The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is definitely one of the most appreciated and implemented book of current era! The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true bliss and love.
Don Miguel Ruiz was born and brought up in the family of healers, who practiced the ancient arts of healing (curandrea) and nagual (shaman). He was prompted by family to practice the centuries old legacy of healing, and carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge.It is not a religion, it honours all the spiritual masters who have taught on Earth; it embraces spirit and can be described accurately as way of life with accessibility of happiness and love.
The Four Agreements he shares are:-
- Be impeccable with your word:-
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself. 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 so 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 the moment to moment; it will be different when you’re healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances, simply fo your best, and you will avoid self judgement, self abuse, and regret.
Some of our favourite lines from the book are:-
1. True justice is paying only once for each mistake. True injustice is justice is paying more than once for each mistake.
2. All humanity is searching for three things truth, justice and beauty.
3. To be alive is the biggest fear humans have.
4. Nobody abuses us more than we abuse ourselves, and it us the judge, the victim, and the belief system that make us do this!
5. To have faith is to believe unconditionally.