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Being impeccable with our word This is big,When you make it a strong. habit not to take anything First let s look at how Ruiz defines the word impeccability Impeccability means without sin. Impeccable comes from the Latin pecatus which means sin The im in impeccable means. personally you avoid many, without so impeccable means without sin Religions talk about sin and sinners but let s. upsets in your life Your, understand what it really means to sin A sin is anything that you do which goes against yourself. anger jealousy and envy, Everything you feel or believe or say that goes against yourself is a sin You go against yourself. will disappear and even, when you judge or blame yourself for anything Being without sin is exactly the opposite Being.
your sadness will simply, impeccable is not going against yourself When you are impeccable you take responsibility for. disappear if you don t take your actions but you do not judge or blame yourself. things personally,Don Miguel Ruiz, So when we re impeccable we don t use our word against ourselves indulging in guilt or shame. We also don t use our word against others in blaming criticizing or gossiping We also honor our. commitments and only make commitments we intend to follow through on. How re you doing on those fronts, In The Diamond Cutter see Notes Geshe Michael Roach talks about the fact that in Tibet. they don t even have a word for guilt As he says There s no word in Tibetan for guilty The. closest thing is intelligent regret that decides to do things differently. Geshe Roach also describes blame criticism complaining etc as useless talk It depletes us of. energy and wires our brains in ways we don t wanna be wired So uh let s get impeccable with. our word and stop all blame and criticism of ourselves and others and while we re at it let s. get rid of all the complaining and gossip as well, Now let s address being impeccable with our word as it relates to commitments. Do you honor your commitments When you say you re going to do something do you really. intend to follow through and then DO you Or do you kinda say Yes to every request because. you think you need to and you figure you can always flake later We ve all said Yes too often. when a polite No would ve been more appropriate but let s practice honoring our word and the. commitments we make shall we, While we re on the subject of sin did you know that according to Wikipedia in the biblical.
Hebrew the generic word for sin is het It means to err to miss the mark It does not mean to. do evil Paulo Coelho see Notes talks about the fact that to sin from this perspective is kinda. like an archer missing the bulls eye Cool eh,2ND AGREEMENT DON T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY. Whatever happens around you don t take it personally if I see you on the street and say. Hey you are so stupid without knowing you it s not about you it s about me If you take it. personally then perhaps you believe you are stupid Maybe you think to yourself How does he. Write this agreement on, know Is he clairvoyant or can everybody see how stupid I am. paper and put it on your, refrigerator to remind you This is another theme that all the great teachers come back to again and again and again and. all the time Don t take again, anything personally How about some Marcus Aurelius Seneca and Deepak Chopra. Don Miguel Ruiz Marcus Aurelius see Notes on Meditations reminds us not to worry about the opinion of other. people who don t even have a good opinion of themselves He tells us The approval of such. men who do not even stand well in their own eyes has no value for him. And Seneca see Notes on Letters from a Stoic reminds us that the world is so inconsistent in. its opinions we should just be done with it He says Away with the world s opinion of you it s. 2 PhilosophersNotes The Four Agreements,always unsettled and divided.
When you transform, your whole dream magic While Ervin Seale see Notes on Take Off from Within reminds us There is one recurring. persistent perennial and dogging personal problem which more than any other steals the. just happens in your life, force and peace of people and ruins projects and enterprises and careers It is the habit of. What you need comes to, feeling hurt because of what others do or do not do and what they say or do not say. you easily because spirit, moves freely through Deepak Chopra see Notes on The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire has a mantra I ve said. you This is the mastery thousands of times, of intent the mastery of I m totally independent of the good or bad opinion of others.
spirit the mastery of love I m totally independent of the good or bad opinion of others. the mastery of gratitude I m totally independent of the good or bad opinion of others. and the mastery of life I m totally independent of the good or bad opinion of others. This is the goal of the I m totally independent of the good or bad opinion of others. Toltec This is the path to Why is this such a big deal. personal freedom, Because as Don Miguel Ruiz says Nothing other people do is because of you It is because. Don Miguel Ruiz,of themselves, Let s think about it Imagine interacting with the same person in two different situations. First the person had an AWESOME day they got a great night of sleep won the lottery and. every other thing that could ve possibly gone well for them unfolded They re feelin great How. do you think they re gonna treat us Probably pretty well eh. Now same person This time they got a really bad night of sleep lost their job got in a car. accident didn t eat all day long and every other annoying thing that could ve happened. happened Not in such a good mood How do you think they re gonna treat us now Prolly no. where near as well as when they re rested happy and all that jazz eh. The important thing to note here is that WE were exactly the same in both situations But if we. base our opinion of ourselves on how someone else treats us we re in trouble. Again as Ruiz says Nothing other people do is because of you It is because of themselves. 3RD AGREEMENT DON T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS, We have the tendency to make assumptions about everything The problem with making. assumptions is that we believe they are the truth We could swear they are real We make. assumptions about what others are doing or thinking we take it personally then we blame. them and react by sending emotional poison with our word That is why when we make. assumptions we re asking for problems We make an assumption we misunderstand we take it. personally and we end up creating a whole big drama for nothing. Well there ya go,The third agreement Don t make assumptions. Are you making any assumptions about what someone s thinking or doing Can you see how. the drama factor can go down dramatically pun intended if we just have the courage to ask. As Ruiz says The way to keep yourself from making assumptions is to ask questions Make sure. the communication is clear If you don t understand ask Have the courage to ask questions until. you are as clear as you can be, So Let s identify where we re making some assumptions and have the courage to ask em what s.
