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Episode # 63   The Four Agreements

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Natalie Ledwell gives listeners her favorite highlights to the inspiring book, "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz. He explains how in many ways, life is like a dream that we create for ourselves. As children, we learn the rules to this dream world and create beliefs about how things work. The only thing is we didn't have the opportunity to choose our beliefs and often they don't serve us... but luckily, these limiting beliefs can be overcome.

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Episode # 63 The Four Agreements

Natalie : Hi I'm Natalie Ledwell and this is the Inspiration Show. Now I mentioned on the previous video how I get to meet Don Miguel Ruiz, he is the author of the book the Four Agreements. Don Miguel is a Toltec Shaman and he has the most incredible story which I'm gonna share with you with the upcoming video, so keep an eye on for that. But because of this previous meeting it prompt to me to actually read his book that he originally wrote in 1997, The Four Agreements. Now what struck me about this book is just how simple but exceptionally powerful his message is. Now I encourage you to read the book but today what I would like to do is to share some of the that I've got from reading it. Now what I love most about this is how Don Miguel describes life as a dream, you know a dream that we create for ourselves. Now humans are dreaming all the time, the dream of the planet is a collective dream of being to people all having their own individual little dreams. Now we learned the rules this dream as we children through our parents, siblings, teachers, religious leaders, etc. They teach us language and how to communicate. And by doing this, we make an agreement that this is how we communicate. Now we learn how to act, what to do, what to say, you know what is a chair, what is a building. And we make an agreement then to follow their advice. The only thing is that we didn't have the opportunity to choose our beliefs; we just agreed to take on the information that's passed down to us. So if generations, we agreed to believe what our parents and other influential people tell us about you know what is beauty, what is worthy, what is intelligent, what is acceptable. Now as Don Miguel says, the problem is that 95 percent of the beliefs in our minds are nothing but lives handed down misconceptions and originating from the fear, so we suffer, we feel guilt and we judged ourselves in others because of these lies. Now Don Miguel describes how we have powerful memories and once we make a mistake, we judge ourselves, we push ourselves, and we find ourselves guilty. The only thing is we keep punishing ourselves over and over for the one mistake. So what he's describing here is that limning beliefs which I've talked about many times. You know we formed an opinion about ourselves as a child based on the behavior or comments of the influential people around us that may continue to judge ourselves for the rest of our lives. You know I'm not worthy, I'm not pretty, I'm not smart; and these false beliefs about ourselves stop us from leaving our dream lives. The truth is you are worthy, you are pretty, you are smart, you are what everything it is you want to be, and it's time to make new agreements you know agreements that serve you and influence your new dream to what you want it to be. And you can guess from the title of the book is actually four very powerful agreements that will help us to break our previous agreements that come from fear and don't serve us. So the first agreement is to be impeccable with your word that this is the most important and the hardest agreement honor. The word is the most powerful tool that you have as a human but it's like a double-blade sword. You can create the most beautiful dream or your words can destroy everything around you. Our minds are like fertile ground where seeds are continually being planted. The seeds are opinions, ideas, and concepts that were putted there with the words that we used to ourselves and the words of others. Being impeccable with your words mean never use negative language to hurt, judge, or be little yourself or anybody else. It's taking negative language out of your vocabulary altogether which you can imagine is pretty difficult to achieve considering the program in the environments that we are living. Now the second agreement is to don't take anything personally, taking things personally is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the assumption that everything is about me. Remember not a person's point of view comes from all the program that they received as a child. You know the lies, the opinions that are handed down through fear, now when someone says nasty too, that person's dealing with their own feelings, beliefs, and opinions. Other people's words can only hurt you if you choose for them to do so. So realizing and remembering it's not about you and being in a state of love rather than fear, other people's words no longer hurt you and everything around you was great. Now the third agreement is to don't make assumptions, now we have a tendency to make assumptions about everything which by now I'm sure you're realizing comes from the lies, opinions passed down to us. Now we make an assumption, we misunderstand, we take it personally, and we end up creating a whole big drama for nothing. Now the fourth agreement is to always do your best. This agreement allows the other three to become deeply in grained habits, by doing your best you'll live your life passionately, your productive, your good to yourself and everyone around you and the action of always doing your best will make you feel intensely happy. Now Don Miguel's message in this book is to tell you that you were born with the right to be happy and by making new agreements that serve you, life can be you wanted to be. So I encourage you to read the four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, it's a quick read and it's full of great common sense practical information. 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