four boys on waterfall embody 4 agreements

The Four Agreements ― Honoring Your Path

These are agreements you make with yourself to empower positive thinking and action.  Simple but powerful personal guiding principles which enable you to channel friendliness, compassion, and happiness.

Honoring Your Path ― The Four Agreements

1. Be impeccable with your word.
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.

2. Don’t take anything personally.
Nothing other people 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.

3. Don’t make assumptions.
Find the courage to ask questions and 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.

4. 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. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.”

― Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

What these Agreements Embody

1. To be impeccable with your word means striving to be honest with yourself and others. Gossip and hearsay are actions which are negative to all relationships.  So, you’ll need to stop feeding your mind with gossip which is the basis for much of “reality TV.”

2. Fixating on the motives of others makes you lose connection with Source.  Keep your focus on being “present” and “mindful.”  Follow the first agreement.  Strive to be honest.  You may need to remind yourself from time to time that when you take on the victim mentality you limit yourself.  If someone has a different opinion, don’t take it as a personal affront.  Instead, ask with the genuine intent to find out why they believe what they do.  Resist the urge to present a different argument unless they ask for yours.  

3. Follow your above tactics.  Be mindful and present.  Accept people where they are.  Ask questions but resist the urge to judge.  Avoid projecting your own values and beliefs.  Simply listen.

4. Do what you say you will do, and don’t overpromise.  Follow your personal agreement in statement one. Remind yourself that perfection may be a goal but even if attained it is only temporary at best.  Give your best effort. Be diligent with your time. Avoid “what ifs” and self-judgment.

In Conclusion

These four personal agreements will change your attitude about life.  They give you perspective in this ever-changing world.  And, provide guidance for you to be a better person, without the baggage of adopting any dogma or doctrine.  Four simple things to keep in mind.  Namaste.

There are other sources of guiding principles which do not require belief in religion.  And, there are some from Eastern leaders like the Dali Lama which are absent religious dogma.


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