“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.”
– don Miguel Ruiz
Hello Spiritual Warriors! And welcome to September!!!!! And another week of Life Tools.
The Four Agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz, shares four simple truths to commit to and practice to create more love and happiness in your life. The process is transformational – ultimately evolving the way we think!!
The Four Agreements are:
1. Be impeccable with your word
2. Don’t take anything personally
3. Don’t make assumptions
4. Always do your best
These four simple agreements are powerful change agents and require diligence in the early days of the practice. Sometimes it’s really tough because you feel like you’re going against everything you’ve ever been taught…but the results happen quickly and powerful shifts begin in your life at a rapid pace.
Through years of conditioning, we often fail to see the nuances in the evolution of the ways we express ourselves. Our words…our speech…our emotions…our physical body…our voice…our tone…even our attitude is so often automatic, habitual, knee jerk – we are blind to being the person that everyone else experiences; but as they react to that being, and we react to them, we refine our agreements a bit more tightly. Do you see that this can be a path to inner constriction and UN-conscious behaviors?
Over the years our mind has filled with beliefs that generate a running parade of thoughts. In all that thinking there are many assumptions that we are not aware of. We even make the assumption that what we think is true. We imagine and assume we know what others think of us and how they will react. We also assume that the judgments and self-criticisms we have are true. We have learned to make so many assumptions that we aren’t aware of. These assumptions are not the truth. These assumptions and the faith we express in them is just one way that we are not impeccable with our word.
Through our own personal domestication we have learned to take things personally. We assume that other people’s opinions about us are valid and when those opinions don’t agree with ours, we choose to dislike that person, second guess ourselves, or change OUR own opinion. Their opinion becomes our belief about our self. We end up having an emotional reaction to our own belief because we assumed their opinion is true. We can also take our own opinions personally. Our own self-judgments are also simply assumptions. Even though we have made them up and they are not necessarily true, we make assumptions and take them personally.
This week on Hay House Radio, I invite you to join in me in creating an opening within us to allow these new agreements to flow freely. Bean by bean the bag gets filled; so why not make a commitment this month to practice one of the Four Agreements each week; and if you are gentle and consistent, your life will unfold with greater grace and greater ease. One agreement each week – don’t reach for more. See if you can bring single pointed intention to your personal evolution.
In the meantime, I’ll see you in the gap!
And, as Peaches teaches – adopt your next pet!