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The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz is a book I recommend. It is a simply written book with very deep truths. The four agreements are: 1. Don’t take things personally. 2. Don’t make assumptions. 3. Be impeccable with your word. 4. Do your best.

If you analyze the first three agreements you’ll realize that they’ll take you to inner silence, although there is more to them than that. The fourth agreement is to just do your best with the first three. Excellent agreement the fourth; it means: Don’t worry about being perfect, just do your best.

I am choosing impeccability with our words in this post because we talk so much, and usually needlessly. And our words are sometimes used to edify, but often are also used to vilify and destroy. Words sometimes are sharper than razors and leave deeper scars, so it is important to speak tactfully, mindfully. Sometimes is better not to speak at all; for once a word is spoken it can’t be retrieved, and being sorry does not erase the scar.

I am also choosing this agreement because so many people are so careless about their promises that they devalue their word. And when they do that they also devalue themselves; they come across as unreliable. Our word should be honored because if our word is no good, how good are we? What do we mean when we speak? As they say: “If your word is no good, you are no good.”

Let’s be impeccable with our words, and let’s mean what we say.

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The Four Agreements

In a simple way, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz show us how human beings distort our reality, trapping ourselves in negative beliefs that we never challenge. In the book don Miguel, also a Toltec shaman, gives us four agreements to help us break free from our limiting belief system:

1.Don’t take anything personally,
2.Don’t make assumptions,
3. Be impeccable with your word and
4. Always do your best.


It is interesting to note that if practiced consistently, each of the first three agreements would  take us to inner silence.  The fourth one refers to doing your best, just your best, with the other three.

“All paths, Arjuna, lead to me.” Krishna—The Baghavad Gita (4:11)

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