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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book If You Want To Be Free, October 28, 2003
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This review is from: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) (Paperback)
Don Miguel Ruiz is known as a nagual, or shaman, of the Toltec tradition. The Toltecs were an ancient group of scientists and artists that was formed to explore and preserve the practices and spiritual knowledge of the ancient ones. It is not a religion, but a way of life that embraces spirit and honors all the spiritual masters who have taught on the earth. Toltec wisdom arises from the same essential unity of truth as other sacred esoteric traditions that are found all over the world.
The Four Agreements are very simple, but very profound. To embrace and live each of the Four Agreements is to find yourself experiencing personal freedom--possibly as never before. The Four Agreements are:
Be Impeccable With Your Words
Don't Take Anything Personally
Don't Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best
From the cover of the book:
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.
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.
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.
This book may be small in size, but it packs a hefty punch in terms of shattering personal illusions and opening up a path to personal freedom. I consider this book a must-have for anyone wanting to become more conscious and wanting freedom from personal stories and agreements that cause suffering.
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Initial post: Aug 16, 2008 4:34:22 PM PDT
I really found this book life changing. I only wish in Middle school some one had taught me not to take anything personally! how much unnecessary drama could have been avoided. When my daughter is of age I will happily present her with the Four Agreements!

Posted on May 15, 2010 10:38:58 PM PDT
Eagleman says:
Excellent Review! Thanks! I also found this book to be life changing on my path towards self-realization. Another must read of another truly profound and life changing book I've experienced is The Self Love Principle by Debra Gangale. Namaste

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 6:50:18 AM PDT
Excellent!
"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."

Wonderful review!

- author Sam

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 4:35:24 PM PDT
Janet Boyer says:
Thank you, Sam!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 12:42:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2011 12:46:34 AM PDT
Dear Janet, please show me the smallest factual evidence for the existence of your "Toltec tradition" outside of your imagination and the poisonous fantasies of Carlos Castaneda. Don Miguel Ruiz represents what native people call Plastic Indians. In other words, he is a New Age huckster who is writing solely to part naive people from their money. It's very easy to verify this for yourself by contacting the tribes themselves.

I'll say one more thing and that is that it is impossible to carry out the "Four Agreements" in real life because the mind alone can never change the habits of the body. Also, the mind is not proof against accident and external influence, since the mind does not actually "own" knowledge. If change is possible at all it is only by long hard work that touches all parts of one's machine and through direct practical instruction. This is why genuine esoteric traditions always start with the statement "Know Thyself": the whole point is that because we cannot change only self-observation is possible and that is where efforts must start.

I'm afraid to say that if you had any real personal development of your own, you would already know all of the above and would not wish to pull the wool over yet more naive readers' eyes.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 12:16:46 AM PDT
I enjoyed the reviews and the way you all expressed how you felt.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 2:59:50 PM PDT
Janet Boyer says:
Thank you, Jackie!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 5:13:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2011 5:15:51 AM PST
Random Task says:
In response to Mr. T.R.L. Stordy...
I don't think the part of the book that explains the 'Toltec tradition' is important. No matter how Miguel Ruiz is viewed by the tribes, it doesn't change the practicality of the four agreements. A lot of times people don't realize how their perception and their actions can influence their life. The four agreements is a nice reminder. Who could argue that not taking anything personally, not gossiping or using self-deprication, always doing your best, and not making assumptions, would be a bad way to live your life?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 3:48:46 PM PST
JL Thomas says:
Ouch! What a sour and down attitude.

It may surprise you to hear that not grew up in an environment that offered opportunity for real personal development or a mentor. My dear Mr. T.R. L. Stordy, y0or comments break every agreement suggested and clearly state your character.

You should be afraid to make that last very unkind statement. it is a self condemnation. Further, most people reading this book would not be naive but seeking self improvement. If you care to do a tad of reasearch, the origin of pulling the wool over ones eyes will be interesting. Jo Thomas

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 8:35:55 PM PST
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