The Four Agreements is such a powerful book, condensed into a quick read. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, author Don Miguel Ruiz offers up four agreements as a way to personal freedom(and he goes into detail about what constitutes personal freedom, universally). Each time I reread this book, there are messages in it that resonate and cause me to think how could I forget this? I hesitated to spill some of its contents here, as a single post about such a masterpiece can hardly do it justice. There is so much more to the book than the agreements themselves. The author touches on things in between and around and inside the agreements, but for what it’s worth, here’s the list, simplified:
#1 Be Impeccable With Your Word : Words are powerful. Use them in the direction of truth and love and avoid using them to speak against yourself or others.
#2 Don’t take anything personally: We’ve each developed our own belief systems and are sensitive to that system being challenged. Be aware of this and you will be less reactive.
#3 Don’t make assumptions: Communicate clearly to avoid misunderstandings and don’t assume you know what others are thinking or feeling. Ask. Tell. Communicate.
#4 Always do your best: To avoid self-judgement and regret, do your best in each given moment. Be present and take pleasure in taking right action.