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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

by Don Miguel Ruiz

November 1, 1997 | Trade Paperback

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom is rated 4.36 out of 5 by 25.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.25 × 5 × 0.5 in

Published: November 1, 1997

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1878424319

ISBN - 13: 9781878424310

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An old message still equates to modern wisdom The Ten Commandments, the Tao, the “Golden Rule”, and also the “Four Agreements: what do they all have in common? Well, I’m sure there are many things; however, I want to focus on something that resonates with me. It seems to me, and I am admittedly biased, that so many of life’s great lessons are actually quite simple in their instruction, yet not always so simple in their application. Don Miguel’s book, “The Four Agreements” outlines one major idea/agreement, “Be impeccable with your word” that is supported by three other “agreements”: “Don’t make assumptions”, “Don’t take anything personally”, and “Always do your best.” The author feels, as do I, that when a person implements these agreements consistently into their life then the quality of life will improve; however, as is so often the case, some of us are quick to agree with an idea, we say we “Know that already” and then we go back to our old ways. As with any great wisdom, applying the idea consistently into our relationships with others, and with life in general, is the true challenge. If things aren’t working for us, then perhaps we need to alter our perceptions and establish new “agreements” that better serve us and humanity. Although I enjoyed this book and the message it shares, I am a long way from consistently heeding the words it contains. Bottom line: if everything in your life is working, then you don’t need this book. If, like most of us though, you are looking to find ways to make improvements, then this book is one more tool to help you do so.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Obvious and repetitive Well, there is a lot to be said about this book. First, it is a book about Toltec Wisdom and how to find personal freedom. It is divided into seven categories: an introduction and start of the Toltec tradition, the four agreements, the path to freedom and a new dream. It is a very short book, laid out in a very read-able way. It is easy to follow and easy to understand. The four agreements that Ruiz talks about are: Be Impeccable with Your Word Don't Take Anything Personally Don't Make Assumptions Always Do Your Best Ok, thanks for that. Those are rules of life that anyone should follow. So what makes this book so special? To be honest, not that much. Don't get me wrong here, it was a very good book. And yet, it just seemed like it was pure common sense. Or maybe it was just that I kept hearing such good things about this book that I had great expectations and it was impossible for this book to meet them. And then again, maybe I just have common sense. There was nothing new or special brought up in this book. Sure, it's nice to have something like this summed up, and stuff like this is always good for self-reflection, but nothing was said in this book that I couldn't learn from any other major religion, spiritual approach or just life itself. There are also great analogies and examples brought up in this book, and Ruiz does a great job of writing. I hate to sound repetitive, but there's nothing special here. Oh, and speaking of repetitive: How many times does someone have to repeat one of the agreements before it sinks in a person's head. For me, once was enough, twice was ok, three times was more than enough and Ruiz repeated it way past three times. It was almost like I was self-hypnotizing myself or something. Wow, it seems like I've come down pretty hard on this book. That was not my intention. It was a good book - an excellent summary of how a person should live his/her life. And you learned something about Toltec wisdom - that was new for me. Definitely give this book a read, but don't expect it to transform your life or do anything drastic for you!
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Applicable to Everyday Life After reading a number of "self help" books I was skeptical but a good friend insisted it was worth the effort and one year later I have to say I Strongly Agree. One starts to perceive everyday interactions differently and simply reviewing the "Four Agreements" in one's mind during confrontational or stressful situations has a positive effect. Explicitly vocalizing assumptions seems to defuse the tension that occurs in many groups. Overall this is the best personal development book in terms of overall positive impact and I have purchased several copies for friends and family.
Date published: 2011-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 1 Agreement - It's Great A stunningly simplistic breakdown of positive self-development. This book is great for readers of all capacities, it's very easy to understand and gives you the tools for making positive changes in your life. I find the topic is of similiar nature to most books, the bonus is, this read is not nearly as 'heavy' as others and gives you the same types of practices for making marked changes.
