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Good Read: The Fifth Agreement

Recently, I finished reading The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz.  Some time ago, I read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.  They are both good books.  The The Fifth Agreement is a fast, easy read with some very thought-provoking points.  The last half of the book really explains how to use the five agreements in your life.  This book gave advice for your day-to-day life that The Four Agreements does not include.

The Four Agreements are:

1. Be Impeccable with your Word
Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.  Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.  Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. 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.

3. 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, sadness and drama.  With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. 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. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

These are wise words to live by.

In the The Fifth Agreement, the final agreement, is to Be skeptical, but learn to listen.    The Fifth Agreement prepares us to “return to our innate wisdom, and live our lives based on truth.”  The fifth agreement is ultimately about seeing our whole reality through the eyes of truth.  The result of practicing this agreement is the complete acceptance of ourselves just the way we are, and the complete acceptance of everybody else just the way they are.  The reward is our eternal happiness.

This book gives you an opportunity to change your  world view and obtain more peace.  I highly recommend this book to all!

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