The Four Agreements (+ 1)

Based on the 1997 book by the Toltec healer, Don Miguel Ruiz

Often, when I feel out of alignment with the Universe, I ask myself which of the 4 agreements I've broken and there always seems to be at least one. Live with the agreements, walk in alignment. At least, that's been my experience. Not yet sure about the fifth. -- Colleen

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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 andto 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.

Agreement 5

Be sceptical - In 2009, Don Miguel Ruiz released another book, adding what he believed was a needed 5th agreement. Be sceptical. Doubt your own story, as well as the stories of others. Be open to many sides to a story.