The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book).
Featured in the debut issue of O: The Oprah Magazine and Oprah's Favorite Things 2000 segment, The Four Agreements reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob people of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements - be impeccable with your word, don't take anything personally, don't make assumptions, always do your best - offer a powerful code of conduct that can quickly transform life into a new one experience freedom, love and true happiness. This hardcover gift edition with a linen jacket cover features two-color printing and a silk ribbon marker.
Don Miguel Ruiz's book is a guide to enlightenment and freedom. --Deepak Chopra, author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
An inspiring book with many beautiful lessons. --Wayne Dyer, author, Real Magic
In the tradition of Castaneda, Ruiz distills essential Toltec wisdom and expresses clearly and flawlessly what it means for men and women to live as peaceful warriors in the modern world. --Dan Millman, author, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
The wisdom in this book has completely changed my life, more than anything I've ever read or pondered. This is not an exaggeration. The Four Agreements appeared in the titles I suggested because I bought books on Buddhism and meditation. It was relatively cheap, so I thought, "Why not?"
When I began the chapter on the First Chord, my eyes were on phrases, phrases and truths that stood out from the page with childlike simplicity and immense depth. When I started unraveling what I had learned, I cried some good tears. It kept happening as if the wounds in my soul were starting to heal. They healed thanks to my active attention and I learned to speak to myself without judgment. I thought I already knew how to do it through meditation and therapy, but this book reveals something to me that I just can't explain.
I don't want to give too much away about this book because the way everything is explained is great and it builds up in layers. The way it is told is important. You can feel the kind and loving intention in every word. This book is very easy to read and understand; You don't really need advanced philosophy to move mountains of the mind.
I feel like Don Miguel Ruiz right next to me, gently and lovingly helping me to see the true beauty in me, the true beauty in the universe and how we are all connected. He has the same power as an elder who looks you in the eye and tells you truths that come from years of contemplation, experience and wisdom. The best part is that I am learning to be myself, truly me. I'm learning to love myself, not the things * about * me, but the real me that doesn't have to swell or put on protection. I am learning to be vulnerable and to face others with much less fear and insecurity. What a gift. What a treasure.
As a fully qualified CBT consultant with many years of experience, I recommend these books to my clients as needed. When these four agreements are - in essence - maintained, the personal freedom that can be achieved changes life. And that's not an exaggeration.
I read it in one afternoon, just in one gulp. The spelling makes it a very enjoyable read, although I can understand some readers' comments on the language of the book. It has a very new esoteric language that can annoy someone who is not interested in that kind of philosophy (myself included).
As a Landmark graduate, I must say that the concepts in this book are neither new nor overwhelming, but they are a great way to remind you of the most important behaviors you need to adopt to live a powerful life.
I didn't like the self-centered approach to relationships with other people where the message was, "I take care of my business, you take care of yours and I don't care what you are dealing with." Here's how it seemed to me.
My general opinion on this book is very positive. I stumbled upon it by accident and looked at it because the cover looked familiar to me. I have a lot of anxiety and depression issues and antidepressants don't agree with me, so I'm always looking for other ways to calm down and keep my thoughts in order. I can honestly say this book has been helpful. It's not a panacea, but when I'm feeling anxious or depressed it legitimately helps to think about agreements and what the author said about self-love that must come first.
The reasons for 4 stars instead of 5 are: a) there was a "wild claim" or 2 (one I remember suggesting that a person who believes they can get cancer will be within a year - I'm not arguing against the possibility or the fact that a mental state can affect physical health, but the specificity was a little too much here) and b) there was no free level of religiosity but here and there there was enough to do something