This is the second in a brief series of summaries and reviews of “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.
The First Agreement: Be Impeccable With Your Word
Summary: This is the most important and difficult agreement. With just this first agreement, you can achieve true happiness. Your word is the power that you have to create. It is the gift that comes directly from energy (he calls it God). Word manifests everything, because it is how we communicate our intent. Word is the tool of magic. It can create the most beautiful reality, or the most chaos.
When we speak truly – we create beauty. When we misuse the word – we create hell on earth.
One fear or doubt planted in our mind can create drama because it can change how we use our word.
Words cause beliefs.
Impeccable means without sin. Sin is a religious concept in many cases, but what it truly is is anything that goes against ourselves. Sin begins with rejection of ourselves and is the biggest sin we can commit.
Being impeccable with your word is the best thing we can do for ourselves. We have learned to lie as a habit. We spread poison through our word often. But, the word is pure magic and we must learn to use it for good, rather than misuse it.
One single word can make us change completely. Every time we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement. This “spell” can bind us. Every time we agree with an opinion, we make an agreement. The only thing we can do is realize true and be impeccable with our word.
“Only the truth will set us free.”
We need to say positive words to ourselves and make them truth. We must understand what words do. We must stop spreading poison.
The first agreement is the most important to get away from hell and to be free. By using the word in the correct way, we are using white magic on ourselves and others. We must love ourselves and break all of the agreements that we have made with ourselves and others that hurt us.
This agreement can help us escape fear and become immune to the words of others.
Review: A lot of this section was self-explanatory to anyone who knows anything about psychology, but it’s an excellent reminder of why we should think before we speak. Really though, we need to retrain ourselves to be positive forces, rather than negative ones. We need to think, feel, and say nice words, good words, and uplifting words. They need to be truth, yes. But, truth is everywhere. We have merely been domesticated and told lies. No one is ugly. No one is stupid. No one is inferior. We all are what we are, and are made up of the same energy. And we need to reflect truth everywhere.
While fairly straight forward, this section made good analogies about how words can put spells on people. We need to be delicate with our words.