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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

by Miguel Ruiz


The Toltec were a group of people in southern Mexico consisting entirely of men and women of knowledge. The members of this group had devoted their life to studying the sciences and the arts and had thus banded together to conserve the knowledge and practices they had learned. Over the years, the older Toltec (known was naguals, meaning “masters”) passed their teachings down to their students, and so the Toltec legacy was kept. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom is a book written by Miguel Ruiz, a nagual from the Eagle Knight lineage.

This book was written with the intention of teaching the esoteric Toltec knowledge to all those willing to read it. Although spirituality and the concept of God are mentioned a few times in this book, the advice given can apply to people from all walks of life. We have thus compiled the advice in this book into actions that you can follow to better the quality of your life. The first few actions are to increase your happiness in life, and the next few are for self-development as well as attaining personal freedom. Keep in mind that the end result of even the self-development and personal freedom actions is happiness, as this book revolves around the themes of happiness and love.

It is important to remember that Toltec is not a religion; it is simply a way of life. So, we hope you enjoy applying these actions to your daily life, and we wish you all the best!

About the Author

The tools shared by don Miguel are based on common sense and shared with such simplicity, that the universal message underlying his teaching is recognized by many. don Miguel's message is simple, practical and when implemented, even incrementally, changes lives.

Great ideas from this book


1. Don’t punish yourself, or others, more than once for each mistake.

2. Keep reasonable expectations for yourself.

3. Do not take things personally.

4. Do not make assumptions.

5. Let go of the need to blame.


6. Do not form opinions of yourself based on what others say.

7. Be impeccable with your word.

8. Always do your best.


9. Become aware of yourself.