The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
“You don’t need to worship idols of Virgin Mary, the Christ, or the Buddha. You can if you want to; if it feels good, do it. Your own body is a manifestation of God, and if you honor your body everything will change for you. When you practice giving love to every part of your body, you plant seeds of love in your mind, and when they grow, you will love, honor, and respect your body immensely.” (page 88)
The Four Agreements attempts to bridge the gap between religion and reality. The above quote reads that if having an idol to look up to makes you happy, that’s good. But, to also know that you are them as they are you.
“Human perception is merely light perceiving light. he also saw that matter is a mirror — everything is a mirror that reflects light and creates images of that light — and the world of illusion, the Dream, is just like smoke which doesn’t allow us to see what we really are.” (page ix)
The outside dream consists of the collective dream of all the smaller individual dreams. “Dreams of families, community, cities, country, humanity, societies rules, beliefs, laws, regulations, religions, cultures, governments, schools, social events, holidays.” (page 2)
Think of the outside dream as a bubble that is the reality you are imagining and perceiving. Whether you agree with it out not, really see the bubble in your mind, see the variety of cultures, the economic system, the education system. To see it from an outsider perspective gives us an advantage. Think of it like the Matrix, at the end of the movie the main character realized he was in the Matrix giving him power back. With this perspective we can create from the inside out making the world better for others.
When your caught in the outside dream, the bubble, everything is reaching for you attention and energy. And when you give away all this attention and energy there is none left for you to create. Everything in the bubble wants you to see its dream, blinding you from your dream. When we don’t accept another dream we are rejected which turns into the fear of not being good enough.
Here’s an amazing video about The Biggest Disease Affecting Humanity: “I’m Not Enough” by Marisa Peer
Heaven and Hell is simply this outside dream, “No human can condemn another to hell because we are already there.” (page 14) Hell is a place we create in our mind, as is Heaven.
Heaven is realizing that there is a collective bubble of perception, and being able to see the bubble from an outsider perspective, escaping the matrix.
When we take back control of our attention we open up room to create ‘heaven on earth’.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz suggests creating ‘heaven on earth’ by adopting these Four Agreements: 1) Be impeccable with your word 2) Don’t take anything personal 3) Don’t make Assumptions 4) Always do your best.
The First Agreement: Be impeccable with your word
Through your word you manifest everything, it is the power you have to create. A habit is just a repeated pattern. If you want to create a positive habit like exercise. Start exercising, the more times you repeat the pattern of working out the more you solidify the habit of working out. If you don’t know what it is you want to change, there is nothing to change. First take notice, then you can create through your word what it is you want.
The Second Agreement: Don’t take anything personally
The only actions you are responsible for are your own. Taking responsibility to make the world better with the time you have by being yourself and creating.
The Third Agreement: Don’t make assumptions
We want to let everyone know what we are thinking because we think everyone thinks like us. When we don’t understand something we make assumptions. The best way to not make assumptions is to continually ask questions and listen. If you don’t understand something have the courage to ask and learn.
The Fourth Agreement: Always do your best
Hey we are humans, we fuck up. But, every second of everyday is a new opportunity. Live one day at a time with attention on today to do your best.
Lastly, Don Miguel Ruiz discusses how we can learn from death because it can teach us how to truly be alive.
“The truth is that we do not know if we are going to die tomorrow. Who knows? We have the idea that we have many years in the future. But do we?” (page 119)
There is nothing to be afraid of.
What dream are you creating? Have you read The Four Agreements?
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