Don Miguel Ruiz has dedicated his life to sharing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec. For more than two decades, he has guided others toward their personal freedom. Today, he continues to combine his unique blend of ancient wisdom and modern-day awareness through journeys to sacred sites around the world.
©1997 Migeul Angel Ruiz; (P)2003 Amber-Allen Publishing
"Despite the New Age-sounding language, Ruiz is refreshingly clear in the presentation of his ideas. Reading aloud, actor Coyote sounds every bit the enthusiastic old hippie, genuinely excited by the concepts he is spinning." (Publishers Weekly)
I've had this book for years but could not get past the first several pages. I tried it as an audio book with much more success. I truly appreciate this book and the lessons within. It's a good read, I reccommend it.
When I first started listening to this, I almost turned it off because it seemed way too "new age" (i.e., spiritual nonsense) for me. I am SO glad I didn't. After the first 2 minutes or so, this book is great. I think this book may have totally changed the way I look at the world. Basically, the author says life is a dream and the way you look at the world will determine if it is a nightmare or an incredible dream. However, rather than using nebulous clich?s like ?just think positive? or ?think big?, he explains how to do it in a much better way than I have ever heard. Some of it you need to take into context, in that, some of what he says might be interpreted as ?I can do no wrong? and ?the rest of the world is messed up but not me?. However, he really says don't beat yourself up over mistakes and just learn from them and move on. Also, he says that people can be way too judgmental (for various reasons which he explains) and you need to be cognizant of this before you accept what they say. Anyway, BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK!!! It is cheap and it could drastically change the way you look at the world. As an added bonus, Peter Coyote, the narrator, is excellent.
I am so glad I picked up this book! My life had fallen off track, lost in a huge slump of depression. The message in this book helped me rise above my own harsh criticism and stop being the victim. Now I focus on each day, being the very best I can be without judging myself, always striving to keep each of the very important four agreements.
This is one of the few books that made me reevaulate some of my beliefs. I'm not a changed man after 1 listen, but the ideas and advice within this book really struck home for me. If you enjoyed "The Power of Now" by Ekhart Tolle, you probably won't be disappointed here.
This book is AMAZING. I began my spiritual quest after hearing about The Secret. I watched the movie and read the book. It seemed easy and attainable but I know that the Secret was not settling - I had to keep digging for knowledge.
"Knowledge alone is not enough. Only with understanding can real application begin. And that will help bring you to the place you want to be."
That quote applies directly to this book. The Four Agreements are straight forward and easily understood. Open your hearts and listen to Peter Coyote bring don Miguel's book to life! Enjoy and Good Luck on your quest for Knowledge and Understanding! Be blessed!
This book is written in very simple language, yet the teachings are profound. While the four agreements sound very simple, they are not easy to follow. However, just by paying a little attenton to information in this book can change your life. I highly recommend it!
This book has literally helped to changed the direction of my life along with several other great people I know, all for the better! I give this book my highest recommendations!!!
Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.
Our personal power is based on the agreements we make, and often we make those agreements to please others, rather than being true to ourselves. In doing so, we give away our personal power. The Four Agreements is about taking back our personal power by being authentic and by adhering to our true selves. The four agreements are: 1) Be impeccable in your word, 2) Don't take anything personally, 3) Don't make assumptions, and 4) Always do your best. While simple, these agreements are anything but easy. Ruiz encourages readers to practice these agreements everyday and forgive ourselves when we are not perfect. The effort is what's most important. This book is a quick read (or listen) and should be reread repeatedly if you truly desire to keep your agreements with yourself.
This is another wonderful book to add to your collection if you are on a spiritual journey. To hear "why" and "what" from a totally different and ancient culture echoing strongly the concepts/philosophies of Buddahism, Psychology, and etc, makes a powerful sense of why we are here, how our mind sets our reality or delusion, how our culture and family influences.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (personal development) - So I was at a day-long seminar listening to boring professional stuff presented by various speakers. Then a woman came to the podium to speak. She was radiant and exuded personal acceptance and joy. She recommended this book, so I decided to check it out.
