In conclusion, I see the immense value in the Four Agreements, but the enabling of the agreements requires the Holy Spirit. It is interesting to note that Ruiz concludes the book by discussing spiritual warriors. It all starts with consciousness – unfortunately, most people are not aware of their condition or situation. Consciousness is the first step. “4: Always do your best.” Isn`t that what propels us through our faith (or other beliefs)? To be the best we can do, either for God or for ourselves? Helping others make their lives and the lives of everyone around them (and not around you) easier and better? For me, these agreements talk about helping others whenever they can do their best not to be a burden to everyone around you, simply to be the best you can, either by following your faith or your personal faith. The other way to interpret this agreement is this: God knows what is best for them, that is why it is to follow the Bible and do your best, according to the Bible, what God wants from you. In the end, only He knows what is right for all of us, regardless of what we believe in. As far as my convictions are concerned, these are my two main problems with Roman Catholics: I believe that we Christians should respect the Jewish people and their traditions more. After all, this is the faith in which our Lord Jesus Christ grew and celebrated. I also do not believe in celibacy (from my point of view, Jesus and the apostles were too busy traveling, learning and teaching to care for women or earthly joys), but I respect priests because by choosing celibacy, they choose to live like him. Nor do I think the four agreements are the ultimate truth.
I think these are ten oversimplified agreements. Well, according to Ruiz, if we take action against these agreements, we will probably be punished and if we respect the agreements, we will be rewarded. In Ruiz`s presentation of these Toltec concepts, he indicates that every human being becomes his own domesticated and that the result is that we all create our own living hell. And what we do is punish ourselves over and over again. It is a vicious circle, and Ruiz wants to help humanity alleviate some of the suffering we endure. In its premise, no one punishes us or abuses us as much as we do. We have learned to live to satisfy others and get their agreement, but at that point, we refuse ourselves. Why, because we think we are not perfect enough, by the standards of our societies. Ruiz encourages us to make the four chords a habit.
Make it a goal and realize that it will take a lot of effort on our parts. He acknowledges that there will be times when we will not live after the four agreements. Learn and be honest with yourself through the process. In those moments, you do it again. No guilt or judgment. We need to know that failure is part of transformation, and if you live the chords through practice and failure, it becomes easier. If you fall, you`ll go up. The solution, according to Ruiz, is the four agreements.
Create our own new chords and accredit based on how this world really works. This creates a new reality in which we can live. This is where Ruiz`s four agreements come into play. “1: Be immaculate with your word.” Jesus always said what came to mind. He was always telling the truth. I`m not talking about “white lies” that are supposed to help others, nor am I talking about “dark truths” that are supposed to harm others by telling them real facts just to harm them. To me, this agreement is similar to what the second and ninth commandments are talking about. I know I`m not perfect.
I know that I have sinned in my past and I know that I will sin in the future, even though I will try to live according to the word of the Lord.