up and get out of the drama of assumption ville shall we. PhilosophersNotes The Four Agreements 3,4TH AGREEMENT ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST. There is just one more agreement but it s the one that allows the other three to become deeply. ingrained habits The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three Always do your best. Ruiz continues Under any circumstance always do your best no more and no less But keep. in mind that your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next Everything. is alive and changing all the time so your best will sometimes be high quality and other times it. will not be as good, We need to always do our best if we want to bring the other three agreements alive. And of course sometimes we ll be totally on and our best will be rock star rockin and other. times we might be a little tired and our best won t be quite as stellar It s all good. Let s take a look at some other Big Ideas related to doing our best from the Greek ideal of Aret. pronounced are uh tay to Tony Robbins CANI to the Japanese concept of Kaizen. We ll start with Aret It s one of my favorite words and ideals In fact the site I had before. PhilosophersNotes and Zaadz was called thinkArete, As I ve mentioned in other Notes in classic Greece peeps like Socrates Plato and Aristotle. Nobody abuses us more said that if we want to live with happiness we need to live with Aret a word that translates as. than we abuse ourselves excellence or virtue but has a deeper meaning something closer to striving to do your best. moment to moment to moment,Don Miguel Ruiz, Think about it When what you re doing is less than what you re capable of doing and I m. not talking about what you should be doing here but what your Highest Self knows you re. capable of there s a gap And in that gap is where depression and anxiety and disillusionment. When we close that gap by doing our best there s no room for the angst negative schtuff etc. and we feel REALLY good Yah,Again our best will vary but let s thinkArete.
Tony Robbins has an awesome concept he calls CANI Constant and Never Ending. Improvement When we show up committed to doing our best and practice CANI we re on an. incredible upward trend where our best keeps on getting better. And last time I checked that s a good thing, And finally you heard of kaizen Marci Shimoff describes it this way in her great book Happy. for No Reason see Notes To make the quickest progress you don t have to take huge leaps. You just have to take baby steps and keep on taking them In Japan they call this approach. kaizen which literally translates as continual improvement Using kaizen great and lasting. success is achieved through small consistent steps It turns out that slow and steady is the best. way to overcome your resistance to change,THE FIRST STEP TOWARD FREEDOM. The first step toward personal freedom is awareness We need to be aware that we are not free. in order to be free We need to be aware of what the problem is in order to solve the problem. I love that, How can you change something you don t know needs changing. 4 PhilosophersNotes The Four Agreements, As Seneca says see Notes on Letters from a Stoic The worse a person is the less he feels it. If you want to live a life,of joy and fulfillment you.
have to find the courage to And Vernon Howard see Notes on The Power of Your Supermind tells us Encourage. break those agreements that yourself by remembering that any detection of negativity within you is a positive act not a. are fear based and claim negative one Awareness of your weakness and confusion makes you strong because conscious. your personal power awareness is the bright light that destroys the darkness of negativity Honest self observation. dissolves pains and pressures that formerly did their dreadful work in the darkness of. Don Miguel Ruiz, unawareness This is so important that I urge you to memorize and reflect upon the following. summary Detection of inner negativity is not a negative act but a courageously positive act. that makes you a new person, So let s bring some awareness to our quest for personal freedom. These are the Top 5 things I know need some work from me. WE STOP OURSELVES, Who stops us from being free We blame the government we blame the weather we blame. our parents we blame religion we blame God Who really stops us from being free We. stop ourselves, Reminds me of Joseph Campbell see Notes on The Power of Myth Freud tells us to blame. our parents for all the shortcomings of our life Marx tells us to blame the upper class of our. society But the only one to blame is oneself,Let s get out of our own way and rock it shall we.
BREAKING DOMESTICATION STEP BY STEP, There are many strong beliefs in the mind that can make this process look hopeless This is why. you need to go step by step and be patient with yourself because this is a slow process The way. you are living now is the result of many years of domestication You cannot expect to break the. domestication in one day,I ve heard it s a virtue, I don t know about you but I often want things to change kinda quickly. Realizing that all things especially great things tend to take time I ve been blissfully. developing my patience, Here are a couple of my favorite thoughts on the matter. Epictetus see Notes on The Enchiridion teaches us No great thing is created suddenly any. more than a bunch of grapes or a fig If you tell me that you desire a fig I answer you that. there must be time Let it first blossom then bear fruit then ripen. PhilosophersNotes The Four Agreements 5, And James Arthur Ray see Notes on Harmonic Wealth reminds us Everything has a. gestation period a time period that must pass before things will come into form If you plant a. carrot seed it takes about seven weeks for the sprout to make its above dirt entrance Bamboo. which can grow up to thirteen feet in as little as one week takes up to seven years to break. through the surface of the ground But for seven long years it looks like absolutely nothing s. happening Now that takes some commitment, How about you Feeling a little impatient about your growth.
Let s chillax and just take it step by step and enjoy the journey. REPETITION MAKES THE MASTER, All of these old agreements which rule our dream of life are the result of repeating them over. Toltec This is the path to personal freedom Don Miguel Ruiz 4TH AGREEMENT ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST There is just one more agreement but it s the one that allows the other three to become deeply ingrained habits The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three Always do your best Ruiz continues Under any circumstance always do your best no more and no less But

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