the concept is simple, the four chords are understandable, the results are undeniable… However, the disciplined practice of consciousness and action is a monumental challenge… not because it is complicated, but monumental to achieve, because it requires a complete description of your deepest thoughts and actions. The constant presence of the mind and continuous concentration will begin to unravel the lifespan of the unhealthy conditioning with which we all felt comfortable. I was a little skeptical, but I really enjoyed hearing this audiobook. There is no particular religious bias towards doctrine, but it was interesting and quite sensible. It is an audiobook that I will hear one day. The four chords are provided in an easily understandable way and apply to everyday life. The concept of living in a dream is also easy to assimilate. The only agony I had was with the last 11 minutes, where he gives a prayer “Christan” that sounds in total contradiction with the wisdom of Toltec given in the rest of the book.
This end made me doubt the credibility of the authors. I recommend to listen until prayer, then stop and you will be satisfied with the wisdom of the Toltec tradition. Our personal power is based on the agreements we make and we often make these agreements to please others instead of being true to ourselves. In doing so, we will give you our personal strength. In the Four Accords, it is a matter of regaining our personal power by being authentic and holding on to our true self. The four chords are: 1) Be impeccable in your word, 2) Don`t take anything personally, 3) Don`t make assumptions, and 4) Always do your best. These agreements are certainly simple, but far from simple. Ruiz encourages readers to practice these chords every day and forgive us if we are not perfect. Effort is the most important. This book is a quick read (or listen) and should be read several times if you really want to keep your chords with yourself.
In the Four Accords, Don Miguel reveals the source of self-sustaining agreements that deprive us of joy and cause unnecessary suffering. If we are prepared to amend these agreements, there are four falsely simple but powerful agreements that we can adopt as guiding principles. Based on the ancient wisdom of Toltec, the four chords offer a powerful code of conduct that can quickly transform our lives into a new experience of freedom, true happiness and love. Every time you break a deal, all the power you used to create it comes back to you. If you accept these four new agreements, they will create enough personal power for you to change the whole system of your old agreements. I have been on the path to spiritual awakening for 25 years, and I wish I had experienced this book at the beginning of my journey! Now it`s a perfect summary of what I`ve discovered myself over the years, wrapped in a beautiful mystical story, the toltec way of looking at it. I cannot recommend this book enough to all those who are looking for a way to live a happy life, to be freed from the fog of beliefs and other effects of our domestication. The four chords are simple, but difficult enough to fit every moment of our lives, hence the importance of the fourth. I`m going to keep this book at the head of my favorite books for a long time and I`m definitely going to reread it to make it even more wise.