Finding Freedom & Love: The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
August 12, 2016
Negative beliefs wreak havoc in your body when we agree with them and choose to store these beliefs. How do we break free of this? How do we change our thought patterns? It is not the easiest to do. A new outlook is needed. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is an easy read that helps you make that shift. I first heard about this book in 1998 from one of my favorite teachers when I was in Massage Therapy School. She was also an Acupuncture Physician and had all her new patients read this book before they came in for an initial appointment. I gleaned a lot from this book back then. I recently listened to it again on my Audible App. Now as an Acupuncture Physician, I am able to “see” how the negative emotions affect the body, not to mention how I have personally experienced this as well. I have found meditation to be very helpful to reduce negative self chatter. This book shows you why you have chosen to cling to these unhealthy beliefs.
Fear, anger, sadness, grief, envy, betrayal, resentment block us from living the life we really want to have. When forgiveness happens then we are able to see ourselves and others in a new light. You’ll know you’ve truly forgiven when you hear or see their names and you don’t react to them.
The Four Agreements are
Be Impeccable With Your Word: Speak with integrity. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of love.
Don't Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you; it is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't needlessly suffer.
Don't Make Assumptions: Find the courage to express what you really want. Communicate clearly with others to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. This one agreement can be completely transformational.
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
These agreements help us to choose to be happy and not let others affect us. Eventually we can create our own personal heaven. With new eyes of perception, we can see love everywhere. We are able to be free of conflict with ourselves and others. In this book you will receive permission to be happy. In Gratitude, our lives can be miraculous; to be wild and free, but with wisdom instead of the innocence of a child. This is a book to cherish, to share with others, to give as a gift and re-read again and again. Whether there is emotional pain or physical pain, this book will bless you and guide you to freedom and love.