November Bookshelf – The 4 Agreements

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book).

I heard about this book many times and even had come across the highlighted agreements as someone’s screen saver. But it wasn’t until a friend suggested it to me a few days ago, that I decided to buy it.  I’ve had so many a-ha moments just on chapter one, that I am sure that by the end of the book, I will be a different person.

Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs, four agreements in life are essential steps on the path to personal freedom. As beliefs are transformed through maintaining these agreements, shamanic teacher and healer don Miguel Ruiz asserts lives will “become filled with grace, peace, and unconditional love.” From Amazon.com

The Four Agreements are:

1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

Here is a something that really stuck with me thus far:

Whatever goes against the Book of Law will make you feel funny sensation in your solar plexus and it’s called fear.  Breaking the rules in the Book of Law opens your emotional wounds, and your reaction is to create emotional poison.  Because everything that is in the Book of Law has to be true, anything that challenges what you believe, is going to make you feel unsafe.  Even if the book of law is wrong, it makes you feel safe.

If you decided to read it, or if you have read it, I would love to know your thoughts.  Please share them below.

 

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  1. […] for quite sometime, but was not aware of it, is being impeccable with my words.  I began reading The Four Agreements about a week ago and realized that I tend to speak that way often. When I do the opposite, most […]

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