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Summary of The Four Agreements 

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Amazon's #1 in the New Age & Spirituality category. “Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” ~ Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success • A New York Times bestseller for over a decade. • Over 8.5 million copies sold in the U.S. • Translated into 46 languages worldwide. Do you desire genuine freedom, but don't know how to get it? If yes, then shout for joy because the search is over. This ancient wisdom of the Toltecs will teach you all you need to know about personal freedom and how you can be happy all your life. Are you ready for an adventure into the secrets that have been sealed for ages? “Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system.” ~ Miguel Ruiz

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Reality exists in the mind: you are what your beliefs say you are

Have you taken out time to consider why our world is the way it is? And if there could be an alternate version if we just did some things differently?

Truth is, our world is ruled by the sets of unchanged beliefs that humans pass on to each other from generation to generation. It's our beliefs that build expectations, rules, and results.
The set of beliefs pervasive in the universe is responsible for what society considers normal and acceptable, or not.
The general beliefs create an atmosphere under which humans are raised.

For instance, a child grows up with the sets of belief systems injected into him from — first — his immediate family, then school, church, friends, and the society at large.

This wouldn't have been a problem if over 90% of what we believe wasn’t wrong. But unfortunately, it is.

Our beliefs create a special cage for each and everyone of us. We can't move past this cage unless we change what we believe about ourselves, and how the world works. We got these beliefs because we agreed to them — and if we want to change them, we have to agree on something else, because, unfortunately, the mind is the driver of our lives and it can't be empty of beliefs.

It's easier to inherit belief systems as children than to debunk them and gain new ones, but the good news is, each time you break an agreement or belief, you regain the power you used to create it in the first place, and this power can be used to break other agreements.
Positive agreements will make enough personal power available for you to break other negative agreements.
Wondering what personal agreements you should begin to create? Worry not, because the proceeding sections of this summary will take you through the four personal agreements that will not only change your life but also create enough willpower for you to debunk your negative beliefs.

Ready for them? Let's dive in.

The first agreement. Be impeccable with your words

This is the first agreement, and it's the most powerful of all. Take this agreement seriously and you'll begin to change your life at the subconscious level, where all things are created.
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The second agreement. Don't take anything personally


The third agreement. Don't make assumptions


The fourth agreement. Always do your best


How to break old agreements



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