The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (#SelfHelp, #Spirituality)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Author: Don Miguel Ruiz
Source: Self Purchased
Format: Paperback
Series: NA
Published: November 7, 1997
Genre: Spirituality, Psychology, Self Help
Available: BN | Amazon | +Goodreads

As someone who is attempting (and at times not succeeding) to go through personal change, I found The Four Agreements to be very helpful and it's explanation in establishing four simple rules to your life and gaining personal freedom. Mr. Ruiz has four things he feels we all should have and they are:
  • Be Impeccable With Your Word
  • Don't Take Anything Personally (a struggle for myself)
  • Don't Make Assumptions
  • Always Do Your Best
With these four Agreements, this author believes we have the power to to change our lives. Mr. Ruiz sees this world as a dream state (think the Matrix). And in this dream, we are being domesticated with ever day beliefs that can at times weigh us down heavily. I can attest to this as I do believe that we can AND do get stuck on things such as how we are viewed by others in society. As in if we don't have certain things or behave (or don't) a certain way then there is something inherently wrong with us.

We as humans have become so entrenched in looking for the perfect "this" and "that" that we forget to be just "US". We forget to live our lives as it is supposed to lived...simply and happy.

The Four Agreements rooted in a ancient Toltec wisdom gives you healthy advise in training your mind to live your own life for "You" and not for others even when it comes to your friends and family, you must live for you. Because at the end of the day, at the end of it are responsible for yourself and your actions.  I mean, may have your family and your friends BUT at the end of this this current dream state, you truly are only responsible for your life. This is another thing I can attest to because for me,  I tend to get so caught up in worrying about taking care of others and over analyzing stuff, I forget to take care of myself, take care of my feelings, my soul. I've come to realize that that "self care" is a truly wonderful feeling but I've have to get into the habit of training my mind to KNOW that self care is essential, it is a must to keeping my soul truly happy.

Mr. Ruiz's thought is this, there is no need to suffer. You only suffer if you choose to suffer and I choose to no longer self suffer.

I really enjoyed this read and there are some really helpful words/steps offered here that I feel that I can easily apply towards my goals in becoming a better "me". There are truly some "ah ha!" moments in The Four Agreements. The wording is simple, there are no long drawn out paragraphs to make you feel like "what the hell did I just read here?"  lols. I like that the author kept it simple and straight to the point.

Great book!
The Toltec were known throughout southern Mexico as women and men of Knowledge.  

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  1. Those are good tenets to live by and neat how these are universal standards and also gleaned from the ancient Toltecs. Cheering you on to work things and grow to be who you want to be, Sharonda.

    1. I like when older things mesh with today's stuff :)

      thanks Sophia!

  2. Just goes to show that even older books have powerful messages that work just as well. I like these words of wisdom, and they are so true. Thanks for sharing! Hugs...