The Four Agreements | Be Impeccable with your Word | Don Miguel Ruiz | Toltec Wisdom

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.

What do you think?

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Inception | Leonardo DiCaprio | Marion Cotillard

I went to see Inception, which was recommended to me by alywaibel.  Excellent movie! I liked how they changed ‘dreams’ — as Toltecs do in the ‘dreaming attention’, although you don’t need all that equipment to do that. What I liked best, however, was the end of the movie when Cobb after reuniting with his family spins his totem to make sure he is not ‘dreaming’ anymore. But we can’t see the outcome, which implies that perhaps life is but a ‘dream’. . .

Regard this fleeting world,

as a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,

a flash of lightning in a summer cloud,

a flickering lamp, a phantom and a dream.

–Buddha’s Diamond Sutra

Random thought is a trap. Pay attention! It is a dream.

The dreamed dreams the dreamer.

More about real . . . dreaming (scroll down to second section)

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