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The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements

Be Impeccable with Your Word

Your word is the power that you have to create. It is a gift. All the magic you possess is based on your word. Every human is a magician, and we can either put a spell on someone with our word or we can release someone from a spell. We cast spells all the time with our opinions.

Your word can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everything around you. If you don’t misuse your word you will only create beauty, love, and heaven on earth.

Don’t Take Anything Personally

Personal importance, or taking things personally, is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the assumption that everything is about “me”.

Even when a situation seems so personal, even if others insult you directly, it has nothing to do with you. Don’t take it personally. What they say, what they do, and the opinions they give are according to the agreements they have in their own minds.

Don’t Make Assumptions

When we believe something we assume we are right about it to the point that we will destroy relationships in order to defend our position. Give up your need to defend your position.

If you don’t understand, ask. Have the courage to ask questions until you are clear as you can be, and even then do not assume you know all there is to know about a given situation. Once you hear the answer, you will not have to make assumptions because you will know the truth.

Always Do Your Best

Keep doing your best — no more and no less than your best. When you overdo, you deplete your body and go against yourself, and it will take you longer to accomplish your goal.

If you do your best always, over and over again, you will become a master of transformation. By doing your best, the habits of misusing your word, taking things personally, and making assumptions will become weaker and less frequent with time until they completely lose their power over you.

Don Miguel Ruiz: The Four Agreements


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