A short collection of excerpts from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz Free Your Mind The Mesoamerican Toltecs believed humans live in a world of dreams that can lead to self-love and respect. “From the Toltec point of view, all humans who are mentally domesticated are sick. They are sick because there is a…
Four Agreements You Make With Yourself
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom Be Impeccable With Your Word Speak with Integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. Don’t Take Anything Personally Nothing others do…
Love in Retrospect
There are certain people you love who do something else for your life; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel like. These are the most important people in your life, and you’ll meet maybe four or five of these people over the span of 80 years.
But there’s still one more tier in all of this; there is always one person you love who becomes that definition. It usually happens retrospectively, but it happens eventually.
Religion & Happiness
Each individual must identify the type of happiness most important to him as well as the capacity of his own mental constitution to experience happiness. Religion reduces these variables by dictating a simple path to happiness. It thereby spares the masses of their individual neuroses.
What We Hear Vs. What We Come to Believe
“A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is through frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth”
Why Do We Trust Some People, But Not Others?
Ask the best salesmen what it takes to be a great salesman. They will always tell you that it helps when you really believe in the product you’re selling. What does belief have to do with a sales job? Simple. When salesmen actually believe in the thing they are selling, then the words that come…
Why We Do What We Do
Tony Robbins, author of Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within, and Awaken the Giant Within, postulates that there are six needs that drive us, as humans, to do the things that we do. 1. Certainty Everyone needs certainty that they can avoid pain and at least be comfortable. Now, how do you get it? Control everybody?…
Putting Change Into Perspective
“Imagine a stack of 400 quarters. Each quarter represents 250 years of human culture, and the entire stack signifies the 100,000 years we’ve had organized human tribes. Take the top quarter off the stack. This one quarter represents how many years our society has revolved around factories and jobs and the world as we see…
Dissonance In Our Biology
“The neocortex is responsible for rational and analytical thought and language.The middle two sections comprise the limbic brain. The limbic brain is responsible for all of our feelings, such as trust and loyalty. It is also responsible for all human behavior and all our decision-making, but it has no capacity for language. That is why…