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- A New York Times bestseller for over a decade
- An international bestseller translated into 46 languages worldwide
“Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
“An inspiring book with many great lessons.” — Wayne Dyer, Author, Real Magic
“In the tradition of Castaneda, Ruiz distills essential Toltec wisdom, expressing with clarity and impeccability what it means for men and women to live as peaceful warriors in the modern world.” — Dan Millman, Author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior
About the Authors
Don Miguel Ruiz is the bestselling author of The Four Agreements (a New York Times bestseller for over a decade), The Four Agreements Companion Book, The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, The Circle of Fire, and The Fifth Agreement (with don Jose Ruiz). The teachings of Ruiz are best known for transforming complex human issues into simple common sense — a talent that has earned him millions of fans and international acclaim.
Janet Mills is the founder and editor of Amber-Allen Publishing. She is the co-author, with don Miguel Ruiz, of six books in The Toltec Wisdom Series, creator of “The Four Agreements for a Better Life” online course, and editor of Deepak Chopra’s bestselling title, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Her life’s mission is to publish books of enduring beauty, integrity, and wisdom, and to inspire others to fulfill their most cherished dreams.
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"Don Miguel Ruiz's book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom." -- Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
"An inspiring book with many great lessons." -- Wayne Dyer, Author, Real Magic
"In the tradition of Castaneda, Ruiz distills essential Toltec wisdom, expressing with clarity and impeccability what it means for men and women to live as peaceful warriors in the modern world." -- Dan Millman, Author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior--Este texto se refiere a la edición kindle_edition .
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The Four AgreementsA Practical Guide to Personal GrowthBy Don Miguel Ruiz
Amber-Allen PublishingCopyright © 2003 Don Miguel Ruiz
All right reserved.
Chapter OneDOMESTICATION AND THE DREAM OF THE PLANET
There are thousands of agreements you have made with yourself, with otherpeople, with your dream of life, with God, with society, with yourparents, with your spouse, with your children. But the most importantagreements are the ones you made with yourself. In these agreements youtell yourself who you are, what you feel, what you believe, and how tobehave. The result is what you call your personality. In these agreementsyou say, "This is what I am. This is what I believe. I can do certainthings, and some things I cannot do. This is reality, that is fantasy;this is possible, that is impossible."
One single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreementsthat make us suffer, that make us fail in life. If you want to live a lifeof joy and fulfillment, you have to find the courage to break thoseagreements that are fear based and claim your personal power. Theagreements that come from fear require us to expend a lot of energy, butthe agreements that come from love help us to conserve energy and evengain extra energy.
Each of us is born with a certain amount of personal power that we rebuildevery day after we rest. Unfortunately, we spend all our personal powerfirst to create all these agreements and then to keep these agreements.Our personal power is dissipated by all the agreements we have created,and the result is that we feel powerless. We have just enough power tosurvive each day, because most of it is used to keep the agreements thattrap us in the dream of the planet. How can we change the entire dream ofour life when we have no power to change even the smallest agreement?
If we can see it is our agreements which rule our life, and we don't likethe dream of our life, we need to change the agreements. When we arefinally ready to change our agreements, there are four very powerfulagreements that will help us break those agreements that come from fearand deplete our energy.
Each time you break an agreement, all the power you used to create itreturns to you. If you adopt these four new agreements, they will createenough personal power for you to change the entire system of your oldagreements.
You need a very strong will in order to adopt the Four Agreements - but ifyou can begin to live your life with these agreements, the transformationin your life will be amazing. You will see the drama of hell disappearright before your very eyes. Instead of living in a dream of hell, youwill be creating a new dream - your personal dream of heaven.
Chapter TwoTHE FIRST AGREEMENT: Be Impeccable with Your Word
The first agreement is the most important one and also the most difficultone to honor. It is so important that with just this first agreement youwill be able to transcend to the level of existence I call heaven onearth.
The first agreement is to be impeccable with your word. It sounds verysimple, but it is very, very powerful.
Why your word? Your word is the power that you have to create. Your wordis the gift that comes directly from God. The Gospel of John in the Bible,speaking of the creation of the universe, says, "In the beginning therewas the word, and the word was with God, and the word is God." Through theword you express your creative power. It is through the word that youmanifest everything. Regardless of what language you speak, your intentmanifests through the word. What you dream, what you feel, and what youreally are, will all be manifested through the word.
