8. The four agreements seem to be common sense. Do you think it is easy or difficult to practice these agreements? Has the practice of one or more of the four agreements changed your life? Thank you, Allan, for sharing your wisdom. I am honoured that someone of your stature would take the time to read my contribution and clarify the importance of the agreements. We can use the fourth chord, Do Your Best, to encourage us to aspire positively. But this agreement also recognizes that “our best” varies from moment to moment, depending on our circumstances and mental state. Recognition of this fact leads to the realization that everything we are doing right now is of our best, and this awareness can prevent us from flogging ourselves if we are not up to an unreasonable standard of perfection. I like what you say. If you wrote a book about your spontaneous agreements, I would read it. I have not read this book and I do not intend to read it. I saw these four conventions on the wall in a yoga teacher`s house and laughed. These tenants are what Saniel Bonder, the founder of Waking Down In Mutality, would call hypermasculine ideas to improve ourselves.
In fact, they could improve our lives for a while, but like all self-improvement projects, they imply that we need to be repaired and that we ultimately end up with more self-judgment. Although there is an important place for the action component in life (the masculine strength), it is necessary to reconcile it with the gentler maintenance and accept mother qualities of the deep woman. Truly loving ourselves for and with all our human weaknesses is the key to non-evaluation of ourselves and others and surprising unshakability. This can pave the way for a deeper understanding, which involves knowing ourselves as an unlimited divine presence. Here is an improvised list of my 4 chords: (1) Do you offer yourself a break – how do we always know the correct interpretation of Ruiz`s reference to John 1,1-5? We could break one of his four agreements and make an assumption about his intention. Or if you`re really interested in the truth, you might ask him. We have to break a lot of old agreements and change a lot of domesticated beliefs to actually have a space for someone`s violation or anger on us, without judging, withdrawing, defending, accusing, intellectualizing, you share their dream. As far as irreprolity is concerned, this word certainly has the connotation of perfectionism, and if you take it that way, you would indeed be going crazy. (By the way, the repress and other agreements you make with yourself are not demands that Ruiz makes of you.) On the other hand, if you set a goal of being blameless with your word, make an effort to be as honest and kind as possible with your words, without waiting for perfection from yourself or fighting if you are too short, this agreement with yourself could improve your well-being. .