In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of
self-limiting agreements that rob people of joy and create needless
suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a
powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform anyone’s life to a
new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. These agreements
are deceptively simple: Be impeccable with your word (speak with
integrity; say only what you mean); Don’t take anything personally
(nothing others do is because of you); Don’t make assumptions (find the
courage to ask questions and express what you really want); Always do
your best (and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret).
Peter Coyote’s resonant reading emphasizes the power in these remarkable
"Peter Coyote gives a straightforward, even
narration of this compact writing on the limitations we impose upon
ourselves. The four agreements provide a different way of thinking about
a life with fewer limitations and more opportunity for joy and wonder.
At times Coyote has the tone of a teacher, at other times that of a
stern parent, and at other times that of an understanding friend who
wants only the best for you. He speaks with quiet authority, setting out
this set of clear principles. Listen as Coyote advises you to set aside
assumptions, open your mind, and prepare for your way of thinking to be
Author Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel Ángel Ruiz (born 1952) is a Mexican author, nagual, shaman,
and teacher. He went to medical school and was
a surgeon until a near-death experience impelled him to seek answers in
ancestral traditions of the Toltec in which his mother was a curandera
(healer), and his grandfather a nagual (shaman) who, after death,
continued to teach Ruiz in his dreams.
His most famous and influential work, "The
Four Agreements", was published in 1997 and
has sold around 4 million copies. It advocates personal freedom from
agreements and beliefs that we have made with ourselves and others that
are creating limitation and unhappiness in our lives. Ultimately, it is
about finding one's own integrity, self-love, and peace within this
reality. The Four Agreements are:
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally.
3. Don't Make Assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best.