The Five Agreements

                                                     by Don M. Ruiz


Everything we do is based on agreements we have made with ourselves, other people, God, and with life. The most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves. In these pledges, we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible and what is impossible.

The Five Agreements are:

Be Impeccable With Your Words
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Don’t Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best
See reality in the truth


Be Impeccable With Your Words: Speak with integrity. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. That means no gossiping, no complaining, no criticizing and no blaming!

Don’t Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.

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.

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. Simply do your best and avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

See Reality in the Truth: Practice this agreement to receive both the complete acceptance of yourself just the way you are, and the complete acceptance of everybody else, just the way they are.



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