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Class 3
The Four Agreements
with don Miguel Ruiz

Purpose: Gain awareness of the key guidelines to living life with integrity.

About"The Four Agreements" 

  • First published in 1997, the book gained popularity after being endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. 
     

  • The book was on The New York Times bestseller list for over a decade.
     

  • According to Ruiz, the book is inspired by a set of the Toltec people's spiritual beliefs.
     

  • The intent of the book is to help readers explore "freedom," "happiness," and "love."
     

  • The central point is that a person's life is determined by agreements they have made with themselves, others, God, and society as a whole.
     

  • Through these agreements, one determines how they see themselves, what is possible for them, how they should behave, and their worth as a person.
     

  • Ruiz says that by making a pact with the agreements described in the book, the individual is able to create a happier and more successful life.

  • Born in 1952 in rural Mexico, the youngest of 13 children.
     

  • His parents were healers and practitioners of ancient Toltec traditions. 
     

  • Graduated from medical school in Mexico City and practiced neurosurgery.
     

  • A near-fatal car crash caused him to examine the essential truth about life.
     

  • Through his mother’s ancestral teachings, he discovered his own path to awareness.
     

  • This evolved into a deep understanding of the physical universe and the virtual world of the mind.
     

  • Combining Toltec mythology and scientific perspectives, he has merged ancient wisdom with modern physics and practical common sense, forging a new philosophy for seekers of truth and personal authenticity creating The Four Agreements.

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Exploring "The Four Agreements" with Oprah

We will watch 8 video excerpts from the Oprah Winfrey Network's Super Soul Sunday TV Series,  each around 1 to 2 minutes.

 

There are 2 video clips for each Agreement. The first clip is from Oprah interviewing don Miguel. In the second video clip for each Agreement are thoughts and comments from individuals in the audience.

 

After which we will discuss what these video clips meant to you ... with no right or wrong answers.

Enjoy exploring, discovering, and awakening to possibilities found on the
"Journey Between Your Heart and Soul”.

**NOTE: If you are watching the video clips on your own and not in a class, after each clip is done, take a moment to reflect on the insights or questions the clip sparked in you.

Agreement #1 - Be Impeccable with Your Word

don Miguel Ruiz and Oprah discuss Agreement #1  (2:08 )

Audience thoughts on Agreement #1  (1:02 )

Notes - Agreement #1 - Be Impeccable with Your Word

  1. Speak with integrity.

  2. Say only what you mean.

  3. Use the power of your word for truth and love.

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What are your insights and comments on Agreement #1

Agreement #2 - Don't Take Things Personally

don Miguel Ruiz and Oprah discuss Agreement #2  (1:58)

Audience thoughts on Agreement #2  (1:13 )

Notes - Agreement #2 - Don't Take Things Personally

  1. Nothing others say is because of you.
     

  2. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.
     

  3. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

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What are your insights and comments on Agreement #2

Agreement #3 - Don't Make Assumptions

don Miguel Ruiz and Oprah discuss Agreement #3 (2:27)

Audience thoughts on Agreement #3  (1:05)

Notes - Agreement #3 - Don't Make Assumptions

  1. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.
     

  2. Communicate with others clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.
     

  3. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

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What are your insights and comments on Agreement #3

Agreement #4 - Always Do Your Best

don Miguel Ruiz and Oprah discuss Agreement #4  (0:53)

Audience thoughts on Agreement #4  (1:29 )

Notes - Agreement #4 - Always Do Your Best

  1. Your best is going to change from moment to moment.
     

  2. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid regret.

What are your insights and comments on Agreement #4

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Review of The Four Agreements 

  1. Be impeccable with Your Word  

  2. Don't Take Things Personally

  3. Don't Make Assumptions

  4. Always Do Your Best

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What are your thoughts and insights about don Miguel Ruiz's The Four Agreements

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