Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Four Agreements

Photo courtesy of Jacki Harp (this is me)
"Why is it that humans resist life? To be alive is the biggest fear that humans have. Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive..." The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

What if the answer to this question and perhaps humanity's escape from the confines of fear lies in four simple agreements? According to ancient Toltec wisdom (and the Toltec people were known for being wise) this is precisely the case. However, be forewarned that you can list wonderful things to DO to achieve a happy life all day long but if you cannot adopt them as a way of BEING you are just checking off another empty to-do-list box. What I want to talk about is deep abiding transformation.

Ruiz describes a world where all of humankind has agreed to laws through which it operates. We have created the boundaries just as intricately as we have created the possibilities. He imagines that we are always dreaming. In our waking lives we have agreed to exist according to the predefined rules of the human race which is more limiting than our true state of being. Just like a snake to be born again, we too must, sometimes painfully, shed our scaly old skin to become a fresh and purified new soul. 

"Humans punish themselves endlessly for not being what they believe they should be."

The Four Agreements are the Toltec way of giving us a resource for daily living that will burst our hearts into joy-filled, abundant expressions of love. This love is even available from ourselves to ourselves. What is there to resist?

1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.

When it comes to long lasting transformation simplicity is the name of the game. Do not scoff at the easy words you have read above. Deep, in tune, joy-filled living comes from a holistic understanding and daily practice of these agreements. Do not fear digging a little deeper...