Well, just what are the four agreements? The Four Agreements are a set of guidelines geared toward helping to enhance your life.
The primary purpose of this enlightening self-help book is to establish these four agreements in our daily lives, which will in-turn help us to stop suffering so much.
Well, welcome to this month’s book review. I am so ecstatic because this book has been very, and I mean VERY influential in shaping some things in my life.
This book review is about a book called “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. This self-help book is about understanding self and how you, I, and everyone else fits into the world.
Don makes no mistake in developing the idea of inclusion as opposed to separation. Don Miguel states that life is nothing but a dream; and how people are emanations of light and that everything living is composed of light.
He explained though people were just beings of light, perceiving others was a problem.
According to Don Miguel, the biggest problem is that people are unable to truly perceive one another accurately because there is this screen that gets in our way and does not allow us to see clearly.
In his opinion, this is the main antagonist for wars, disagreements, and major problems today.
In “The Four Agreements,” Don Miguel breaks down what it is to be human, how and why humans suffer, and what causes them pain.
He explains the entire human life cycle process from a universal perspective integrating some psychology of positive thinking and Native American ideology.
He stresses the importance of personal power and how that power is regenerated daily. This power or energy, better put, is what allows you to have the focus to complete tasks and live every day.
This energy that we use is related to our “agreements.” Every day we wake up, we “agree” to believe certain things and not believe others.
The main goal of this book is to teach you how to be more conscious and aware of your agreements on a day to day basis. Especially the ones that rob us of our personal power.
I don’t want to give too much away, so you have to check out the book for the other goodies.
Positive of The Four Agreements
Overall, this book has been very inspirational since I was introduced to it back in 2011. I did not take it as seriously as I did a few years later, but I have appreciated many of the concepts that I learned.
I will outline three specific things that I liked about reading the “Four Agreements.”
1 – The Four Agreements give you something to work toward.
I think this element is essential in this book. I have read many self-help and transformational material that does not make growing seem workable. I believe in “The Four Agreements,” the author makes the reader feel at peace and wants them to feel comfortable on this journey.
2 – The author does tell readers how challenging it is to keep the four agreements.
When people do things for the first time, we often believe we can do things off the bat. This fact is not the case for the four agreements. Don Miguel wants you to be aware that this process will take work.
It is not going to be easy, but through effort and perseverance, you can achieve great results.
3 – Don Miguel Ruiz does not expect you to be perfect, but does encourage you to try again even after failure.
This understanding, too, is an important key when you are teaching others. You have to be human. Being human is accepting that you are exceptional, but not all the time.
Although you may have good intentions, sometimes things do not always play out the way we’d hope them to. The reason adds to the importance of creating and keeping these four agreements.
Negatives of The Four Agreements
It was very hard for me to come up with negatives for this book. Partially because I thoroughly enjoyed reading the four agreements, I had to find something to critique. So here is my negative for the book, although it was comprehensive to me.
1 – The book made changing the future look very easy.
Although the author was honest and upfront about the difficulties of learning this new system, I do believe Don Miguel Ruiz’s mentality about how the world could change may be a bit far fetched.
While the four agreements are very helpful for people to adopt, is it a real thing that people want to unite as one? I think we have a few more centuries, at least, until we reach that point.
The Four Agreements – Conclusion
Overall, I agreed with a lot of what was in the four agreements. I understand why people need to adopt these agreements in their lives, as it promotes living, being in the moment, and minimizing regrets.
A considerable part of what the author is trying to explain is that being alive is one of the most challenging things to face.
Regret and a lot of the emotional issues we have can be avoided by essentially rewiring the brain through accepting the four agreements.
Attention gives us the ability to discriminate and focus on what we want. Are we going to continue to focus on the bad or learn to look for the good?
The task is a challenge, yes, but what in life isn’t? I hope this review was helpful and inspired you to check out the book if you are interested in getting a copy of the four agreements, click the banner below.
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