The Four Agreements Miguel Ruiz Summary

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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom Chapter 2: The First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word Author, shaman, and teacher of the ancient Toltec wisdom, Miguel Ruiz conveys to the reader that God gave humanity the gift of the word which gives the ability to express our feelings, dreams, and what we really are. He asserts that being impeccable or “without sin” with your word is the most important and the most difficult agreement to honor, because during our domestication we acquired the skill to lie to others, and especially to ourselves. “The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human; it is the tool of magic” (Ruiz 26). He describes our word as a double-edged sword that can create the most beautiful dream of…show more content…
Ruiz attests to Hitler’s leadership of the Nazi Party and his influential voice in the organization. “The word is like a seed, and the human mind is so fertile” (Ruiz 28). There are times when the word is unintentionally misused by the people closest to us because they may be having a bad day, creating a complex within ourselves because we pay attention to their opinion and agree with it. “That is why we should forgive them; they don’t know what they do” (Ruiz 36). The only way to break these spell is to make new agreements based on truth, because the truth will set us free. Gossip or “mitote” is mixed up with many conflicting messages, it’s learned and agreed with at a very young age because it’s a normal form of communication in our society. It makes us feel better to see someone else feel as badly as we do. “Misery likes company” (Ruiz 38). We are infected with and contagious to others with fear and suffering. By adopting the first agreement we use “white magic” to rid our mind of the “black magic”emotional poisonous spell and gain personal freedom. “With the impeccability of the word you can
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