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The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements

by Don Miguel Ruiz

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The Four Agreements

#First: “Be impeccable with your word”: Impeccable = Without Sin, Say only what you mean.

#Second: “Don’t take anything personally”: Understand that other’s words are the pr...

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• We are Domesticated” — Social norms & rules are lodged deep within us.

• Practice three skills to rebel against “Domestication.”

  1. Awareness: Practice meditation and

Lesson1: Be impeccable with your word

• Speak with integrity.

Say only what you Mean.

• Avoid using the words to speak against yourself or gossip about others.

• Use the power of your words in the direction of truth and love

Lesson 2: Don't Take Anything Personal

• When someone calls you ugly, it says a whole lot more about them and their problems than about you. Whatever issues they’re dealing with has led them to take their frustration out on you.

• No matter whether it’s true or not, when you take it personally, you have...

DON MIGUEL RUIZ

“Comments are a reflection of the commentator’s reality, not yours.”

Lesson 3: Don’t Make Assumptions

• In Miguel’s eyes, making assumptions leads to suffering. Assumptions often have very little basis in reality and are only real in our imaginations. Thinking about others’ thoughts has the potential to produce stress or conflicts. Often people will see their assu...

– DON MIGUEL RUIZ

“Ninety-five percent of the beliefs we have stored in our minds are nothing but lies, and we suffer because we believe all the lies.”

Lesson 4: Always Do Your Best

• It means doing the best that you can individually manage, which can vary by situation and your current circumstances. You can avoid feelings of regret and accept that people do their best at every moment. You will come to enjoy the...

Three Ways To Break Old Agreements

• There are lots of them, waiting to be learned. But to pull off this kind of massive change, you first need to free yourself from the shackles of your old, domesticated system. Don Miguel Ruiz suggests three ways you can do this:

Start noti...

 Domestication

• Domestication a process that starts the day we’re born. You don’t pick your first language, you don’t choose your first school and you can’t control what attitudes your parents instill in you.

• Parents, peers, teachers, religion, all these influences instill a set of rules

– DON MIGUEL RUIZ

“Our biggest fear is not dying, it’s being ourselves.”

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