“The Four Agreements: a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom,” by Don Miguel Ruiz
Full Book Summary & Review
This book is wonderful!
It is short easy to read, yet potent with valuable wisdom!
It before it gets into the 4 Agreements breaking down what they are and how they are valuable for you. The book starts by discussing the dream of the planet and our own domestication. Then the book goes through the 4 agreements and ends with breaking your old, less valuable, agreements.
We live in a world full of smoke & mirrors. The mirrors is us the dreamers, reflections of one another. The smoke, is our own individual interpretation of the dream we our living.
We have all be domesticated and programmed to a set of beliefs. Many belief systems that we have be ingrained with lead us to suffer. The only way to release ourselves from the suffering in our lives is to break the old bad belief systems and replace them with new ones.
How often have you suffered multiple times about something that happened once?
“True justice is paying only once for each mistake. True injustice is paying more than once for each mistake.”
It sounds insane to think we suffer multiple times over 1 mistake but its true, everyone has experienced this. We our blind of the truth because of all the unfavorable beliefs you have ingrained in your mind that causes you to suffer more than is necessary.
The 4 Agreements can change you life but it does require a commitment and a strong will. Commit to the 4 agreement for yourself and loved ones. Imagine transforming your life to your own personal heaven.
What agreements do you have with yourself that cause you to live in a beautiful state?
What agreements do you have that cause you to suffer?
Imagine if you could massively reduce the suffering you’re experiencing and live life full of joy, fulfillment & love.
“Humans punish themselves endlessly for not being what they believe
they should be. They become very self-abusive, and they use other people to abuse themselves as well.” -Don Miguel Ruiz
Now here is the full breakdown of each of the 4 agreements…
The 1st Agreement: Be impeccable with your word.
“You can measure the impeccability of your word by your level of self-love. How much you love yourself and how you feel about yourself are directly proportionate to the quality and integrity of your word. When you are impeccable with your word, you feel good; you feel happy and at peace.” -Don Miguel Ruiz
The agreement is the most important and the hardest to honor. However you word is power, your word is how you create and commit to manifesting your own personal heaven. Your word is a force, a power you have to express, communicate, & create all the events within your life. Your word is how you can essentially speak things into existence. If you say your are going to exercise 5 times a week that’s it you are exercising 5 times a week, no excuses. By backing up your word with action, that is how you make you word a positive force in your life. You can measure the impeccability of your word through your own self-love. Those that lack self love will lack honoring there word. If you want to be free & happy then be impeccable with your word, your word backed by action has the power to positively impact your life in a transformative way.
The 2nd Agreement: Don’t take anything personal.
“When you take things personally, then you feel offended, and your reaction is to defend your beliefs and create conflict.” – Don Miguel Ruiz
Realize how selfish it is for you to take things personally, this is because is comes from an assumption that everything is about “you.” By not taking things personally you will avoid consuming so much negative energy that people will try and throw at you. Realize that if someone is trying to cause you to suffer whether intentionally of unintentionally it is simply a reflection of there own thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions. No matter what be think, say, or do; don’t take any of it personally. Sometimes we chose to take things personally because of our own addiction to suffering. Make a conscious effort to alleviate yourself of this general addiction to suffering. Even the opinions you have of yourself, do not take it personally. When you make a committed habit to not take things personally, you will avoid many upsets in your life. Imagine anger, jealousy, envy, sadness, etc… imagine all those suffering states disappearing from your life. The challenge of committing to not taking things personal is difficult but the reward is worth it, the reward is a huge amount of freedom.
The 3rd Agreement: Don’t make Assumptions.
“We have the tendency to make assumptions about everything. The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are true.” -Don Miguel Ruiz
Look back on a lot of the sadness and drama in your life, mostly all of it can be traced back to you taking things personally and making assumptions. Making assumptions will lead to suffering because it is not aligned with the truth. We have a fear of being ourselves around others because of assumptions, we assume everyone else will judge us, abuse us, blame us, just as we do to ourselves. We reject ourselves before others even reject us. We have a habit of dreaming with no basis in reality, and then when the truth is inevitable reveal things aren’t what we thought or expected and we suffer. The 3rd agreement: don’t make assumptions is difficult because we have a habit of doing the complete opposite. It is a consistent unconscious habit. Replace the old with the new and it is done so by committed to establishing a new conscious habit. Make a conscious effort to NOT make assumptions until it becomes an unconscious habit. Think about how much more mentally free you would be living on the terms of reality and truth rather than assumptions and false speculations.
The 4th Agreement: Always do your Best.
“Under any circumstance, always do your best, no more, no less. But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next.”
-Don Miguel Ruiz
Only you can determine when you are doing your best. Doing your best wont always be at the same quantity or quality however doing your best is simply that, doing your best. This agreement is about the action of the first 3 agreements. What is magical about this agreement is that when done with sincerity it will release the inner judge or critic you have of yourself. You can judge yourself because you’re doing your best. Don’t do things from the perspective of having to do something. Rather replace the “have-to-do” with a “get-to-do,” do your best by taking action to live life to the fullest.
The 4 Agreements are powerful & there for you to adopt into your life you real positive life transformation.
When you adopt these 4 agreements into your life, where you are impeccable with your word, not taking anything personal, avoiding making any assumptions and always doing your best; then you are going to have a extraordinary life. A life full of happiness, love & fulfillment.
The challenge will be combating all the other agreements within your dream and others agreements around you. To make this work for you, you need to be a warrior. A warrior that can protect, defend, and live up to the 4 agreements. Your happiness, freedom, and entire way of living depends on this. The warriors goal, your goal, is to transcend this world, to escape your own personal hell & never go back.
If you ever break one of the agreements, dont beat yourself up cause you to judge or victimize yourself instead recalibrate you state with the agreements. The author says you can say this to yourself when you break an agreement…
“Okay, I broke my agreement to be impeccable with my word. I will start all over again. I am going to keep The Four Agreements just for today. Today I will be impeccable with my word, I will not take anything personally, I will not make any assumptions, and I am going to do my best.”
Keep attention on today, be in the present and take this commitment to the 4 agreements day by day. Always do your best and the agreements will become easier and easier to maintain. Make today the day, your begin shedding yourself of the old unwanted bad agreements that are holding you back & causing suffering, then replace them with these simple yet powerful 4 agreements. The bad habits and agreements your are going to shed are like a monster or a parasite. You can defeat it by starvation. Do NOT give in or provide any attention to the old agreements, they no longer serve you. Feed or give you attention to these 4 agreements and the old crappy beliefs & agreements will disappear from your life.
If this summary has been helpful & valuable for you be sure to “like” it & share it with everyone who can get value from it. And again as a final recap the 4 agreements in this book, this practical guide to personal freedom are…
1. Be impeccable with your word
2. Don’t take anything personally
3. Don’t make assumptions
4. Always do your best
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