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The Four Agreements: Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Toltec Wisdom) Paperback – 10 Dec 1997

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing,U.S.; Later Printing edition (10 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878424319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878424310
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)
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Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Michael Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple, yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely-designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and reads in a voice like one would expect an indigenous shaman to sound. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. It's the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering. --P Randall Cohan

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How to use these books
The books I write are alive. They were created by an act of power, and contain seeds to transform your life.

The best way to use these tools break old agreements and habits:

1. Read the book once as quickly as possible, to understand the flow and spirit of the book

2. Read the book again, more slowly

3. Do your best to start practicing the steps in the books. Practice makes the master.

4. To facilitate the transformation, share these books with the people that you interact with daily: co-workers, family, friends, lovers. Once they read the book you can help each other, and make an agreement to support each other to create a new dream of communication based in love, rather than fear. Then the drama in your life will stop right away. Create groups to support each other and help each other live these new principles, and watch your whole life change rapidly.

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There's a lot of truth in this small volume, in language that is simple enough for anyone to understand.
Don't skip the introduction (a habit I indulge in sometimes), as it's an explanation of this dream we call life.
Chapter 1 will open your eyes to just how much you've been "domesticated". "Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive and express what we really are".
Chapter 2: The power of language. To be impeccable with one's words, and speak the truth...not just to others, but what is sometimes the hardest, to oneself.
Chapter 3. I love this chapter ! It's about not taking anything personally. "Nothing other people do is because of you. It's because of themselves".
Chapter 4 is about not making assumptions, and the chaos we create when we make them. Chapter 5 is about doing your best...and about becoming a "master of transformation".
Chapter 6: "Breaking old agreements". Breaking free of "domestication". This is another great chapter, one that will challenge you and change you. Chapter 7 is about achieving "heaven on earth", and the book ends with two lovely prayers.
This little book of wisdom in the ancient Toltec tradition will help you find the path of the warrior, and the freedom to be "master of your own dream".
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"The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz is some of the best money I have ever spent. For such a small book this one could certainly change many more lives that people I'll ever meet in mine. It breaks everything all down and lets your soul be your guide. The four basic agreements are:
1. Be Impeccable With Your Words.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally.
3. Don't Make Assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best.
You can't break it down much more than that. These basic goals and hopes are wonderfully helpful and a path to making ones life a bit easier.
While, I'm not one for a lot of self-awareness books, self-help, etc....but, I certainly found this one helpful, honest and forceful. It made me take a good look at myself and make some changes in how I plan to proceed from this day. If nothing else, give yourself a chance and read this book. It might be helpful.
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Anyone brousing this review who's considering buying this book; I'd ask the following of you;

Imagine that you have permission to be happy and really enjoy your life - that your life is free of internal conflict within yourself and that created by others?

Imagine living your life without the fear of being judged by others? - that you know longer behave fearing how others might judge you?

Imagine letting go of any judgments you have about others and being able to forgive and not feeling the need to be right or make anyone else wrong?

Imagine you no longer fear being rejected and that you no longer have a compulsion to be accepted?

Imagine living without the fear of being loved or the need to be loved?

Imagine loving yourself for just the way you are without the need to live your life through someone else's eyes?

These are the fundamental questions this wonderful book answers via The Four Agreements.

Its a simple yet very profound read as it opens up our thinking and makes us realise how much energy we use and stress we take on in trying to live our lives under the burdons of social conditioning. It makes the point so clearly that its not what happens around us that counts, its how we choose to set our lives up and to live that matters.

Why should we choose to be victims in our own minds and carry around the weight of regret, hoplessness, envy or fear? Why should we shape our actions to constantly get the approval of others? - many who we have never even previously met?

This book has the answers. It makes the point that we aren't afraid to die but we are afraid to live and express ourselves. Its simple and it really drives the point home that we cannot continue to dwell in the past or to live in the future. We must live in the 'Now'
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A concise introduction on how the human mind works and the influence of it in our everyday lives. My wife, who never reads self-help books found it a joy to read. It's possible that this book could generate a 'lightbulb' moment for you but if you are in a critical frame of mind when you read it then its not going to help. When you truly grasp the agreements I believe that your life can change. I used to be a very critical, cynical and negative person. I had many stories in my head about what people should be like and what damage they were doing to me. What I didn't realise was that I was the cause of my pain. This book together with the Power of Now gave me an understanding of this and was the trigger for a big change in my life.

Now I am very careful how I speak to my wife, my daughter and those I contact. I understand that my words have the ability to build relationships and also to destroy them too. I am careful about the thoughts that I think and this allows me to step back from the stories in my head and to question them. If my mind makes an assumption then I will question it to see if it is really true. In most cases it is not. In the past I used to get very offended by what people used to say to me but now in some cases I am able to understand the situation a lot better and see it clearer. The Four Agreements provided the trigger to question my mind and the damage I was causing to myself.
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