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How well does it work.,
This review is from: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) (Paperback)
The author says the we have chosen to believe what we have been programmed to believe. Recognizing how difficult it is to change core beliefs, he merely makes practical suggestions about how one can view things differently. All of the rhetoric, pro and con, about this book may stimulate the intellect; however, the ultimate question to ask about new ideas is `How well do they work". These Four Agreements work. This is precisely why an open mind is so important for spiritual growth. With an open mind one can experiment with new ideas instead of sitting around debating the merits of the ideas.
If you doubt the validity of what this author says, I would invite you to call up any one of your friends and see if they can carry on a conversation for 10 minutes without engaging in character assignation. The author says they can't, and I discovered he was right.
If you are open to new ideas, this book will be beneficial to you.
If you have the courage to further question what you have been programmed to believe, I would strongly recommend the book An Encounter with a Prophet by Clyde A. Lewis. An Encounter with a Prophet enabled me to give up my programmed beliefs about God -beliefs that were causing me a good deal of disturbance. The book also provided practical suggestions that I could experiment with. Those suggestions also worked.
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Initial post: Oct 27, 2010 7:25:33 PM PDT
character assignation? Huh? Can't find it in a Google search. You mean character "assassination", right?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 7:13:46 PM PST
must have meant that. I was scratching my head too : )
Posted on Apr 6, 2013 6:33:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2013 6:36:07 PM PDT
Dartagnon Puissant says:
I understood the word Assignation perfectly and apparently the others did too since they knew the word that was correct but as long as we understand the point what does it matter? I have am Internet friend in NZ who is a terrible speller but I stopped correcting him when he told me that he "REALLY did NOT Care!" Sorry for butting in here ... my normal philosophy is to let sleeping dogs lay ... but I also object to people correcting others. According to Bing, Assignation IS a word and it means as follows: Definition of assignation (n)
bing.com · Bing Dictionary
as·sig·na·tion [ àssig náysh'n ]
lovers' meeting: an appointment to meet with a lover, especially secretly
assigning somebody or something: the act of giving somebody a specific job or designating something for a specific use
Assignation is not only a word but it also describes what is going on here. Insightful said what they meant ,,, but it was just a bit too lofty for the others to grasp. Such things happen when people jump before they look it up in the dictionary. I am merely pointing out ... not judging ... it's all good with me ... Sorry for butting in ... it seemed necessary.
But for those who corrected you may have a good suggestion as "assassination" could possibly be the better word to use but it all depends on the author and what he wanted to project. Insightful would have to tell us what they meant for us to understand fully. Time will tell ... perhaps.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2013 11:52:39 AM PST
S. Acle says:
I'm with the others. Assignation is a word, but "character assignation" is not something I've ever heard of. And with those two definitions, I would imagine "character assassination" was intended. Spell-check wouldn't have caught this.
Try it on for size: the quote implies something negative. Character assassination is negative. Character assignation? The act of designating jobs to people...? Sounds neutral or positive, implying people are capable of jobs and that's why they are assigned to them. That seems like a good thing. Secret appointments to meet with a lover? Does not fit at all.
And I do think there is value in correcting people if they accidentally typed in a different WORD than what they meant. Little and obvious errors, meh... But a whole different word with entirely different meaning? Would be nice if Insightful would chime in.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 6:41:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2013 6:42:18 PM PST
Ms Muffintop says:
I think character assignation is when you make assumptions - and one of the four agreements was that you stop making assumptions. Character assassination is probably bad too because it implies that what you are saying is with malicious intent, as opposed to mere stating the facts. I.e. "Joe is a bad plumber" is making a judgement, "Joe did not show up on time, complete my job and now the sink still leaks" would be a statement of specific facts, which if true, may cause people to think poorly of him but would NOT be character assassination.
Well the first agreement was to speak with integrity. This does not equal always saying something nice. Sometimes you have an ethical duty to state facts which are not pleasant. Which I guess is why the author advises readers to not take anything personally. When I worked at a bank I sometimes had to tell people they were overdrawn. They hated that. They often retaliated with unpleasant remarks, and on one occasion with a threat to do bodily harm. It wasn't personal. I understood they were upset, but I called the police any how.
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