“If you live without fear, if you love, there is no room for any of these emotions. If you don`t feel any of these emotions, it makes sense that you feel good. If you`re feeling good, everything`s fine around you. If everything`s great around you, everything makes you happy. You love everything around you because you love yourself. Because you are the way you are, because you are satisfied with yourself. Because you are happy with your life […] happy with your agreements with life. If we do our best, both in terms of compliance with the four agreements and the actions we are taking in the world, we can be really happy. I have neither read nor planned this book. I saw these four chords on the wall in a yoga teacher house and laughed. These tenants are what Saniel Bonder, the founder of Waking Down In Mutality, would call hyper-masculine ideas to improve us. They could improve our lives for a while, but like all self-improvement projects, they imply that ultimately we need more self-insurance. Although there is an important place for the action component in life (the male strength), it is necessary to reconcile it with the softer outfit and to accept the maternity qualities of the deep feminine.
Truly loving us for and with all our human weaknesses is the key to the non-judgment of ourselves and others, and a surprising impudence. This can pave the way for a deeper understanding that involves knowing us as an unlimited presence of Devine. Here is a spontaneous list of my 4 chords: (1) Take a break – again and again, most ancient cultures have a timeless spiritual wisdom that we can enjoy today. In fact, science and psychology recognize the benefits of various centuries-old practices such as meditation, mantra and yoga for our overall well-being. Many Eastern philosophies are integrated into modern therapies. The structure of the four chords is like an oreo: the chords are wedged between spiritual leadership and thought. At the beginning of the book, Ruiz begins with a Toltec mythology and the introduction of the term “the dream of the world”: it is an important condition for understanding the meaning of the chords themselves. We can use the fourth chord, Do Your Best, to encourage us to aspire positively. But this agreement also recognizes that “our best” varies from time to time, depending on our circumstances and our state of mind. The awareness of this fact leads to the realization that everything we do is our best moment, and this awareness can prevent us from having flags of ourselves if we are not up to an inappropriate level of perfection.
If your faith creates deep happiness in you, then I say, keep it. If they cause trouble, if the beliefs of others are different, consciousness can leave you with the choice of what you believe and what you let go. Many of our convictions, our concepts, our agreements were nourished to us as “truth” when we were young, and we accepted them literally and completely. The beginning of the four chords is about how we were domesticated by our caregivers in a “dream” of life. The only dream they gave us was the one they lived, which they received most often from their parents, etc. Dr. John A. Johnson, a professor of psychology, believes that most of these ideas are very similar to the concepts of thought in modern psychology.
He claims that Ruiz`s book could be a basic prince in behavioral perception therapy that treats problems and increases happiness by changing dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and thoughts. It encourages patients to challenge distorted perceptions and change destructive behaviours. By changing the basis of your own chords, you master your own dream. I first heard the four chords as an audiobook, and then I bought the book of the fifth convention, which is basically the same, precisely that extra part @tine mentioned.