A couple of weeks ago I read a nice book by Don Miguel Ruiz. The book definitely falls into the self-help genre for me. It’s a practical guide to freedom, self-expression and finding happiness. The main topic of the book gravitates around the four toltec agreements coming from the wise Toltec civilization. Speaking about ancient wisdom.. I really love snacking on such topics, dont you?
On the one hand you learn from individuals such as Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates, and on the other hand you learn from civilizations like the Toltecs, the ancient Egyptians, and the Aztecs.
In spite of the expiry date, this information is still valuable in today’s world. I believe that ancient wisdom holds the key to living a profound life on earth. That’s why it has been passed on from generation to generation. Moreover, more and more people are trying to adapt a more simple and minimalistic lifestyle. More and more people are learning about stoicism, plant-based medicine and shamanic practices.
In the early history of mankind, it was always said that life is the survival of the fittest, but now in our new era of life, it is the survival of the wisest. Today’s world is overflowing with information and this causes mass confusion and distraction for the modern individual.
Have you heard about the Toltecs?
Thousands of years ago in Mexico they were known as the “men and women” of knowledge. Furthermore, anthopoligists say that they were a communty of scholars and artists studying and perseviring the knowledge and spiritual practices of the ancient people.
Toltec’s wisdom derives from the universal source of truth, like all other sacred esoteric traditions around the world. Although it is not a religion, it honors all the spiritual teachers who preached on Earth. Although spiritual by nature, its more accurate description is a way of life that is characterized by achievement of happiness and love.
Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, there are four agreements that offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives.
Following these agreements, we open ourselves to a new experience of freedom, true happiness and love.
Agreement 1: Be pure in your word
The first agreement is the most important one and at the same time the hardest to follow. In order to live according to this agreement, we have to be very careful with what kind of words we use. That is to say, watch your mouth. Words are powerful and they can either create or destroy relatinships. The way we express ourselves can accelerate us or slow us down.
“Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” -Yehuda Berg
Agreement 2: Dont take anything personally
Whatever happens to you, dont take it personally. Easier said than done, right? You can’t control the opinions of other people, so why should you let someone else decide how you feel? The thing is, everyone has his own perspective about things, and his own little windows that he is seeing the world through. His truth might not be in harmony with your truth. His mind, his thinking might not be in sync with your mind or thinking. If I say to you – “You look like a fool” – this is how I see things, not how you see them. So dont take my words for granted. They are just thoughts in my head.
“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. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering”― Don Miguel Ruiz
Agreement 3: Dont make assumptions
Do you know what happens when we assume things? It makes an ass out of you and me. Ass U Me. Asumptions can be limiting and hindering. Moreover, assumptions usually turn out to be wrong. The problem is, usually we believe and hold them as our truth.
In order to perform a reality check you should ask questions. Is it? Is it the way I think it is? By all means communication is the key to deal with assumptions.
Agreement 4: Always do your best
Whatever you do, always try to perform at your fullest. By doing so, you will know your potential and you could always see if there is room for improvement. You will be more productive, more open to the world and more connected to your surroundings. You will start doing things because for the sake of the journey, not for the results. Also this will lead to more enjoyable and more amusing activities. When doing your best, you learn to accept yourself the way you are.
In conclusion I would like to tell you that everyone can tell you how to live your life.. But the thing is, you and only you, must see if these things resonate with you, or work for you. Build your own truth, but never take people’s words for granted. See what is real for you and start from there.