The Four Agreements

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Do not make assumptions. Always do your best.


We have out of years of habit not paid attention to how we express our self. The responses that come out of our mouth are often automatic.

 They were learned from years of habit living by the agreements we learned. We do not consciously choose our words or the emotion, tone, and attitude that we express.

Let's take a short exploration of the agreements and what they mean.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Domestication

During our early life, we began making agreements. Our parents rewarded us when we did what they wanted and they punished us when we didn’t.

We also learned behaviors and habits in school, church, and from other adults and children on the playground. The tools of reward and punishment were often emotional and sometimes physical.

The impact of other people’s opinions and reactions to us became a very strong force in the habits we created. In this process, we created agreements in our mind of who we should be, what we shouldn’t be, who we were, and who we were not.

Over time we learned to live our life based on the agreements in our own mind. We learned to live according to the agreements that came from the opinion of others.

In this process of domestication, it turns out that the choices we make and the life we live is more driven by the opinions we learned from others than one we would choose on our own.

Why Living the Four Agreements Is Such a Challenge

We have out of years of habit not paid attention to how we express our self. The responses that come out of our mouth are often automatic.

They were learned from years of habit living by the agreements we learned. We do not consciously choose our words or the emotion, tone, and attitude that we express.

Over years our mind has filled with beliefs that generate incessant thinking. In all that thinking we have many assumptions that we are not aware of. We even make the assumption that what we think is true. We imagine and assume what others think of us and how they will react.

Through our domestication we have also learned to take things personally.

We assume that when someone has an opinion about us that their opinion is valid.  Their opinion becomes our belief in our self.

 We end up having an emotional reaction to our own belief because we assumed their opinion it is true.  We can also take personally our own opinions.

We take personally our own self-judgments. These judgments are nothing more than an assumption. Over years the mind has developed many habits of making assumptions and taking them personally.

When you decide to change your life and adopt the Four Agreements you are challenging the beliefs you learned and the habits you practiced since your childhood domestication.

Adopting the Four Agreements creates a conflict in the mind between expressing your self Impeccably with love and your existing fear based beliefs.

Awakening

I wish you much Love, Joy, and Laughter in your Journey


The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

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