John Patrick LaPlatney
5 April 2013
The Four Agreements
At the moment of birth, all humans are essentially a blank slate, ready to absorb all information, ideas and beliefs that exist or have already existed on this planet. Until we have obtained the cognitive ability to create our own opinions or judgements on all that came before us, we are told what to believe and what to think by our respective authoritative figures (parents, teachers etc.). This linear passage of information and beliefs through generations has impaired many humans from from creating their own perspectives on human culture. Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, and other followers of the teachings of the ancient Toltec people, believe that four simple agreements can help individuals transform their existence and overcome all the agreements that can hold someone back from achieving their true potential in life.
The first of the four agreements is to Be Impeccable With Your Word. What people choose to say and how they say it is one of the most rudimentary ways of expressing individual personality and character. What people express through words publicly will define how they are received by other individuals. This means that if someone is expressing themselves through false word (or lying), he or she is not only fabricating their character for those around them, but also for themselves as individuals. This is living a a fake existence, which inherently means that someone has rejected their own self image. According to the Toltecs, self-rejection is the worst sin committable by human beings. Ironically, the word “impeccable” by definition means “to be incapable of sin or committing sin” as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary. If someone can truly learn to love and accept who they are as an individual, than that personal acceptance will manifest itself in interactions with others. If you can accept who just you are with out trying to please the “ideal image”...