The word is not just a sound or a written symbol. The word is a force; itis the power you have to express and communicate, to think, and thereby tocreate the events in your life. You can speak. What other animal on theplanet can speak? The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human;it is the tool of magic. But like a sword with two edges, your word cancreate the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everythingaround you. One edge is the misuse of the word, which creates a livinghell. The other edge is the impeccability of the word, which will onlycreate beauty, love, and heaven on earth. Depending upon how it is used,the word can set you free, or it can enslave you even more than you know.All the magic you possess is based on your word. Your word is pure magic,and misuse of your word is black magic.
The word is so powerful that one word can change a life or destroy thelives of millions of people. Some years ago one man in Germany, by the useof the word, manipulated a whole country of the most intelligent people.He led them into a world war with just the power of his word. He convincedothers to commit the most atrocious acts of violence. He activatedpeople's fear with the word, and like a big explosion, there was killingand war all around the world. All over the world humans destroyed otherhumans because they were afraid of each other. Hitler's word, based onfear-generated beliefs and agreements, will be remembered for centuries.
The human mind is like a fertile ground where seeds are continually beingplanted. The seeds are opinions, ideas, and concepts. You plant a seed, athought, and it grows. The word is like a seed, and the human mind is sofertile! The only problem is that too often it is fertile for the seeds offear. Every human mind is fertile, but only for those kinds of seeds it isprepared for. What is important is to see which kind of seeds our mind isfertile for, and to prepare it to receive the seeds of love.
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I have now read it twice and highly recommend it to anyone. Practical and useful.
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1. I can’t blame my parents for how they raised me. That’s what they were taught by their parents and the environment around them.
2. I am responsible for my own thoughts, emotions and actions. No one can force me to do anything unless I choose to .
3. People’s perspectives are based on their own experiences. I don’t have to react to them since they are not mine.
4. It’s possible to be authentic with yourself and others.
Luh, I sums it up fer ya and saves ya a buck. Watch yer gob, don't be crooked when the b'ys are going on bout ya and you'll be best kind.
Toltec wisdom... Oh me nerves, he got me drove.
Not fit fer reading. I gives er 1 out of 5 cod fish.
Page 20, stated by Miguel Guiz: “In your whole life nobody has ever abused you more than you abused yourself”
I am speechless and shedding silent tears. For this is absolutely true!
For a very long term ever since my journey in the field of medicine began I have been trying to acquire a way to liberate myself from the hell the whole industry casts upon its service providers should they not measure up to what’s needed at any point——I wanted to liberate myself from that hell for probably a decade or more. I wanted a hard-boiled answer for the reason behind why, as doctors, we should be denied compassion and consideration in the process of becoming an expert. Why? This book gave me the answer and I can honestly say, I have found it!
I wanted to know why, if this is what I will doing for a while now, I would need to brave for the rest of life through a career that is forever hinged against people who are ever ready to curse these very doctors at the slightest unintended mishap. This includes teachers and professors who don’t ever mind using terse, objective language to teach the students. Whatever happened to compassion?????
I wanted to know how, just how I could, by any means match the whole process of being a doctor to my personality of being a silent, calm-minded, compassionate, creative individual who above all, really cares about peace. I was seeking liberation from this maze forever and ever, and Miguel answered it very handsomely! The agreements that bully my mind are right here (pointing to my head). So to repeat his revelatory words:
Page 20, stated by Miguel Guiz: “In your whole life nobody has ever abused you more than you abused yourself”
A personal story to explain how this book helped me. To be honest, it beautifully liberated me from a personal life issue and so many others!!! Putting this story up in public is a way of overriding the 'shame-whisper' that's right me urging me back from typing. If you want to dearly understand how this book helped me you have to read this story I am writing:
My Story--> I am an Ophthalmologist. In Ophthalmology, while doing Cataract Surgery, we are required to carefully extract the cataract out and then assess if the posterior capsule of the cataracts lens is intact and thereafter proceed towards placing a human-made Lens over it. If the capsule is damaged, you are in trouble, you can't place the lens over it. This is a skill which takes every surgeon lot and lot of time to learn---months, years...I recall making a rent in the posterior capsule in a patient recently. Accidentally. In the process of making it, I had not noticed that I had made it but when I did, my teacher yelled at me like crazy inside the operation theatre right there in front of the patient and others. This, I disagree with. Why? Not because I shouldn't be told where I am wrong but because a rent, which is often inevitable no matter how much experience you gain, is supposed to be learnt to handle as much as otherwise (which of course doesn't mention that you rent away at will!!). Second reason, the patient's ears are wide open and he can sense disturbances in the words spoken by the surgeons swarming around him----by no means should the patient be allowed to understand that a problem has happened else he will agitate and grow apprehensive for the life of his delicate organ. Third reason--> The problem can be handled in various ways and there are actual tutorials on that and it is very possible to recover from it by following one or the other of those ways. And, fourth reason--> This reason I saved for the last and yet I think it is pertinent for a teacher to not reject a beginner in the skill for an error she had only noticed a little late---> rejecting someone solves nothing, :) that's why. It's just an emotional outburst that is serving no one---> not the patient, not me (because I could freeze the urge to learn further simply because I am being berated so harshly when on the whole I REALLY was trying my best), not even the yeller------> yelling, raises bad hormones (cortisol, Adrenaline), tenses the muscles, robs one off peace. It is doing no good to the deliverer. Ignorance, hell!
