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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) Paperback – November 7, 1997
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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.Read more ›
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.
Through your word, you express your creative powers. The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human. It is the power you have to express and communicate, to think, and tereby to create the events in your life. The word is so powerful that one word can change a life. The truth is the most important part of being impeccable with your word. Only the truth will set us free. One little piece of misinformation can break down communication between people. Gossip is poison. Impeccability of the word can lead to personal freedom.
Your point of view is personal to you. It is your version of the truth. You have to trust yourself and choose to believe or not what someone says to you. When we really see other people as they are without taking it personally, we can never be hurt by what they say or do. Healing is on the way, and it's just a matter of time before things will be better for you. You are never responsible for the actions of others; you are only responsible for you. You can experience inner peace and happiness.
The problem with making assumptions is that you believe they are the truth. It is always better to ask questions than to make an assumption. When the truth comes out, we find that it was not what we thought it was at all. Have the courage to ask qustions. Perhaps you need to gather more facts about a particular situation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. It came at a time when I was questioning who I really was. The author's words of lies we grow with and have believed for so many years hit home. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Christene
I read this as my daughter asked me to buy it for my teenage granddaughter. I wanted to be sure it wasn't too kooky or conflicted with the Bible. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by prs
This book is a must have. I thoroughly enjoyed and the best part for me was that it is totally applicable to my life right now.Published 23 hours ago by Mallori Symone
It was better than I had thought. A good tool for guiding me in therapy and was easy to read and understand.Published 2 days ago by BonnieRosenthal
Umm..... This book is not good. The "ideas" are great....but the book itself (i.e. the writing) is so elementary and novice that it dilutes the message, retracts from the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Chrissy Schear
This book comes recommended by my therapist. I am struggling through a divorce. This book is very simply written and yet very profound. Read it at least twice or more as needed. Read morePublished 3 days ago by desert chick
This book is practical, common sense advice for general happiness. The points are black and white and the book is easy to read.Published 3 days ago by Mel
best book ive ever read. If you need positive in your life this is what you need to readPublished 3 days ago by Maria herrera