Each of us is born with a certain personal strength, which we rebuild every day after our tranquillity. Unfortunately, we first spend all our personal strength to create all these agreements and then to respect those agreements. Our personal power is dissipated by all the agreements we have created, and the result is that we feel powerless. We have just enough power to survive every day, because most of them are used to maintain the chords that hold us back in the dream of the planet. How can we change the whole dream of our lives if we don`t have the power to change even the slightest agreement? The word is so powerful that a word can change a life or destroy the lives of millions of people. A few years ago, a man in Germany manipulated an entire country of the most intelligent people with this word. He led them into a world war with the force of his word. He convinced others to commit the most cruel acts. He activated people`s fear with the word, and like a big explosion, there were murders and war all over the world. All over the world, people have destroyed other people because they are afraid of each other. Hitler`s word, based on hateful beliefs and chords, will be remembered for centuries. 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. A single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreements that make us suffer, that make us fail in life. If you want to lead a life of joy and accomplishment, you must find the courage to break the agreements that are based on fear and that claim your personal power. Agreements that come from fear require us to expend a lot of energy, but the agreements that come from love help us to save energy and even to produce energy. When we see that it is our chords that dominate our lives, and that we do not love the dream of our lives, we must change the chords. When we are finally ready to change our agreements, there will be four very powerful agreements that will help us break the agreements that come from fear and exhaust our energy. There are thousands of agreements that you have made with yourself, with other people, with your dream of life, with God, with society, with your parents, with your spouse, with your children. But the main agreements are the ones you have with yourself.
In these agreements, you tell yourself who you are, what you feel, what you believe and how you behave. The result is what you call your personality. In these agreements, you say, “It`s me. That`s what I think. I can do certain things, and some things I can`t do. It`s a reality, it`s imagination. it is possible, it is impossible. 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. You need a very strong will to adopt these four agreements — but if you can start living with these agreements, the transformation of your life will be incredible. You will see the drama of hell disappear before your eyes.
Instead of living in a dream of hell, you will create a new dream, your personal dream from heaven. According to Ruiz, everything we do is based on agreements we have made, agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are those we make with ourselves. In these agreements, we tell ourselves who we are, how we should behave, what is possible, what is impossible.