Spiritual health is as essential to our overall health and well-being, just like eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep.
Rather than even try and paraphrase, I have grabbed some passages which resonate deep and stimulate sobering reminders for us from the book titled, “The Four Agreements“.
“To be Toltec is a way of life. It is a way of life where there are no leaders and no followers, where you have your own truth and live your own truth. A Toltec becomes wise, becomes wild, and becomes free again…
…When we talk about the Toltec path to freedom, we find that they have an entire map for breaking free of domestication. They compare the Judge, the Victim, and the belief system to a parasite that invades the human mind. From the Toltec point of view, all humans who are domesticated are sick. They are sick because there is a parasite that controls the mind and controls the brain. The good for the parasite is negative emotions that comer from fear.”
To clarify the use of the term domestication, it refers to being caught in the dream of programmed illusions that include fear, judgement, blame, negative thinking, and victim hood which has been passed down from generation to generation.
Within this simple little book are the recipes for transforming your life and they are laid out as Four Agreements to employ throughout the day.
It is said that if you can live your life by following these agreements, you will end your emotional pain and suffering.
Agreement #1. Be impeccable with your word. To mean what you say and say what you mean requires a level of self inquiry that, if practiced faithfully, will literally stop the perpetual damage of mis-communication. Mis-communication is the energy that feeds and supports almost all the emotional and spiritual pain we experience.
Agreement #2. Don’t take anything personally. In this principle, we learn how each of us is living in our own bubble. And as we go about our day, we bump and interact with other people’s bubbles. The key to practicing this wisdom is remembering that each of us is only paying attention to our own bubble. All of our feelings and emotional body are affected solely by ourselves. No matter what someone may say ‘to us’, in truth, they are only interacting with their own bubble, and so are we.
This is much harder than it sounds. Just try it, go about your day and don’t take anything anyone says personally. Anything!
Agreement #3. Don’t make assumptions. We all know the old school saying…To assume makes an ass out of you and me. What’s interesting to discover here is that we make assumptions so frequently throughout the day, we have masked our assumptions in all kinds of ways. It is easy to miss the fact that you are fueling a confrontational situation with the little assumptions that are made.
This is especially true when you find yourself constantly in an argument or situation that has a pattern, whether it is with the same person or different people…slow down and look for your assumption that has literally set up the scenario.
Agreement #4. Always do your best. This is not a model for perfection. To the contrary, it is a great way to recognize ‘Yourself’ in all your ranges of being an emotionally healthy human being.
When we feel great, it stimulates a fantastic day that makes us feel good about our self. We then ‘greet the day’ with this perspective.
Maybe the greatest thing to discover is that even on an ‘off’ day, we can still be present and do our best. This valuable reminder helps build and support self confidence and self awareness.
Toltec came to mean artisan or artist…and the Don Miguel who authored The Four Agreements eloquently uses the analogy of our lives being a canvas that we are in charge of choosing the colors we use to paint our “life picture”.
In this way, it is said the Toltecs were the supreme artists of the Spirit. They were not a distinct national group, but rather people from a number of groups who had attained mastery over themselves.
Start deconstructing your belief systems and judgments today, and start painting your day vibrant and free!!
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