But, needless to say, I kept ruminating about it for days—this happens to be the very bad-habit that allows me to write well. But look at the amount of suffering it causes in the process!
As Miguel Ruiz imparts wisdom of the Toltec, he states that there was once a man who lived in a cave who suddenly woke up from a dream, one day, to take a serious look at his hands and feet, to come to a strange realisation——that we are all made up of stars and light——the exact same thing—only on the surface we are different. This usher of clairvoyance enabled him to operate forever thereafter from a very different standpoint, all the time——that is he saw himself in everything and everyone, everywhere! In that he attained personal liberation. Miguel explains that if this is possible for one man, what currently rests in the world is a dream-world. And honestly, dear friends, in the midst of AUM chanting which I do everyday, I discovered that we really are locked in a waking dream. The focus around "what I like" and "what I dislike" creates a separation-oriented dream world---when reality is we are all one and the same. Even the concept of ourselves as who we have defined ourselves is a concept——it is as much a reverberating bleep as is every other thought. Essentially, as Miguel says, we are operating from the way we were domesticated (that’s the word he uses) as a child——when we were branded with “what is good” and “what is bad”, so that by and by we learnt to push aside our natural tendencies and become one of the crowd. By adulthood, we are absolutely unrecognisable from what we original came here as!
These inner domestication code of ethics that we operate form serve to demonise our experience of life all the life——anytime we stray from it, we punish ourselves——it may not even be visible to outsiders.
Now how this book came to help me nullify the memory of my issue at work, is through two of his statements:
According to Miguel Ruiz,
“Not being perfect, we reject ourselves, And the level of self-rejection depends upon how effective the adults were in breaking our integrity. After domestication it is no longer about being good enough for anybody else. We are not good enough for ourselves because we don’t fit with our own image of perfection. We cannot forgive ourselves for not being what we wish to be, or rather what we believe we should be. We cannot forgive ourselves for not being perfect.”
So, I was clinging onto a code of ethics of how I-MUST-BE to be a good-person at work. In doing so, a mistake, even if unintended and accidental is like a baton being dug into the tissues of my brains!
“We judge others according to our image of perfection as well, an naturally fall short of our expectations.”
I was judging my ma’am. You may have felt it when you read my description of my personal issue. But then am I not living the exact same dreamscape as herself?!
The solution, as described in the book, is seeing things for what they are. Fullstop.
Another line from his book which completely transformed me ever since I read it and began applying it is:
“ Taking everything personally is an expression of the maximum form of selfishness because we make the assumption that everything is about “me””
I am often cursed for preferring silence and solitude as opposed to social circles (I prefer being an introvert). I began applying this line and I actually felt liberated despite the recent scorns of introversion from close circles. Wow!
There is so much more this book taught me, but I refuse to state more because that would take away the delight of reading it.
Oh and one more! One of his teachings revolve around doing work such for the sake of doing. When you do it that way, you experience liberation. So if I am promoting my book, if I am doing it for the mere pleasure of promoting, there you go, I experience liberation! Because the process itself is becoming more joyous now---reaching out to people who genuinely care about books, coming to think of it I actually love it! The more I think this way, the more I enjoy the process and I actually forget the outcome when I am enjoying the process!
If I am doing it for a reward, it is crushing to watch anybody refuse at my request!
I had to share this because these personal examples of transformation as a result of Miguel’s book will show you just how much it is opening doorways into liberation for me!
Trust me, ultimately, all of us want one thing—liberation!
We really don’t need the other things!
these books should be taught in childhood!
I recommend this book for everybody---I promise you these four agreements if applied will liberate you!