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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, a Toltec Wisdom Book

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Featured in the premiere issue of "O: The Oprah Magazine, The Four Agreements" promotes a powerful code of conduct based on ancient Toltec wisdom. ... Show synopsis

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Anita S

Great Book!

by Anita S on May 30, 2013

In my spiritual quest for more knowledge, this book is very helpful. I've read many books over the years and this is an addition that is well worth it.

laura f

Need to Read

by laura f on Apr 12, 2013

The Personal Conflicts in Don Miguel Ruiz?s The Four Agreements There are four distinct conflicts that the author Don Miguel Ruiz discusses in his book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. The author informs the reader that we as humans live in a dream state that has been created by society as a whole. That the lives that we live are created and run by the humans who have set up ?its rules, its beliefs, its laws, its religions, its different culture and ways to be, its government, schools, social events, and holidays? (Ruiz, 1997). That we as children get taught these rules and how to abide by them and follow them, that to stray from these rules will cause us consequences and differentiate us from the norm of society. Don Miguel Ruiz lets the reader know that they do not need to conform to the norm of society. That you as the reader are able to break the mold and have your own opinions, feelings and a say in how you want to run your life and he challenges the reader to review their beliefs, their perception of their lives, and how they look at themselves. He has four agreements that have been taught to him that he shares with the reader to enable them to pursue a happier more fulfilling life. Be Impeccable with Your Word, this is his first agreement. Don Miguel challenges you to think before you speak, not only to other people, but to yourself. Do you speak about yourself in a negative fashion? Do you gossip about others? He asks if you are able to speak in a manner that is truthful, sincere and enlightening. He allows you to understand that once you learn how to speak the truth, you will see that everything that has been spoken to you with negative connotations is not true. With this first step, you will be able to break some of the old perceptions of yourself and others. ?How much you love yourself and how you feel about yourself are directly proportionate to the quality and integrity of your word?. (Ruiz, 1997) The second agreement continues with the spoken word. Don?t Take Anything Personally. Don Miguel tries to emphasize that if you allow yourself the freedom of not taking on others negative words, and remind yourself not to take things personally, that the words that are spoken in anger, hate or dislike are coming from a source that is experiencing these emotions themselves. When you allow negativity to fall off, you understand the person that you truly are. You are not bound by what others tell you. You are that smart, beautiful, person you claim to be. The third agreement Don?t Make Assumptions has the reader asking many questions; not only of themselves, but of everyone surrounding them. It tells the reader never to assume that everyone around you knows what you want or what you are trying to express. Never be afraid of asking questions, or rephrasing something to make sure that the other person understands exactly what it is you want. Communication is a key element to ward off assumptions, both on the individuals part and from the person involved. Don Miguel mentions in his fourth agreement Always Do Your Best, that this is a win win situation for the individual. He states that if you do the best in everything you do, then even when you are not having a great day, as long as you did the best you could, it is still the best. He also goes on to let the reader know that everyone has bad days, and when that happens, you allow yourself to start over the next day, and the next, if that is what it takes. The fourth agreement also encourages the individual to move forward in their lives, and not to look back and dwell on past errors or mistakes. Don Miguel realizes that we as individuals have had many years of negative exposure. He realizes that changes can not be made over night, but he also realizes that as long as individuals are dedicated to change and persevere, then they will reap the benefits of living healthier happier lives. I enjoyed this book and got quite a bit of good information from it. It was well written and explained the negative aspects of the agreements and how to transform them into the positive aspects of the agreements. It did not degrade or point blame at anyone, but encouraged individuals to look at themselves for change and happiness. The resolutions of conflicts that arise in this book are solely dependent on the reader. Don Miguel as he states, ?plants seeds? (Ruiz, 1997) and allows you to do the rest. Bibliography Ruiz, D. M. (1997). The Four Agreements: A Practical; Guide to Personal Freedom. San Rafael: Amber-Allen Publishing, Inc.

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jay c

the four agreements

by jay c on Aug 13, 2010

AN EXCELLENT BOOK!!! easy to comprehend and it works! really! possibly the best book i have ever read. my highest recommendation!

wz152
by wz152 on Feb 25, 2010

Food for thought. Highly recommended for all spiritual beings.

dry7780

A Book to Change Your Life

by dry7780 on Apr 3, 2007

I am an English Teacher who studied philosophy at the undergraduate level. I love philosophy of life literature! I am fascinated with the way we lead our lives and I aspire to live a zen life! I read this book because I heard about it from an interview between Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. I was impressed with his organizational structure. The author is very organized and very centered on teaching his Toltec Philosophy. This philosophy of life is compatible with any religious system or moral philosophy. He speaks to the heart! Read it and it will change your life!

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