There are thousands of agreements that you have made with yourself, with other people, with your dream of life, with God, with society, with your parents, with your spouse, with your children. But the main agreements are the ones you have with yourself. In these agreements, you tell yourself who you are, what you feel, what you believe and how you behave. The result is what you call your personality. In these agreements, you say, “It`s me. That`s what I think. I can do certain things, and some things I can`t do. It`s a reality, it`s imagination. it is possible, it is impossible. Although the content and arrangements are useful and relevant to the 21st century, I had the impression that there were many very religious and supra-spiritual elements in the stories.
When we see that it is our chords that dominate our lives, and that we do not love the dream of our lives, we must change the chords. When we are finally ready to change our agreements, there will be four very powerful agreements that will help us break the agreements that come from fear and exhaust our energy. You need a very strong will to adopt these four agreements — but if you can start living with these agreements, the transformation of your life will be incredible. You will see the drama of hell disappear before your eyes. Instead of living in a dream of hell, you will create a new dream, your personal dream from heaven. Our personal power is based on the agreements we make and we often make these agreements to please others instead of being true to ourselves. In doing so, we will give you our personal strength. In the Four Accords, it is a matter of regaining our personal power by being authentic and holding on to our true self. The four chords are: 1) Be impeccable in your word, 2) Don`t take anything personally, 3) Don`t make assumptions, and 4) Always do your best. These agreements are certainly simple, but far from simple.
Ruiz encourages readers to practice these chords every day and forgive us if we are not perfect. Effort is the most important. This book is a quick read (or listen) and should be read several times if you really want to keep your chords with yourself. A single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreements that make us suffer, that make us fail in life. If you want to lead a life of joy and accomplishment, you must find the courage to break the agreements that are based on fear and that claim your personal power. Agreements that come from fear require us to expend a lot of energy, but the agreements that come from love help us to save energy and even to produce energy. In the Four Accords, Don Miguel reveals the source of self-sustaining agreements that deprive us of joy and cause unnecessary suffering. If we are prepared to amend these agreements, there are four falsely simple but powerful agreements that we can adopt as guiding principles.