Date published: 2010-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This book was so great. It provides personal insight into how to radically change your life in a gentle and easy way. The author presents such basic yet powerful ideas on how to be in the world that brings about personal empowerment and spiritual freedom. This book brought me insight into myself and those around me. As a therapist, I also use it with clients in helping them find the personal and spiritual freedom they are skeeing. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to self-reflect and change their life.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Title This book keeps the message simple and to the point. The world will be a better place when more people read this little book which contains wisdom and encouragement. So when you are looking for a great gift to give someone (including yourself) this is a gift of great knowledge that will give them much more than a book.
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Reminder of Life This was a great little book - brings you back to an understanding of where your control is, and some basic rules of how to go through life.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spoke to me Powerfully! I've read the book over 50 times, working on tranforming my dream. But the audio casettes are the icing on the cake! They just make the dream transform even faster.
Date published: 2008-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for Yogis Although not a Yoga book per se, this book encapsulates the essence of so many Yoga texts without the use of complicated Sanskrit terms. Simple and elegant Ruiz uses the wisdom of the Toltecs to describe how the words we use, and the thoughts we think, shape the life we lead. By making these four agreements with ourselves, we can live more in balance with our world.
Date published: 2007-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Altering I found this book to be very enlightening. It was easy to read and understand, providing a simple way of living life and more importantly respecting ones self and others. It helped me realize the importance of how we view the word around us and how we have the power to accept the positive in our lifes. I have recommended this book to many of my friends who have also found it to be life altering.
Date published: 2007-02-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too Simple I didn't think that this book was very well written at all. I found it over-simplified and much too vague. I felt that the book only dealt with issues at a superficial level and didn't look at the deeper issues within people. However, it is a book that will help you become a better person even if it is with one very small step at a time. I would recommend the book "The Road Less Traveled" by Scott Peck. I think it is a much more intelligent book.
Date published: 2006-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and practical Every religion and philosophy have certain rules in common. In this book, one can see the main rules of psychological (and moral) well-being in a simple-easily understandable form. Also it is very helpful to read about the practical usage of these rules.
Date published: 2006-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal This is an all-time classic book that allows one to understand and explain certain things in life. It is a very elegantly put synopsis of why things are the way they are and helping one accept the way life's patterns run. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages and from all walks of life.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stop. Think. Such simple guidance: Be Impeccable with your Word. Don't Take Anything Personally. Don't Make Assumptions. Always Do your Best. Ruiz's exploration of Toltec wisdom, through these simple four agreements, is engaging and thought provoking. Guides us to release negative thoughts and to take charge of our own happiness. Simple. Truth.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing I read this book a long time ago and have since read it a few more times. It has changed my life. A simple guide for simple living. Each time I read the book I learn more. There are four Agreements to make with yourself. They are 1) Be Impeccable with your Word 2) Don't Take Anything Personally 3) Don't Make Assumptions 4) Always Do your Best Once you understand them, life is much easier. The book is always at my bedside. I have gifted probably 20 copies of this book. I am in the process of ordering another copy to gift to a dear friend. This book is about life lessons. Read them, understand and then put into practice and it will give you freedom too. Enjoy, and pass it around.
Date published: 2005-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words to live by This book has 4 main messages to convey. Each has a simple yet important meaning in which anyone could use them as life principles. I would recommend this book to everyone. It is something you could re-read to keep the ideas fresh in your mind.
Date published: 2004-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :My other Bible This was the most exhilarating experience I have ever had, next to giving birth to my son. A very spiritual and penetrating book. It gets to the soul of anyone who is seeking to be a better human being. It gives hope for the universe and keeps the appetite for self discovery wet. I love it! It is my other bible. Thanks Ruez, you have changed one woman's hope and outlook on the world.
