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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom [Paperback]

Don Miguel Ruiz
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Nov. 1 1997 Toltec Wisdom Series
In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman.

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Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. It's the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering. --P. Randall Cohan

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Ruiz's explanations of Toltec-based cosmography got a major boost recently when publishing pooh-bah Oprah Winfrey mentioned his work on her TV show. Ruiz, whose workshop teachings are distilled here, was born into a Mexican family of traditional healers, became a surgeon in adulthood, then underwent a near-death experience that made him reexamine his life, his beliefs. Like the popular works of the late Carlos Castaneda, Ruiz's teachings focus on dreams and visions. "Dreaming," Ruiz argues, "is the main function of the mind." A series of four "agreements" are detailed, which make up a larger picture of unconditional human faith. Despite the New Age- sounding language, Ruiz is refreshingly clear in the presentation of his ideas. Reading aloud, actor Coyote sounds every bit the enthusiastic old hippie, genuinely excited by the concepts he is spinning. Based on the 1997 Amber-Allen edition.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short yet powerful Jan. 30 2004
Format:Paperback
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS (see also Section 11) by don Miguel
Ruiz is a short yet powerful book that contains useful advice
about how to recognize self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and
create needless suffering . . . based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the
agreements seem to be so basic to apply--but in reality they
are much more difficult to implement.
Nevertheless, I still find myself thinking about them and how
to relate what they say to my daily life . . . should you want
to join me in the task, consider how you can:
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.
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 endless suffering.
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.
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.
Also, I very much liked this one other passage:
Making assumptions in our relationships is really asking for problems.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas..remedial delivery... July 9 2004
By radpay
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed the book, but it was very repetitive and a little simplistic. Lots nifty ideas with a few interesting metaphors and insights... The book doesn't provide many revelations (if any). It mostly serves to re-enforce what we already know is right and true. We've all heard a million versions of the ideas delivered in this book. Stuff like:
"Say what you mean. Mean what you say"
"Assuming makes an ASS out of U and ME"
You get the idea... Read this book as a reminder. Read it to gain an alternate perspective. I would recommend it to anyone who is on a path to self-discovery. Remedial or not, the toltec perspective referenced in this book is a valuable one...
One thing I've noticed about most of the negative reviews. They all seem a little bit angry. Perhaps too angry to be receptive to a book with such a positive spin...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Give me a break! July 6 2003
By omigod
Format:Paperback
As usual, I used the Amazon customer reviews to help me decide whether to buy this book.
This is the first time that I found those reviews to be sooooo far off target!
This book is such a disappointment. OK, there are 4 interesting & true messages - read the table of contents and save your money. You won't get much more out of buying the book and reading all of the author's bla bla bla.
The prose really made me think that the author had just sat down and wrote the book in one sitting; or maybe just spoke it into his dictaphone in one day and had his secretary type it up.
There is nothing new or earth-shattering here. I would certainly not dare to call it a "self help" book.
Save your money & buy something else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Magpie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this book and the words within it. I read it over and over again. I strive to live by the four agreements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! April 13 2014
By Melanie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Regardless of who you are, this is an beautiful and amazing book that everyone should take the time to read!
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It's the way it's written - accessible
It's the contents - simple and challenging
(all simple things are not easy!)
It's the right intention - as it comes through with spirit, energy, intelligence and wit.
Great book for a new comer to spiritual development, great book for a seasoned metaphysician as it's challenging work to clear our blockages, and purify our hearts and minds.

Arrived on time for a trip to Brazil where the book was mandatory reading. Read it on the 39 hours flight/waits/all nightlong!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Jan. 26 2014
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I think I have bought at least six copies of this book to give to my children and grandchildren. A day rarely goes by that I don't think about something I read in it and say to myself, "If I had just remembered this agreement, (for instance, 'Don't assume anything,')
I would not be in this predicament! This book contains all I need to stay out of trouble and live a good life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beginner's book Jan. 17 2014
By Irene
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you've done any reading on the new age power of abundance, don't waste your money. The whole book could be summed up in 4 clearly understood sentences. You could probably get the jist of the whole book by reading reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great quality
this small book will be a lifelong go-to book; simple yet powerful lessons which make huge difference to your relationships with others as well as bringing personal peace
Published 3 months ago by j .w.
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful words
The Four Agreements is a lesson in life. I love the wisdom and anyone would be able to comprehend what the messages are. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to read and reread
This is like a bible to me.I keep going back to it to understand the the four agreements. Easy to understand but harder to put the agreements into your life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paula Cosentino
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
I have not finished reading this book yet but I feel maybe it is the kind of book that I would need to read more than once to find clarity in the writing.
Published 4 months ago by jaime collins
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite author!
I loved this book, this book changed my life, I really felt as if a big weight was off of my shoulder, if you want to be the person you are meant to be and you want to be you, this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chantal Lalonde
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
A book that was easy to read and made me think!
Concepts that I can use in real life and has helped me be a better person. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rosalba Santori
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Easy read. 140 pages long. Great way to look at life. Written in a way that anybody would understand it. Will change your life if you follow it.
Published 6 months ago by zacklee
4.0 out of 5 stars inspirational, educational, enlightening
Spirituality's essence is consistent no matter the geographical location of the person/people experiencing it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fievel
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