This short book has entered the life of many close friends of mine, and according to their words, has actually changed it. I had read it but did not feel inclined to pursue these tenets, perhaps it just didn’t click with me, or I was already pursuing these agreements. Whatever the reason, it was good enough reason for me to re-read the book and analyze the content.
This book revolves around four agreements imparted by the Toltec culture. These are 1) Be impeccable with your word, 2) Don’t take anything personally, 3) Don’t make assumptions, and 4) Always do your best. These agreements are discussed at large, and they are preceded with an introduction as to why these agreements are relevant today, and followed by a section on how to improve your situation.
The Four Agreements is a very simple book to read. It is also quite a quick read. The message is presented and discussed in pretty simple terms. There are no references to other works and it doesn’t involve rituals or pilgrimages. It is straightforward and clear.
But the real strength of this book is the introduction and the presentation of modern day society, or our reality. Once you understand that we are following in the footsteps of a system that only creates unhappiness, we are ready to break free from this so called dream. This in essence is the call of many prophets and spiritual leaders, as well as religions and cults that work towards the dream.
I suggest you pick it up. It is a quick read, but it also gives you an understanding of the dream versus the reality of life. It is all explained in simple terms, and if you ask me, this book is nothing but an excerpt of many laws laid out by many Masters. How profound you find it, well, that depends on where you are at the time, in terms of spiritual growth.