Date published: 2003-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enlightening I found the basis of these principles very simple and practical to understand. It helped me to reflect on my life, and how I interact with family and friends. It has provided me with some guidance during a time of personal challenges. Certainly an easy read and well recommended. Thank you Don!
Date published: 2003-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspring I loved it! It showed me how to live a better life in words I could understand and ways I could follow. It showed me how others words and my words could hurt and be hurt. It also showed me that people sometimes are wrong and sometimes people are right, and how to take those words and turn them into a life long lesson.
Date published: 2002-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Four Agreements Totally Outstanding. I travel a lot, I'm into audio books. I've had this one over two years. I re-listen to it every 2 to 3 months, I want its wisdom imprinted absolutely, it assists my personal freedom and development on a daily basis.
Date published: 2002-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Four Agreements Simple, Concise and Powerful. Ruiz gives us an insightful and practical method for living. The four agreements will heal your life and show you who you really are.
Date published: 2001-10-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Excruciating banality The philosophy dispensed by this book flows freely at most sixteen-year-olds' dope parties, and is often more coherent and interesting there. If you don't crave encouragement in blaming your parents and other failed relationships for your own shortcomings, and/or if you're suspicious of the notion that a great society will spring from billions of people rejecting codes of behaviour and acting on their own "don't worry, be happy" impulses, then read the four good ideas on the flyleaf and buy something else.
Date published: 2001-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A simple lesson in life Miguel Ruiz has written a solid book on spirituality and personal fullfilment. His Toltec teachings are genuine and simple yet powerful enough to inspire us to take action. His writing style is different from the average self-help (I call them shelf-help) books as he is sincere about his guidance in life. The only downside to this book was its wordiness. This book could have been written in 50 pages. There is a lot of redundancy in Miguel's writing. I would still recommend it to anyone looking to improve his/her life. 1. Be Impeccable with Your word. 2. Don't Take Anything Personally. 3. Don't Make Assumptions. 4. Always Do Your Best.
Date published: 2001-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So simple but so powerful I was anxious to get this book after hearing about it on Oprah. I got it after Christmas and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. It was so powerful. The concepts are so simple but once you think about them they make perfect sense. I put the Four Agreements onto the fridge and look at them everyday and I am amazed at what a change it has made in my life. I feel more free and in control of my own life or Dream. I have the power instead of everyone else. I have the chance to control where I am going with my life. I only wish that I could make others read the book as well. I could see where it could help others. When you see how far negative propaganda can spread you wonder why positive, life changing propaganda doesn't? I thought this was a wonderful book and would recommend it to EVERYONE!
Date published: 2001-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing "The Four Agreements" is a life changer. It will transform the way you think and what you think and lead you to a better you! It has transformed my life. It is a book that everyone can understand (even kids) but that may take a few readings to sink in as the messages are so big. ENJOY!
Date published: 2000-09-22

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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

by Don Miguel Ruiz

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.25 × 5 × 0.5 in

Published: November 1, 1997

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1878424319

ISBN - 13: 9781878424310

From the Publisher

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.

From Our Editors

 

Born into a Mexican family of traditional healers, Don Miguel Ruiz never strayed too far from his Toltec roots. He has used the beliefs of his ancestors to guide him through life, and in The Four Agreements, he shares them in a way that lets anyone take advantage of their wisdom. What are these agreements? Be impeccable with your word; say only what you mean; don’t take anything personally and don’t make assumptions. Written in a sweeping style that draws on lore and life, it is certain to show the way to a new kind of inner freedom that will permeate every aspect of your life.

 

Employee Review

Ruiz has based this book on ancient Toltec wisdom from what is now Mexico. He explains the basis for the formulation of the four agreements, and how we can practice them in our daily lives. They are: 1) be impeccable with your word; 2) don't take anything personally; 3) don't make assumptions; 4) always do your best. After purchasing the book and practicing the four agreements, I have to agree with Oprah that these agreements can be life-altering. They are anything but simple and require a great deal of work, but I think you will agree with me that this book is worth it. Highly recommended.
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