For me it is living my most authentic life that I can in this moment, with the tools I have created through my life’s experiences. My way isn’t everyone’s way, but that’s ok!!! It would be a boring planet if everyone was just like me! Not really boring…but you know what I mean!
We are all here to experience life. With all the ups and downs. Remember life is 20% of experience and 80% perception. If we could just remember that, I think we could really enjoy the diversity a lot better!
Sometimes I feel that there is a victimization that is going on in our society today. Everyone is always comparing there pain…Why? If we could just acknowledge that the suffering exists then we could just go from there and heal! If there is a problem, do you add another problem to heal it? I think wars are made that way!
Anyway, it is the brave thing to do to live in your authentic self and be brave enough to ask the questions instead of assuming the answer. If we could, just for a moment remember what it was like to be our child self we would be a lot happier.
Our child self always, always, always asked questions. To the point of insanity we asked questions. I can remember my 5 year old daughter asking me 3000 questions in 10 minutes because she didn’t get it!!!! She asked the questions until she understood clearly. She as a 6 year old, didn’t assume anything. Clarity was important and still is!!! We all need to remember this!!!
So in honor to our Child Selves I am reposting some cheat notes of the Four Agreements written by don Miguel Ruiz. I hope in some small way this can help us all to live our authentic selves…again!
Peace, Love & Understanding Be With Us All! ❤
The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
Be Impeccable with Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Impeccable means “without sin” and a sin is something you do or believe that goes against yourself. It means not speaking against yourself, to yourself or to others. It means not rejecting yourself. To be impeccable means to take responsibility for yourself, to not participate in “the blame game.” Regarding the word, the rules of “action-reaction” apply. What you put out energetically will return to you. Proper use of the word creates proper use of energy, putting out love and gratitude perpetuates the same in the universe. The converse is also true. Impeccability starts at home. Be impeccable with yourself and that will reflect in your life and your relationships with others. This agreement can help change thousands of other agreements, especially ones that create fear instead of love.
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
When we take things personally when we agree with what others have said. If we didn’t agree, the things that others say would not affect us emotionally. If we did not care about what others think about us, their words or behavior could not affect us. Even if someone yells at you, gossips about you, harms you or yours, it still is not about you! Their actions and words are based on what they believe in their personal dream. Our personal “Book of Law” and belief system makes us feel safe. When people have beliefs that are different from our own, we get scared, defend ourselves, and impose our point of view on others. If someone gets angry with us it is because our belief system is challenging their belief system and they get scared. They need to defend their point of view. Why become angry, create conflict, and expend energy arguing when you are aware of this?
Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
When we make assumptions it is because we believe we know what others are thinking and feeling. We believe we know their point of view, their dream. We forget that our beliefs are just our point of view based on our belief system and personal experiences and have nothing to do with what others think and feel. We make the assumption that everybody judges us, abuses us, victimizes us, and blames us the way we do ourselves. As a result we reject ourselves before others have the chance to reject us. When we think this way, it becomes difficult to be ourselves in the world. Take action and be clear to others about what you want or do not want; do not gossip and make assumptions about things others tell you. Respect other points of view and avoid arguing just to be right. Respect yourself and be honest with yourself. Stop expecting the people around you to know what is in your head.
Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
Doing your best means enjoying the action without expecting a reward. The pleasure comes from doing what you like in life and having fun, not from how much you get paid. Enjoy the path traveled and the destination will take care of itself. Living in the moment and releasing the past helps us to do the best we can in the moment. It allows us to be fully alive right now, enjoying what is present, not worrying about the past or the future. Have patience with yourself. Take action. Practice forgiveness. If you do your best always, transformation will happen as a matter of course.