The First Agreement: Be Impeccable with your Word

We make agreements with ourselves and with others all the time, explains Don Miguel Ruiz in his book “The Four Agreements.” We also make agreements with ourselves around who we are, what we believe and how to behave. Often these agreements don’t serve us and indeed, many of our agreements come from fear and work to take away from our personal power. In his potent little book Ruiz sets out four new agreements to break those that deplete our energy and transform our lives. The first and most important of these is to “be impeccable with your word.”

Ruiz explains that your word is the power that you have to create and the most powerful magical tool you have as a human. “Every human is a magician, and we can either put a spell on someone with our word or we can release someone from a spell. We cast spells all the time with our opinions.” Distilled to its essence being impeccable with your word means “you speak with integrity. You say only what you mean. You avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. You use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”

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