The book is pretty "deep," but it presents some simple, worthwhile principles to live by. It is based on ancient Toltec philosophy and religion, but the teachings are timeless and valid today. Some of it is commonsense stuff that is presented in a different light that will make you think. There is some coverage of God and religion, but the book is more about setting yourself emotionally free from personal baggage and beliefs that keep you from becoming the best and happiest person you can be.
PERFORMANCE - Peter Coyote (yes, the actor) reads the book and does a great job, although his talents are somewhat wasted reading a non-emotional, informative text. There is also flute music.
OVERALL - Enjoyable and informative with good reminders of things to work on. Not a must-hear, but it is worth the sale price and the short time I spent listening. Unfortunately, I haven't been transformed into a radiant personality like the speaker at the seminar....
"Tools For Life"
This is a brilliant book with an excellent audio edition. It describes four simple agreements to make with yourself, which allow you to increase your control over how you experience your life: 1) Be impeccable with your word; 2) Don't take anything personally; 3) Don't make assumptions; 4) Always do your best. Simple does not mean easy! Don Miguel's book helps the reader have the power of these agreements and use it. Peter Coyote's reading is a delight which helps the learning process. This is timeless work that can be referred to time and again. I found the Four Agreements even more powerful than Stephen Covey's Seven Habits, which is saying a lot. And just like the Seven Habits, the Four Agreements are powerful in all aspects of your life including family, work and leisure time.
"An interesting perspective"
I was initially put off by the rather religious stance at the beginning of the book. I decided to stick to it and keep listening. I was rewarded as the book laid out some useful principles:
1. Be Impeccable With Your Words.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally.
3. Don't Make Assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best.
Simple, not always easy to practice but resonates with me!
"great read, read great"
Such an easy listen. this is the 4th time I've listened and I'll keep listening until I get that inner peace. Very much recommended.
"New Dreams are possible"
I loved this book. It was really inspiring. It really makes you aware of the power of words .
"Better than expected."
I was a little sceptical, but I actually quite enjoyed listening to this audiobook. There is no particular religious bias to the teaching, but it was interesting and made complete sense.
This is an audiobook that I will re-listen to at some time.
"a lot to learn... and I'll do my best to"
really good book. gave me lots to think about. I'll enjoy putting it into practice
Excellent book. Loved the music. Meditated on the prayers. Will definitely be listening to this again
narrator excellent. thoroughly enjoyed the book definitely one to listen to many times most insightful
I was introduced to this book about 15 years ago and it literally changed my life. Over the years I have tried to incorporate those four agreements into my life and I can honestly say that it has helped me to manage the ups and downs of life in a much more peaceful manner.
Coming back to it now all these years later I can still say that this is a truly powerful book.
The narrator reads it with such a wonderfully temperate voice and pace. Making it easy to listen to while doing almost anything and allowing it to sink into the psyche very easily.
I did have an issue with the use of the phrase "Black Magic" in such a negative term, especially as it is repeated so often throughout the book. As the author reminds us in the book, "The Word" is very powerful, and reinforcing the word "Black" in such a negative way was very uncomfortable for me.
Overall though, this book is one to have and to pass on to as many people as possible.
"Fantastic thought provoking perspectives"
Was looking for a book that could open my mind to new thoughts and new perspectives after reading amazing The Way of The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.
It's sad to say that there are very few books out there that can really change ur life, despite the bold claims of many, but this one and the aforementioned Way of The Peaceful Warrior (at least for me) really did contribute to a notable change in my life.
If you find you are spending your days thinking "there's got to be more to life than this, you're right!" And these 2 books could help you see that possibility.
I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with depression, low confidence, or a dissatisfaction in life.
I listen to this book frequently. The lessons, though simple in concept are profound.
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