Now here are a set of rules I can live with :)

When you were born, you didn't come with an owner's manual. These guidelines help make life work better!

You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but make the best of it because it’s going to be with you for the rest of your life.

You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full time informal school called life on planet Earth. Every person or incident is the Universal Teacher

There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation. ‘Failures’ are as much a part of the process as ‘Successes’

A lesson is repeated until it is learned. It is presented to you in various forms until you learn it, then you go to the next lesson.

If you don’t learn easy lessons they get harder. External problems are a precise reflection of your internal state; pain is how your subconscious gets your attention. First it whispers, then it Yells. When you clear inner obstructions, your outside world changes.

You will know you have learned a lesson when your actions change. Wisdom is practice, practice, practice, practice. Remember a little of Something is better than a lot of Nothing.

‘THERE’ is no better than ‘HERE’. When your ‘THERE’ becomes ‘HERE’, you simply obtain another ‘THERE’ that looks better tha n ‘HERE’

Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another unless it reflects something you love or hate in yourself.

Your life is up to you. Spirit provides the canvas you do the painting. There are three kinds of people; those who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened. Take charge of your life - or someone else will.

You always get what you want. Your subconscious rightfully determines what energies, experiences and people you attract, therefore only the foolproof way to know what you want is to see what you have.

There is no right or wrong, but there are consequences and responsibilities. Corollary Law: no one gets away with anything; everything has a value – and a price; you pay now, or you pay later.

Your answers lie inside you. Children need guidance from others; as we mature, we trust our hearts, where the laws of spirit are written. You must know more than you have heard or read or been told. All you need to do this is look, listen and trust.

You will tend to forget all this. That’s why it’s good to remind one another.

What do you think?

asked 21 Feb '10, 23:29

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edited 21 Feb '10, 23:51

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Great philosophy to aspire to.

(22 Feb '10, 12:41) Michaela

ok only thing i don't agree with is external problem being reflextion of internal state. when people stone you and you did no wrong because of there ego. it is not because of you they have free will. but you do not have to accept it or let it affect you.

(27 Jun '11, 06:08) white tiger
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Wow! Amazing! Simply Wonderful!

I have heard of the name Dan Millman but my curiosity never bit.

Even when I saw your question posted I kept ignoring it. Then feeling sorry for the abandoned "red" question that kept glaring in the middle of the screen, my compassion for it drew me in.

Boy was I ever glad that I clicked on your question.

These words are profound and are worthy of being framed and hung on the wall in every seeker's sanctuary.

I love the fact that each statement is many levels deep.

Thank You for sharing this wonderful work for the benefit of the rest of us.

Thank You!

I just decided to add more to this:

On second thoughts, these words should be hung in a frame in a place where others can see it. It is a great conversation trigger, and I am sure all of us here will enjoy the opportunity to explain the meaning within these words to those who are curious and ready!


answered 22 Feb '10, 03:34

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edited 22 Feb '10, 03:40

Funny how what we are meant to take notice of keeps presenting itself to us. I ignored this site for ages but it just kept popping up in front of my face :) The moderators might be sorry they persisted so long now :)

(22 Feb '10, 22:02) Inactive User ♦♦

look out, Lorraine's on Inner Quest, lol

(10 Jul '11, 03:53) RPuls

I'm pretty sure Dan Millman is not the author of the "Rules for Being Human" I believe it is Cherie Carter-Scott


answered 22 Feb '10, 07:29

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Hi jdcotter - just did a quick google, seems some think it came from and ancient Sanskrit source, some Cherie Carter-Scott and most from "Unknown Source". I didn't realise it was so well known - there might just be something to it if so many resonate with the idea. Thanks for that lead.

(22 Feb '10, 21:58) Inactive User ♦♦

Here is a link which makes it all much easier to read

(22 Feb '10, 21:59) Inactive User ♦♦

Dan in great and unique in his approach. Thanks.


answered 22 Feb '10, 09:09

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ok only thing i don't agree with is external problem being reflextion of internal state. when people stone you and you did no wrong because of there ego. it is not because of you they have free will. but you do not have to accept it or let it affect you. if the world killed jesus was it because of is internal state? if you are sitting and contemplating people from far away and one of them sneak up on you and stone you from behind is it because of your internal state? the rest is very good.


answered 27 Jun '11, 06:14

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I had a print out I copied from a community college gym I worked out at in 1996 that credited Dan Millman as the source of The Rules of Being Human. I'm curious if Dan or Cherie will respond to these claims.

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