I would like to tell you about a man named Don Miguel Ruiz. Don Miguel was a brilliant surgeon in his native Mexico. Only a few years into his career, he was in a near fatal car accident. And like many people who have faced a life-altering event, he decided he needed to take a look at his life. It is said that the greatest growth is born from those big challenges. I would have to agree.
He immersed himself in both the ancient teachings of his ancestors and those of the American Shaman Indian’s.
Don Miguel shares what he learned with his first book: The Four Agreements. This book gives four principles (what he calls Agreements) to practice in order to create, peace, love and happiness in your life.
What I especially love about his works is how he combines both his background as a scientist with the knowledge and wisdom he spent so many years studying.
I am going to share with you the short description of each agreement, from Don Miguel’s book cover. Then, as we move further into the show, we can discuss the Agreements in greater detail and how you can use them to transform your lives.
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.
I would like to add something of my own here. We all know that old saying about sticks and stones. Well, it’s not true. Words can cut us very deeply!
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.
I need to add something here as well. Don’t decide what is on another persons mind; just ask them.
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-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
Trying to adhere to the Four Agreements 100% of the time is setting yourself up for failure. Don Miguel’s purpose with The Four Agreements was to create an awakening from old belief systems and show people a new way to view the world.
If you are able to adopt these principles as often as you can (however often that is), it will absolutely be one of the most life changing things you will ever do.
And as with all of the things I talk about, it takes paying attention to your actions and practice, practice, practice.
There are no overnight miracles.
© 2016 Alice Badler