Also by Don Miguel Ruiz THE MASTERY OF LOVE A practical hearing to the sorted art of the relationship THE four CHORDS COMPANION BOOK Usin3 the tower arrangements, to face the dream of our lives LOS CUATRO ACUERDOS Una guia practica para la libertad personal A Practice help on personal freedom A To [tec THE four CHORDS V i s d o m Book DON MIGUEL Ruiz 3 1150008532398 AMBER-ALLEN PUBLISHING SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY Copyright 1997 by Miguel Angel Ruiz, Published by Amber-Allen Publishing, Inc. Post Office Box 665 7 San Rafael, California 94903 Editorial: Janet Mills Cover Illustration: Nicholas Wilton Cover Design: Michele Wetherbee o Cover Photo: Barbara Simon Typography: Rick Gordon, Emerald Valley Graphics All rights reserved. This book may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the publisher, with the exception of a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review; no part of this book may be reproduced, stored in an appeal system without the written permission of the publisher or transmitted by any means, electronically, mechanically, photocopied, recorded or otherwise.] 2 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ruiz, Miguel, 1952- The four AGREEMENTS : a practical guide to persona] freedom/Miguel Ruiz. S. cm. (A book of Totec wisdom) ISBN I-878424-31-9 (alk. 2. Philosophy Toltecique Miscellanea. I.
Title. II Series: Ruiz, Miguel, 1952- Book of Totec Wisdom. BJI58I. 2. R85 1997 97-18256 299`.792 dc2I CIP ISBN I-878424-31-9 Printed in Canada on acid-free paper Distributed by Publishers Group West To the Circle of Fire; Those who left before, those who are present and those who have yet to come. 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 Content Introduction 1 Domestication and dream of the planet 1 2 The first agreement Be irreproachable with your word 25 3 The second agreement Does not take anything personally 47 4 The third agreement Does not make assumptions 63 5 The fourth agreement always does your best 75 6 The Toleque way to freedom The old agreements break 93 7 The new dream heaven breaks out Earth 123 Prayers 131 Graces I want to humbly recognize My Mother, Sarita, who taught me unconditional love; my father, Jose Luis, who taught me discipline; my grandfather, Leonardo Macias, who gave me the key to decipher the Totec secrets; and my sons Miguel, Jose Luis and Leonardo. 5 They gathered as masters (Naguals) and students in Teotihuacan, the ancient city of the pyramids outside Mexico City, known as the place where „man becomes God.“ Over the millennia, the Naguals were forced to hide the wisdom of the ancestors and preserve their existence in the shadows. The European conquest, coupled with the widespread abuse of personal power by some apprentices, made it necessary to protect knowledge from those who were unwilling to use it wisely or who might deliberately abuse it for personal games. Fortunately, esoteric Tolèque knowledge has been embodied by different lines of the Naguak and passed down for generations. Although it remained secret for hundreds of years, old prophecies predicted the coming of an age when it would be necessary to restore wisdom to men. When we talk about the main content of the book, it tells us about the old knowledge for a successful life.
An old Tolèque wisdom says, „The Four Accords offer a powerful code of conduct that can quickly transform our lives into a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.“ There are other very interesting things in this book….