THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
Book Review of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz This book is for anyone that is struggling with changing the insanity that exists within his or her life. Some say that insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results. The enslavement to this cycle is the reason it is perpetuated. The Four Agreements can break the cycle with four simple, but not necessarily easy, suggestions. According to Don Miguel Ruiz, a Toltec shaman, an agreement is a belief system in which culturally we all believe, thus we are in agreement that the words in a book are printed on a page. Most people that are of sound mind would agree with this statement. The four agreements as outlined in the book are as follows: Be impeccable with your word Don’t take anything personally Don’t make assumptions Always do your best Throughout this quick read, Ruiz provides examples of how to release past emotional hurts to live in the present – today – and change gradually to get closer to living a life of personal freedom. This guide is practical and empowering. The last agreement helps aid in the first three. If one always chooses to do their best each day – whatever their best may be at that given time – it will assist in being impeccable with one’s word, it will help to not take anything personally, and will stop or at least stall making assumptions. All of the agreements work in tandem with one another. Finally, Ruiz is realistic and let’s the reader off the hook as a human being. It takes several days, months, even years to get to a place of victimization, anger, hurt, and resentment so it will take time to release past hurts and hang-ups to regain personal freedom. However, the final guiding agreement – always do your best – can guide the reader to a more comfortable life where the shackles of slavery to pain, chaos, and drama are finally unlocked. Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and nagual (shaman) grandfather. The family anticipated don Miguel would embrace their centuries old legacy of healing and teaching and as a nagual, carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, distracted by modern life, Don Miguel chose to attend medical school and later teach and practice as a surgeon. After a near death experience, he began an intensive practice of self-inquiry where he devoted himself to the mastery of the ancient ancestral wisdom of his family, the Toltec. In the tradition of the Toltec, a nagual guides an individual to personal freedom. Since he is a nagual from the Eagle Knight, Don Miguel Ruiz has dedicated his life to sharing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec.