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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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    08-05-06
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    "A better listen than a read"

    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.

    38 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond Saint Paul, MN, USA 05-25-05
    Raymond Saint Paul, MN, USA 05-25-05
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    "Incredible!!!"

    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.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Vivienne Havelock, NC, USA 04-30-07
    Vivienne Havelock, NC, USA 04-30-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Simple Concepts to live by..."

    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!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    sandy 06-25-07
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    "The Four Agreements"

    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.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Beaverton, OR, USA 04-03-05
    Jeff Beaverton, OR, USA 04-03-05
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    "One Of My Favorites"

    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.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    "Profoundly Simple"

    A remarkably simple description of Ruiz'/Toltec thought on the origins of man's troubles, and a deceptively simple set of Agreements to minimize those troubles. Perhaps the most interesting thing is how simple the Agreements are to understand, and how maddeningly difficult, for most of us, to really adopt. A delightful listen for those who are receptive, will likely annoy those who need them most!

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Lane Cove, N/A, Australia 03-03-05
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Palm Harbor, FL, USA 02-16-05
    Michael Palm Harbor, FL, USA 02-16-05 Member Since 2010
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    "Highly Recommended!!!"

    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!!!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    R. Lopez 02-07-05
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    "Fantastic!"

    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!

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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Moni Lebon
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    "good basic principles"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    definitely


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fundametal rules r all you need to remind yourself after listening.


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    grateful for the simple realisation, especially about assumption.


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    "Short and Sweet....no no Short and powerful"
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    This book is short and to the point. It may not be for everyone, however for me it did prompt me to review parts of my life. Because it's not this overly long book, I plan to listen over and over.

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  • talie214
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    "Fabulous little book"

    I thought this was some sort of new age BS, it's so not!!! Fabulous little book 🌹

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  • Tugce
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    "My journal to Happiness through the four Agreements"

    Peter has a soft voice.
    Don has wonderful Wisdom. It is directly the answer to all of my agonies.
    It is as if he is speaking to me giving guidance for my particular situation with my surrounding. I felt resentment, anger towards rude and inconsiderate behaviour of my family and friends.
    It may not be easy but I will definitely transform the situation and become immune to their behaviour by using these technics. I am listening to it again and again till my heart reaches the bliss told at the end of the book. Also listening makes a difference than reading. For me it passes my filtering and judging mind and effects my subliminal consciousness and my heart changes. Thank you Miguel, Peter and Audible.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr a thomson
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    "an excellent book, I have read it three times
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    absolutely loved it
    can recommend it to any one seeking inspiration
    take a look it will be worth it

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  • snappyoneda
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    3/3/15
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    "Amazing book"

    This book reaffirms many things I've heard or read somewhere else along my journey in life. It explains how we allow thoughts and feelings from our past to affect and imprison our present and offers a solution to release ourselves from that mental misery. Well worth the time and effort to have a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yasmeen
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    "No words to explain"

    It is the most beautiful book I've ever read. It has increased my awareness to the next level and transformed me into a happier bring. Absolutely love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clochette
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    1/31/15
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    "Very inspiring!!"

    A very short and concise book with 4 excellent things to practice in order to start changing your life and attaining freedom of our self-imposed, hateful chains... I keep listening to it over and over again and it is starting to leave a mark, the "seeds" are growing.

    I absolutely recommend!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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