SHINE … By The Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans
Awaken to Your Personal Power & Freedom with don Miguel’s Four Agreements
© 2013 Tonya M. Evans
March 2, 2013
The four agreements discussed in this little book of BIG wisdom are described as “essential steps on the path to personal freedom.” As your beliefs (especially those causing reactive misperceptions) are transformed through maintaining these agreements, your life will “become filled with grace, peace, and unconditional love.”
Yes please. And thank you! I’ll take some of that. Better yet, I will create some of that through a daily practice of these divinely inspired agreements for going and growing through life. Step One in your journey to AWAKEN begins right here.
The Four Agreements, Defined
1. Be Impeccable with your Word: When you speak (to others and yourself), speak with integrity. Say what you mean. And mean what you say. This is a powerful agreement when you desire to stand in your truth and live an authentic life. It isn’t always easy, especially if you suffer from the disease to please. But personal power is fueled when your word is bond.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally: Recognize and accept that nothing (and I mean nothing) others say or do is because of you. We all project onto others our own reality. We don’t see with rose-colored glasses, we see with “me” colored glasses. We seek meaning, experience feelings and emotions and process information from the only perspective we know — our own. Once you accept that, you can avoid needless suffering wondering why something is or isn’t happening to you. It’s not personal.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions: Of all the agreements, this one vexes and challenges me the most. It is also the one that has the most immediate impact on my ability to remain present, aware and AWAKE in the moment without assuming things (usually incorrectly) about what the past means or the future holds. When we make assumptions we then make decisions without all of the information (or based on misinformation), or without at least enough information on which to base a sound decision. And you know what they say about people who ASSume.
4. Always Do Your Best: Always give the best of whatever you have in any given moment. Sometimes your best will be 80% of your full potential. But if it’s your best, than it’s a job well done. Intentionally giving less than your best effort for any reason (good, bad or otherwise) sets a destructive energetic force in motion because we get out of life what we give. Sometimes in spades! And it may not be in that exact moment, but Newton’s Third Law rules this agreement: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Give and do your best and you will reap the fruits of your effort. It’s a natural law!
For more information about don Miguel Ruiz and the Four Agreements (and his latest work The Fifth Agreement) tune in to OWN TV on Sunday, March 3rd at 11 AM Eastern to watch Super Soul Sunday. “Oprah sits down with The Four Agreements author don Miguel Ruiz to discuss his groundbreaking book and how his near-death experiences opened him up to the more profound levels of spiritual awareness.” Watch the simulcast online or tune into Oprah Radio on Sirius/XM Radio.
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