Communicating with ourselves, not taking things personally (#2) gives us the opportunity to look inward, to find and change the old arrangements and beliefs — most of the lies of our domestication in childhood — that involve us emotionally and push us to react. The author of the article describes precisely the “dream” of people that distorts what people say or do. It is a powerful gift from Toltec Wisdom. I have neither read nor planned this book. I saw these four chords on the wall in a yoga teacher house and laughed. These tenants are what Saniel Bonder, the founder of Waking Down In Mutality, would call hyper-masculine ideas to improve us. They could improve our lives for a while, but like all self-improvement projects, they imply that ultimately we need more self-insurance. Although there is an important place for the action component in life (the male strength), it is necessary to reconcile it with the softer outfit and to accept the maternity qualities of the deep feminine. Truly loving us for and with all our human weaknesses is the key to the non-judgment of ourselves and others, and a surprising impudence. This can pave the way for a deeper understanding that involves knowing us as an unlimited presence of Devine.
Here is a spontaneous list of my 4 chords: (1) Give yourself a break – again and again, we can use the fourth chord, Do your best, to encourage us to aspire positively. But this agreement also recognizes that “our best” varies from time to time, depending on our circumstances and our state of mind. The awareness of this fact leads to the realization that everything we do is our best moment, and this awareness can prevent us from having flags of ourselves if we are not up to an inappropriate level of perfection. Half of everything: half smile, half attentive, half creating, half-work… I really appreciated the way you put forward the most important ideas of this book. Good note for Miguel Ruiz`s book. I also pulled some nuggets from it on getnugget .co. Nuggets as notes on the edge of a page, but with images. You can find them interesting! In conclusion, I see the immense value in the Four Agreements, but the enabling of the agreements requires the Holy Spirit. It is interesting to note that Ruiz concludes the book by discussing spiritual warriors. It all starts with consciousness – unfortunately, most people are not aware of their condition or situation. Consciousness is the first step.
“1: Be immaculate with your word.” Jesus always said what came to mind. He was always telling the truth. I`m not talking about “white lies” that are supposed to help others, nor am I talking about “dark truths” that are supposed to harm others by telling them real facts just to harm them. To me, this agreement is similar to what the second and ninth commandments are talking about. I know I`m not perfect. I know that I have sinned in my past and I know that I will sin in the future, even though I will try to live according to the word of the Lord. Being impeccable with my word means to me that I can admit that I am not perfect. It is a statement that some people are not prepared to say for whatever reason they have. The truth is that Jesus is our Lord, he is part of the Holy Trinity (or at least, as Muslims see it, an almighty prophet). To say that another God is the only true God (in some religions there may be several gods) is a lie.
My mother is a Roman Catholic, but she believes in energies, she loads her crystal in the moonlight, and so on, even by she was born a Christian Catholic. We painted “The Divine Mercy of Jesus” in our living room, but it is hidden next to our television, in a place where almost no one can see it.