I recently read The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz and I am fascinated by the idea of using them as a life guidepost.
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Mostly because they gave me (when explained deeper) so many a-ha moments:
I can love everyone the best I can, but I no longer need to spend one more second worrying about what people think of me.
I also can’t explain how FREEING it is to live by these. It takes a lot of work, but I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my stress levels since implementing them. Who needs all that emotional poison otherwise?
Sometimes, I have trouble with these four agreements. Especially when someone says or does something to me that CLEARLY is made personal AND is impossible NOT to jump to assumptions about. When that happens, my husband says I should just practice #5: Shut the hell up. Well now, that makes sense.
There’s a prayer in the book that I just love. I love it SO much that I actually typed it up, printed it and I read it aloud every morning. What a fantastic way to start the day.
PRAYER FOR FREEDOM
Today, Creator of the Universe, I ask that you come to me and share with me a strong communion of love. I know that your real name is Love, that to have a communion with you means to share the same vibration, the same frequency that you are, because you are the only thing that exists in the universe.
Today, help me to be like you are, to love life, to be life, to be love. Help me to love the way you love, with no conditions, no expectations, no obligations, without any judgment. Help me to love and accept myself without any judgment, because when I judge myself I find myself guilty and need to be punished.
Help me to love everything you create unconditionally, especially other human beings, especially those who live around me – all my relatives and people who I try so hard to love. Because when I reject them, I reject myself, I reject you.
Help me to love others the way they are with no conditions. Help me to accept them the way they are, without judgment, because if I judge them, I find them guilty, I blame them, and I have the need to punish them.
Today, clean my heart of any emotional poison that I have, free my mind from any judgment so that I can live in complete peace and complete love.
Today is a very special day. Today I open my heart to love again so that I can tell others “I love you” without fear, and really mean it. Today, I offer myself to you. Come to me, use my voice, use my eyes, use my hands and use my heart to share myself in a communion of love with everyone. Today, Creator, help me to be just like you are. Thank you for everything that I receive this day, especially for the freedom to be who I really am.
What about you? Have you read The Four Agreements? What did you think?