Although I have not read this book, the four points I understand are quite biblical. Shouldn`t we be people who have healthy limits and appreciate the yes and “no”? I think you`re quick to judge. I understand that spiritualism can be dangerous if it is not guided by the Spirit, but if a Christian firmly masters biblical teachings, I believe that these four tenants only confirm biblical truths. I am now more obliged to read the writings of this Lord now, because I stumble upon your position. It is very interesting to resign and analyze our own book of the law to get to know us better and free us from dusty arrangements. “We also judge others on our image of perfection and, of course, they fall short of our expectations. We disgrace ourselves just to please others. We even harm our physical bodies to be accepted by others. […] That`s why we`re living in a dream of hell, and we`re looking for a way to turn this into a dream from heaven. To escape our dream of hell, we must break old agreements based on fear and regain our freedom and power. The four agreements help us break all our old agreements. If we do our best, both in terms of compliance with the four agreements and the actions we are taking in the world, we can be really happy. By changing the basis of your own chords, you master your own dream.
In his book, Ruiz explains that children know nothing better than to agree with the adult realities in which they are indoctrinated. All children are born perfectly affectionate, playful and real. However, parents set their children with standards of behaviour that they must follow to receive love and avoid criticism. These norms are eventually internalized in an unconscious series of instructions for life. Ruiz says that the reason people of shamanic traditions in America call themselves “warriors” is that they are at war for independence and the right to use their own spirit and free themselves. Dr. Johnson agrees that as we mature, we can become warriors who will free ourselves from it with our firm and false ideas. We can accept healthier agreements.
“There is only one agreement left, but it is one that allows the other three to become entrenched habits. The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three: always do your best. In all circumstances, do your best, no more and no less. […] But remember that your best will never be equal any moment. Everything is alive and changing all the time, so the best will sometimes be of high quality, and sometimes it won`t be so good. I first heard the four chords as an audiobook, and then I bought the book of the fifth convention, which is basically the same, precisely that extra part @tine mentioned. If you have to reread this, it was a very good and beautiful book The first chord seems simple. But he understands a few different notions. Literally, it means “sinless.” Don Miguel Ruiz invites us to be in our sinless words, as the first way to replace our old chords with new ones.