With so much swirling everywhere, many of us are finding it difficult to stay centered and grounded. Some of us are more affected than others by the shifting energies, changes and dramatic events of our days. For those following the Mayan Experience of the Ninth Wave, we know we are now in the First Night of the Ninth Wave … and are giving conscious voice to our intentions. For many of us, that means breathing and speaking into the space the personal transformation of consciousness, as well as our intention of unity. For those following traditional astrology, we know we have a double whammy in that Mercury Retrograde has arrived. The universe is speaking to us … whispering that we are in a period of reflection. This is the time to exploit that solitude and examine everything closely.
We collectively reach to our own spiritual practices, faiths and philosophies to seek that guidance for “what next”. We stand in abject astonishment at the relentless wave of news reaching us as so many of our brothers and sisters around our planet are not only homeless tonight, but suffering serious and extreme jeopardy. Some of us know that surfing the top of a tsunami has to the be the ultimate big water ride — and so many more of us bear the scars that prove being sucked under the BIG water isn’t so much fun.
Within our collective community at Tree of Life Celebration — both in our website writings and in our Facebook presence, many are bringing wisdom to us to help pilot these days more successfully. We Are One … what happens to one of us, affects all of us.
In this darkness of the quiet night that I love and treasure beyond any words, I am reminded of the wisdom of another great teacher. I’ve personally gifted more than 50 copies of this book to others who then embraced the “pay it forward” practice of gifting copies, too. Don Miguel Ruiz offers a simple and practical guide to walking in the fullness of our lives more successfully and with personal integrity. It seems so fitting and appropriate to revisit his words one more time to see we may apply his concepts to our life situation. Perhaps there are nuggets we find and take to heart, leaving the rest, if any, as that which does not serve us in this moment.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
Be Impeccable with Your Word
- Speak with integrity.
- Say only what you mean.
- Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.
- Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t Take Anything Personally
- Nothing others do is because of you.
- What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.
- When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t Make Assumptions
- Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.
- Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstanding, sadness and drama.
- With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Always Do Your Best
- Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.
- Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
These seemingly simple statements, when applied to the complexity and drama of the human experience many of us have, cut to the chase. We get there by removing the filters from our eyes and taking a very clear and close look. This is not easy for most of us, especially in taking that first step, the first time. We must review each situation and ask first — where is the part of this for which I am accountable? What of this is mine and how have I veered off my path of intention? What are my feelings about this — and how do those align with the Four Agreements? What parts of this situation are mine? And which are not.
As we practice, we become more adept — and with time, soon we simply live our lives as if these had always been silent, internal guides. As we probe to find places that indeed are attachments for us — to a certain outcome, a specific process, even just an unexplained feeling we cannot fully name or identify — we may and often do choose to allow these to be released. In that, we find the most amazing sense of freedom. With that process, we learn to seize the essence of everything. We add to our skills the ability to leave anything we are doing, feeling fully loved and supported, knowing that our time to serve in this way has closed. Other needs are already surfacing wanting our support. It is in that moment, we find the rhythm and the grace of flowing …. trusting the timing of the universe, knowing that everything that is happening is exactly what is to be happening.
Our human drama generates massive trauma — as this cycles, we find ourselves in a muddle. Are we simply living with drama trauma or have we moved into full-fledged trauma drama? If so, we lose ourselves quickly and succumb to a place we do not really want to be. Thus we lose sight of love and truth. And we find ourselves out of step, out of sorts, outside our personal integrity, experiencing pain, sadness, confusion or frustration.
We Are One – we are all in this together. What happens to one, happens to all. When we have pain, it is shared by all of us. When we have love and joy, that is shared, too. The more we move in the direction of love, the better the experience is for everyone.
Take this challenge today to try The Four Agreements. See how these feel for you. If you haven’t read this small volume, The Four Agreements, give consideration to making it a priority. It will change your life. Buy two copies — before you are halfway through, you will know at least a few friends who will want to read this. Pay it forward and gift the other copy.
In the words of the wise sage and teacher, Forest Gump, “And THAT’s what I know about that!” Go have a blessed and wonderful day.