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The Four Agreements | [don Miguel Ruiz]

The Four Agreements

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
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Publisher's Summary

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Marty East Thetford, VT, United States 01-04-13
    Marty East Thetford, VT, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2008

    Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.

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    "Making Promises to Ourselves"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Ketch Harbour, NS, Canada 06-09-06
    Anna Ketch Harbour, NS, Canada 06-09-06
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    "The Four Agreements"

    This is a fairly good book; a condensed light version of tougher, less-accessible metaphysical stuff. It rambles a bit and tends to promise enlightment but overall it is efficient in the way that it keeps it simple and basic to four manageable principles of action. A remedial reader for those on the journey and an excellent intro for those thinking about it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Crosby LONDON, UK 01-01-06
    J. Crosby LONDON, UK 01-01-06 Member Since 2004

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    "Brilliant"

    Beautifully read, wonderful uplifting content. What more could one want. Even the most jaded and cynical of you won't fail to be captivated. Colonic irrigation for the soul!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan LIVERMORE, CA, United States 01-16-12
    Susan LIVERMORE, CA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't stomach it"

    I thought this was going to be a self-help, kind of 'attitude-adjustment' book. Instead it began trying to inspire me due to the fact that the molecules in my body were once part of the stars. I lost patience with the author as he slid further and further down a silly metaphysical oratory hole and did not finish listening. I realize that may disqualify me as a reviewer, but is a statement on its own. I have not quit other Audible books and almost always tough it out to the end in reading.
    I doubt that anyone who has a science background will feel their money was well spent.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    SArt Atlanta, Georgia, United States 12-20-11
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    I was curious why it was rated so high. Written for kindergarten level, I did not learn anything new.

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    Corazon Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-25-10
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    The teachings here I found to be less compelling than I expected. There are nuggets of wisdom, but somehow I didn't find here something that could change me spiritually. Tolle's "The Power of Now" and "New Earth", or Chopra's "7 Spiritual Laws" and "Synchrodestiny" are more enlightening.

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    Lois Palm Coast , FL, USA 12-18-09
    Lois Palm Coast , FL, USA 12-18-09 Member Since 2008

    I am a creative, brainstorming genius! Ok maybe not a genius... but close! I am an avid runner, marathoner and student of exceptional living!

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    "Life changing..."

    I got this book on the recommendation of a friend and am absolutely thrilled that I did. If you can get through the first chapter which I found to be a little odd and confusing, the rest of the book is absolutely amazing. New ideas and concepts and by the end of the book the first chapter made complete sense.
    If more people in the world would choose to live their lives according to the four agreements, I think the world would be a much better place.

    My 10 year old daughter listened to this with me while traveling and still to this day talks about it and comes up with examples to explain concepts in this book! I highly recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Mequon, WI, USA 08-25-09
    Denise Mequon, WI, USA 08-25-09
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    "Amazing"

    These agreements changed my life.
    A must read/listen for all.

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    GypsyMoon Los Angeles, CA USA 11-07-08
    GypsyMoon Los Angeles, CA USA 11-07-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Audiobook"

    This book has some very useful information that helps the reader establish a new perspective. The message is simple so that a person can take practicle steps that can be used day to day in order to initiate change.

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    Emma SAVANNAH, TN, United States 09-30-13
    Emma SAVANNAH, TN, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2013

    I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.

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    What did you like best about this story?

    This book truly falls into the genre of 'self-help'. I can't imagine any walk of life or type of person for which this book would not be applicable. The four basic agreements, if applied, could be life changing. Although, it's not ground breaking stuff... I will most likely go back and listen to it again every few months - just because it's a great reminder that all we can really control in life is ourselves.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The concept of 'always doing your best' will stick with me. What's to feel guilty about in life if you can truly say you did your best?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Clive
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    "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.

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    "A Way Of Living"
    Would you listen to The Four Agreements again? Why?

    Yes: I listen to it everyday while out walking, this way the message will be imprinted into my memory bank and eventually become a way of being


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sheer ease of listening, there is no patronizing language, no miracle cures, just suggestion for a more fulfilling contented life with the need to control or fear!


    Which character – as performed by Peter Coyote – was your favourite?

    My Own


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I bought it to walk to


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this book

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  • sophie
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    "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!

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