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« on: Apr 19, 2014 09:29 pm »

Nomaste Comet was talking about this man to me so I was inspired to look him up:

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Don Miguel Ruiz's - The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz's book, The Four Agreements was published in 1997. For many, The Four Agreements is a life-changing book, whose ideas come from the ancient Toltec wisdom of the native people of Southern Mexico. The Toltec were 'people of knowledge' - scientists and artists who created a society to explore and conserve the traditional spiritual knowledge and practices of their ancestors. The Toltec viewed science and spirit as part of the same entity, believing that all energy - material or ethereal - is derived from and governed by the universe. Don Miguel Ruiz, born and raised in rural Mexico, was brought up to follow his family's Toltec ways by his mother, a Toltec faith healer, and grandfather, a Toltec 'nagual', a shaman. Despite this, Don Miguel decided to pursue a conventional education, which led him to qualify and practice for several years as a surgeon. Following a car crash, Don Miguel Ruiz reverted to his Toltec roots during the late 1970's, first studying and learning in depth the Toltec ways, and then healing, teaching, lecturing and writing during the 1980's and 90's, when he wrote The Four Agreements (published in 1997), The Mastery of Love (1999), The Four Agreements Companion Book (2000), and Prayers (2001). Don Miguel Ruiz survived a serious heart attack 2002, since when his teachings have been largely channelled through seminars and classes run by his followers, notably his sons Don Jose Luis and Don Miguel Ruiz Junior. Like many gurus and philosophical pioneers, Ruiz has to an extent packaged, promoted and commercialised his work, nevertheless the simplicity and elegance of his thinking remains a source of great enlightenment and aspiration. The simple ideas of The Four Agreements provide an inspirational code for life; a personal development model, and a template for personal development, behaviour, communications and relationships. Here is how Don Miguel Ruiz summarises 'The Four Agreements':

 

 

the four agreements - don miguel ruiz's code for life
agreement 1
Be impeccable with your word - Speak with integrity. 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.

agreement 2
Don’t take anything personally - Nothing others 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.

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

agreement 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.

 
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 20, 2014 12:29 am »

good stuff.
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 20, 2014 02:06 am »

The agreements changed my life this guy is amazing! Thanks for posting this Steve! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014 10:09 pm »

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Don’t take anything personally - Nothing others 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.

The agreements changed my life this guy is amazing! Thanks for posting this Steve! Smiley

Comet:  I wonder how you feel the agreements changed your life? 'Nothing others say and do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.' i have found that people live in their own dream and project so much of their own hang ups, illusions and fantasies on others. You just have to let them think what they will because sometimes there is not much you can say to change their mind unless they ask and are willing to listen.







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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2014 05:06 am »

These four agreements are great.
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 18, 2014 05:35 pm »

agreement 2
Don’t take anything personally - Nothing others 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.

The agreements changed my life this guy is amazing! Thanks for posting this Steve! Smiley

Comet:  I wonder how you feel the agreements changed your life? 'Nothing others say and do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.' i have found that people live in their own dream and project so much of their own hang ups, illusions and fantasies on others. You just have to let them think what they will because sometimes there is not much you can say to change their mind unless they ask and are willing to listen.



Steve the 4 agreements changed my life i no longer care what others think of me that is their problem i am not going to stop living my life over it! Sometimes we get too emotionally attached to another person and that is what causes a lot of problems in the friendships! I learned that too it is the other person that has issues of their own and take it out on us that was the hardest thing i had to learn was not take that personally which is hard to do cause it was directed right at us! Your right about them not changing their mind sometimes it is hard for the other person to listen after they take a slam at us and it is easier to create a misunderstanding instead of working through them and real friends always do and find their way back!! I know who my friends are now!! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 20, 2014 11:20 am »

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Don’t take anything personally - Nothing others 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.

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Steve the 4 agreements changed my life i no longer care what others think of me that is their problem i am not going to stop living my life over it! Sometimes we get too emotionally attached to another person and that is what causes a lot of problems in the friendships! I learned that too it is the other person that has issues of their own and take it out on us that was the hardest thing i had to learn was not take that personally which is hard to do cause it was directed right at us! Your right about them not changing their mind sometimes it is hard for the other person to listen after they take a slam at us and it is easier to create a misunderstanding instead of working through them and real friends always do and find their way back!! I know who my friends are now!! Smiley

It seems to me that at the heart of it all is the ability to feel for others. Sometimes a concept in our mind is vague and nebulous but it attracts circumstances from which we can learn or or we ourselves will be thrust into circumstances that 'hurt us' and force us to be more compassionate otherwise we become like rocks-unfeeling. In this sense we can go beyond taking it personally and find meaning even when others slam us. Ofcourse; at the sametime we can relieve ourselves of these people.

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