I have been on the path to spiritual awakening for 25 years, and I wish I had experienced this book at the beginning of my journey! Now it`s a perfect summary of what I`ve discovered myself over the years, wrapped in a beautiful mystical story, the toltec way of looking at it. I cannot recommend this book enough to all those who are looking for a way to live a happy life, to be freed from the fog of beliefs and other effects of our domestication. The four chords are simple, but difficult enough to fit every moment of our lives, hence the importance of the fourth. I`m going to keep this book at the head of my favorite books for a long time and I`m definitely going to reread it to make it even more wise. This is a brilliant book with an excellent audio edition. It describes four simple agreements that you must make with yourself, which will allow you to increase your control over how you live your life: 1) Be immaculate with your word; 2) Don`t take anything personally; 3) Don`t make assumptions; 4) Always do your best. Easy doesn`t mean easy! Don Miguel`s book helps the reader to have the power of these chords and to use it. Reading Peter Coyotes is a pleasure that supports the learning process. It is a timeless work that can be constantly recalled.
I found the four chords even more powerful than Stephen Coveys Seven Habits, which speaks volumes. And just like the seven habits, the four chords are powerful in all aspects of your life, including family, work and recreation. The four chords are provided in an easily understandable way and apply to everyday life. The concept of living in a dream is also easy to assimilate. The only agony I had was with the last 11 minutes, where he gives a prayer “Christan” that sounds in total contradiction with the wisdom of Toltec given in the rest of the book. This end made me doubt the credibility of the authors. I recommend to listen until prayer, then stop and you will be satisfied with the wisdom of the Toltec tradition. Don Miguel Ruiz`s famous guide to personal freedom is an inspiring and motivating reading in itself. But the voice of actor Peter Coyote`s Dulcet takes These ancient Toltec teachings to another level and transforms them into a fascinating four-part guided meditation. The Four Agreements establishes philosophical concepts in concrete and real situations and explores the benefits of being impeccable with your word, taking nothing personally, not making assumptions and always doing your best. The clear and captivating delivery of Coyotes allows us to really sit with these principles… and then turn them into direct and immediate action.
This book is a bit “woo woo”, not bashing at all, but I could see how hard parts of it are to get through for someone who is not in trouble. The basis of the four agreements is strong and so important. Beyond the new old woo woo tone of the book are four tenants who are so important and important to succeed personally and professionally.