The knowledge of the four agreements comes from The Tolec, who lived thousands of years ago in southern Mexico. They were a ‘tribe’ of scientists and artists that explored spiritual knowledge and practices. Called naguals, the Tolec masters conserved this knowledge – the Tolec code of conduct – which holds the wisdom of transforming a person’s life to true happiness and freedom. This code is now available to the world in a little book called The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz which could transform your life.
“What you are seeing and hearing right now is nothing but a dream.” – The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
The Domestication of Humans
During this process of domestication, we create in our minds “a Book of Law” which dictates our truths, and based on these beliefs we start to judge…ourselves, others and the world around us. Our inner Judge can be especially self critical. It judges actions, thoughts, feelings…everything. It rewards…but it also punishes. Your Book of Law and all the beliefs contained within, rule your reality – or what you think reality should be like – even though you often did not choose them. They rule your dream.
Changing Your Dream Takes Courage
“…nobody abuses us more than we abuse ourselves, and it is the Judge, the Victim, and the belief system that make us do this.”
The First Agreement
“The first agreement is the most important one and also the most difficult one to honor. It is so important that with just this first agreement you will be able to transcend to the level of existence I call heaven on earth. The first agreement is be impeccable with your word.”
“The word is pure magic – the most powerful gift we have as humans…”
The Second Agreement
“The next three agreements are really born from the first agreement. The second agreement is don’t take anything personally.”
We can also apply this agreement to the voices in our own mind. Most of us have suffered inner conflict, but with this agreement, we start evaluate all of the agreements we’ve made with ourselves. By not taking things personally, we stop reinforcing inner suffering.
“Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.”
The Third Agreement
“The third agreement is don’t make assumptions.”
“The day you stop making assumptions you will communication cleanly and clearly, free of emotional poison.”
The Fourth Agreement
“The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three: Always do your best.”
“…forget everything you have learned in your whole life. This is the beginning of a new understanding, a new dream.”