The Four Agreements Ted Talk

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. Each of us is born with a certain personal strength, which we rebuild every day after our tranquillity. Unfortunately, we spend all our personal power first 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 things 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 any agreement? All humanity is in search of truth, justice and beauty. We are eternally searching for the truth because we believe only in the lies we have stored in our minds. We seek justice because in the belief system we have, there is no justice. We are looking for beauty because no matter how beautiful a person is, we do not believe that that person has beauty. We search and continue to search when everything is already in us. There is no truth. Everywhere we turn our heads, all we see is the truth, but with the chords and beliefs we have stored in our minds, we have no eyes for that truth. As the author of the book “The Four Accords,” Don Miguel Ruiz believes he has found four agreements that help people live a more authentic life. One of the most important chords, says Ruiz Oprah in an episode of “Super Soul Sunday,” is the number one chord: be impeccable with your word.

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. 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 full 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. We don`t see the truth because we`re blind. What blinds us are all these false beliefs that we have in mind.