I loved this book when it was first given to me shortly after I did the Hoffman Process. I then bought and gave it to everyone I knew. I have read it many times and now even have it from audible.com. Just as with any other book, listening to it is a whole other experience. Since I love being read to, it’s perfect!
The Four Agreements are:
“BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. 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 do 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 moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.”
Simple enough, yes? Well, maybe simple, but not necessarily easy to do. Any yet I know that when I actually practice these 4 agreements, I am much happier. The book, though relatively short, is quite powerful; and I’ve also found, the more I read it, the more likely I am to remember the agreements and to live by them.
The author, Don Miguel Ruiz, has also written several other books, which are also good: “The Fifth Agreement,” “The Mastery of Love” and “The Voice of Knowledge,” among others. All are just as insightful and inspiring, though my favorite remains “The Four Agreements.”