
10. You will tend to forget all this.
I discovered this back in the eighties, it was circulating among us Human Potential Movement types that were caught up in the various Large Group Awareness trainings that seemed to be hypnotising us then (think ‘Money and You’, ‘est’, ‘Mind Powers’ etc. – just Google ‘LGAT’ and/or ‘mind control’ if this interests you). However, I have to wind back my scepticism somewhat as I reflect upon the power of Dr. Cherie’s ‘Rules’, particularly number five, above. It doesn’t seem to matter how old you get, if you have chosen to follow the Socratic Maxim (‘the unexamined life is not worth living’) then those bloody lessons keep biting away until Rule Four kicks in.
My abiding question is why? Why is life like this, or is it just a way of looking at life? If it were simply a viewpoint, why do these rules ring so true, so poignantly, and so viscerally?
Another answer may be suggested by the original wording of Rule One when I first saw it: “… but it’s yours to keep for the entire period this time round.” Is that why we have to learn lessons?, so that we can keep coming back to the schoolroom – and playground – of Planet Earth? Is that why some people, ‘just don’t get it’ when it comes to solving problems with violence, or taking advantage of others, or even why we need to protect the planet for future generations (or for ourselves to return to school)?
I’ve seen past lives under hypnosis, I’ve read all the Edgar Cayce stuff and dabbled in Theosophy (Madame Blavatsky) and Anthroposophy (Rudolph Steiner) and even Scientology (yeah, you know who), but I still don’t know. I still keep learning those lessons, but.