This book, first published in 1997, has been sold more than 8.2 million times in the United States  and has been translated into 46 languages worldwide.  The book gained popularity after being supported by Oprah Winfrey in 2001 on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in 2013 in the television series Super Soul Sunday.  This book has also been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a decade.  And that`s exactly what happened. I hope that this structure pushes you to take up this book, to learn one or two new things and to broaden your perspective. I have neither read nor planned this book. I saw these four chords on the wall in a yoga teacher house and laughed. These tenants are what Saniel Bonder, the founder of Waking Down In Mutality, would call hyper-masculine ideas to improve us. They could improve our lives for a while, but like all self-improvement projects, they imply that ultimately we need more self-insurance. Although there is an important place for the action component in life (the male strength), it is necessary to reconcile it with the softer outfit and to accept the maternity qualities of the deep feminine. Truly loving us for and with all our human weaknesses is the key to the non-judgment of ourselves and others, and a surprising impudence. This can pave the way for a deeper understanding that involves knowing us as an unlimited presence of Devine.
Here is a spontaneous list of my 4 chords: (1) Give yourself a break – again and again with four simple statements, the shaman professor and healer Don Miguel Ruiz seizes his own ancestry to present an effective code of conduct that diminishes the negative concepts and beliefs that limit our own behavior. I think if you read “The Four Accords” and other books by Don Miguel Ruiz (or mine!), you would find a lot of the same philosophy in the modern version of the Toltec tradition. Agreements help to recognize where we hold these self-judgments and fears, and tradition provides tools to “become artists of our lives and make our lives a masterpiece of art.” The work is deep and painstaking. In the first part of this 2-part video, we learn how the “domestication” of men and how all the rules and values of our family and society are imposed on us by a system of punishment and reward. As young children, our true nature is to love and be happy, to explore and enjoy life; We are absolutely authentic. But then we learn to be what others think we should, and because it`s not normal that we are who we are, we start pretending we`re not what we`re not. When we are teenagers, we have learned to judge ourselves, to punish ourselves and to reward ourselves after agreements that we have never chosen. The four agreements help us break self-limitation agreements and replace them with agreements that bring us freedom, happiness and love. As for intransition, this word certainly has the connotation of perfectionism, and if we take it that way, we would indeed go crazy.
(Besides, the impeccability and other agreements you make with yourself, not the requirements that Ruiz imposes on you.) On the other hand, if you engage perfectly with your word as your goal, if you commit to be as honest and kind as possible with your words, without waiting for perfection of yourself or to fight if you are too short, this agreement could improve your well-being with yourself. What this means is that this agreement is intended to avoid gossip, lies, empty promises and other ways to create problems with our words.