I am beginning a yoga teacher certification course, and the first book we are discussing is The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
by Don Miguel Ruiz. I am opening up a space here for my thoughts, if I have any, while I read. I am hoping this will help to keep me reading, and help me to not
set the book aside halfway through (as I have a habit of doing.) If anyone else has any thoughts, well that would be great also
The four agreements are:
1-Be Impeccable With Your Word
2-Don't Take Anything Personally
3-Don't Make Assumptions
4-Always Do Your Best
Now see, at first glance those seem self explanatory. Which is exactly why I would probably set this book down and not even be interested in it. We are going to discuss these as a group, and that is good enough for me.
What I read before Luiz even discusses these agreements is what hooked me. The Toltec Wisdom. It is odd to me, after familiarizing myself with this paradigm, is that this is the part of the title that seems almost like an afterthought. In parentheses at the end of the title.
He speaks of this illusory existence, this life, this matrix as many are fond of calling it...as a dream. There is an individual dream, we inherit it from our parents or caregivers from birth. This equates to the indoctrination, the belief systems we are handed, the ones we accept wholeheartedly when we know no better. Then he talks about a collective dream, which I equate to the collective consciousness.
What struck me about this is the similarity to what I have uncovered myself. It is similar to the way I understand things, the way I have experienced things since opening up. It is another paradigm, another set of words, another language, that explains the same concepts I have been exposed to in the past couple of years. I hope to explore this more later, along with the concept he calls the domestication of the planet.
Do not fashion me a maiden who needs saving from the dragons. I am the Dragon. And I will eat you whole.